Great Valley to host discussion on presidential campaigns

MALVERN, Pa. — Penn State Great Valley will host “Deplorable: The Worst Presidential Campaigns from Jefferson to Trump” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 3.

Author and Penn State professor Mary E. Stuckey will discuss her new book, “Deplorable: The Worst Presidential Campaigns from Jefferson to Trump.” The word “unprecedented” was often applied to Donald Trump. But was he really that unusual? “Deplorable” begins with that question and examines nine presidential elections between 1800 and 2020 to discover just what makes elections “deplorable” and how often and why such elections occur in American politics. The talk will touch on many elections, but focuses on 1992 and concludes with a quick discussion of some potential solutions to the problems posed by deplorable elections.

Stuckey is Edwin Erle Sparks Professor and Associate Head in the Department of Communication Arts and Sciences at Penn State. She specializes in political and presidential rhetoric, political communication, and American Indian politics. She mostly studies the interactions between the president and the American people.

The event is free to attend, but advance registration is required.