OLLI-RU Slates Dinner, Talk With Election Expert Gerald Pomper

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Long after the dust has settled and the pundits have gone home, historians and political scientists will still be evaluating the impact of the 2012 elections on the country for years to come.

For insight on what they might be saying, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Rutgers University (OLLI-RU) is hosting a post-election dinner and discussion with Dr. Gerald Pomper, one of the nation’s leading authorities on American elections and politics, as he looks at the meanings of this year’s results.

The event will take place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, November 16, at the Rutgers University Inn and Conference Center at 178 Ryders Lane, New Brunswick, and is open to OLLI-RU students, and the general public. Admission to the dinner and discussion is $35 for OLLI-RU members (students) and $50 for non-members. Free parking will be available in Lot 82 at the inn.

Pomper, Rutgers Board of Governors Professor Emeritus of political science at the Eagleton Institute of Politics, is the author or editor of 21 books, including his most recent, The New York Times on Critical U.S. Elections (CQ Press, 2010), a reference work covering 21 defining elections during the lifetime of the Times, from 1854 through 2008. His other books include Passions and Interests, Elections in America, Voters’ Choice, and Negative Campaigning.

His broadest work, On Ordinary Heroes and American Democracy (Yale University Press, 2004), on eight individuals representing major institutions in government and politics, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

Educated at Columbia and Princeton universities, Pomper taught at Rutgers for 50 years. He also has been a Fulbright or visiting professor at many international universities, and held the first Tip O’Neill Chair in Public Life at Northeastern University in addition to many honors and awards. He continues to teach and write, and has been an instructor with OLLI-RU.

Seating for the November 16 event is limited. To register, contact Megan Novak at 732-932-7233, ext. 4200, or send email to megan.novak@docs.rutgers.edu.

Established in 1993, OLLI-RU caters to the interests of adult learners over 50, offering a wide range of courses in art, music, language, film, history, and other topics.

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