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J. Matthew Wilson, assistant professor of political science at Southern Methodist University, will speak on "Moral Visions and New American Politics" Monday, February 18, at 7 p.m. in Reed's Vollum lounge. The lecture, sponsored by the Elizabeth Ducey Lecture Fund and Reed's political science department, is free and open to the public. For more information call the Reed events hotline at 503/777-7755.

In his lecture Wilson will trace the emergence of moral issues as a motive force in American electoral politics, outline their present influence, and speculate on the political future of a society divided by irreconcilable moral visions. He will look at how the chief points of division between the two major parties throughout the past three decades have become less about economic issues and more about questions of ethics, values, and morality. He will talk about how American social and political life is increasingly characterized by a fissure separating two diametrically opposed world views.

J. Matthew Wilson's areas of specialty include public opinion, religion and politics, and race and politics. His articles and review essays have appeared in the American Journal of Political Science and the Legislative Studies Quarterly, among other journals. He is currently at work on two books, one focusing on how people assign credit or blame for social and political phenomena, another on the political behavior of American Catholics.

Elizabeth Ducey, once a Washington, D.C., staff assistant to Senator Richard Neuberger of Oregon, had a lifetime interest in socially progressive politics and social issues, as well as a longtime interest in Reed College. Ducey, who went to Smith College as a 1915 graduate of the Catlin Gabel School, lived for 25 years on a Sauvie Island farm. She was active as a conservationist and gave generous philanthropic support to many local organizations, including Reed's art and music associates, the Portland Art Association, and the Friends of the Columbia River Gorge. In 1972 Ducey established the Ducey Fund at Reed College, beginning a tradition of enriching the college through the promotion of lectures and internships on national, local, and regional affairs.

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