Panel Discussion on Gender and the Presidential Election

UALR history and political science professors will discuss how gender is affecting the 2008 presidential election at a forum at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, in the Dickinson Hall Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public. Free public parking will be available in Lot 12 and the parking deck both of which are behind the Wesley Foundation on West 32nd Street.

Panelists Dr. Johanna Miller Lewis, professor of history; Dr. Margaret Scranton, professor of political science, and Dr. Andrew Drummond, assistant professor of political science, will discuss among other issues, the gender gap in voting, the operation of gender, race, and age as status characteristics in the election, and whether the prominence of women leaders in the current election holds promise for women’s continued representation in the political arena.

“The panel is especially timely in light of the gender issues that have come to the forefront in the current election season,” said Dr. Sarah Beth Estes of UALR’s Department of Sociology and Anthropology. “As National Public Radio correspondent Maria Hinajosa said in the New York Post, recent events have ‘changed the paradigm of the discussion around women and power and politics in ways we still don’t understand.’”

A question and answer session will follow the panel discussions.

For more information about this panel discussion, contact Estes at (501) 569-3191 or at

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