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Georgia Southern University to Present Unique Concert-Lecture on Oct. 30

eagleheadGeorgia Southern University’s College of Liberal Arts (CLASS) and Social Sciences will present “Election Songs Throughout History” on Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 7:30 p.m. in the Carter A. Recital Hall.  The event is free of charge and light refreshments will be provided.

The concert-lecture is part of the College’s Great Minds Lecture and will feature Allen Henderson, D.M.A., vocal professor in the Department of Music.  Henderson will sing campaign songs used by presidential candidates from Jefferson to Roosevelt while political science professors Patrick Novotny, Ph.D. and Richard Pacelle, Ph.D. provide historical context for the performances.

“Before the advent of television, political candidates routinely used campaign songs to promote their causes and vilify their opponents,” Henderson said. “If you think modern political advertisements are divisive, just wait until you hear what some of our forefathers had to say.”

The concert-lecture will be nonpartisan, with Novotny and Pacelle offering historical insights to the issues and political climate of the time when the songs were written and originally performed. There will also be an opportunity for attendees to ask questions at the end of the event.

In conjunction with the Great Minds concert-lecture, CLASS is inviting representatives for all candidates in the Nov. 6 election to participate in a voter rally at the Fielding S. Russell Union Rotunda from 6 – 7:15 p.m.  During the event, candidates and their representatives will have the opportunity to speak with community members and to encourage them to vote.

For more information about the Great Minds Lecture Series or the voter rally, contact Andrea Bennett at 912-478-8597 or

The Great Minds Lecture Series is an outreach program designed to introduce the community to outstanding CLASS faculty members and to offer a glimpse of scholarship taking place in the College.  Attendees will experience first-hand the expertise of CLASS faculty and will engage in conversations about topics of interest and current events.

Georgia Southern University, a Carnegie Doctoral/Research University founded in 1906 offers more than 120 degree programs serving more than 20,000 students. Through eight colleges, the University offers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs built on more than a century of academic achievement. The University is one of the Top 10 most popular universities in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report, and is the top choice of Georgia’s HOPE scholars. Georgia Southern is recognized for its student-centered approach to education. Visit:

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