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History professor continues election habit during Bergren Forum

Gary Ostrower, professor of history at Alfred University (AU), will present “Election 2012” as part of the AU Bergren Forum series. The lecture will take place on Thursday, Nov. 1 at 12:10 p.m. in the Nevins Theater, Powell Campus Center.

Ostrower explains that every four years, he uses a Bergren Forum to predict the likely outcome of the presidential election. His predictions have often been memorable, as in the case of the 1996 election when he predicted that the incumbent president would resign before the election. In 2000, he predicted that one candidate would win the popular vote but lose the election; however, he was silent about which candidate would do which.

This election year, Ostrower will predict whether or not the incumbent candidate, whom 17 percent of the population (and 30 percent of Republicans) believe is a Muslim, will defeat a Mormon candidate. The outcome of this election may determine the fate of the New Deal and change the entire economic structure of the country, he added.

Ostrower earned a bachelor of arts degree from Alfred University. He then continued his education, earning a master of arts degree and Ph.D. in history from the University of Rochester. He has taught at Vassar College and served as visiting assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania. He now serves as the Joseph K. Kruson Distinguished Professor at Alfred University and the Margaret and Barbara Hagar Professor of the Humanities.

 The Bergren Forum, sponsored by the Alfred University Division of Human Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, meets Thursdays during each academic semester. Participants are encouraged to bring a lunch; coffee and tea will be available.