Voting rights expert Zelden to lecture on Bush v. Gore


(Memphis, TN)--On September 14, Dr. Charles Zelden, professor of history at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, will present Rhodes College’s annual Constitution Day lecture. He will discuss “Bush v. Gore:  Exposing the Hidden Crisis in American Democracy,” based on his recently published book about the legal and political drama associated with the 2000 Presidential election. Free and open to the public, the lecture begins at 4 p.m. in Blount Auditorium of Buckman Hall.

During the election, Zelden was an on-air commentator for the local NBC News affiliate in Miami. His book deals with the landmark Supreme Court case, and his talk will highlight ongoing concerns about the integrity of the electoral process.

Professor Zelden, who received his Ph.D. from Rice University, is the author of two additional books on voting rights, “Battle for the Black Ballot:  Smith v Allwright and the Defeat of the Texas All White Primary” and  “Voting Rights On Trial.”  He is currently working on a book on the U.S. Supreme Court and elections.  The author of several op-ed pieces on Bush v. Gore and election reform in the Miami Herald, Zelden has lectured across the country and has recently appeared on C-SPAN.  At Nova Southeastern, he teaches courses on United States constitutional history and political history.

Those with specific inquiries about the lecture can contact Tim Huebner, Professor and Chair of the Department of History, at 843-3653.