UW Today

January 3, 2012

David Domke to deliver five lectures on 2012 election

David Domke, a UW professor known nationally as a scholar in politics, religion and communication, will deliver five lectures on the 2012 election beginning Jan. 11.

David Domke

David Domke

Domke has titled the lectures “Visions of America: Barack Obama, the Tea Party and the 2012 Presidential Election.” The series is co-presented by Seattle Arts & Lectures and the UW Alumni Association. It is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Jan. 11, Jan. 25, Feb. 8, Feb. 22 and March 6. All lectures will be held in 130 Kane Hall on the UW Seattle campus.

In the opening lecture, Domke will discuss the 2012 election compared with others in the last 50 years, and how this years voting will reflect generational changes in American politics. In the subsequent four lectures, Domke will consider changes in American exceptionalism, religion in American life, family definitions and immigration.

Domke chairs the Department of Communication. He has written two books: The God Strategy: How Religion Became a Political Weapon in America (2008) and God Willing?: Political Fundamentalism in the White House, the ‘War on Terror and the Echoing Press (2004).

From the 1980s into the 1990s, Domke worked as a reporter for several newspapers, including The Orange County Register and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. In 1996, he earned a doctorate from the University of Minnesota.  In 2002, he received the UWs Distinguished Teaching Award, the universitys highest award for classroom instruction.

In 2006, Domke received the Hiller Krieghbaum Under-40 Award from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. Also that year he was named Washington state Professor of the Year by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. In 2008, the UW graduating class selected him as its favorite professor.

For tickets to the lectures, Alumni Association members should call 206-543-0540. The general public may purchase tickets at www.lectures.org/box_office. Cost is $85 for UWAA members, $100 for nonmembers.