U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump will be the focus of a public lecture at Douglas College next week.
School faculty will conduct a presentation, titled Critical Realignment: Trump and the Transformation of U.S. elections, and discuss the Republican nominee's controversial campaign.
"There have been historic American elections, like Obama's, but this is the first in recent times where a presidential candidate has openly suggested that the electoral system is rigged," said Shaun Tyakoff, a political science instructor who has been teaching and studying U.S. politics for 45 years. "Donald Trump, whether he wins or loses, has changed the very nature of U.S. political campaigns."
Other faculty members participating include history instructor Denis McKim, psychology instructor Raquel Faria Chapdelaine and philosophy instructor Mano Daniel. Each will provide insight based on their field of expertise. Former Member of Parliament and Douglas College alum James Moore will also be a special guest.
“This is the most interesting election in recent history," Tyakoff said. "There has never been two candidates as disliked as Clinton and Trump. Trump’s success speaks to changes in American society, culture and economics with the increasing electoral importance of minorities, the uneven economic recovery, and the social and economic insecurity of the white working-class non-college-educated population in the United States."
The public lecture will be hosted by Douglas College's Humanities and Social Sciences and Advancement and Alumni Relations. It will be held at the Coquiltam campus (1250 Pinetree Way) on Oct. 12 between 7 and 9 p.m. in lecture theatre A1470. Admission is by donation to the Douglas College Foundation in support of student bursaries. For more information and to register for the event go to www.douglascollege.ca/community.