CORVALLIS, Ore. - Longtime Oregon State University professor and political analyst Bill Lunch will give a "Last Lecture" on Thursday, May 26, before retiring in June.

The lecture, "Why Oregon is Blue, Mississippi is Red, and the U.S. is Purple (and Polarized), or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Hyperventilation," is free and open to the public. It will begin at 4 p.m. in the OSU Memorial Union Journey Room.

Sponsored by the Memorial Union Program Council, the Last Lecture series is intended to honor retiring faculty, while giving them a chance to discuss a topic of their choosing.

Lunch will review 30 years of Oregon and American politics, focusing on regional and partisan differences that increasingly divide the country. His analysis, including his trademark humor, will explore political culture, race, gender, and environmental policies that increasingly divide the nation.

Lunch has been an OSU faculty member since 1984, and has broadcast with Oregon Public Broadcasting since 1988. He has won awards for his teaching, research, advising and public service, written on national developments and policy issues, and been widely published both in academic journals and the popular press.

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