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Great Minds series features pre-election concert-lecture

The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences at Georgia Southern University presents “Election Songs Throughout History” on Tuesday, Oct. 30, as part of its Great Minds Lecture Series. The concert-lecture will feature Allen Henderson, Ph.D., vocal professor in the Department of Music, singing campaign songs used by presidential candidates from Jefferson to Roosevelt, and Patrick Novotny, Ph.D., and Richard Pacelle, Ph.D., professors in the Department of Political Science, providing historical context for the performances. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in the University’s Carol A. Carter Recital Hall. The event is free and light refreshments will be provided.

“Before the advent of television, political candidates routinely used campaign songs to promote their causes and vilify their opponents,” Henderson said. “If you think modern political advertisements are divisive, just wait until you hear what some of our forefathers had to say!”

The concert-lecture will be nonpartisan, with Novotny and Pacelle offering historical insights to the issues and political climate of the time when the songs were written and originally performed. There will also be an opportunity for attendees to ask questions at the end of the lecture.

In conjunction with the Great Minds concert-lecture, CLASS is inviting representatives for all candidates in the Nov. 6 election to participate in a voter rally at the Fielding S. Russell Union Rotunda from 6-7:15 p.m. During this event, candidates and their representatives will have the opportunity to speak with community members and to encourage them to vote.

For more information about the Great Minds Lecture Series or the voter rally, contact Andrea Bennett at 912-478-8597 or

The Great Minds Lecture Series is an outreach program of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences designed to introduce the community to outstanding CLASS faculty members and to offer a glimpse of scholarship taking place in the College.  Attendees will experience first-hand the expertise of CLASS faculty and will engage in conversations about topics of interest and current events.


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