Friday’s Public Affairs Discussion Group to tackle Congress’s insecure majorities, perpetual campaigns

This week’s Public Affairs Discussion Group will be a special event in honor and memory of the late Alexander P. Lamis, who was an associate professor of political science at Case Western Reserve University. The topic, “Insecure Majorities: Congress and the Permanent Campaign,” will be led by Frances E. Lee, professor of political science at the University of Maryland. Lee is a former colleague and friend of Lamis, and she is one of the nation’s leading scholars of parties in Congress.

The discussion will focus on how politics within Congress have been shaped by the extremely close partisan divisions. Some of Lamis’ students and colleagues will add remarks in his memory. Lamis served on the faculty for more than two decades and founded the Friday Public Affairs Lunch.

The event, sponsored by the Department of Political Science and the Center for Policy Studies, will be held Oct. 26 at noon in a special location: the Wolstein Research Building auditorium. Lunch and Mama Jo’s pies will be provided.

Since 1989, faculty, emeriti, students and staff have gathered on Fridays for a brown-bag lunch and to discuss topics in public affairs.

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