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Breathing Life into the Electoral College: A Reform Proposal

November 14th, 2017

November 14thReforming the Electoral College: Breathe Life back into this Important Institution. The presidential election of 2016 provided another election in which the winner of the popular vote was not the winner of the Electoral College vote. This brought the now familiar calls for abolishing this institution as a “barrier to democracy.” But individuals referring to the Electoral College as something that is contrary to democracy do not understand the nature of democracy, and certainly do not understand the nature of representative democracy or republicanism. In this panel, Professor James Davenport will present a proposal to reform the Electoral College to make it a more representative institution and a more authoritative voice in the selection of the presidency.

Date: November 14th. Time: 2:00pm. Location: Learning Resources Center, 2nd Floor Special Events Area.

Panelists will include:

  • Deb Ferrell-Lynn, Lecturer in Political Science, University of Central Oklahoma 
    Professor Deborah “Deb” Ferrell-Lynn holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma. She was appointed to a full-time Lecturer position at the University of Central Oklahoma after having taught there as an adjunct instructor since 1998. She has also taught courses at the University of Oklahoma, the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, and Oklahoma Christian University. Professor Ferrell-Lynn has served on the Board of Trustees for the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Education and Outreach Committee for a number of years, and still serves on the Memorial’s Conscience Committee. Professor Ferrell-Lynn received the College of Liberal Arts 2008-2009 Adjunct Faculty Member of the Year Award. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in American Studies through a partnership between the University of Central Oklahoma and the University of Swansea, located in Wales, of the United Kingdom. Her research focuses on the impact of presidential intervention on local government crisis policy making.
  • Alan Cook, Adjunct Professor of Political Science, Rose State College
    Professor Cook is an adjunct professor of Political Science at Rose State College. He earned his Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma. In addition to teaching at Rose State, Professor Cook also teaches courses at Oklahoma City Community College and Mid-America Christian University. He is a member of Pi Alpha Alpha, a national collegiate honor society for public administration and public policy students. In addition to teaching political science courses, Professor Cook has also been active in Oklahoma politics, and he owns a successful small business.
  • Forrest Paige, Adjunct Professor of History, Rose State College
  • James Davenport, Professor of Political Science, Rose State College
    James Davenport received the 2016 “Political Science Teacher of the Year Award” from the Oklahoma Political Science Association. He received Rose State College’s “Excellence in Teaching Award” in May of 2017. Known as an engaging an innovative educator with a strong passion for learning, Professor Davenport combines a strong academic background in Political Science with real-world experience in national, state, and local government and politics. Professor Davenport is the Coordinator for the Great Debates: Power, Politics, & People series that is sponsored by the Rose State Social Sciences Division each fall and spring semester. In addition, he has been a presenter for the Oklahoma Council for Economics Education, and periodically hosts a book club for students interested in learning more about politics and economics. Professor Davenport earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Southern Nazarene University, and his Master’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Central Oklahoma. He has also completed additional graduate coursework at the University of Oklahoma.

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