Coastal Carolina University – University News
A Saturday lecture sequence on the U.S. presidential election will be presented by Coastal Carolina University’s Thomas W. and Robin W. Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts during the fall semester. The sequence will include four lectures on the presidential election, with the first on Saturday, Aug. 27, at 10 a.m. Admission is free and open to the public with no ticket required. The series will be held at CCU’s 79th Avenue Theatre at the Myrtle Beach Education Center located at 900 79th Ave. N.
“This is a new and innovative program created by the Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts,” said Holley Tankersley, former chair of CCU’s Department of Politics and current associate dean of Edwards College. “We hope it serves as the foundation for future development of an American Studies program with a certificate, minor and perhaps even a major. Each lecture in the four-part series will feature a different faculty member discussing some particular aspect of presidential elections, using this year’s election as a focal point.”
“The Presidency and Presidents: A Historical Evolution” is the topic of the first lecture. The presentation, led by Tankersley, will focus on the contours of the office as defined by the Constitution, the expansion of power over time (both personal power and institutional power), and the policymaking capacity of the office.
“The 2016 presidential election has been an unusual and lively one, and it has made the public aware of a number of ‘nuts and bolts’ campaign and election issues that normally do not get much attention,” Tankersley said. “Voters should understand not just candidates’ positions on the issues, but also how the presidency and presidential elections work in order to fully evaluate how successful a president any given candidate might …