Presidential Election Lecture Series

This course provides an opportunity for the brightest minds of the San Francisco State University campus community to come together to discuss, in a non-partisan way, issues that are top of mind as people head to the polls. Each week, faculty guest speakers present on a range of topics relating to the theme of the week, which will be followed by a question-and-answer session moderated by Dr. Rebecca Eissler, Assistant Professor of Political Science.

Current students may register for PLSI 216 to receive 2 units (CR/NC grading only), but members of the campus community and alumni may attend any session by registering here.

Crowd of students watch election returns on TV
August 27 The Electoral College and the Economy
September 3 Democracy in America
September 10 Crime and the Criminal Justice System
September 17 Healthcare and Health Policy
September 24 The Environment
October 1 Education
October 8 Immigration
October 15 Sex, Gender, and Identity Issues
October 22 Foreign Affairs: Russia/Ukraine, China, NATO, Cuba
October 29 Foreign Affairs: The Middle East
November 5

Election Night Watch Party

Session begins at 4 p.m. and will go until approximately 9:30 p.m. to analyze election results as polls close across the country

November 12 Post-Election Discussion: Breaking Down the Election Results
November 19 Looking Ahead to the New Term/Administration: Domestic Policy
December 3 Looking Ahead to the New Administration/Term: Foreign Affairs