Meador Center for Politics & Citizenship

Meador Center invites leading experts to weigh in on “Trump at 100 Days”

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., April 25, 2017 — Drury’s L.E. Meador Center for Politics & Citizenship will bring five leading scholars and observers of American politics to campus Thursday for a panel discussion titled “Trump at 100 Days.” The discussion is the final event of the Meador Center’s “45 Series: Conversations on the 2016 Presidential Election and the New Administration.”

The panel will be held at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, April 27, in the Diversity Center (the former Washington Avenue Church) on Drury Lane. The event is free and open to the public. The panelists will offer some reflections on the progress of the new administration and then engage in conversation.

“This group will bring a variety of viewpoints to the table Thursday,” says Dr. Daniel Ponder, L.E. Meador Chair of Political Science and director of the Meador Center. “Their expertise ranges from party politics to the inner workings of the White House to Congress. We’re living through a somewhat unusual moment with respect to all of those institutions right now, and it’s important for citizens to have a keen grasp of how they’re all interacting with one another as the country moves ahead.”

The five guests have published numerous books, articles, and essays, are considered go-to experts in their field for political analysis. Three of the five have won the American Political Science Association’s (APSA) Neustadt Prize honoring the best book on the presidency, and several write for national blogs.

The panelists include:

azariJulia Azari, associate professor of political science at Marquette University. Azari is the author of the 2014 book “Delivering the People’s Message: The Changing Politics of the Presidential Mandate” and is a regular contributor at the political science blog The Mischiefs of Faction, as well as at Vox.com and FiveThirtyEight.com. Her work has also appeared in the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog and in Politico.

 

 

hultKaren M. Hult, chair of the department of political science at Virginia Tech University. Recognized as one of the foremost experts on the inner workings of the White House, Hult is co-author (with Charles Walcott, another panelist) of “Governing the White House: From Hoover Through LBJ,” which won the 1996 Neustadt Prize honoring the best book on the presidency.

 

 

leeFrances E. Lee, professor of government at the University of Maryland. Lee is widely considered one of the leading experts on congressional politics and has received numerous accolades and honors in the field, including the American Political Science Association’s Richard F. Fenno Award for the best book on legislative politics in 2009. She has been a Fellow at the Brookings Institution and served as a Congressional Fellow.

 

 

rudalevigeAndrew Rudalevige, professor of government at Bowdoin College in Maine. Rudalevige has published numerous articles, essays, and book chapters, and has contributed to the Monkey Cage blog. His book “Managing the President’s Program: Presidential Leadership and Legislative Policy Formulation” won the 2003 Neustadt Prize. His most recent book is “The New Imperial Presidency: Renewing Presidential Power after Watergate” and he is currently engaged in a large-scale study of unilateral powers in the presidency.

 

 

walcottCharles E. Walcott, professor emeritus at Virginia Tech. Walcott has won several teaching and research awards, including the Neustadt Prize. His research and writings have been published in a variety of outlets including the American Journal of Political Science, Presidential Studies Quarterly, and elsewhere. He has served as President of the Presidency and Executive Politics organized section of APSA, and was co-editor of the journal Congress and the Presidency.

 

 

The Meador Center panel event is also part of CHASS Week, celebrating Drury’s College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. For more information about the week, visit the CHASS page at Drury.edu.

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Political science lecturer will explore “The Angry Electorate” on Nov. 15

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Oct. 28, 2016 — Ever get the sense that voters are angry – about the issues, about the state of politics, and even about their choices amongst candidates? The 2016 elections are nearly over, but the emotions surrounding them will live on regardless of the outcomes.

The next lecture in this year’s L.E. Meador Center for Citizenship & Politics speaker series will explore this topic. Dr. Lilly Goren, professor of political science at Carroll University will speak about “The Angry Electorate” at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 15 in the Lay Hall Auditorium at Drury. This year’s series theme is “45: Conversations on the Presidential Election and the New Administration.”

Lilly Goren

“Anger has manifested itself in American civic life to varying degrees since before our country was even founded,” said Dr. Dan Ponder, L.E. Meador Professor of Political Science and Director of the Meador Center. “This election cycle is the latest manifestation of it, but the tenor and character are more intense than we’ve seen in some time. Lilly Goren is one of the leading experts on anger in American politics, she will be able to provide us with a look at the ‘big picture’ as we move forward as a nation.”

Goren has written extensively on anger in politics and has recently completed a book manuscript about the topic. She will share insights gained from her research and focus specifically on the 2016 presidential election and how anger might play out after the ballots have been cast and the race is over.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Visit www.drury.edu/meadorcenter for more information.

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Media Contact: Dr. Dan Ponder, Professor of Political Science: (417) 873-7394 or deponder@drury.edu.

