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High Noon: “How to Wreck a Political Campaign in 30 Seconds or Less”

Last updated March 30, 2016

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No matter when or where you look, the campaign trail of years past is littered with political candidates whose efforts have been undone by an unguarded comment, unfortunate debate moment, or a bad campaign ad.

Furman political science professor Danielle Vinson will look at some of the more spectacular campaign meltdowns when she speaks at the university’s High Noon spring lecture series Wednesday, March 30 at the Upcountry History Museum-Furman.

Her talk, “Oops. How to Undo a Campaign in 30 Seconds or Less,” begins at noon. It is free and open to the public.

Dr. Vinson, who teaches politics and media at Furman, will delve into some of the most memorable campaign mishaps and attempt to understand why some comments and campaign decisions have wrecked campaigns. And, yes, she will discuss why candidates like Donald Trump seem to be able to say or do anything without slowing their momentum.

Vinson’s talk is the third of five lectures during the spring High Noon series. All lectures are free and begin at noon on Wednesdays.

The Upcountry History Museum/Furman is located at 540 Buncombe Street in downtown Greenville’s Heritage Green area.

Here are the remaining lectures in the spring High Noon series.

April 6

“Retirement: More than Money, Much More”

Dr. Jack Hansen, Author, Shaping a Life of Significance for Retirement

April 13

Open date. No lecture today.

April 20

“What We Remember, What We Forget: Why Southern History Matters Today”

Dr. Steve O’Neill, Professor of History, Furman University

A complete schedule of the High Noon lectures is available on Furman’s website. For more information, contact Furman’s Marketing and Public Relations office at 864-294-3107 or

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