Free lecture examines impact of presidential election
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Political Science Professor Dennis Riley will examine the impact of the presidential election during a free public presentation on Thursday, Oct. 11.
“The 2012 Election: To Infinity and Beyond—Or Not” will be offered at 7 p.m. in the Pinery Room of the Portage County Public Library, 1001 Main Street, Stevens Point. Attendees may participate in a question and answer segment following the lecture. 
“We have been through a lot in this presidential campaign,” said Riley. “It’s time to take stock of how we got here, and more important, where we will go after the election finally tells us who will get to ride on Air Force One for the next four years.”
The presentation is the second of the eight-part College of Letters and Science 2012-2013 Community Lecture Series. Friends of retired U.S. congressman and Secretary of Defense Melvin R. Laird will be in attendance as part of his 90th birthday celebration this fall.
Riley teaches several courses, including American Political Thought, Government Finance and Administrative Law. Now entering his 35th year of teaching at UW-Stevens Point, Riley has won numerous awards including the UW-Stevens Point Excellence in Teaching award in 1980 and 1998, as well as the Eugene Katz Distinguished Faculty Award from the College of Letters and Science in 2007. Riley was also voted Best Professor on Campus in an online poll conducted by the Pointer in the spring of 2009. He earned his doctorate in political science at the University of Michigan.
The entire College of Letters and Science Community Lecture Series schedule and previously recorded videos may be viewed at

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