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KNOXVILLE — Anthony Nownes, associate professor of political science, will discuss issues surrounding the presidential election at this week’s Pre-Game Faculty Showcase at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

His topic, “Election ’08: Learn to Love the Electoral College,” focuses on the electoral college and the role current issues, party identification, ideology and the media will play in determining the next president.

The Pre-Game Faculty Showcase begins at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, in the University Center Ballroom before the football game against Mississippi State.

The UT Pre-Game Faculty Showcase, now in its 19th year, is held two hours before every home football game. The College of Arts and Sciences selects a top faculty member for each presentation. The programs are free and open to the public.

Nownes’ research focuses on politics at the national, state and local levels and the roles of lobbyists and special interest groups in American politics.

At UT, Nownes has won several teaching awards including the Political Science Graduate Student Organization Professor of the Year in both 2000 and 2003, the Pi Sigma Alpha Professor of the Year Award in 1999 and 2002 and the UT National Alumni Outstanding Teacher Award in 2005.

Nownes has published two books, “Pressure and Power: Organized Interests in American Politics” and “Total Lobbying: What Lobbyists Want (And How They Try to Get It).” He also has published numerous articles in journals including The British Journal of Political Science and The Journal of Politics.

Each showcase program lasts 45 minutes, including 30 minutes for the presentation and 15 minutes for a discussion period. Light refreshments will be served.

The Pre-Game Faculty Showcase is sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences with the support of the UT Alumni Association, the UT Knoxville Office of Alumni Affairs and UT Athletics.

The College of Arts and Sciences is the largest college on UT’s campus with 600 faculty and 23 departments and schools encompassing the humanities, fine and performing arts, social sciences, life sciences and physical sciences. The college places special emphasis on academic outreach, and its faculty and students are actively involved with the community through the Faculty Speakers Bureau, service learning and other programs.

The University Center is located at 1502 W. Cumberland Ave., a short walk from Neyland Stadium. The ballroom is in Room 213 on the second floor. For more directions, visit


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