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Mason Professors Discuss Political Ideology in America

by Noah Martin

George Mason University’s School of Public Policy will host Bruce L.R. Smith, Jeremy D. Mayer, and Lee Fritschler, authors of Closed Minds? Politics and Ideology in American Universities, on the Arlington campus in the Original building room 244 on Friday from 6:00 – 7:30pm.

Smith, Mayer, and Fritschler will lecture on their new book which suggests that the political landscape of American universities has shifted since the pinnacle of student political involvement during the 1960s. Now, according to the authors, universities have withdrawn from the arena of politics, rather than the commonly held belief that universities are mainstays of liberal political ideology.

Smith is a former professor of political science at Columbia University, a staff member at the Brookings Institution and is currently a visiting professor at the School of Public Policy at Mason.

Mayer is an associate professor at the School of Public Policy at Mason. He is the author of Running on Race: Racial Politics in Presidential Campaigns 1960 – 2000.

Fritschler is professor and director of executive education at the School of Public Policy at Mason. 

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