Money, Power and the Media: Three Lectures on 2004 Presidential Campaign
How will the economy of the United States affect the upcoming presidential election? What are the dynamics driving federal expenditures in homeland security, defense, education, health care and other projects that resulted in an expansion of the federal government? And how did the current administration become the virtually unchallenged voice of the U.S. in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks?
The campaign of Democratic frontrunner John Kerry and President George W. Bush will be analyzed during the March lecture series "Politics, Policy, Media and Money: Elements of Elections."Kerry photo courtesy John Kerry for President. Bush photo courtesy the White House.
These issues will be explored in depth when the UW Alumni Association and College of Arts and Sciences present "Politics, Policy, Media and Money: Elements of Elections," a lecture series that will be held three Thursdays in March. Each lecture also features a response panel that includes leading politicians and political commentators such as King County Executive Ron Sims and KVI talk-radio host John Carlson, '81.
On March 4, Economics Professor Neil Bruce will speak on "The U.S. Economy and the U.S. Election." Bruce will explain what voters focus on when it comes to the 2004 election. Will it be "bread and butter" domestic issues or will terrorism and the world situation be foremost in their minds?
On March 11, Political Science Professor Bryan Jones will talk on "Public Policy in the Bush Presidency and Beyond." He will discuss what he calls a "sea change" in American politics that is represented by the tactical and strategic successes of Bush administration. He will also cover the political dynamics driving these changes as well as the place of fiscal discipline in American politics.
The finale, on March 18, features Communication Professor David Domke on "The Presidential Administration: Strategic Communication and an Echoing Press." Domke will cover how the Bush administration has dominated American politics and discourse, enacting far-reaching anti-terrorism legislation, the largest reorganization of the federal government in 50 years, and media reaction to these and many other changes.
The lectures will be held at 7 p.m. March 4, 11 and 18 at Town Hall, 1119 8th Ave., Seattle. Tickets for the series are $32 for UWAA and Arts and Sciences Dean's Club members, $40 for the general public and $12 for students. Tickets for individual lectures may also be available. To register, go to or call the UWAA registration line at 206-543-3839.