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2004.11.12 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@mail.unomaha.edu

American Democracy Project to Host Forum on 2004 Elections Nov. 17

Omaha - The 2004 elections are finished . . . but the implications of the elections are only now beginning to come into clear focus. In conjunction with the university's American Democracy Project, a forum focusing on "Continuity or Change in the 2004 Elections?" will be held Wednesday, Nov. 17, at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO.)

Two sessions are planned for the event. "Money, Media and Mobilization" will run from 1 to 2:15 p.m., and "Marriage, Morality and Security" is set for 2:30 to 3:45 p.m. The forum, which will be held in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom, is free and open to the public.

"Even though there was a great deal of divisiveness in the election, it created huge public interest," said Randall Adkins, a UNO associate professor of political science and the event's coordinator. "Before we get too far removed from Nov. 2, we thought it would be important to have a forum like this."

UNO hosted several Debate Watch events on campus that brought hundreds out to watch the presidential and vice presidential debates. "Continuity or Change," while a different format, continues an important dialogue, Dr. Adkins said.

The panelists for "Money, Media and Mobilization" include:
- Adkins;
- Barb Pickering, assistant professor of communication at UNO;
- Deb Smith-Howell, assistant vice chancellor for academic and student affairs at UNO; and
- Carlos Castillo, Douglas County election commissioner.
- Chris Allen, an associate professor of communication at UNO, will serve as moderator.

The panelists for "Marriage, Morality and Security" include:
- Wally Bacon, professor of political science at UNO;
- Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, associate professor of political science at UNO;
- Dorian Brown, assistant professor of black studies at UNO; and
- Doug Parrott, executive vice president of public relations at Bailey-Lauerman.
- Hollis Glaser, associate professor of communication at UNO, will serve as moderator.

For more information, call (402) 554-3502.

Similar to Debate Watch, "Continuity or Change" is also sponsored by the university's American Democracy Project, which seeks to increase the civic engagement of its students, staff, faculty and administrators. Its goal is to help fuel the development of an informed and contributing citizenry for the United States in the 21st century. For more information about the ADP at UNO, visit the Web at http://www.unomaha.edu/adp/, or contact Jody Neathery-Castro at (402) 554-3611.

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