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In this March 13, 2016, file photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump waves to the crowd following his appearance at a rally at the Synergy Flight Center at Central Illinois Regional Airport in Bloomington.

LORI ANN COOK-NEISLER, Pantagraph file photo

NORMAL — The presidential election and its implications for the world will be the focus of this fall's International Seminar Series at Illinois State University.

The first program in the series will be “Radical Populism in the 2016 Elections: Global Perspectives” at noon Wednesday in the Bone Student Center's first-floor west lounge.

The speakers, Bob Hunt and George Gordon, are professors emeritus of politics and government at ISU. They will discuss the role played by “mass politics” — politics less likely to be mediated by interest groups and political parties — not only in the United States but elsewhere in North America and Europe.

They also will explore how fear, anger, frustration and resentment can motivate such political participation and result in acceptance of strong leaders who might not find acceptance in more stable times.

Gordon, a member of the McLean County Board, served on the ISU faculty for 32 years. Hunt focused on politics and development in Asia, Africa and Latin America during his 30 years on the ISU faculty.

The International Seminar Series is co-sponsored by the Office of International Studies and the department of politics and government. The talks take place at noon Wednesdays in the first-floor west lounge through Nov. 9. They are free and open to the public.

Other presentations include:

Sept. 7 — “Women in High Office: Why Now?”; Julie Webber, ISU professor of politics and government.

Sept. 14 — “News in a Post-Truth Era: Journalism and the 2016 Presidential Election”; John Huxford, ISU associate professor of communication.

Sept. 21 — “In Search of a New National Story? The Workings of the U.S. and French Presidential Elections”; Maxine Larive, associate director, The European Union Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Sept. 28 — “Foreign Policy: What Challenges Will the New President Face?”; Al Riaz, ISU university professor of politics and government.

Oct. 5 — “East Asian Agenda for the Next U.S. President”; T.Y. Wang, professor of politics and government.

Oct. 12 — “Inside an American Immigrant Family: The Presidential Elections of 2016”; Augusto Espiritu, professor of Asian American studies and history, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Oct. 19 — “Foreign Policy and Issues Relevant to Sub-Saharan Africa: What Can Be Expected from the Next American Administration”; Osaore Aidyean, ISU assistant professor of politics and government.

Oct. 26 — “Implications of the Election on the Middle East”; Kenneth Cuno, associate professor of history, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Nov. 2 — “The Rise of Donald Trump: The Pathologies of Politics in a Global Age”; Lane Crothers, ISU professor of politics and government.

Nov. 9 — “The World Response to the U.S. Election Results”; Nate Carpenter, ISU assistant director of convergent media.

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