The Center for Community Studies Civic Engagement Series will feature two guest speakers this Thursday and next week at Jefferson Community College.
This Thursday evening, Political pollster John Zogby will give a presentation entitled “Who Votes, Who Doesn't and Why.” Then next week, on the evening of Sept. 20, Bob Deans, author and associate director of communications for the NRDC Action Fund, will lead a discussion of civic engagement with respect to the environment.
Both public forums take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Sturtz Theater on campus. Admission is free.
Mr. Zogby is a senior analyst with JZ Analytics and founder of Zogby International, a market research and opinion polling firm founded in 1984 that has conducted public opinion research in more than 70 countries.
Since the 1996 presidential election, he has demonstrated pinpoint accuracy of polling the United States' presidential elections earning the monikers “the maverick predictor” (by the Washington Post) and “the prince of polling” (by political strategist Mary Matalin).
Author of “The Way We'll Be: The Zogby Report on the Transformation of the American Dream,” Mr. Zogby is known for his data accuracy, trend spotting and global perspective. Annually, he delivers more than 100 speeches, lectures and salon sessions, contributes to network television news broadcasts and has served as an election analyst on Al Jazeera English, an international 24-hour English-language news and current affairs TV channel.
Mr. Deans was a correspondent for the Atlanta-Journal Constitution for 25 years and former president of the White House Correspondents Association before joining the National Resources Defense Council. He has authored, co-authored and contributed to a number of books including his most recent work, “Reckless: the Political Assault on the American Environment.”
Other titles by Mr. Deans include “The River Where America Began: A Journey Along the James”; “In Deep Water: The Anatomy of a Disaster, the Fate of the Gulf and How to End our Oil Addiction.”
Mr. Deans's speaking engagement is sponsored by the Watertown Daily Times.
For more information on the forums, contact Raymond Petersen, Center for Community Studies at JCC, 786-2488.