Press Release              Event Date:  October 10, 2016


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NM Historical Society Presents MU’s Leonard Williams on Landslide Elections   


On Monday, October 10, the North Manchester Historical Society is pleased to host Manchester University political science professor Leonard Williams in a program titled This Is What a Landslide Looks Like.  The program will be held in the Assembly Room at Timbercrest Retirement Center, 2201 East Street, at 6:40 p.m.  The program is open to the public at cost. 


Given the unusual Presidential election campaign of 2016, some political observers have sought perspective by looking for comparable election seasons in years past. With two rather unpopular candidates running, some observers have occasionally forecast an eventual victory of landslide proportions. In this talk, Dr. Leonard Williams will discuss the nature of election landslides and examine noteworthy examples such as the elections of 1964 and 1972.


Leonard Williams is the Dean of the College of Education and Social Sciences and Professor of Political Science at Manchester University.  He received his M.A. and B.A from the University of Southern Illinois and his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University.  Williams joined the Manchester faculty in 1982 and has been a fellow at the University of Essex, Colchester, United Kingdom.  Besides publications and academic presentations, Williams has been a regular guest analyst and commentator for local television, radio and newspaper interviews.


The NM Historical Society has presented several programs this year inspired by our contentious Presidential election.  In May, they presented Mudslinging, Muckraking and Apple Pie:  Presidential Campaigns, the Great American Pastime, which offered stories of unscrupulous and malicious attacks against Presidential candidates Jefferson, Adams, Jackson, Grant and Taft.  William’s program comes less than one month before the 2016 elections, making it a most timely offering.


Contact the North Manchester Center for History at 260-982-0672, or for more information.




Leonard Williams