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U.Va. Anthropologist Will Shed New Light On American Elections

May 1, 2001-- Two questions -- "what good are American elections?" and "what do they reveal about our society?" -- are the subject of the lectures scheduled for Friday, May 18, as part of the University of Virginia’s free "Engaging the Mind" series in Virginia Beach.

Fred Damon, a U.Va. anthropology professor, will take an unorthodox approach as he examines elections during his talks, to be held twice at two Virginia Beach locations. The 3 p.m. lecture will be held at First Colonial Inn at 845 First Colonial Road, and a 7 p.m. talk will be held at the Virginia Beach Central Library at 4100 Virginia Beach Blvd.

Damon’s research into how anthropology views contemporary Western cultures grew into a course, "Everyday Life in America," that he has taught at U.Va. for more than 20 years. Through the course, he examined American elections and how such rituals reflect society. Damon has addressed the "What Good are Elections?" topic in France, Peru, Singapore and Papua New Guinea.

The U.Va. lecture series, which started March 23, demonstrates the University’s strong commitment to outreach and highlights faculty expertise, says Richard Hoehlein, director of the Hampton Roads Center of U.Va.’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies.

The series is sponsored by U.Va.’s Hampton Roads Center and Faculty Senate Speakers Bureau, in cooperation with the Office of the Vice President for Research and Public Service.

To reserve free tickets for the series, contact the Hampton Roads Center at (757) 552-1890, ext. 10, or uvahamptonroads@virginia.edu.

Contact: Ida Lee Wootten, (804) 924-6857

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SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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