Politics professor gives free talk on the election, and Trump

Next month, Inside Croydon is holding Talking Inside Croydon, a unique, sometimes serious, often off-beat and eclectic set of talks by experts, authors and novelists about their work, and the news and the issues of the day.

As you might expect, all Talking Inside Croydon events will have a strong Croydon element to them.

The talks will be free entry (though booking is essential), and all will provide an opportunity to ask questions of the speaker.

And we are starting on June 9 – the day after the General Election – with a talk from an American professor of politics who has studied every General Election in Croydon for the past decade, and get from him and his team of students some immediate analysis on how the election played out in the borough’s three constituencies and across the country.

Dr Bob Beatty will also talk about last year’s US Presidential elections, and Donald Trump.

Dr Beatty is professor of political science at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas, where he also does work as the political analyst for KSNT-TV and writes columns for The Topeka Capital Journal.

Bob Beatty: has been studying Croydon elections since 2005

He has been a visiting professor and guest lecturer in the Far East, including Hong Kong, where his expertise has been used by the US State Department in lecture tours of Russia, Mongolia and China, and he has worked as a foreign observer at the 2009 Mongolian presidential election.

He is author of several books and newspaper articles and has been the producer and writer for three documentaries that aired on public television in the United States: British Political Parties (2004), The British Parliament (2005), and The Kansas Governor (2005).

Last year, Dr Beatty covered the US presidential campaign as a KSNT correspondent and spent two months in Iowa on the campaign trail and attended both the Democratic and Republican national conventions and the campaign debates in St Louis and Las Vegas.

Since 2005, Dr Beatty has been visiting Croydon at election time to see first-hand how the democratic process works in Britain, and he will be in London for the final days of the 2017 General Election campaign. This will be the first time that Dr Beatty has made himself available for such an immediate study of a British election, and Inside Croydon‘s loyal reader will get the opportunity to meet the professor and ask him questions at Talking Inside Croydon.

Places are limited, so make sure you book yours as soon as possible.

  • Talking Inside Croydon with Dr Bob Beatty on the 2017 General Election in Croydon and the 2016 US Presidential election and Donald Trump.
  • At St Andrew’s Church, Southbridge Road, CR0 1AG on Friday, June 9, doors open 7pm.
  • The event is free of charge, though we do ask for contributions towards the staging costs.

Entry is strictly ticketed. To apply for your place (or places) please email inside.croydon@btinternet.com and write “Beatty June 9” in the subject field, and include your name and daytime contact phone number in the body of the email, together with the number of places you require (and the names of all attendees). If you have a question to ask Dr Beatty in the Q&A after his talk, please include it here.

Other Talking Inside Croydon dates for your diary:

  • Wednesday June 28: David Matthews, former Croydon headteacher talks about his first novel, That They Might Lovely Be, the writing process, the ideas and influences behind his book and the material he is working on currently.
  • Wednesday July 26: John Grindrod talks about Outskirts, Living Life on the Edge of the Green Belt, which is published next month. Grindrod was rought up in New Addington. His critically acclaimed first book, Concretopia, told of the rebuidling Britain after the 1939-1945 war.

Booking details for both these talks will be announced closer to the event.

All details may be subject to change.
The organisers reserve all rights, and booking terms and conditions apply. By booking a place at Talking Inside Croydon, a reader agrees that they will comply with these terms and conditions. Any refusal to act in accordance with these terms and conditions may lead to refusal of entry or removal from the event

  • Inside Croydon is Croydon’s only independent news source, still based in the heart of the borough. In 2016, we averaged 17,000 page views every week
  • If you have a news story about life in or around Croydon, a residents’ or business association or a local event to publicise, please email us with full details at inside.croydon@btinternet.com

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News, views and analysis about the people of Croydon, their lives and political times in the diverse and most-populated borough in London. Based in Croydon and edited by Steven Downes. To contact us, please email inside.croydon@btinternet.com
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