Lectures highlighting Keuka College political club

Yates County Legislator Tim Cutler from District I and Treasurer Winona Flynn will kick off a campus lecture series on March 14 organized by Keuka College’s Political Science, History and Pre-Law Club — just one sign of the organization’s recent resurgence.

“We wanted to try to add value to the club,” said Ann Stull, vice president. “That’s where the idea for the speaker series came from.”

Cutler and Flynn will address the public during Wolf Pause from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in Room 109 of Hegeman Hall.

Larry Sharpe, a Libertarian Party activist and New York gubernatorial candidate, will speak from 3 to 5 p.m. April 13, also in Room 109. Both lectures are free and open to the public.

“The members decided that if they’re going to do something, it needs to be something that clearly is meaningful and clearly has impact,” said club adviser Angela Narasimhan, associate professor of political science.

That desire for substance was fueled in part by the club’s voter registration drive this past fall. From a home base in the Dahlstrom Center’s Phillips Lounge, club members spent four Wolf Pause periods “corralling students,” as Stull put it.

“We asked them if they knew whether they were registered, we showed them how to look it up and we explained the importance of voting,” said Stull, a history/political science and business management double major.

“They even got local Yates County Democrats and Republicans to pay for stamps,” said Narasimhan, which provided postage for students sending in voter registration forms.

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