Former Mass. Gov. Michael Dukakis to Talk About the 2016 Presidential Race

Michael Dukakis

Michael Dukakis

Former presidential candidate and Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis will give his perspective on this year’s battle for the White House, during a special presentation on Tuesday, Feb. 23, at California State University, Northridge.

Now an elder statesman of the Democratic Party and a respected politician known for his political acumen, Dukakis will explore today’s political landscape as well was the implications of the 2016 presidential election.

The “Conversation with Governor Michael Dukakis” is scheduled to take place at 7 p.m. in the Whitsett Room, Sierra Hall 451, located on the west side of the campus at 18111 Nordhoff St. in Northridge.

“In an election year that has everyone scratching their heads to try to figure out what is happening in both parties’ nomination process, it will be especially exciting to hear from someone who has first-hand experience running and winning his party’s nomination in a crowded field,” said political science professor Lawrence Becker, director of CSUN’s Center for Southern California Studies.

Dukakis was governor of Massachusetts from 1975-79, and again from 1983-91. In 1988, he was the Democratic nominee for president of the United States. Since leaving the governor’s office in 1991, he has been a distinguished professor of political science at Northeastern University and a visiting professor in the School of Public Affairs at UCLA.

Dukakis’ talk is sponsored by CSUN’s Center for Southern California Studies and the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Though the event is free and open to the public, seating is limited and reservations are required. To make a reservation, visit the website

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