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Harvard University Professor Dr. Thomas Patterson virtually presenting “The Constitution and the Right to Vote” for DMC observance of Constitution Day on Sept. 17

Article by Rosa Linda Reynoso

On Sept. 17, 1787, our country’s forefathers signed the final draft of the U.S. Constitution, ending the Constitutional Convention. In 2005, the U.S. Congress passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act requiring all educational institutions receiving federal funding to observe Constitution Day on Sept. 17 each year. 

In observance of Constitution Day this year, Harvard University is hosting on Zoom and the Del Mar College (DMC) Social Sciences Department’s Political Science program is presenting guest speaker Dr. Thomas E. Patterson, who will virtually present “The Constitution and the Right to Vote.” 

The virtual presentation is scheduled from 11 a.m. to noon on Friday, Sept. 17. To access the Zoom presentation, go tohttps://mcgrawhill.zoom.us/j/83213201224 and use Meeting ID: 832 1320 1224.

For more information about this event, contact Dr. Adrian Clark, professor of political science, at 361-698-1639 or aclark14@delmar.edu or the DMC Social Sciences Department at 361-698-1228.

Thomas E. Patterson_PhD_Professor of Government and the Press at Harvard dUniversity

Dr. Patterson, a Bradlee Professor of Government and the Press at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, is the author of How America Lost Its Mind, which looks at the problem of misinformation. His earlier published books include Out of Order, an examination of the media’s political role, which received the American Political Science Association’s Graber Award as the best book of the decade in political communication. He also wrote The Unseeing Eye, which examines television’s impact on politics and named by the American Association for Public Opinion Research as one of the leading books on public opinion of the past half century.

Patterson Book Cover_We the People

Dr. Patterson’s other penned works include Informing the News, which examines America’s changing information system and the challenges it poses; The Vanishing Voter, which looks at the causes and consequences of voter participation; andThe Mass Media Election, which studies the media’s election impact. Dr. Patterson is also the author an introductory American government text, We the People (McGraw-Hill), 14th edition. His research has been funded by many foundations, including the Ford, Markle, Smith-Richardson, Pew, Knight, Carnegie and National Science Foundations.

A Minnesota native, Dr. Patterson earned his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota, where he studied after serving in the U.S. Army Special Forces in Vietnam.

For more information, go to https://www.hks.harvard.edu/faculty/thomas-patterson.



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