Sep. 12, 2012

Geneseo hosts election forum

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This Nov. 6, Americans will choose a candidate to lead the nation as president. How is the national race and local races shaping up? Two alumni who are also well-known media figures will join the chair of Geneseo's political science and international relations department Sept. 19 for an on-campus forum to examine those topics.

Curt Smith '73, Karen DeWitt '82, and Jeffrey Koch, professor of political science and international relations and chair of the department, who is an expert in public opinion and American elections, will share their observations during the forum, "Countdown to Election Day: How the Races Stand," at 2:30 p.m. in Newton Hall 204. Associate Provost David Gordon will be moderator.

DeWitt is and award-winning Capitol bureau chief for New York State Public Radio and has covered state government and politics for the network since 1990. She is the past recipient of the prestigious Walter T. Brown Memorial Award for Excellence in Journalism from the Legislative Correspondents Association, and was named the 2009 Media Person of the Year by the Women's Press Club of New York state.

Smith is well-known political observer, commentator, columnist, author and college lecturer. He joined the University of Rochester faculty in 1999, where he teaches public speaking and presidential rhetoric, focusing on how U.S. presidents communicate through language and delivery. Smith wrote more speeches than anyone for President George H.W. Bush.

• The Sept. 19 forum is at 2:30 p.m. in Newton Hall 204 and is free and open to the public.