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Catawba College Professor Presents at University of Louisville's McConnell Center

September 08, 2008

Category: Faculty, Politics

Dr. Michael BitzerDr. J. Michael Bitzer, associate professor of political science and history at Catawba College, was recently invited to the University of Louisville's McConnell Center to deliver a public presentation on the 2008 election and the television show, "The Simpsons."  In addition, he was a guest lecturer for a criminal law class and spoke on "Cinematic Crime: Using the Movies to Explore Law, Crime, and Justice."

Bitzer spoke before the McConnell Scholars about the role of presidential elections, politics, and popular culture.  The McConnell Center is dedicated to providing a non-partisan, well-rounded education that encourages top undergraduates to become valued citizens and future leaders of the commonwealth and the nation. The Center also facilitates public discourse on the major challenges of our time while encouraging an understanding of our shared past.

A frequent commentator on Southern politics and campaigns and elections, Bitzer joined Catawba College in 2002 where is currently also serving as dean of admissions.  He holds a bachelor of arts degree in English from Erskine College, a master of arts degree in history from Clemson University, and his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Georgia's School of Public and International Affairs, where he was selected as one of five "Excellence in Teaching" award winners for 2002.