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Leslie G. Rude Memorial Lecture

Leslie G. Rude was an outstanding Hartwick College faculty member and administrator. Following his death in 1998, Professor Emeritus Norma Hutman and Marion Rude established the Leslie G. Rude Memorial Lecture Series to reflect his passionate interest in political science and public speaking, and his commitment to public life.

The purpose of the Leslie G. Rude Memorial Lecture is to bring a prominent speaker with political expertise to the Hartwick campus each year, to share ideas with students, faculty, and community members about issues pertinent to the current political climate.

Kira Sanbonmatsu will present "More Women Can Run" on Thursday, October 28 at 7:30 p.m. in Anderson Center for the Arts Theatre. Sanbonmatsu will speak about her new book "More Women Can Run: Gender and Pathways to the State Legislatures" (co-authored with Susan J. Carroll; Oxford University Press, 2013). Analyzing nationwide surveys of state legislators conducted by the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP), the book advances a new approach for understanding women's election to office. Carroll and Sanbonmatsu argue that more women can run if more efforts are made to recruit women of varying backgrounds and from both political parties.

Sanbonmatsu is Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University and Senior Scholar at the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) of the Eagleton Institute of Politics. Her research on American politics focuses on gender, race/ethnicity, political parties, public opinion, elections, and state politics. Her most recent book is "More Women Can Run: Gender and Pathways to the State Legislatures" (Oxford University Press 2013), coauthored with Susan J. Carroll. Sanbonmatsu is the author of "Where Women Run: Gender and Party in the American States" (University of Michigan Press 2006) and "Democrats, Republicans, and the Politics of Women's Place" (University of Michigan Press 2002). Her research has also appeared in journals and edited volumes. She serves as the co-editor of the CAWP Series in Gender and American Politics (with Susan J. Carroll) at the University of Michigan Press. Sanbonmatsu is a past president of the Women and Politics organized research section of the American Political Science Association and a past president of the Midwest Women's Caucus for Political Science. Sanbonmatsu received her Ph.D. from Harvard University and her B.A. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Rude Memorial Lecture Presenters
2013: John Zogby -
"The First Globals and the Changing Demographics of America"
2012: Maria Sirois '82
- "The Authentic Voice, The Authentic Life"
2011: Francis ‘Buck' Rodgers H'82 - "The Essence of Leadership"