TIER Talks to explore problems of U.S. political system and possible solutions

By Steve Seepersaud

Do you feel frustrated with politics as usual? If so, you’re not alone, as many feel our political system is broken. Social media inflame existing debates and get us nowhere. Rather than lamented, voter turnout of 50 percent is considered a good number.

So, where do we go from here? You can hear answers to this question at TIER Talks (Talks that Inspire, Educate and Resonate) presented by M&T Bank during Homecoming 2016. Three alumni — all political experts frequently quoted in national news media — will cover “Our Political System on Life Support: A discussion of critical intervention as well as long-term care” at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, in Watters Theater. There is no cost to attend; all alumni are welcome. See the full schedule of events and register at the Homecoming website

Our distinguished speakers will be:
Jean W. Harris '82, MA '86, PhD '88Jean W. Harris ’82, MA ’86, PhD ’88
Professor, Political Science and Women's Studies, University of Scranton;
Coordinator, Ready to Run Northeast Pennsylvania
"Political Illiteracy and Government By and For Career Politicians"

Harris teaches courses on U.S. national, state and local politics, policies and political institutions. She is also a frequent political consultant for local and regional media.

Matthew R. Kerbel '80Matthew R. Kerbel ’80
Professor and Chair of Political Science, Villanova University
"Partisanship in America. Can Social Media Be The Fix?"

Kerbel is the “go-to” source for stories about how politicians, political parties and government bodies interact with media to gain advantage.

David A. Schultz '80, MA '86David A. Schultz ’80, MA ’86
Professor of Political Science, Hamline University
"The Cause and Consequences of Political Polarization in America: 1976-2016"

Schultz is a nationally-recognized expert on political ethics, money and politics, political participation and eminent domain law.

TIER Talks, introduced at Homecoming 2014, engages alumni and faculty thought leaders to provide you with insights into hot topics in a manner that both informs and energizes you. Audiences come away with a deeper knowledge of a topic and a desire to understand more about the world around them.

See the full Homecoming schedule and register now at If you have questions, contact the Alumni Engagement office at 607-777-2424 or

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SHARE YOUR EXPERTISE WITH US! The Alumni Relations Office is asked to recommend alumni who are expert speakers. If you are well-versed in subjects including national security, politics, technology, career networking, environmental studies or etiquette, contact Melinda Holicky, associate director for alumni volunteer engagement. Include your name, class year and a brief biography. Supporting material could include a CV or link to your website.


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Last Updated: 9/26/16