Press Release for Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Black to Discuss 2004 Presidential Race

Contact Sharon Ashton
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2115

JACKSONVILLE -- Just five weeks before America votes for who will lead the nation for the next four years, one of the premier scholars on Southern politics will discuss the 2004 presidential election.

Earl Black, the Herbert S. Autrey Professor of Political Science at Rice University, will speak Tuesday, Sept. 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the Lazzara Performance Hall in the Fine Arts Center on the University of North Florida campus. The lecture is part of UNF’s Distinguished Voices Lecture Series, and it is free and open to the public.

Black and his brother Merle of Emory University are the authors of the award-winning books "The Rise of Southern Republicans and The Vital South: How Presidents Are Elected." They are working on "American Power Struggle," which will look at voters, parties and elections according to national, sectional and regional trends.

Black received his doctorate in political science from Harvard University in 1968. He has taught at Rice University since 1993, and he also has taught at the University of South Florida and the University of South Carolina.

For a complete list of Distinguished Voices lectures at UNF that are free and open to the public, visit and click on the Distinguished Voices link.

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