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Political Science Speaker Series

Co-sponsored by the Foster Political Science Speaker Series Endowment

 

Upcoming speaker

(Additional information forthcoming)

January 22, 2013 at Noon
Dr. Gary W. Cox. William Bennett Munro Professor of Political Science, Stanford University


2012-13

November 30, 2012: Noon, Lillis 185
"Parties and the Problem with Pluralism: How Parties Stifle Cross-Cutting Issues in Europe and the US," a talk with Craig Parson

Craig Parsons is Professor of Political Science, Director of European Studies, and a specialist in the politics of the European Union. His talk will discuss how political parties in both Europe and the US Congress face challenging trade-offs in representing multiple issues in their societies. In order to construct unity on certain issues, they
demonstrably suppress debate and representation on others---raising questions about how well electoral democracy is suited to represent pluralist societies with many cross-cutting concerns.

February 7, 2013: 4:00 - 6:00 p.m., Knight Library Browsing Room
"Boxing Out: Chicago and the Politics of Race, Labor and New City Trenches," a talk with Dorian T. Warren

You may recognize Dorian from his regular appearances as a commentator on television and radio networks including NBC Nightly News, ABC, MSNBC, CNN, BET, BBC, NPR, Bloomberg, Democracy Now!, GritTV & NY1, among other outlets.  Dr. Warren is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science, the School of International and Public Affairs, and the Institute for Research in African-American Studies at Columbia University. He specializes in the study of inequality and American politics, with a focus on labor organizing and politics, race and ethnic politics, and  urban politics and policy.   Warren has worked with several national and local organizations including the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, American Rights at Work/Jobs with Justice, AFL-CIO, UNITE-HERE, SEIU, UFCW, Steelworkers, and the NGLTF Policy Institute, among others.

April 8, 2013: Noon - 1:30 p.m., Walnut Room, EMU
"Imagining International Relations as a Pluralistic Social Science" featuring Patrick Thaddeus Jackson

Patrick Thaddeus Jackson is a Professor of International Relations and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education in the School of International Service at the American University in Washington, DC. His research interests include culture and agency, international relations theory (particularly the intersection of realism and constructivism), scientific methodology, the role of rhetoric in public life, civilization in world politics, the sociology of academic knowledge, science fiction, and the formation of subjectivity both in the classroom and in the broader social sphere. He is the author of Civilizing the Enemy: German Reconstruction and the Invention of the West (University of Michigan Press, 2006), The Conduct of Inquiry in International Relations (Routledge, 2011) and many journal articles.

For decades, IR scholars have labored under a delusion: that there is One True Scientific Method, and that strict adherence to that method will guarantee the scientific status of their empirical researches and pronouncements. Even a cursory examination of the literature in the philosophy of science shows us that this is simply not the case -- and yet the cultural valence of the notion of "science" remains, making it imperative that the field have some kind of answer to "the science question." I present a pluralistic solution, one that acknowledges the existence of significant differences between philosophical ontologies (ways of thinking about the mid-world hook-up) and the methodological perspectives to which they give rise, but organizes that diversity so as to promote internal consistency, public discussion, and worldly insight as the hallmark of a scientific study of world politics.

May 1, 2013: 4 - 6 p.m., Knight Library Browsing Room
Confronting Revolutions Abroad: US Involvement in Vietnam and Afghanistan, featuring Tuong Vu, UO Political Science.

May 10, 2013: 11 a.m., Clinical Services Building, Room 250
Brussels Bound: Candidate Selection in European Elections, featuring William Bernhard, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


2011-2012

October 5, 2011 - Wayne Morse Center Colloquia
"Mobilizing the Welfare State" featuring UO Political Science Doctoral Candidate, Jeremy Strickler
Presentation and discussion.
Noon - 1 p.m.
PLC 905

October 25, 2011 - Wayne Morse Center Colloquia
"Consensus Building in Legislative-Executive Relations" featuring UO Political Science Doctoral Candidate, Debasis Bhattacharya
Presentation and discussion.
3 - 4 p.m.
Knight Library Collaboration Center, Room 122

November 14, 2011 -Politics and Sexuality Williams Award Speaker, co-sponsored by Political Science, and The Center for the Study of Women in Society.
"The Mobile Family: Protecting the Children of Same-Sex Parents With-in and Across State Borders" Featuring Joan Heifetz Hollinger, Berkeley Law
Noon - 1:30 p.m.
Knight Library Browsing Room

January 12, 2012 - Politics and Sexuality Williams Award Speaker, co-sponsored by Political Science, Sociology, Women and Gender Studies, and The Center for the Study of Women in Society.
"Revisiting the Stranger Next Door: Reflections on Sexual Politics and Human Dignity in the New Millennium"
Featuring Arlene Stein, Department of Sociology, Rutgers University.
7 p.m.
Knight Law Center, Room 110

February 8, 2012 - Political Science Speaker Series
"How Historical Analysis can Inform Contemporary Policy"
presented by Amanda Kempa, Historian in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, US Department of Defense
Noon
PLC 905

