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Dr. Daniel McCool, professor and author, will deliver East Central University’s Rothbaum Lecture, entitled “The Most Fundamental Right Under Threat.”  on Monday, Sept. 18, at 6:30 p.m. in the Estep Multimedia Center of the Bill S. Cole University Center.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

McCool, an expert in water policy, public lands and Native American voting rights, will be discussing voting rights at the lecture. McCool teaches such courses as Public Policy Theory, Natural Resource Policy and American Indian Policy at the University of Utah.

He has authored or edited five books: River Republic: The Fall and Rise of America’s Rivers; The Most Fundamental Right: Contrasting Perspectives on the Voting Rights Act; Command of the Waters: Iron Triangles, Federal Water Development, and Indian Water; Native Vote: American Indians, the Voting Rights Act, and the Right to Vote; Native Waters: Contemporary Indian Water Settlements and the Second Treaty Era.

McCool is scheduled to meet with various student groups that day on campus including: Native American Studies students, Water Resources students and Honors students.

The Rothbaum Lecture is funded through an endowment established by the late Julian Rothbaum with a $25,000 gift to the ECU Foundation, Inc. that was matched by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. He also established an endowment to fund the George Nigh Award for ECU’s top graduating senior.

Rothbaum, who lived in Tulsa, was a longtime leader in Oklahoma civic affairs, a 1986 inductee into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame and a former member of the Oklahoma State Regents for High Education and the University of Oklahoma Regents.

For more information on the Rothbaum Lecture, contact Dr. Scott Barton at or 580-559-5563.



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