Collin College will open its 2012-2013 Distinguished Speaker Series with Dr. Cal Jillson, political science professor at Southern Methodist University, who will discuss “The Election Process: What’s at Stake.”

Dr. Jillson’s exploration of the election process is free and open to the public. The event is set from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29 at the Spring Creek Campus Living Legends Conference Center, 2800 E. Spring Creek Parkway in Plano.

A scholar and sought after speaker of American politics, Dr. Jillson will share his knowledge of how government and politics work, in particular the development of American institutions and ideas, and how they continue to shape national debates.

Profiled as one of Texas’ top political experts by the The Dallas Morning News and the San Antonio Express-News, Dr. Jillson earned a doctorate in government and politics in 1979 from the University of Maryland and has been teaching about American politics since 1976.

Since moving to Texas in the mid-1990s, he has charted the rise to power of President George W. Bush and has written extensively on U.S. and Texas politics. On the international side, Dr. Jillson is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. From 1996 to 2001, Dr. Jillson chaired the SMU Political Science Department and directed the Tower Center for Political Studies, which examines domestic politics and national security issues.

In addition to his classic book, Pursuing the American Dream: Opportunity and Exclusion Over Four Centuries, Dr. Jillson has authored two popular government texts – American Government: Political Development and Institutional Change (Routledge, 2008) and Texas Politics: Governing the Lone Star State (McGraw-Hill).

For more information, call 972.881.5927, email csce@collin.edu or visit www.collin.edu/academics/csce/distinguishedspeakerseries.html.

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