Hiram College

James Thompson, Ph.D., associate professor of political science


Vivien Sandlund, Ph.D., professor of history


Douglas Brattebo, Ph.D., associate professor of political science

Ohio usually flies under the radar until a presidential election rolls around. Then it emerges as a heavyweight flexing its political prowess as it becomes a heated battleground. Ohio has voted for every winning candidate since 1964, making it imperative that Ohioans be an informed electorate. The Hiram College Office of Alumni Relations is providing those interested with a chance to get informed when Hiram panelists present “Views from the Hill.” This panel discussion will take place Thursday, Oct. 13, 6-9 p.m. at the Cleveland City Club, 850 Euclid Ave, Cleveland.

Hiram College panelists Douglas Brattebo, Ph.D., associate professor of political science; Vivien Sandlund, Ph.D., professor of history; and James Thompson, Ph.D., associate professor of political science, will each deliver remarks on a specific aspect of the 2016 presidential election.

Sandlund will discuss how race, gender and economic insecurity impact the presidential race. Thompson will review foreign policy and Brattebo will speak on demographic change and the state of the two main political parties.

“When we conducted a similar panel presentation in 2012, the questions from Hiram alumni and members of the general public were specific and insightful,” Brattebo says.

“Given Hiram’s passion for the liberal arts and critical thinking, it’s easy to see why we’re excited to host our alumni and friends at a venue nationally renowned for fostering free speech and civic dialogue,” adds John Coyne, director of alumni relations.

The cost of attendance is $20 a person, and $15 for Hiram young alumni (’06 – ’16 graduates). Refreshments include one complimentary drink followed by a cash bar and will be served from 6 – 7 p.m. The panel will begin at 7 p.m.