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Political experts to debate Iowa Caucus at the Waldorf College symposium

Waldorf College

Forest City, Iowa – Four political experts will discuss and debate Iowa’s primary position in the presidential election at the 2012 History and Political Symposium on Thursday, March 29, at Waldorf College. First in the Nation: Should Iowa Retain its Primary Position?, will feature the views of scholars, the media and the Iowa Secretary of State.

An annual event that started last year, the History and Political Symposium encourages a spirit of dialogue and discussion about timely and relevant historical and political issues. The panel for the symposium will include Matt Schultz, Secretary of State for the State of Iowa; Dr. Bruce Nesmith, professor of political science at Coe College in Cedar Rapids; Dr. Dennis Goldford, professor of politics at Drake University in Des Moines, and John Skipper, political reporter at Mason City Globe Gazette.

“We want to reach out to the community and invite them on campus to broaden their perspectives and participate in the discussion,” said Dr. James Scarry, chair of the history department at Waldorf College and organizer of the event. “It’s the primary election season, so this is a topical issue to talk about.”

The panelists will discuss the national importance given to the State of Iowa for its primary position in the presidential election, and debate if Iowa is the best representative of the nation, a question often raised during the primary season. This unique grouping of experts should provide new and interesting perspectives on Iowa’s role in national elections.

The inaugural symposium of 2011 featured a discussion about Iowa’s judiciary, centered on the Varnum Decision on same sex marriage, and drew about 75 community members to the Waldorf campus. Dr. Scarry is looking forward to another round of great discussion and inviting community members to the college. “We want people to come to Waldorf College and recognize the great qualities we have here,” he said. “We hope to see teachers and young students from surrounding schools and colleges at the event as well.”

The symposium will be held at 7:30 pm in the Recital Hall of the Odvin Hagen Music Center at Waldorf College. For more information contact Dr. James Scarry at