Centenary College Professor of History Dr. Raymond Frey will speak on "The History of the Presidential Election" on October 4, 2012. The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Taylor Memorial Library and will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Taylor Memorial Library at Centenary College. Parking is available at the David and Carol Lackland Center at 715 Grand Avenue in Hackettstown.
This November, American citizens will exercise their constitutional right by voting for the next President of the United States. Very few of those voters are fully aware of how complex the process really is and why it functions the way it does. Dr. Raymond Frey will clearly explain how presidential elections work by addressing common questions about the caucus, the purpose of primaries and conventions, the way in which the Electoral College functions, why presidential elections are not determined by a popular vote, and which elections were the most controversial.
Dr. Raymond Frey has taught at Centenary College since 1990. Dr. Frey holds graduate degrees in history and philosophy from Fordham University and Drew University. He has prepared two White House briefing documents on first lady Bess Truman for First Lady Laura Bush and has also contributed chapters in "Life in the White House: a Social History of the First Family and the President's House, American First Ladies, and the Presidential Companion."
In 2002, Dr. Frey was the keynote speaker at the Truman Presidential Library, commemorating Bess Truman's birthday. He moderated a panel of presidential scholars discussing President Truman's security legacy at the Truman Little White house in Key West, Florida, in 2003 and in 2004, presented a paper entitled "Truman's Speech to the NAACP" at the same location.
"I am honored to have been chosen to present the history of one of the most important events in our democracy," says Dr. Frey. "It is my hope that not only will the lecture enlighten listeners in regards to the electoral process, but that it will also open the door to new questions and insights about this essential constitutional exercise."
Copies of his new book from the Campus History series, "Centenary College, New Jersey," (Arcadia Publishing) will be available for purchase that evening for $21.99.
For more information about this event, please contact Stanley Kula at (908) 852-1400, ext. 2329.
About The Friends of the Library
The Friends of Taylor Memorial Library is a volunteer group established to sponsor cultural events for the Centenary College community and raise funds to donate to the Library in order to enhance the services, informational resources and equipment it provides.
About Centenary College
Founded in 1867 by the Newark Conference of the United Methodist Church, Centenary College's academic program integrates a solid liberal arts foundation with a strong career orientation. This mix is designed to provide an educational experience that prepares students to succeed in the increasingly global and interdependent world.
Centenary College's main campus is located in Hackettstown, N.J., with its equestrian facility in Washington Township (Morris County). The Centenary College School of Professional Studies offers degree programs in three locations: Hackettstown, Parsippany and Edison, and at corporate sites throughout New Jersey. The School of International Programs recruits international students for study at Centenary and Centenary students for study abroad.
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