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Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+) pres.

Why Do We Have the Electoral College? Should We?

Ken Kollman

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Professor Kollman will provide an historical and analytical analysis of the Electoral College, an institution that was created through the U.S. Constitution. He will review the origins of this curious institution, and will discuss the pros and cons of its continued use.

Professor Kollman’s research focuses on political parties and organizations, elections, lobbying, and federal systems. He has published numerous articles and books in a variety of fields. His recent book, “Perils of Centralization”, includes research on the European Union, Roman Catholic Church, General Motors Corporation, and United States government. His popular American government textbook is now in its third edition, and the New York Times and Washington Post have published his essays. He also co-founded and is co-principal investigator of the Constituency-Level Election Archive (CLEA), the world’s largest repository of elections results data.

This is the third in a six-lecture series. The subject is Voting in America: Perennial Issues, Current Developments. The next lecture will be November 21, 2019. The title is: Making Voting More Convenient: Implementing Michigan’s Proposal 3 (Promote the Vote).
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Cost

  • $10 for an individual lecture. Payable at the door. Checks preferred. $35 for the entire series of 6 lectures.
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