September 10, 2020 Duc Tinh

Winsted – NCCC will host a virtual talk by Dr. Susan Herbst, former University of Connecticut president, award-winning author, and political educator on Thursday, September 24, 2020, at 7 p.m. The title of her talk is Presidential Elections 2020 – A View from Political Science. The event is free and open to the public.

Herbst served as the president of UConn from 2010 to 2019. Prior to her presidency, she served in several top administrative capacities across the country including Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer of the University System of Georgia, Provost and Executive Vice President at The University at Albany (SUNY), and the Dean of College of Liberal Arts at Temple University in Pennsylvania.

Born in New York City and raised in Peekskill, N.Y., Herbst received her B.A. in Political Science from Duke University in 1984 and her Ph.D. in Communication Theory and Research from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication in 1989. Herbst joined Northwestern University in Illinois as an assistant professor in 1989 and remained there until 2003, serving in many capacities including Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Department.

Dr. Herbst is a scholar of public opinion, media, and American politics, and is the author of four books and many articles. Her book Rude Democracy: Civility and Incivility in American Politics was awarded the Doris Graber Award from the American Political Science Association. Herbst currently teaches in the political science department at UCONN, Stamford, and co-edits the University of Chicago Press series in American Politics.

The appearance by Dr. Herbst is part of NCCC’s student Welcome Week, hosted by the Student Activities Department. Welcome Week invites new and returning students to be informed and engaged in campus activities, including campus clubs and cultural events. This event is sponsored by the NCCC Cultural Planning Committee, which receives generous funding from The Northwestern Community College Foundation.

To attend the event, go to and click on the link to join the virtual meeting at the scheduled time. For more information please contact Student Activities Director Andrew Wetmore at