Why the Number 270 is So Important in 2008

September 16, 2008

How does the United States Constitution continue to shape the future of the United States in this important election year?

Why the Number 270 is So Important in 2008 On Wednesday, Sept.17, five professors will help answer that question – and raise others – during Saint Leo University’s Constitution Day celebration. Each year, Saint Leo University commemorates the anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787, with special events. As the 2008 presidential election is now only weeks away, Saint Leo faculty decided to focus this year’s program on the importance of the Constitution and the Electoral College. The forum will start at 7 p.m. in the Student Community Center at the main campus, and will be videotaped for the convenience of those unable to attend.

Professors from our political science and history faculty will tackle the following subjects:
 

  • Anthony Esposito, Ph.D., assistant professor of history, will speak on "Toward More Democracy: Political Parties, the Electoral College, and the Constitution;"
  • Hudson Reynolds, Ph.D., associate professor of political science, will explain the importance of the number 270 in his presentation, "What? I Don’t Get to Vote for the President? Electoral College and the Constitution;"
  • Marco Rimanelli, Ph.D., professor of political science, will speak on "Foreign Policy and Security Challenges for the New President and Political Parties;"
  • Heather Parker, Ph.D., assistant professor of history, will speak on "What’s in a Name? The Unusual Presidential Candidate; " and
  • Jack McTague, Ph.D., professor of history, will speak on "The 2008 Campaign So Far."


Questions from the audience will be welcomed.

The forum is free and open to the public. For more information, please call (352) 588-8772.