Sebelius to be a featured speaker at FHSU Political Science Day

HAYS, KS -- Kansas Insurance Commissioner Kathleen Sebelius, widely considered to be the Democratic frontrunner for the 2002 gubernatorial race, will be one of the featured speakers at Fort Hays State University's Sixth Annual Political Science Day on Tuesday, April 23.

Sebelius will join state Sen. Janis Lee and Jill Docking, a political figure with ties to FHSU's Docking Institute of Public Affairs. They will be speaking on "Women in Kansas Politics" from 1-2:45 p.m. in the Black and Gold Room of the Memorial Union on the FHSU campus.

The day will begin at 10 a.m. with a panel on re-districting Kansas legislative seats, also in the Black and Gold Room. Panelists will be Democrat Tim Graham, who drew up one proposal for re-districting and is on staff for state Sen. Anthony Hensley, D-Topeka, minority leader, and Republican Duane Simpson, chief of staff for state Rep. Clay Aurand, R-Courtland.

At 7 p.m., five members of the FHSU faculty will host a forum on the "War on Terrorism" in the Frontier Room of the Memorial Union. Dr. Josephine Squires, assistant professor of political science; Dr. Michael Copeland, assistant professor of justice studies; Brian Kinnaird, instructor of justice studies; Dr. John Lombardi, professor of justice studies; and Dr. Joe Aistrup, director of the Docking Institute of Public Affairs, will each speak for a few minutes before opening the floor to questions from audience members.

"We're trying to help people understand a little bit more about what's going on," said Dr. Art Morin, assistant professor of political science. "Hopefully this will get students and community members to think about issues of current relevance."

All events are free and open to the public.

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