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Dennis Goldford has been at Drake University since 1985, teaching in the areas of political and constitutional theory. With his active interest in American politics, Professor Goldford regularly serves as a political analyst for KCCI-TV in Des Moines and is asked frequently to comment on current political matters by Iowa Public Radio and other various media organizations.
Dr. Goldford is co-author, with Hugh Winebrenner, of the new, 3rd edition of The Iowa Caucuses: The Making of A Media Event (University of Iowa Press), and, most recently, author of The Constitution of Religious Freedom: God, Politics, and the First Amendment (Baylor University Press).
Law, Politics and Religion
Despite, or perhaps even because of, the lack of an established church in the United States, religion has always been a factor in our lives and in American politics. What does religious freedom mean in America, and what is the function of the religion clauses of the First Amendment? Additionally, in what sense and to what extent is it legitimate to appeal to religious doctrine and belief when engaged in political argument? Audience members are invited to discuss these questions and raise other issues.
The Election of 2020: Looking Back, Looking Forward
Following the surprising 2016 presidential election, the 2018 midterm election produced a result that dismayed some and pleased others. The presentation will explore what happened, likely explanations and, with an eye toward the 2020 Iowa Caucuses and the 2020 presidential election, the tasks ahead for both major political parties.
The Iowa Caucuses: Appearance and Reality
How did the Iowa Caucuses come to play such a significant role in presidential politics? What do the caucuses do, and what do they not do, in the races for presidential nominations?