IS THIS ANY WAY TO CHOOSE THE U.S. PRESIDENT?
WEDNESDAY, Jan. 16, 2008 * 7-9 p.m. * Harlos House, 1331 E. Tenth St.
RSVP REQUIRED! See below.
The New Year is hardly underway and already the primaries are upon us--the
expensive, complicated, grueling process that determines in the United
States who will be the parties' nominees for the presidency.
An improvement over the smoke-filled rooms of yesteryear? Maybe, but the
primaries bring with them a host of critical questions of their own.
* Do they really produce the "best" leaders--those most willing and able
to serve our national interests--or do they merely reward ambition,
fundraising ability, and organization?
* Do some voters get left out? Will residents of "late" primary states
such as Indiana, which has its primary on May 6, have any say in the
choice of the nominees of the Republican or Democratic parties?
* Would changing the structure of the process, change the outcome? How
much is the quality of American leadership today dictated by the present
process by which we choose our leaders?
* What is a good leader? What process would best be able to put that
leader into power?
Whatever your field of study, you are invited to an informal workshop next
Wednesday to see if you and your fellow students can design a better
system, one more likely to produce the kind of President you would like to
lead the country. As you work in teams, PIZZA will be called in to keep
you energized; and political science professors CHRISTINE
HANSON, and GERALD WRIGHT
will be available as your consultants.
RSVP: If you wish to attend, please e-mail eatagi (at)
indiana.edu with your name, e-mail address, year in school, and major(s).
This workshop is open to any IU undergraduate; however, space is limited
so we will let you know by e-mail if a space was available when you
replied. The workshop is co-sponsored by the Wells Scholars Program.
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