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Media Advisory

UCB's IGS to host "Decision 2004" election-related lectures

27 September 2004

ATTENTION: Reporters and editors covering state, national politics

Contact: Janet Gilmore, Media Relations
(510) 642-5685 jeg@pa.urel.berkeley.edu

The University of California, Berkeley's Institute of Governmental Studies (IGS) will host "Decision 2004," a series of election-related lectures, panel discussions and student viewings of presidential debates now through Election Day. All events are free and open to the public and will take place at the institute's library at 109 Moses Hall. View the complete list of events online at http://politics.berkeley.edu./

In addition, the IGS library has developed a new Web site profiling California statewide propositions appearing on the Nov. 2 election ballot. The site is intended as a resource for voters, journalists and scholars. It will be continually updated as the election approaches. Go to http://www.igs.berkeley.edu/library/htPropsIndex.html

Here are the upcoming IGS election events:

Wednesday, Sept. 29, 3-5 p.m.
Panel discussion: "The Pollsters Handicap the Horserace"

Participants analyzing the latest polling trends will include Phil Trounstine, director of the Survey and Policy Research Institute at San Jose State University; Chuck Rund of Charleton Research; and David Binder of David Binder Research.

Thursday, Sept. 30, 5 p.m.
Presidential debate viewing and analysis

Students will view the presidential debate, and post-debate commentary and analysis by student Democrats and Republicans will follow.

Tuesday, Oct. 5, 5 p.m.
Vice presidential debate viewing and analysis

Students will view the debate and hear analysis from faculty experts.

Wednesday, Oct. 6, 3-5 p.m.
Panel discussion: "The Issues: Values and the Social Issues"

Participants will be Kristin Luker, professor of sociology and professor in the jurisprudence and social policy program, School of Law (Boalt Hall); and Doug Strand, project director of the Public Agendas and Citizen Engagement Survey at UC Berkeley's Survey Research Center.

Friday, Oct. 8, 5 p.m.
Presidential debate viewing and analysis

Students will view the presidential debate, then hear analysis from faculty experts.

Wednesday, Oct. 13, 5 p.m.
Presidential debate viewing and analysis

Students will view the presidential debate, then hear analysis from faculty experts. Faculty members Sandy Muir and David Karol will participate.

Thursday, Oct. 14, 12 noon-1:30 p.m.
In the Harris Room (119 Moses Hall)
Brown bag talk
Mark DiCamillo, director of the Field Poll, will provide a roundup of the latest California election data, including information about the initiatives, and will update the state-by-state presidential numbers in the key battleground states.

Wednesday, Oct. 20, 3-5 p.m.
Lecture by Will Durst, comedian

The Los Angeles Times calls Durst "a modern day Will Rogers," and the San Francisco Chronicle hails him as "heir apparent to Mort Sahl and Dick Gregory." Find out why many young people look to television comedians for their political news.

Wednesday, Oct. 27, 3-5 p.m.
Panel discussion: " The Campaign: Strategy, Tactics, and Rhetoric"

The campaign will be assessed by faculty experts and leading political consultants including Mary Hughes, president, Staton & Hughes; George Lakoff, UC Berkeley professor of linguistics; and Sean Walsh, political consultant and advisor to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Monday, Nov. 1, 3-5 p.m.
Panel discussion

Faculty experts Henry Brady and Merrill Shanks will join pollster Mervin Field in an election eve analysis.

Tuesday, Nov. 2, 4 p.m.
Election night watch

Students will gather to view the results of the presidential race, the battle for Congress, and California proposition and state races, with expert analysis and commentary from UC Berkeley faculty and graduate students.