Friends of the Columbia Libraries will sponsor a discussion featuring two experts on the Electoral College on Wednesday, Feb. 23, at 6 p.m. in the Faculty Room at Low Memorial Library. Moderated by George C. Edwards III and William Josephson, the forum will take a fresh look at the college system and its future in 21st-century American politics.
George C. Edwards III is Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Texas A&M University. He also holds the George and Julia Blucher Jordan Chair in Presidential Studies in the Bush School and has held visiting appointments at several universities, including University of London, Peking University, Hebrew University in Jerusalem and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. His latest book, Why the Electoral College is Bad for America (2004), advocates direct election of the president.
William Josephson is a Columbia Law School graduate who recently retired from his position as Assistant Attorney General-in-Charge of New York's Charities Bureau. His public career began in the 1960s when he helped found the Peace Corps. He is an expert on the Electoral College and was recently the subject of a New York Times article about Election Day 2004.
The event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the presentation. To register, call (212) 854-4768 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.