On Monday, Feb. 3, the Academy for Lifelong Learning at Sewanee, will hear a presentation given by Andrea Hatcher. A native of Bagdad, Fla., Andrea Hatcher earned her Ph.D. at Vanderbilt University, where her dissertation was the first published analysis of U.S. Senate Majority Leaders, the multiple roles they fill, and the constraints that pull at their power. At Sewanee for 15 years now, she teaches courses in American political institutions—Congress, the presidency, and the courts (including a series on constitutional law). Her senior seminar, Religion and American Politics, was instrumental in shaping her ongoing research agenda about British Evangelicals. She has published The Political and Religious Identities of British Evangelicals, and is currently researching the politics of the black majority church in the UK.
Her presentation is titled “The Electoral College: A Masterpiece of Political Improvisation.” The Electoral College is held in esteem by some people and contempt by others. Professor Hatcher will try to dispel some myths around the design of the Electoral College, explain how it works (or doesn’t) and engage the debate about its effect on presidential elections.
The Academy, a part of the Sewanee Seminar Series, meets from noon to 1 p.m., in Lower Cravens at 439 Kentucky Ave., on the Sewanee campus. There is ample parking in the parking lot adjacent to Cravens. Sewanee parking regulations require that the vehicle’s rear bumper be visible from the parking lot aisles. The cost for a single session is $3 and an annual membership is $20. Coffee, water and homemade cookies are available. Attendees are invited to bring a sack lunch. For questions contact Susan Peek at (615) 504-5404.