Panel to Discuss Presidential Election ’08


A roundtable panel of political experts from area universities will discuss “Election ’08: Presidential Politics and Predictions,” beginning at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 22, in the Maryville University Auditorium.

Co-sponsors of the event are Maryville University and the Press Club of Metropolitan St. Louis. Media sponsors are the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and KWMU-FM. HEC-TV will broadcast live the panel discussion.

The forum, featuring a panel discussion followed by questions from the audience, will be moderated by Don Marsh of KWMU. Panelists include James Harf, Ph.D., associate vice president at Maryville and director of the university’s Center for Global Education; David Robertson, Ph.D., professor and fellow at the Public Policy Research Center at University of Missouri-St. Louis and political analyst for KSDK-TV; Kenneth Warren, Ph.D., professor of administrative law at Saint Louis University and president of The Warren Poll; and Gwyneth Williams, Ph.D., professor of history, politics and international relations at Webster University.

“The truest test of a healthy democracy is an informed population,” said Mark Lombardi, Ph.D., president of Maryville University. “In bringing these renowned experts together to debate timely issues of the day, Maryville affirms our commitment to the vital principle of civic engagement.”

Discussion topics may include racism and sexism in this year’s historic presidential election, the role of media, undecided and independent voter blocks, how debates influence voters, Missouri as a bellwether state, the role and impact of vice presidential contenders, young voters, grass roots activism, and overall assessments and predictions about the 2008 presidential election.

An open reception will follow the forum.

Contact: Laura Smith at 314-529-6520; or via e-mail,