NEWS ADVISORY: Pace University to Host Left Forum 2013 with Bolivian Vice President Álvaro García Linera, Noam Chomsky and Oliver Stone

For the fifth year The Left Forum–one of the largest gatherings of progressive intellectuals, activists, academicians, and organizations from around the world– will be held on Pace University’s NYC Campus from Fri., June 7 through Sun., June 9.

Pace University to Host Left Forum 2013 with Bolivian Vice President Álvaro García Linera, Noam Chomsky and Oliver Stone

Over 1,000 speakers and panels will complement this year’s theme: Mobilizing for Ecological/Economic Transformation

NEW YORK, June 7, 2013– For the fifth year The Left Forum–one of the largest gatherings of progressive intellectuals, activists, academicians, and organizations from around the world– will be held on Pace University’s NYC Campus from Fri., June 7 through Sun., June 9.

The Forum, which will focus on Mobilizing for Ecological/Economic Transformation, features Noam Chomsky, Oliver Stone, Bolivian Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera, and hundreds of speakers and panels. All events take place at Pace University’s downtown Manhattan campus, One Pace Plaza (entrance on Spruce St., just east of City Hall, between Park Row and Gold St.). Media admission by press pass. The speakers, panels and schedule are listed on www.leftforum.org.

U.S. political theorist, activist, professor, and author Noam Chomsky, who will provide a global political analysis. Oscar Award-winning director Oliver Stone will be joined by co-writer Peter Kuznick, Bill Fletcher, Jr., and Donna Murch, to discuss his 10-part Showtime series, Untold History of the United States, and the political challenges it raises today.

Eleven Pace faculty members will participate in eight panels on topics including climate justice, overpopulation, sustainability and a special Authors Roundtable on Occupying Political Science: The Occupy Wall Street Movement from New York to the World, featuring Pace Political Science professors and authors Christopher Malone, Meghana Nayak, Emily Welty, and Matthew Bolton. For more on the panels, click here.

Schimmel auditorium events include: Richard WolffLaura FlandersFrances Fox PivenJohn NicholsJeff MadrickRas Baraka.

Interviews with featured speakers will be available on site at media row in the Schimmel auditorium lobby and recording of key sessions and plenary events can be arranged in advance. See full schedule online for speakers and panel names. For interviews, press passes, or other media queries, please email media@leftforum.org.

About Pace University

Since 1906, Pace University has produced thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health Professions, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu

Pace contact: Bill Caldwell, wcaldwell@pace.edu

Good Morning Hudson Valley: Talking Politics with Christopher Malone

Political scientists Chris Malone is regularly interviewed on the local radio program Good Morning Hudson Valley.

Follow the link below to hear radio interviews on the presidential debates and election with Chris Malone, professor and chair of the political science department, on Good Morning Hudson Valley.

The full interviews are available on Pace’s iTunes:

Talking Politics with Christopher Malone – Download free content from Pace University on iTunes.

WNYC: Political Campaigns Go for Authentic Appeal

Chris Malone, head of the political science department, was interviewed by WNYC about the upcoming presidential election.

Chris Malone was interviewed by WNYC about the presidential election.

From WNYC:

With less than a month left in the presidential race, the campaigns are scrambling to raise money, and to impress voters. A key part of that effort centers around campaigns efforts to appear authentic.

Last week the Obama campaign sent out emails to potential donors, with the subject line “Listen up.”  That informal tone is in marked difference from the Romney campaign, which has stuck to stricter, more traditional messaging, and makes the email seem like it could come from an old friend.

The attempt at intimacy is deliberate, according to Christopher Malone, associate professor and chair of the Political Science Department at Pace University.

“The need for authenticity comes from the voters, because we want to know that [the candidates] know what we go through, that they tweet like us, and email like us” said Malone.

Malone said during this campaign season, both presidential campaigns are going out of their way to appear genuine, like a good friend we trust. He said the trend emerged with Howard Dean’s campaign to become the 2004 Democratic Presidential nominee.  The campaign was one of the first to ask for donations via email, and became known for its authentic communication style. Romney famously used a downloadable app that revealed his vice presidential pick ahead of a coordinated media push (though pf course that became part of the media narrative).