February 9, 2012 - Political Science Speaker Series
Shep Melnick, Department of Political Science, Boston College
"From Enlightened Aministration to Adversarial Legalism: The Creation and Development of the Civil Rights State."
4 p.m.
Knight Library Browsing Room

 February 24, 2012 - Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics
"Prospects for Restoring Worker Power" featuring
Janice Fine, School of Labor and Management Relations, Rutgers University
12:30 p.m.
110 Knight Law Center

March 2, 2012 - Political Science Speaker Series
"Perpetuating Authoritarianism in the PRC" featuring
Teresa Wright, Department of Political Science, California State University, Long Beach
Noon
McKenzie 240c

April 27, 2012 - Political Science Speaker Series
"Colonialism and the Rule of Law" featuring Keally McBride, University of San Francisco.
Noon
McKenzie Hall 240c

May 4, 2012 - Political Science Speaker Series
"Lessons in Obamamania" featuring Adolph Reed Jr., University of Pennsylvania
Noon
McKenzie Hall 240c

May 14, 2012 - Politics and Sexuality Williams Award Speaker, co-sponsored by Political Science, Sociology, Women and Gender Studies, and The Center for the Study of Women in Society.
4:00 p.m.
Knight Library Browsing Room, 106


2010-2011

Friday, October 8, 2010, 1:00 pm, 605 PLC
Political Science Colloquium
Clayton Cleveland
University of Oregon Ph.D. Candidate
"International Organizations and the Use of International Force Since 1945"

Tuesday, October 12, 2010, 3:30 pm, 175 Knight Law Center
In conjunction with the Wayne Morse Center Public Affairs Speaker Series
Thad Russell
Occidental College
"A Renegade History of the United States"

Wednesday, October 20, 2010, 3:30 pm, 175 Knight Law Center
In conjunction with the Wayne Morse Center Public Affairs Speaker Series
Rick Perlstein
Journalist and Historian
"The Tea Parties Today"

Tuesday, November 9, 2010, 4:00 pm, 175 Knight Law Center
In conjunction with the Wayne Morse Center Public Affairs Speaker Series
2010 Election Post-Mortem Roundtable
Bill Lunch (Oregon State University)
Jeff Mapes (the Oregonian)
Daniel HoSang (University of Oregon)
Priscilla Southwell (University of Oregon)

Thursday, November 18, 2010, 4:00 pm, 175 Knight Law Center
In conjunction with the Wayne Morse Center Public Affairs Speaker Series
Ray Marshall
University of Texas at Austin
"Immigration for Shared Prosperity"

Friday, December 3, 2010, 1:00 pm, 605 PLC
Political Science Colloquium
Dennis Galvan
Associate Professor, University of Oregon
"Everyday Nation Building"

Wednesday, January 12, 2011, 4:00 pm, Knight Library Browsing Room
Lisa García Bedolla
University of California, Berkeley
"Mobilizing Inclusion: Getting Out the Vote among Low Income Communities of Color"

Friday, January 21, 2011, 12:00 pm, Knight Library Collaboration Center
Chris Parker
University of Washington
"Real Conservatives or Real Cuckoos?: The Tea Party, Right-Wing  Extremism, and Ideological Confusion" Description: The Tea Party has taken American politics by storm. Until  recently, it  was best known for its tax-day tea parties across the country, and the  now infamous protest preceding the passage of the health care bill. Many on the left dismissed them as kooks. But the midterm election proved  the  Tea Party a force to be reckoned with. The movement lays claim to conservatism, but are claims that President Obama isn't a citizen, is a  socialist, or that he's actually an agent of a foreign government  commensurate with conservatism? Likewise, are preferences for increased  governmental surveillance on American citizens consistent with small  government, something on which true conservatives insist? The analysis  conducted in this paper suggests that Tea Partiers are no more  conservative than were members of the John Birch Society or the Ku Klux Klan, their extremist predecessors. 

Monday, April 18, 2011, 12:00 pm, PLC 905
Gordon Lafer, Associate Professor, Labor Education and Research Center
University of Oregon
"Congress Up Close: Trying and Failing to Build a Left Wing of  the Democratic Party"
In 2009-10, political scientist Gordon Lafer, an associate professor at LERC, served as Senior Labor Policy Advisor to the U.S. House of Representatives' Education and Labor Committee. Serving as senior staff during the height of the most hopeful time of the Obama administration, Lafer worked on some of the most central issues for economic progressives, including healthcare, labor law reform, job creation and free trade treaties. Along the way, he brought a political scientist's eye to looking at the challenges to building an effective progressive force within the U.S. Congress, In this talk, he will give a granular account of those challenges, and try to fit it within some of the useful frames of political science analysis.

Friday, May 13, 2011, 12:00 pm, McKenzie 229
Kathleen McNamara
Georgetown University
"The EU as an Imagined Community? Symbols and Practice in the Cultural Construction of Europe"

Friday, May 20, 2011, 12:00 pm, McKenzie 229
Cindy Williams and Barry Posen
"US Budgets for National Security" - Will