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Dr. Alexander of ONU to lecture on the presidential election at Allen County Museum

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Dr. Robert Alexander of Ohio Northern University presents "The Presidential Election of 2016" at the Allen County Museum on Jan. 31, 2016. Submitted photo.

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Event: 108th Annual Membership Meeting of the Allen County Historical Society
Program: The Presidential Election of 2016
Presenter: Dr. Robert M. Alexander
Location: Allen County Museum, 620 W. Market St., Lima, OH 45801
Date: Sunday, January 31, 2015
Time: 2 p.m.
Admission: Free and open to the public

In the months leading up to the presidential election that will take place this year, citizens have expressed their dissatisfaction with Washington, D.C. Many feel that the system is broke and in need of a complete overhaul. And, Americans have complained that they have never quite seen the political arena like it is today.

The Allen County Historical Society is pleased to present Dr. Robert Alexander of Ohio Northern University who will be speaking on the election of 2016.  He will be discussing the role of populism in this current election cycle. Outsider candidates such as Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Ben Carson, and Bernie Sanders have enjoyed a lot of success at the expense of establishment candidates. While this has been somewhat surprising to many pundits, it is not new to American Politics. Dr. Alexander will seek to put our current race in a fuller context.

A Professor of Political Science, Dr. Robert Alexander is also the Chair of the Department of History, Politics, and Justice at Ohio Northern University. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree at ONU in 1994 and went onto receive his Masters and Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Returning to his alma mater in 2002, Dr. Alexander has received numerous honors and awards, and has published extensively in academic journals. He has authored several books including, “Presidential Electors and the Electoral College: An Examination of Lobbying, Wavering Electors, and Campaigns for Faithless Votes.”

Dr. Alexander is often called upon by the media to explain and comment on contemporary politics.  He is a contributing blogger for The Huffington Post, the top political blog in the country.  Recent contributions to that blog include “Ignorance is not Bliss: the Need for Civic Education in the United States,” (12-23-15), and “Dropping the Ball: the Problem with Sports Imagery in Political Campaigns,” (1-8-16).

The January meeting of the Allen County Historical Society is free and open to the public and marks the 108th anniversary of the organization.  The membership will vote on the proposed slate of trustees prior to Dr. Alexander’s presentation. In addition, the John R. Carnes Achievement Award will be presented to a well known community member for contributions to the sharing and preservation of Allen County, Ohio history.