Dr. Seth Masket, professor and chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of Denver, will the featured speaker at the Dr. Max Pickerill Lecture Series hosted by Colby Community College on Tuesday, Oct. 18. 

Lecture Series Features DU Professor

Wed Oct 12, 2016 at 10:32 AM

Dr. Seth Masket, professor and chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of Denver, will the featured speaker at the Dr. Max Pickerill Lecture Series hosted by Colby Community College on Tuesday, Oct. 18. The presentation begins at 7 p.m. in Frahm Theatre on the CCC campus.

Dr. Masket studies political parties, state legislatures, campaigns and elections, and social networks. He contributes regularly at Pacific Standard and Vox.com.

Dr. Seth Masket

He is the author of The Inevitable Party: Why Attempts to Destroy the Party System Fail and How they Weaken Democracy (Oxford University Press, 2016). His other books include No Middle Ground: How Informal Party Organizations Control Nominations and Polarize Legislatures. He is also coauthoring a textbook on political parties expected to be released in 2017.

Masket’s Oct. 18 presentation is titled, Is Partisanship Good for Democracy? He will examine the impacts of three states’ attempts at nonpartisanship and the aspects of legislative behavior, including legislative productivity and partisanship. He will also discuss the causes and ultimate demises of the nonpartisan experiments for lessons about the nature of political parties.

There is no charge to attend the presentation. The Max Pickerill Lecture Series is funded annually by anonymous donors. For more information contact Dr. Linda Davis-Stephens at (785) 460-5528.