Hartwick College Faculty Lecture Series 2012 - Laurel Elder

Hartwick’s Elder To Present Friday's Faculty Lecture Series

September 18, 2012

Associate Professor of Political Science Dr. Laurel Elder will present a talk entitled "Politics of Parenthood and Presidential Elections" as this month's Faculty Lecture Series. The talk will be held at 4 p.m. this Friday, September 21, in Eaton Lounge, Bresee Hall on the Hartwick College Campus.

During the lecture, Elder will discuss her recently published book, "The Politics of Parenthood: Causes and Consequences of the Politicization and Polarization of the American Family" (SUNY Press, August 2012), which she co-authored with Dr. Steven Greene at North Carolina State University. She will share her empirical research, which documents how parenthood and the family have become politicized in U.S. politics in response to significant changes to the structure of the American family. Elder will also discuss the significance of the politicization of parenthood and the family for the 2012 presidential election.

Elder's lecture is the first of eight discussions during the 2012-13 academic year. All lectures will be held from 4-5:30 p.m. in Eaton Lounge of Bresee Hall. Throughout the lecture series, faculty members will discuss recent research in their fields, focusing on politics, religion, art, economics, biology, psychology and more.

Upcoming faculty lecture dates, presenters, and titles (subject to change) include:

  • September 21, 2012: Associate Professor of Political Science Laurel Elder, "The Politics of Parenthood and Presidential Elections"
  • October 26, 2012: Professor of Religious Studies Gary Herion, "The Liberal Arts Bible Project: Facing the Challenge of Bible Illiteracy in America's Colleges and Universities"
  • November 16, 2012: Assistant Professor of Art Stephanie Rozene, "The Politics of Porcelain: Symbols of Wealth in Pre-revolutionary France and Contemporary Politics"
  • December 7, 2012: Associate Professor of Economics Kristin Jones and Associate Professor of History Sean Kelley, "Auctions, Scrambles, and the Economics of Slave Sales in Colonial South Carolina"
  • February 22, 2013: Associate Professor of Religious Studies Lisle Dalton, "Gilded Age Railroad Brotherhoods as Industrial Religion"
  • March 15, 2013: Assistant Professor of Chemistry Zsuzsanna Balogh-Brunstad, "Where Minerals Meet Life: Fungal Weathering and Potassium Acquisition"
  • April 12, 2013: Associate Professor of Art & Art History Doug Zullo, "The Soviet Occupation of Russian Orthodox Iconography"
  • May 3, 2013: Assistant Professor of Psychology Justin Wellman, "Understanding the Dark Horse of Personality: When Will the Pessimist Win?"

For more information, contact Assistant Professor of Political Science Dr. Matthew Voorhees at 607-431-4387 or

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