Along with debate and election results watching parties, the Pomona Student Union hosted several student discussions on topics surrounding the 2012 election. While these events were not filmed, descriptions are provided below.
Race and the US Election
Pomona politics Professor Lorn Foster led a student discussion on how race has factored into this election and previous ones. Cosponsored by BLOC, students talked about the role of race in campaigning and election results.
Led by Pomona Professor and US politics scholar David Menefee Libey, students discussed the two-party system in the 2012 election. What does it mean to vote independent, and why do we seem to be stuck in a two-party system? And what does that mean for America?
The Silent Majority
Cosponsored by the International Student Mentoring Program, students gathered for a round table discussion. What are international perspectives on the American political system in general, and of the Republican and Democrat candidates specifically? What are the international stakes in this election?
Pomona professor and economist Eleanor Brown spoke on the history and current state of the American health care system. Students discussed the differences between “Obamacare” and “Vouchercare” and what these different policies mean for the future of American health care.
There have been five times more drone attacks under the Obama Administration than the Bush Administration. Since 2004, US drone attacks in Pakistan have resulted in between 1,902 and 3,220 deaths. Yet the word “drone” appears only once in both the Republican and Democratic Party platforms. And the mainstream media, has devoted relatively little airtime and column space to discussing the possible implications of drone use for both US foreign policy and the expansion of executive power. Come discuss the pol
itical, ethical, and legal implications of our current drone policies and how they might change depending on the outcome of the presidential election on Thursday, November 1st at 7pm in Edmunds Ballroom. Our experts are:
Ken Anderson, a law professor at American University whose work currently focuses on targeted killing, robotics and the law, and the laws of war generally. He is an editor for lawfare.com, a top legal foreign policy blog.
David Glazier, a law professor at Loyola Law School who focuses on the law related to the “War on Terror.” He served as a pro bono consultant to Human Rights First, and prior to law school, served as a US Navy Officer for 21 years.
Shane Harris, a journalist for The Washingtonian magazine who won the 2010 Gerald Ford Prize for Distinguished Reporting on National Defense. His book The Watchers was named on The Economist’s best books of 2010.