Please Join Us for an Alumni Reception and Program on Tuesday, April 5th
The State of American Democracy: Any Lessons for the Rest of the World?
Most Americans today bemoan the effectiveness of their government and the partisanship of their politics. Is today’s “gridlock, unreason, and personal vilification” all that different from earlier days in American history? What does this long look back at the American experience suggest, if anything, to those in the Middle East who today are struggling to build their own functioning democratic governments and societies?
Lecture and discussion led by Maxwell’s forthright and beloved Robert McClure, Chapple Family Professor of Citizenship and Democracy Emeritus
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Reception 6:00 pm and Program 7:00 pm
Please RSVP no later than Monday, March 28th to tinyurl.com/SanFranMaxwell or (315) 443-5453 (Guests are Welcome!)
Bob McClure is professor of political science and public affairs and Chapple Family Professor of Citizenship and Democracy Emeritus. McClure has taught courses on citizenship, democracy, leadership, mass communication and American government, reaching more than 13,000 students during a career spanning 41 years at the Maxwell School.
His work with students in and out of the classroom has led to numerous awards and designations: He was named the University Scholar/Teacher of the Year and the Maxwell School Professor of Teaching Excellence and given the Student Government Outstanding Faculty Award and the Chancellor’s Citation for Exceptional Academic Achievement.
For nearly all of his career, McClure has been involved in teaching the team-taught, lower division, interdisciplinary course devoted to citizenship and democracy, which Maxwell’s founding benefactor designated as the School’s signature undergraduate offering. In December, 2010, McClure stepped down from directing this course, and entered the University’s phased retirement program. For the next three years, he will continue to teach one course each fall on democratic leadership, before fully retiring in June, 2014.
Before coming to Maxwell, McClure served as legislative assistant to Congressman Lee Hamilton and as a journalist for the Scripps-Howard Newspapers and the St. Petersburg Times. From 1986-1989, McClure was director of the University Honors Program and from 1989-2003, Associate Dean and Senior Associate Dean of the Maxwell School.
One of his books, The Unseeing Eye: The Myth of Television Power in National Elections (co-authored with Tom Patterson), was named by the American Association for Public Opinion Research as one of the field’s most influential books written in the past 50 years. McClure currently serves as president of the Board of Directors of Syracuse’s Samaritan Center, a not-for-profit organization devoted to feeding the community’s hungry. Last year the Center served more than 100,000 hot meals.