Kalamazoo College Political Science Lecture Features Joan Mandle

Joan Mandle, executive director of Democracy Matters and professor emeritus of sociology, Colgate University will deliver the 2012 William Weber Lecture in Political Science at Kalamazoo College on October 24 at 8 P.M. The event will take place in the Mandelle Hall Olmsted Room; it is free and open to the public. The title of the lecture is “Who Owns Democracy: The 2012 Elections.” Since 2001 Mandle has directed Democracy Matters, a non-partisan campus-based national student organization committed to and commended for getting big private money out of politics. At Colgate she directed the college’s women’s studies program and founded the college’s Center for Women’s Studies. She has been actively involved with many efforts to reform the political system. Her activism is rooted in her participation as an undergraduate in the civil rights movement and her leadership in both the women’s and anti-Vietnam war movements. Mandle served as campaign manager for Congressman Robert W. Edgar of Pennsylvania’s races for the House of Representatives and the United States Senate. She spearheaded grassroots organizing drives in Oakland and San Francisco that resulted in the successful passage of significant campaign finance reform. Mandle has received widespread recognition for both her academic and political work, including awards from Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS) and the League of Women Voters of Oakland, Calif.