Pre-Election Roundtables

Nicholas Lemann

Sarah Lawrence College is presenting a series of roundtables “Serious Questions: Conversations About Election 2004” featuring prominent guest speakers and three SLC faculty members in provocative conversations about what is at stake in the November 2004 election. The roundtables will take place September 21, October 12 and October 19 and are free and open to the public. For further information please call (914) 395-2412.

The 2004 presidential and congressional elections promise to be crucial for both the nation and the world's future,” said Raymond Seidelman, professor of Politics and one of the faculty organizers of the series. The programs are intended to provide historical context and intellectual give-and-take for members of the College and local communities. Ample time for audience comments and questions will be provided.

The U.S. and the World: Foreign Policy and the 2004 Election
Tuesday, September 21, 2:00 p.m.
Heimbold Visual Arts Center Theater.
FAWAZ GERGES, Christian A. Johnson Professor of International Affairs and Middle Eastern Studies, Sarah Lawrence College.
Professor Gerges is a senior analyst for ABC television and a commentator for NPR's Morning Edition. His recent books include: America and Political Islam: Clash of Cultures or Clash of Interests, The Jihadists: Unholy Warriors, (forthcoming, 2005); and The Future of Jihadists (2004). Recent articles have appeared in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The New York Times, Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, Al Hayat and other publications. Sarah Lawrence faculty members Nicolaus Mills, David Peritz, and Kristin Sands will converse with Professor Gerges.

The Partisan Divide and A Country Divided
Tuesday, October 12, 5:00 p.m.
Heimbold Visual Arts Center Theater.
NICHOLAS LEMANN, Nicholas Lemann is Henry Luce Professor and Dean of the Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University. Lemann has published four books, most recently The Promised Land: The Great Black Migration and How it Changed America (1991), which won several book prizes; and The Big Test: The Secret History of the American Meritocracy (1999), which helped lead to a major reform of the SAT. He has written widely for such publications as The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, The New Republic, Slate, and American Heritage; worked in documentary television with Blackside, Inc., Frontline, the Discovery Channel, and the BBC; and lectured at many universities. Sarah Lawrence faculty members David Peritz, Nicolaus Mills, and Raymond Seidelman will participate in this roundtable.

America's Cities: Race, Class, Immigration and the 2004 Election
Tuesday, October 19, 5:00 p.m.
Heimbold Visual Arts Center Theater.
ELIJAH ANDERSON, the Charles and William L. Day Distinguished Professor of the Social Sciences and Professor of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania. An expert on the sociology of black America, he is the author of the classic sociological work, A Place on the Corner: A Study of Black Street Corner Men (1978, 2003); The Code of the Street: Decency, Violence, and the Moral Life of the Inner City (1999), and Streetwise: Race, Class and Change in an Urban Community (1990; recipient of Robert Park Award of the American Sociological Association); and the forthcoming The Cosmopolitan Canopy, A Study of Immigration and Ethnicity in the Philadelphia Metropolitan Area. Professor Anderson has made appearances on national news programs, including the PBS’ Newshour. Dr. Anderson is director of the Philadelphia Ethnography Project, Associate Editor of Qualitative Sociology, and a former Vice President of the American Sociological Association. Participants in this roundtable will be Sarah Lawrence faculty members Komozi Woodard, Raymond Seidelman, and Mary Dillard.

The series is sponsored by The Donald C. Samuel Fund for Economics and Politics and the Office of the Dean of the College. In addition to Seidelman, the organizers are Nicolaus Mills, Literature professor and a frequent commentator in the media on national issues and Politics professor David Peritz.