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3/31/2008 Luncheon to highlight past controversial ballot measures

McMINNVILLE – Oregon's ballot initiative process will be the focus of a dramatic performance and discussion on Tuesday, April 8, at noon in the Salem Conference Center.

Jackson Miller, associate professor of communication arts at Linfield College, will present "Voices of the Voters: A Critical Look at Oregon's Most Controversial Ballot Measures." Miller is investigating the role of persuasion and communication in the political process to better understand the impact of specific ballot initiatives on the lives of Oregonians.

His performance will include excerpts from Oregon's voters guides, letters to the editor, political comments and other political texts to examine some of the most controversial ballot measures from the past 10 to 15 years.

In addition to a one-person performance and lecture program, Miller is also developing a dramatic script for five to eight actors that will examine controversial and politically heated ballot initiatives. He plans to debut that production in the fall.

Cost for the luncheon and performance is $20. For more information, contact Debbie Harmon, Linfield alumni director, at 503-883-2607 or