KOKOMO, Ind. — A former Indiana Congressman, who served with U.S. presidents from Lyndon B. Johnson to Bill Clinton, will discuss the 2016 presidential election at Indiana University Kokomo.
Lee Hamilton, who represented Indiana’s 9th district in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1965 to 1999, will share his insights gained working with seven presidential administrations, from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, September 27 in Kresge Auditorium. He is a distinguished scholar in the IU School of Global and International Studies, and a professor of practice in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs.
He also will talk about ways average citizens may participate in the political process, according to Todd Bradley, associate professor of political science.
“You don’t have to wait for a presidential election to get involved,” Bradley said. “You don’t have to be a congressman to make a difference. You can be involved in interest groups or social movements. You don’t have to be elected to make a difference at the local level. Hopefully he can plant some seeds to spur interest in participating among our students and community.”
Discussion of the election will be non-partisan, with Hamilton, J.D. ’56, presenting a balanced view, Bradley noted. He will also talk about the struggles to work within a partisan Congress, and how to work past those challenges.
One of the nation’s foremost experts on Congress and representative democracy, Hamilton founded the Center on Congress (now IU Center on Representative Government) in 1999, serving as its director until 2015.
Hamilton’s presentation is free and open to the public, and free parking is available on campus.
Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.