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Fordham Professors Take a Turn as Presidential Advisers


If you had the ear of the next United States president, what advice would you offer?

That’s the premise behind an upcoming event in which five University professors will temporarily slip on the mantle of adviser to the nation’s chief of state.

“All the President’s Faculty: Shadow Cabinet and Political Briefing” will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 28, in the Lowenstein Center’s 12th-Floor Lounge on the Lincoln Center campus.

The participants, all experts in political science, journalism, history or management, will sound off on the strategies, subtleties and skullduggery necessary to run the White House in 2009.

The shadow cabinet is as follows:

• Tom DeLuca, Ph.D., professor of political science and director of the International Studies Program

• John P. Entelis, Ph.D., professor of political science and director of the Middle East Studies Program

• Beth Knobel, Ph.D., Emmy Award-winning former Moscow bureau chief for CBS
News and professor of communication and media studies

• Mark Naison, Ph.D., professor of African-American studies and history and director of the Urban Studies Program

• Falguni Sen, Ph.D., professor of management systems

Also that evening, a leading voice on presidential politics will reveal what the public wants out of the next Oval Office occupant. Costas Panagopoulos, Ph.D., will present “What the American People Want” in conjunction with the Shadow Cabinet panel discussion.

Panagopoulos is an assistant professor of political science and director of the Center for Electoral Politics and Democracy and the graduate program in Elections and Campaign Management. A noted commentator on campaigns and elections, voting behavior, public opinion and campaign finance, he was part of the Decision Desk team at NBC News during the 2006 election cycle.

A reception will conclude the event. All are invited to attend.


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