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William Paterson University Sponsors Conference, Elections 2012: Equality, Justice and Democracy, on October 18

William Paterson University’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences will present a conference, “Elections 2012: Equality, Justice, and Democracy,” on October 18, 2012.  The conference, which includes a keynote address and two panel discussions, will focus on equality and inequality, with particular attention to electoral politics, political movements, and the ideas that animate them.

The event will be held in the University Commons Ballroom on campus from 9:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.  Admission is free and the event is open to the public.

The first panel discussion, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., will explore what’s at stake, from the national to the local. Jeannine Frisby LaRue, senior vice president, Kaufman Zita Group, a public affairs group in New Jersey, and Christine Kelly, professor of political science at William Paterson, will lead the discussion. Both are experts in youth participation and New Jersey politics. Stephen Thompson, professor of philosophy at William Paterson, will moderate.

Linda Martin Alcoff, professor of philosophy at Hunter College and the City University of New York, will give the keynote address from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. She is the incoming president of the American Philosophical Association (APA) and author of Visible Identities and Real Knowing. Madhuri Mukherjee, professor of languages and cultures at William Paterson, will moderate.

“Prospects for Equality, Justice and Democracy” will be the panel discussion from 2 to 3:15 p.m. Speakers include Dorian Warren, professor of political science at Columbia University; Howard McGary, professor of philosophy, Rutgers University; and Kelly Dittmar, research associate, Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University. Maria Kromidas, professor of anthropology at William Paterson, will moderate.