But the presidential campaigns have to balance authenticity with authority, said Malone.

“We also want [candidates] to be much smarter than us, know about world affairs, be a world leader, and all those kinds of things,” added Malone.

The trend towards a more informal, genuine tone in candidate correspondence may have started with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, said Stu Loeser, former chief spokesman for Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

“Christie’s famous for his brand, of saying what he thinks and taking on all comers.”

Loeser said only a small number of politicians run their own Twitter accounts and use them for genuine correspondence, while most use email and social media as a branch of their packaged public relations message. But a neo-authenticism is popping up as the new trend in this year’s presidential campaign.

Loeser pointed to the Obama Campaigns informal emails as one example.  He also pointed to Vice President Biden’s speech at the Democratic National Convention. Biden was criticized for peppering the word “literally” throughout his speech.  But Loeser said that’s how Biden genuinely talks.

“It’s hard to see how this wasn’t a decision on the part of [Biden’s] aides or convention designers to say, we’re going to let him be who he is, because people like it” said Loeser.

It’s hard to say whether this trend towards authentic speech will last.  A few years ago, campaigns work similarly hard to create what appeared to be grass roots support for political platforms, because that kind of activism was what resonated with voters.

Political consultants or campaigns would pay to manufacture what seemed like genuine grass roots support, which opponents dubbed Astroturf, because in some instances the support later turned out to be contrived by political candidates or campaigns.

“Maybe we’ve now reached the Astroturf moment for a politician’s authenticity,” said Loeser.

Political Campaigns Go for Authentic Appeal – WNYC.

Patch.com: Looking for Somewhere to Watch the Presidential Debates? – Pleasantville-Briarcliff Manor, NY Patch

Patch.com ran news of presidential debate watch parties at Pace.

From the Pleasantville-Briarcliff Patch.com:

Presidential and vice presidential debate watch parties will be held this month at Pace University with pre- and post-debate discussion lead by Pace students and faculty.

All events will be held at the Pleasantville campus of Pace, 861 Bedford Rd., Pleasantville, entrance 3 in the Kessel Student Center.

Details below:

Round 1: First Presidential Debate — Domestic Policy

Wednesday, October 3rd at 8:30pm

Kessel Student Center – Gottesman Room
Round 2: Vice Presidential Debate — All Issues

Thursday, October 11th at 8:30pm

Kessel Student Center – Bookstore Well

 

Round 3: Second Presidential Debate — Townhall on all Issues

Tuesday, October 16th at 8:30pm

Kessel Student Center – Bookstore Well

 

Round 4: Third Presidential Debate — Foreign Policy

Monday, October 22nd at 8:30pm

Kessel Student Center – Bookstore Well

 

Refreshments will be served. The events are free and open to the public.

For more information:

Go to facebook.com/PaceDecides2012

View article here:

Looking for Somewhere to Watch the Presidential Debates? – Pleasantville-Briarcliff Manor, NY Patch.

AFP: Obama ruthless streak targets Romney

Political science professor Chris Malone was quoted in an Agence France Press (AFP) article on Obama’s ad campaign that attacks Mitt Romney’s record at Bain. The article was picked up by media outlets in Pakistan, Singapore, Thailand, Canada and the US.

Political science professor Chris Malone was quoted in an Agence France Press (AFP) article on Obama’s ad campaign that attacks Mitt Romney’s record at Bain. The article was picked up by media outlets in Pakistan, Singapore, Thailand, Canada and the US.

From AFP:

The Obama camp is clearly trying to define Romney negatively to voters, before a likely summer lull in the campaign.

“Obama doesn’t really do anything off the cuff. If we have learned one thing about this president, it is that he is very calculating,” said Christopher Malone, professor of political science at Pace University in New York.

“They have made a calculated decision and that decision is… focusing on Romney as a financier… who was all about getting profits for his shareholders and not the collective good.”

