Category Archives: Professional Notes

Farnsworth Lectures on American Democracy to Malaysian Students

Farnsworth Lectures on American Democracy to Malaysian Students

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, recently delivered an online lecture, "Reviewing the 2020 US Elections: Challenges to American Democracy in the Post-Trump Era," at Methodist College Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Dr. Farnsworth served as a Fulbright Specialist at MCKL during 2019.

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Farnsworth Comments in the News

Farnsworth Comments in the News

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, has been quoted in several regional, national and international news stories:

How blue is Trump’s shadow in Virginia? This year’s governor’s race is already shaping up as a key barometer. (The Washington Post)

Census delay could complicate some Fredericksburg-area supervisors, [...]

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Farnsworth Pens Editorial on Johnny Carson for ‘Great Lives’ Lecture

Professor of Political Science Stephen Farnsworth, who is also the director of UMW's Center for Leadership and Media Studies, penned an editorial piece in advance of his Great Lives lecture on late-night legend Johnny Carson. He is the author or co-author of seven books, most recently, “Late Night with Trump: Political Humor and the American Presidency.”

FOR THREE decades, from 1962 to 1992, Johnny Carson dominated late night television in a way that no entertainer ever has or ever will.

In a career containing more than 5,000 episodes of “The Tonight Show,” Carson tucked Americans in at night with his signature mix of mostly gentle barbs directed at political figures and his immense roster of usually compelling guests.

Of course, to say that Carson dominated television during his era is to understate the case. By every measure, not only was he first—he was so far ahead of the competition that it hardly mattered who placed second.

At its peak, Carson’s 90-minute show generated roughly 17 percent of all NBC’s profits, an astonishing share of income from a single program, and one that aired after the prime television viewing hours.

Carson’s era was not a placid time in the U.S., and his show offered a refuge from the troubles of one’s day. In addition, he was the ideal host to steer Middle America through those difficult decades when he held court at 11:30 p.m.

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Farnsworth Lectures on Electoral College

Farnsworth Lectures on Electoral College

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, recently delivered an online lecture, "The Electoral College and U.S. Presidential Elections: Continuing Controversies," to the City of Manassas Museums for its Stories of Preservation and Progress Series. Watch here.

Dr. Farnsworth also offered insight in a number of recent regional, national and international news stories:

A session that is short and … sweet? (Virginia Business)

The challenges ahead of a Biden Presidency (CTV News Channel)

‘Others will continue to fan the flames of extremism’: Political scientists on how Trump’s legacy will change America (The Independent UK)

Midlothian supervisor Leslie Haley to run for attorney general (Chesterfield Observer)

President Trump, Impeachment, and the Republican Identity Crisis (CJAD)