Panelists to discuss overlooked questions of the 2012 election

The often overlooked questions of the 2012 election will be probed through “The Forum on Politics in 2012” at Willamette University Sept. 26.

The panel discussion, which is free and open to the public, is scheduled from 7:30-9 p.m. in the Hatfield Room of the Hatfield Library.

“Students at Willamette care about the world we share in ways that extend far beyond the constrained way electoral politics is discussed in the United States,” says David Gutterman, a politics professor and the panel moderator.

“[This panel] is intended to not simply give voice to what is missing, but to think about possibilities for political action.”

The panel is comprised of Willamette professors and other academics, who Gutterman says will discuss “many vital political questions being ignored in the public discourse.”

The speakers are Willamette faculty Roy Pérez, assistant professor of English; Jonneke Koomen, assistant professor of politics; and Joe Bowersox, professor of environmental and earth sciences.

James Miller, a political science and liberal studies professor from the New School of Social Research; and John Frohnmayer, former chairman of the National Endowment of the Arts, are also panelists.

Gutterman says those attending the event should expect a conversation rather than a lecture, where participants are free to share their own ideas and perspectives.

“Our hope with this panel is to have a discussion in which we can name these ‘missing’ issues, consider their significance and then explore ways to mobilize to change the way we talk about and act on political concerns,” Gutterman says. "We want to ensure these ‘missing’ issues are no longer ignored.”

For more information, contact Gutterman at