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Monday, October 31, 2016

Alfred: Symposium tackles upcoming presidential election

l - r: Rachel Haines, liberal arts and sciences: humanities, Arkport; Alfred State Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences Dr. Rex Olson; Alfred University Professor Emeritus Dr. Robert Heineman; Awa Zoure, human services, Brooklyn; Shaun Lambert, criminal justice, Jamaica (NY).
As the race to become the next leader of the United States wages on, Alfred State’s Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences joined with the college’s Honors Program recently to host the Khalid Ashraf Symposium on this very topic.
Titled “Presidential Election 2016,” the evening’s center point was a conversation with Alfred University Professor Emeritus Dr. Robert Heineman, and Alfred State Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences Dr. Rex Olson regarding the prolonged, and often contentious political campaign between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
The goal was to help students and other first-time voters understand the current campaign in the larger context of American politics in general, and previous presidential campaigns in particular. The friendly, civilized sparring between Heineman and Olson inspired a vigorous question-and-answer session, and revealed that the majority of the students present are planning to vote.
The Khalid Ashraf Symposium series honors the late Khalid Ashraf, a long-time, much-respected member of the Department of Social and Behavioral Science at Alfred State.