Carl Bernstein & P.J. O’Rourke to speak at Drury University in September

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., June 16, 2016 — Drury University’s L.E. Meador Center for Politics & Citizenship will bring two of the most renowned political writers of the past 50 years to campus this fall for an insightful and thought-provoking look at Washington and the state of national politics.

Carl Bernstein and P.J. O’Rourke will appear together at 7 p.m., Monday, Sept. 12 at Clara Thompson Hall. Their program, “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the White House,” is the first event of the Meador Center’s 2016-17 theme “45” – an examination of the 2016 presidential election and the administration of the 45th President of the United States.

The event is free and open to the public.

P.J. O'Rourke (left) and Carl Bernstein

P.J. O’Rourke (left) and Carl Bernstein

O’Rourke, a conservative, is a research fellow at the libertarian-leaning Cato Institute, and is a widely recognized political commentator. He is the author of 20 books, and has written for Rolling Stone, The Atlantic Monthly, and The Weekly Standard. He is currently a weekly columnist for The Daily Beast. Bernstein, a liberal, pursued and broke the Watergate story along with fellow reporter Bob Woodward, and co-wrote the best-selling book “All the President’s Men,” which was later adapted into a classic film of the same name. He has also written books on subjects such as Pope John Paul II and Hillary Clinton. He has worked for a number of outlets including The Washington Post and CNN.

The evening will include remarks and observations from the two writers on relevant political and economic developments, followed by a moderated discussion and audience Q&A.

“American politics is so polarized today that it is often beyond comprehension that people can have a civil discussion from different sides of the political divide,” says Dr. Dan Ponder, L.E. Meador Endowed Chair of Political Science. “Bernstein and O’Rourke will bring their playful, yet powerful and serious message, to Drury and the community to illuminate points of agreement as well as division.”

About the L.E. Meador Center for Politics & Citizenship

Dr. Lewis Elbern (L.E.) Meador taught political science at Drury College for nearly 50 years beginning in 1913 and was a revered civic leader who played key roles in shaping the Missouri Constitution and Springfield City Charter. Inspiration for the center’s mission comes from the words of Meador himself, who felt his students “should take a constructive and active part in trying to bring about a more democratic and more hopeful world in which future generations can live.” The Center carries out that mission through financial support of student scholarship and an annual speaker series addressing a range of pressing political and civic issues.

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Media Contact: Dr. Dan Ponder, L.E. Meador Endowed Chair of Political Science: (417) 873-7394 or deponder@drury.edu.

Meador series guest lecture to focus on race, inequality and politics

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Feb. 29, 2016 — Drury University’s L.E. Meador Center for Politics & Citizenship continues its inaugural speaker series with a lecture at 6 p.m. Thursday by Dr. Rodney Hero, immediate past president of the American Political Science Association. The event will be held at Lay Hall Auditorium and is open to the public.

Hero is the first Latino to hold the top position with the APSA, and his research and teaching focus on American democracy as viewed through the lenses of racial and ethnic politics. In his 35-year career, Hero has taught at Notre Dame and the University of Colorado at Boulder and is now the Haas Chair in Diversity and Democracy at the University of California at Berkeley.

Hero’s lecture, titled “Race, Ethnicity and (In)Equality in American Politics” is part of the Meador Center speaker series “Created Equal: Rights, Liberties, and Citizenship.” The Meador Center was established in the fall of 2015 as a nexus for student pursuits, faculty scholarship, and thought-provoking community programming and events.

“The issues of race, ethnicity, and inequality are always of vital importance in politics, and they are magnified in an election year,” said Dr. Dan Ponder, L.E. Meador Chair of Political Science at Drury. “Professor Hero is the leading expert on these issues, and with Super Tuesday just two days before his lecture, his insights are particularly timely.”

In conjunction with Hero’s visit, a roundtable discussion on the topic “Race & Ethnicity on Campus” will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 4 at the Drury Diversity Center; it is also open to the public. Besides Hero, other roundtable participants will include: Lawrence Anderson, manager of diversity and inclusion for Springfield Public Schools; Hadeil Ali, Drury political science major; Professor Greg Booker, chair of the Inclusion Council at Drury; Lyle Foster, owner of Big Momma’s Café; Yolanda Lorge, president of Grupo Latinoamericano; Abram McGull, assistant United States attorney; and Wes Pratt, assistant to the president at Missouri State University.

About the L.E. Meador Center for Politics & Citizenship

Dr. Lewis Elbern (L.E.) Meador taught political science at Drury College for nearly 50 years beginning in 1913 and was a revered civic leader who played key roles in shaping the Missouri Constitution and Springfield City Charter. Inspiration for the center’s mission comes from the words of Meador himself, who felt his students “should take a constructive and active part in trying to bring about a more democratic and more hopeful world in which future generations can live.” The Center carries out that mission through financial support of student scholarship and an annual speaker series addressing a range of pressing political and civic issues.

