Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Why Negative is a GOOD Thing, or How To Think about that Vote You're About to Cast

John G. Geer, distinguished professor of political science at Vanderbilt University, will visit campus this month to present a lecture titled, "Why Negative Campaigns Are Good for Our Country." The presentation will be held on Tuesday, October 21, in Park Auditorium at 7:30 p.m.

Geer's research interest in American politics has focused on elections, public opinion, and political communication. He is currently serving as editor of the Journal of Politics and recently published a book, In Defense of Negativity, with the University of Chicago Press. His latest research interests include understanding the news media's coverage of negativity and a project that examines the bias that Mormon candidates face in American elections.

Geer teaches courses on American politics, elections, the presidency, and, most recently, one called Genetics and Politics with David Bader, a professor of cell biology at Vanderbilt.

This event is sponsored by the Roy H. Park School of Communications and the Department of Politics. It is free and open to the public.


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