Malone said Obama’s strategy was designed to fire up Democratic voters keen to see some red meat from the president and would not damage him too badly in the political center.

Obama ruthless streak targets Romney.

Downtown Express: Pace Holds Tech Talk

This Wednesday, March 7, Pace university hosts “Tech Talk” and the “Power of Social Media in Politics.”

Pace’s upcoming “Tech Talk” was listed in the Downtown Express.

From the article:

Pace holds Tech Talk

Emilie Zaslow

Get involved this Wednesday, March 7 as Pace university hosts “Tech Talk” and the “Power of Social Media in Politics.” The panel is set to discuss social media issues that have and is still impacting today’s politics. Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems and the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences have sponsored this panel to discuss the impact political issues we face today. What a perfect time to discuss this important issue with the upcoming primaries and elections in New York City. Panelists include Dr. Christopher Malone, associate professor and chair of the Political Science Department at Pace, Dr. Emilie Zaslow, assistant professor of communication studies at Pace, Dr. Cathy Dwyer, associate professor of information technology at Pace. The free event will be held at Pace University’s downtown NYC campus, located at One Pace Plaza, from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Cathy Dwyer
Chris Malone

 

WCBS TV: Susan G. Komen for the Cure Reverses Its Decision, Says It Will Continue To Fund Planned Parenthood « CBS New York

Political Science professor Chris Malone, Ph.D., was interviewed by WCBS TV regarding the Komen Foundation’s reversal of the decision to stop funding Planned Parenthood. The decision was deemed by most to be political.

“That really is the takeaway from this. These non-profits try as they might to remain non-political, get into the mix and sometimes they do get burned,” Christopher Malone, political scientist with Pace University, told CBS 2′s Tony Aiello.

via Susan G. Komen for the Cure Reverses Its Decision, Says It Will Continue To Fund Planned Parenthood « CBS New York.

View the video clip here.

The New York Times (front page): “Weiner’s Exit Sets Off a Race to Be Israel’s Better Friend”

Pace made the front page of Tuesday’s New York Times, where Chris Malone, prominently identified as an associate professor of political science at Pace, was quoted saying the forthcoming race to replace Congressman Anthony Wiener “will be a one-upsmanship on who is more pro-Israel.” At the end of the article, Malone also provided a second mention of Pace and the closing “kicker”: “Dr. Malone, the Pace political scientist, predicted that other issues would indeed emerge in the campaign, but said the importance of the Jewish vote would remain.

“There’s bigger fish to fry,” he said, “as long as they’re fried kosher.”

Dr. Christopher Malone

Pace made the front page of Tuesday’s New York Times, where Chris Malone, prominently identified as an associate professor of political science at Pace, was quoted saying the forthcoming race to replace Congressman Anthony Wiener “will be a one-upsmanship on who is more pro-Israel.”

At the end of the article, Malone also provided a second mention of Pace and the closing “kicker”: “Dr. Malone, the Pace political scientist, predicted that other issues would indeed emerge in the campaign, but said the importance of the Jewish vote would remain.

“There’s bigger fish to fry,” he said, “as long as they’re fried kosher.”

Read the full article.

A similar story with Malone ran on NY1 TV.

Check out Pace’s Political Science program.

USA Today: Political Science Professor Chris Malone Comments on Anthony Weiner Resignation

Professor Chris Malone is quoted in an article in USA Today on New York Rep. Anthony Weiner who resigned his House seat after a three-week Internet sex scandal.

Professor Chris Malone is quoted in an article in USA Today on New York Rep. Anthony Weiner who resigned his House seat after a three-week Internet sex scandal. 

From USA Today: “Weiner’s district, which spans neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Queens, is traditionally Democratic, but it was in jeopardy as New York lawmakers worked to redraw congressional districts. The state is slated to lose two seats as a result of the 2010 Census.

 “There was already talk of redistricting Anthony Weiner out of Congress before he resigned,” said Christopher Malone, an associate professor of political science at Pace University, who is active in New York Democratic politics.”