Redefining the Classroom

Public invited to hear speakers at Michigan Political Science Association meeting

Posted: September 29th, 2012

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – Gathering in Michigan's Upper Peninsula for the first time in its history, the Michigan Political Science Association will invite the public to hear two of its speakers during its annual meeting Oct. 4-5 at Lake Superior State University.

The conference will bring together political scientists from throughout the state who will meet in panels and roundtables devoted to the 2012 elections and Michigan ballot proposals, politics and religion, Great Lakes environmental policy, tribal government and politics, Canadian politics, conflict and cooperation in national and international affairs, Native American politics and policy, and much more.

Panels and roundtables will be open only to registrants and LSSU students, faculty, and staff. However, two addresses by University of Michigan Political Science Professor Arthur Lupia Ph.D. and Inside Michigan Politics Editor Bill Ballenger, are free and open to the general public. Registration, program, and other conference information is available at the conference web site,

Lupia speaking at LSSU in 2008

The conference’s keynote speaker is Lupia, an award-winning author and one of the country’s preeminent experts on elections and voting behavior. His address, to be delivered at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 4, in the Walker Cisler Center Superior Room, is titled, "The Trouble with Voters and Those Who Try to Fix Them."


Ballenger will speak at 1 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 5, in the Cisler Center. The former state representative, state senator and editor of Inside Michigan Politics will present, "Campaign 2012: What Will Happen in Michigan?" Ballenger, who has been called 'Michigan's undisputed crown prince of pundits," appears regularly on radio and television throughout the country.

The MIPSA is a state-level association of political scientists. The discipline also has regional associations, such as the Midwest Political Science Association, the American Political Science Association, and the International Political Science Association. MIPSA was formerly known as the Michigan Conference of Political Scientists.

LSSU Political Science Professor Gary Johnson Ph.D. is president-elect of MIPSA and host and organizer for the 2012 conference. Additional information about the conference may be obtained by contacting Johnson at or 906-635-2763. –LSSU-

CONTACT: Tom Pink, 906-635-2315,; John Shibley, 635-2314,; Prof. Gary Johnson, 635-2763,