On Monday evening, Coventry University hosted an open forum on the US election.
Our speakers were:
Steve Hewitt, Senior Lecturer in American and Canadian Studies, University of Birmingham. Dr Hewitt is an expert on espionage and the War on Terror. His most recent books are: Snitch!: A History of the Modern Intelligence Informer (New York and London: Continuum, 2010) and The British War on Terror: Terrorism and Counterterrorism on the Home Front since 9/11 (New York and London: Continuum, 2008).
Derek William Vallès, PhD candidate in Government, London School of Economics. Derek’s research interests are healthcare, financial reform, social security and taxation. His PhD thesis is on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, President Obama’s signature piece of healthcare legislation. He previously held fellowships at the American Institute for Economic Research and the People for the American Way Foundation. His website is: http://www.derekvalles.com/
Caroline Page, Senior Lecturer in International Relations, Coventry University. She teaches modules on international relations and US foreign policy. Her publications include: Propaganda and Foreign Policy in the Twentieth Century (London: RoutledgeCurzon, 2005) and US Propaganda During the Vietnam War, 1965-73: Limits of Persuasion (Leicester University Press, 1995).
Each of our speakers talked for about 15 minutes, commenting on the election campaign and the issues at stake. All of our speakers correctly predicted that Obama would win the election. About 100 people were in attendance. They included students from Coventry University and the University of Warwick as well as a cross-section of people from the local community. The event generated a fair amount of attention in the local media. The event was also mentioned on Heart FM, a popular adult contemporary format radio station.