CSU, Chico News

Political Scientist Will Discuss ‘Cash, Candidates and the Constitution’ at Colloquium

Date: 11-30-2010

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs

The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences Faculty Colloquium will be held on Thursday, Dec. 9. This year’s event will honor faculty member Diana Dwyre, the 2009­–2010 Fulbright Australian National University Distinguished Chair in Political Science. The title of Dwyre’s talk is "Cash, Candidates and the Constitution: Free Speech and American Elections."

The event, which includes a 5:30 p.m. poster session preceding the 6:30 p.m. keynote address by Dwyre, will be held in the Bell Memorial Auditorium, California State University, Chico. Refreshments will be served.

Dwyre was the fourth Fulbright ANU Distinguished Chair and one of 19 U.S. scholars travelling to Australia in 2009–2010. She has written two books on U.S. campaign finance, “Legislative Labyrinth: Congress and Campaign Finance Reform,” published in 2000, and “Limits and Loopholes: The Quest for Money, Free Speech, and Fair Elections,” published in 2007.

The poster session preceding Dwyre’s address will showcase the diversity of research topics that BSS faculty members are involved in. Subjects include “Preschooler’s Emotional Knowledge of Surprise and Disgust”; “The Science of Sex Addiction: A Content Analysis”; “Breaking Cultural Barriers: Nutrition and the Hmong Community”; and “Walking with Trekking Poles…,” a study of perceived exhaustion in new users.

“Dr. Dwyre's talk ‘Cash, Candidates and the Constitution’ is especially timely given the recent Supreme Court decision lifting the ban on corporate political spending,” said Eddie Vela, associate dean of BSS. “This is the premiere event of the college, and Dean Gayle Hutchinson and I urge faculty, their students and other interested persons to attend.”

For more information, call Kathy Castleberry, BSS office, at 530-898-6171.