Domke begins SAL U series on campaign

sal-logoThe 2012 presidential election is coming up fast, and heated debate over the federal debt and the rise of the Tea Party will play huge roles in the election’s outcome.

UW Communication Professor and Chair David Domke, a well-known authority in political leadership, news coverage and social change, will weigh in when he lectures on “Visions of America: Barack Obama, the Tea Party, and the 2012 Presidential Election,” presented by Seattle Arts & Lectures and the UW Alumni Association.

This five-part evening lecture series begins Jan. 11 and runs through March:

Jan. 11, 25; Feb. 8, 22; March 6, 2012
Kane Hall Room 130
Cost: $85 for UWAA members (Call 206-543-0540)
$100 for non-members (Purchase tickets >>)

Domke will provide insight into the two very different visions of America’s future currently being offered, criticized and debated. One is a vision of progressive change represented by the Obama movement in 2007-08. It promotes an inclusive America transcending race, sexuality, and religion. The other vision emerged in 2009-10 and promotes a model of economic and social conservatism its supporters contend was the basis for the nation’s founders. To understand these perspectives is to understand who will be the Republican Party’s presidential nominee and, ultimately, what the 2012 presidential election means.

Domke is the author of The God Strategy: How Religion Became a Political Weapon in America as well as God Willing: Political Fundamentalism in the White House, the ‘War on Terror’ and the Echoing Press. He worked as a journalist for several newspapers in the 1980s and early 1990s, including the Orange County Register and Atlanta Journal-Constitution, before earning a Ph.D. in 1996. In 2002 he received the University of Washington’s Distinguished Teaching Award, the university’s highest honor for teaching.

In 2006, he received the Hiller Krieghbaum Under-40 Award, given by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, for outstanding early-career accomplishments. Also in 2006, he was named the Washington state Professor of the Year by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. In 2008, he was selected as the favorite professor of the UW graduating class.

In preparation for the series, SAL solicited questions from patrons, and Domke chose some of his favorites to answer. Click the “answer” link to listen to each podcast.

“Given Mitt Romney’s Mormon lineage, how does that stack up to past presidents and controversial religious affiliations?” ANSWER

“I’ve just been acquainted with the term ‘dog whistle,’ and would like more information.ANSWER

“Do you consider any of the current Republican presidential candidates capable of getting elected and, if elected, of governing?” ANSWER

“Has President Obama lived up to his message of hope? Is the idea of getting across the message more important than fulfilling the promise of the message?” ANSWER