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March 9, 2000
CONTACT: Deborah Pankey Stewart

American Politics at the Millennium
A Lecture at Hopkins

Benjamin Ginsberg, the David Bernstein Professor of Political Science at The Johns Hopkins University, will give a lecture, "American Politics at the Millennium: Prospects and Problems," at noon on Wednesday, April 5, in Shriver Hall on the Johns Hopkins University's Homewood campus, 3400 N. Charles St. in Baltimore.

According to Ginsberg, at the start of the millennium, Americans are enjoying unprecedented prosperity. Politics, however, continue to bewilder and disappoint many Americans. He sums up current politics this way: "One of the ironic facts about contemporary American politics is that we've had very vicious political conflicts between the two parties. They prefer to fight it out through smear campaigns and through the judicial process rather than by the traditional method of . . . trying to defeat their opponents at the polls. . . . And that's one of the most remarkable changes in our politics: the decline of elections and the rise of politics by smear and by litigation."

What the future holds, and whether there are any real solutions, are issues that Ginsberg confronts in this lecture.

Ginsberg is director of the Hopkins Center for the Study of American Government and author of two recent books, Politics by Other Means: Politicians, Prosecutors and the Press from Watergate to Whitewater and American Government: Freedom and Power.

This lecture is part of the Wednesday Noon Series presented by the Johns Hopkins University Office of Special Events. Admission is free. For information, call the Office of Special Events at 410-516-7157.

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