Edinboro University will continue its Uncomfortable Conversations series with “Electile Dysfunction,” a panel discussion on the 2018 midterm elections. The discussion, which is free and open to the public, will be held Monday, Nov. 12, at 7 p.m. in Baron-Forness Library. Edinboro faculty and visiting experts will break down the elections and the effects they will have on our country moving forward.
About the panelists:
Jezree Friend advocates on behalf of more than 3,000 companies in his current government relations role at the Manufacturer & Business Association. Friend has held several prominent political positions, including his election to the Pennsylvania Republican State Committee and his role as the campaign manager for John Persinger during Erie’s 2017 mayoral race. A U.S. Army veteran, he earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Edinboro University and a master’s degree in public administration from Gannon University.
Dr. Gerry Gendlin is an associate professor of International Politics at Edinboro University. He earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism from California State University before receiving his master’s and doctoral degrees at Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Before joining the Edinboro faculty in 2002, Gendlin taught courses at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, College of the Holy Cross and the Moscow State Institute of International Relations. He maintains an active research agenda and is often sought by the media for comment on global affairs.
Dr. Bridget Jeffery has served as assistant professor of Political Science at Edinboro University since 1997. Her research has included analyzing the influences of political factors, judicial decisions, campaign finance policies and President Nixon’s federal judicial appointment strategy. In addition, she serves as academic advisor for first-semester Porreco College students. Jeffery earned a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Kansas and has taught courses such as Law and Society, Judicial Process and Behavior, Civil Liberties, Constitutional Law, Women and Politics and American Presidency.
Dr. R. James Wertz is the chairman of the Erie County Democratic Party and the associate dean of Edinboro University’s College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. Wertz is a contributing editor at the Erie Reader and serves on a number of community boards and advisory committees. He earned concurrent bachelor’s degrees in history and speech communication from Edinboro University, a master’s degree in American politics and culture from the American University in Washington, D.C., and a Ph.D. in communications media and instructional technology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
About the series: Launched during the 2017-2018 academic year, Uncomfortable Conversations was developed as a series to engage in meaningful, civil discourse on timely, often sensitive, issues that are shaping the national dialogue.