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Frank Islam Athenaeum Symposia Speakers Series: Lauren Bell at Germantown Campus, April 22

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Category: Guest Lectures

Published: 2019-04-15 01:39:41.820

Please join us for the final event of the Spring 2019 Frank Islam Athenaeum Symposia Speakers Series. On April 22, Lauren Bell will deliver a presentation titled, "Not Just Politics As Usual:
Making American Democracy Work in an Era of 'Fake News' and Hyperpartisanship." The Framers of the U.S. Constitution designed the American system of government to be slow and deliberate, with built in checks and balances. But today, it seems that political news moves at the speed of light; it can be overwhelming to keep up with daily political developments. Media outlets and politicians accuse each other of bias and spreading "fake news." Name-calling and hyperpartisanship are the coin of the realm these days. So it is no wonder that fewer than two in five people approve of the President, and fewer than one in five approve of Congress. It is easy to understand why so many people have simply decided to tune out--but as bad as things seem now, they could be--and indeed have been--worse. Restoring our system of government and making it work for diverse communities is only possible with sustained public engagement and the practice of active citizenship.

Lauren Bell
Monday, April 22, 7 p.m.
Montgomery College, Germantown Campus
High Technology and Science Center (HT), Globe Hall

Lauren C. Bell is Professor of Political Science and Dean of Academic Affairs at Randolph-Macon College, in Ashland, Virginia. She is a former American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow (1997-98) on the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary and a former United States Supreme Court fellow (2006-07) at the United States Sentencing Commission in Washington, DC. Dr. Bell is the author of Filibustering in the U.S. Senate (Cambria Press, 2011), Warring Factions: Interest Groups, Money, and the New Politics of Senate Confirmation (The Ohio State University Press, 2002) and The U.S. Congress, A Simulation for Students (Thomson/Wadsworth, 2005) as well as co-author of Slingshot: The Defeat of Eric Cantor (Congressional Quarterly Press, 2015) and Perspectives on Political Communication: A Case Approach (Allyn & Bacon, 2008). In addition to these books, Bell has published single- and co-authored articles in several peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Politics, Political Research Quarterly, The Journal of Legislative Studies, The Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, and Judicature. Her work has also appeared in or been cited by The New York Times,, The Washington Post, Roll Call, The National Journal, The Huffington Post, Foreign, Wisconsin Public Radio, Share Radio (London), the Canadian Press, the London School of Economics and Political Science's American Politics and Policy Blog and The Richmond Times-Dispatch.

A light reception and book signing will follow.

This event is free and open to the public. It also meets the multicultural diversity training requirement for MC employees. For directions to campus and information on the full series, please visit

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