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Union’s Town and Gown series to focus on politics

JACKSON, Tenn.Jan. 3, 2008 – Politics and policy will be the topic for the next Town and Gown series at Union University on Tuesday nights Jan. 8-Feb. 5.

“The purpose of the class is to inform people about the 2008 presidential campaign, including the campaign process, campaign strategies and the major issues facing the United States,” said Sean Evans, chairman of the political science department at Union and coordinator this Town and Gown series.

The Town and Gown series is an opportunity for community members interested in various topics to attend lectures and participate in discussions in a classroom setting. The classes are free and open to the public.

The schedule of topics for the class is as follows:

Jan. 8, 6:30 p.m. – “Campaign process and strategy,” led by Evans.

8 p.m. – “Foreign policy,” led by political science professor Kevin Cooney.

Jan. 15, 6:30 p.m. – “Social policy,” led by political science professor Micah Watson

8 p.m. – “Immigration,” led by former U.S Congressman Ed Bryant, economics and management professor Kenny Holt and social work professor Mary Ann Poe.

Jan. 22, 6:30 p.m. – “Civil rights and civil liberties,” led by Evans, Watson and business professor Roland Porter.

8 p.m. – “Health care,” led by Bryant, Evans and nursing professor Sharon Edwards.

Jan. 29, 6:30 p.m. – “Social welfare,” led by Poe, education professor Michele Atkins and sociology professor Naomi Larsen.

8 p.m. – “Economic and budget policy,” led by Cooney, Evans and Holt.

Feb. 5, 6:30 p.m. – “Environment/energy,” led by Evans, continuing studies professor Beth Madison and Vaughn Cassidy of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.

All classes will meet in Harvey Auditorium in the Barefoot Student Union Building.

For more information, call Evans at (731) 661-5237.

Media contact: Tim Ellsworth, news@uu.edu, 731-661-5215

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