by Pamela Young, Published February 05, 2013
YPSILANTI - Why was Barack Obama re-elected president and what are the issues that could either undermine his presidency, or propel him to greatness during his second term in office?
Several Eastern Michigan University experts and guests will explore these issues and more during a panel discussion, "President Barack Obama's Re-election: Demography, Race Relations and Emerging Political Issues," Thursday, Feb. 7, 1-4 p.m. in room 310, Student Center at Eastern Michigan University. The event is free and open to the public.
The event opens with keynote speaker Ravi Perry, assistant professor of political science and Stennis Scholar for Municipal Governance at Mississippi State University. Perry is an expert on African-American politics, ethnic studies and public policy.
A panel discussion will follow. In addition to Ravi Perry, panelists include:
"This expert panel will provide a non-partisan, learned and robust discussion on the political, economic and socio-cultural factors that accounted for Obama's winning a second term in office," said Victor Okafor. "Panelists will also weigh in on the real politics that President Obama has to deal with in order to transform his second term agenda into actual policies."
Winners of a student essay contest, "Barack Obama: A Critical Appraisal of the Journey of the First African American President of the United States," will also be announced.
For more information, contact Victor Okafor at 734-487-3460 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org