"The Language of Tears" and "The Role of Money in American Elections" will be topics of two University Forum lecture series presentations in March.
On March 11, UNLV counseling professor Jeffrey Kottler will talk about the research he did that resulted in his book, The Language of Tears.
His presentation is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in the Classroom Building Complex, Room A-110.
Kottler will help audience members explore the meaning of crying in their lives. Questions will be addressed about how crying evolved as a language to communicate such a wide variety of emotions from sadness and despair to joy and pride. Gender and cultural differences will be discussed. Kottler will talk with audience members about ways to respond more constructively to their own tears and the tears of others.
On March 17, John Shockley, a professor from Western Illinois University, will speak on the topic, "The Role of Money in American Elections." His presentation is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in Frank and Estella Beam Hall, Room 242.
Shockley, a political science professor, will focus on a new American political reality in which the interaction of technology and Supreme Court decisions has elevated the role of money to a position of increased and dangerous power in U.S. elections.
Where once "people power" and party precinct workers were a central part of campaigns, now television and television ads are the dominant means of influence, according to Shockley, who says that situation gives the pollsters and media consultants who orchestrate campaigns increasing power. Coupled with those technological developments, the view of the U.S. Supreme Court that money is a form of "free speech" has created important loopholes for political investors.
Shockley will end his talk with an overview of proposed reforms.
All presentations in the University Forum lecture series are free and open to the public. The series is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and underwritten by the UNLV Foundation.
For additional information on the series, call (702) 895-3401.