WSU Vancouver’s Chancellor’s Seminar Series to Examine 2012 Elections

Mon, 10/08/2012 - 11:19am -- Anonymous

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Political polarization and the 2012 election prospects will hold the spotlight in the fall installment of Washington State University Vancouver’s 2012/2013 Chancellor’s Seminar Series. The lecture, “Election 2012: Key National and State Races,” will take place at 11:45 a.m. Oct. 19 in the Firstenburg Student Commons.

Bringing in political perspectives from both the state and national levels, the fall installment of the 2012/2013 Chancellor’s Seminar Series will feature David Ammons, communications director and senior policy advisor to Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed and the Office of the Secretary; and Carolyn Long, interim vice chancellor for academic affairs and a professor of political science.

The lecture will begin with Ammons who will predict which way the political winds will blow in Washington and around the country as ballots go in the mail. Joining Ammons in the discussion, Long will focus on the state of national political races and the increased polarization of political parties in the U.S.

Through the Office of Secretary, David Ammons has worked with the Elections Division, State Archives, State Library, Corporations Division and a number of programs funded by the Legislature. Ammons brings with him a 37-year background as a political and state government journalist for The Associated Press. He was president and dean of the Capitol Press Corps and also the longest serving Capitol reporter. As a journalist, he wrote a statewide weekly column and hosted "Inside Olympia," a public television show on TVW.

Carolyn Long has taught in the School of Politics, Philosophy and Public Affairs for more than 17 years and was instrumental in launching WSU Vancouver’s Public Affairs Lecture Series. She has served as director of the program in public affairs and associate director of the College of Liberal Arts. She regularly serves as a news analyst for various television, radio and newspaper outlets.

Tickets for the Chancellor Seminar Series are $25 and include lunch, lecture and parking. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting or by calling 360-546-9580.

Held twice a year, the Chancellor’s Seminar Series thoughtfully examines timely topics and extends an opportunity to exchange ideas. The series gathers students, faculty, staff, business leaders, elected officials and community members on campus for an in-depth conversation about a topic of current interest or concern.

WSU Vancouver is located at 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave., east of the 134th Street exit from either I-5 or I-205 and is accessible via C-Tran bus service.

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