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Guest speaker will discuss birth of the presidential primary with Blinn College students

Geoffrey Cowan’s presentation is part of Blinn’s Constitution Week celebration

September 6, 2016

Blinn College will celebrate Constitution Week with a guest lecture from Geoffrey Cowan, a bestselling author whose latest work, “Let the People Rule: Theodore Roosevelt and the Birth of the Presidential Primary,” tells the story of the 1912 presidential election.

Cowan will speak to students and campus visitors at noon on Monday, Sept. 12, in Blinn-Bryan campus Student Center Room E-120 (map). Admission is free and open to the public.

“Let the People Rule” tells the story of the 1912 presidential election, in which Theodore Roosevelt came out of retirement to challenge William Howard Taft for the Republican Party nomination. The contest marked the first in which many of the delegates to a party convention were nominated in primaries by voters, rather than by party insiders. In the hotly contested election, Roosevelt won nine of the 13 states, but Taft was named the presidential nominee, leading to Roosevelt’s exit from the Republican Party and the creation of the Bull Moose Party.

Cowan has enjoyed a wide-ranging career as an attorney, professor, author and non-profit executive. He is president of the Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands and a professor at the University of Southern California, where he holds the Annenberg Family Chair in Communication Leadership and directs the Annenberg School’s Center on Communication Leadership & Policy.

Each year, Blinn’s Division of Social Sciences celebrates Constitution Week with a guest presentation. Past speakers include Brig. Gen. Joe E. Ramirez Jr., commandant of Texas A&M University’s Corps of Cadets; James Olson, a former CIA operative and senior lecturer at the Bush School of Government and Public Service; and former chief of staff to President George W. Bush Andrew Card.