CU to host annual meeting of Oklahoma Political Science Association

Cameron University will host "Presidential Elections and Beyond," the annual meeting of the Oklahoma Political Science Association on Thursday and Friday, November 6-7. CU will welcome political scientists from across the state. Given the current political events at the national and international stage, this conference provides an intellectually stimulating forum to understand and discuss politics and foster dialogue among faculty, students, and members from the community. In addition, a number of well-known practitioners, scholars, and experts will offer their insights.

 "It is a privilege to host this annual meeting of the Oklahoma Political Science Association," says CU Professor of Political Science Tony Wohlers, OPSA President and Program Chair for the meeting. "The opportunities to foster dialogue across the various subfields in political science and among faculty and students make this meeting a vital part of our collective endeavor to strengthen the discipline of political science within the State of Oklahoma and beyond."

 OPSA is pleased to invite the public to the following sessions at no charge, although interested parties are required to RSVP by calling (580) 581-2491.

 On Thursday, November 6, the Cameron Centennial Political Science Forum presents "A Close Up View of the 2008 Election," an exciting panel discussion of the outcomes of the 2008 election. Distinguished guests include Ed Apple, former legislator and retired chairman of the Oklahoma Corporation Commission; former Speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives Loyd L. Benson, a CU alumnus; Dr. Rick Farmer, Director of Committee Staff, Oklahoma House of Representatives; Jan Stratton, veteran news anchor at KSWO and member of the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame; and Randy Swanson, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Republican Senatorial Committee.  The panel begins at noon.

 At 7:30 p.m. on November 6, Chancellor Glen Johnson of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education will present the keynote address, "The Future of Higher Education in the Changing Political Context." Dr. Johnson leads a state system comprised of 25 state colleges and universities, 10 constituent agencies, one higher education center, and various independent colleges and universities coordinated with the state system.

 On Friday, November 7 at noon, Michael Kazin, a professor of History at Georgetown University, will present "The Meaning of Reform, 1908 and 2008." Kazin is an expert in U.S. politics and social movements, 19th and 20th centuries and is currently working on a history of the American left. His most recent book is "A Godly Hero: The Life of William Jennings Bryan."  The lecture is also a Liberal Arts Week Centennial event.

 The Oklahoma Political Science Association, the professional organization of Oklahoma political scientists, serves the teaching and research interests of its members. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the state's politics.

 For more information on OPSA,  contact Dr. Tony Wohlers at 580-581-2496 or


October 30, 2008
PR# 08-183