Yates County Legislator Tim Cutler and Treasurer and Acting County Administrator Winona “Nonie” Flynn will kick off a campus lecture series this month organized by the 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,” says Ann Stull ’20, the group’s vice president. “That’s where the idea for the speaker series came from.”
Cutler and Flynn will address the public during Wolf Pause, from 12:30-1:30 p.m., Thursday, March 14, in Room 109 of Hegeman Hall.
Next month, Larry Sharpe, a Libertarian Party activist and New York gubernatorial candidate, will speak on campus from 3-5 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, also in Room 109 of Hegeman.
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,” says Associate Professor of Political Science Dr. Angela Narasimhan, the club’s advisor since 2013.
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 straight Wolf Pause periods “corralling students,” as Ann 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,” says Ann, a History/Political Science major (with a second major in Business Management).