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Media Contact: Dr. Dan Ponder, L.E. Meador Chair of Political Science: (417) 873-7394 or deponder@drury.edu.

Supreme Court expert Jeffery Toobin speaks at Drury on Oct. 28

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Oct. 23, 2015 — Noted legal analyst and Supreme Court expert Jeffery Toobin will speak at Drury University next week as the L.E. Meador Center for Politics & Citizenship’s inaugural guest lecturer.

The longtime New Yorker staff writer and CNN analyst will speak on the topic “Inside the World of the Supreme Court” at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 28 at Clara Thompson Hall. The event is free and open to the public. The speech kicks off the Meador Center’s 2015-16 theme “Created Equal: Civil Rights, Liberties & Citizenship.”

Jeffrey Toobin_headshot 1

Toobin has covered all the major legal stories of the last two decades, ranging from the nomination of four Supreme Court Justices to the trials of Michael Jackson and George Zimmerman. He has provided legal analysis on the nation’s most provocative and high profile cases, including the O.J. Simpson civil trial and the Kenneth Starr investigation of the Clinton White House. His most recent book, The Oath: The Obama White House and the Supreme Court, was a New York Times best-seller, as was his previous book, The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court, which received the 2008 J. Anthony Lukas Prize for Nonfiction.

“Toobin has spent decades reporting and analyzing the Court and its place in our political system,” says Dr. Dan Ponder, Meador Chair of Political Science at Drury. “He is an insider who has interviewed the justices but he has done so with the independence and discernment of a journalist.”

About the Meador Center

Dedicated to the academic inquiry of political engagement, the L.E. Meador Center was founded this year as a nexus for student pursuits, faculty scholarship, and thought-provoking community programming and events. The Center is named for Dr. Lewis Elbern (L.E.) Meador, a longtime professor of political science at Drury College for nearly 50 years beginning in 1913. Meador was a revered civic leader who played key roles in shaping the current Missouri Constitution and Springfield City Charter.

The Center’s inspiration for its mission comes from the words of Meador himself, who felt his students “should take a constructive and active part in trying to bring about a more democratic and more hopeful world in which future generations can live.” The Meador Center carries out that mission in two ways: an annual speaker series and financial support of student scholarship, internships and study away/abroad opportunities.

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Drury University establishes Meador Center for Politics & Citizenship

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Aug. 18, 2015 — Drury University is pleased to announce the establishment of the Meador Center for Politics and Citizenship. Dedicated to the academic inquiry of political engagement, the Center will be a nexus for student pursuits, faculty scholarship, and thought-provoking community programming and events.

The Center is named for Dr. Lewis Elbern (L.E.) Meador, a longtime professor of political science at Drury College for nearly 50 years beginning in 1913. Local residents know the name thanks to Meador Park. But they may not know Meador was a revered civic leader who played key roles in shaping the current Missouri Constitution and Springfield City Charter. He was named “Springfieldian of the 20th Century” by the Springfield Chamber of Commerce in 1973.

L.E. Meador

L.E. Meador

The Center’s inspiration for its mission comes from the words of Meador himself, who felt his students “should take a constructive and active part in trying to bring about a more democratic and more hopeful world in which future generations can live.”

The Meador Center will immediately begin carrying out that mission in two ways:

  • Financial support of student scholarship, internships, study away/abroad opportunities and conference attendance.
  • An annual speaker series that will bring notable speakers and academics to Springfield to address a range of pressing political and civic issues.

The inaugural theme for the Center in 2015-16 is “Created Equal: Civil Rights, Liberties & Citizenship” and the first featured speaker will be CNN analyst and New Yorker staff writer Jeffrey Toobin at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 28 at Clara Thompson Hall. The event is FREE and open to the public. Toobin’s topic will be “Inside the World of the Supreme Court.” A Harvard Law graduate, Toobin is the author of two bestsellers about the nation’s top court – “The Nine” and “The Oath.”

Jeffery Toobin

Jeffery Toobin

The Center’s inaugural chair is Dr. Daniel Ponder, professor of political science at Drury since 2006.

“I’m extremely excited about the opportunity for Drury and our Political Science Department to expand our work with students and our community – both locally and globally,” Ponder said. “Drury has a stellar record when it comes to sending successful students on to law schools and similar professional programs, and the Meador Center will allow us to build upon and enhance that work.”

Dan Ponder

Dan Ponder

For more information, visit www.drury.edu/meador-center.

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Media Contact: Dr. Daniel Ponder, L.E. Meador Chair in Political Science. Office: (417) 873-7394; email: deponder@drury.edu.