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Politics Forum – Archive

TCNJ’s Politics Forum

Unless otherwise noted, all talks are on Tuesdays or Fridays 12:30-1:30 in Social Science Building room 223.

The Politics Forum presents analytical and/or empirical research concerning political power, institutions, and choices.  Students and faculty from diverse departments join to learn and comment on the presenter’s current research projects, which may be completed or just in beginning phases.  Projects that cross disciplinary boundaries are particularly welcome.  Contact Dr. Nicholas Toloudis (toloudin@tcnj.edu) with questions or if you are interested in presenting your work.

 

Previous Politics Forum presentations

The Department of Political Science Politics Forum hosts Dr. Jesse Crosson as he presents “Progress or Principle? Partisan Competition, Bill Sponsorship, and Position-Taking in Congress” on Friday, February 21, 2020 from 12:30 pm to 1:50 pm in Social Sciences Building 223.

Dr. Jesse Crosson is a Visiting Research Scholar at Princeton University’s Center for the Study of Democratic Politics and Assistant Professor (on leave) at Trinity University in San Antonio, TX. He earned his Ph.D. in 2019 from the University of Michigan’s Department of Political Science. His research deals with public policy and the institutional underpinnings of policy stability and policy change. His particular interests are in how legislative parties and electoral competition, interest group activity, and legislative professionalism influence how, when, and why public policy changes. Dr. Crosson will present “Progress or Principle? Partisan Competition, Bill Sponsorship, and Position-Taking in Congress.”

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The Department of Political Science Politics Forum hosts Dr. Jeffrey Selinger, Associate Professor of Government, Bowdoin College, as he presents “Who’s Afraid of Party Polarization?” on Friday, February 28, 2020 from 12:30 pm to 1:50 pm in SSB 223.

Dr. Jeffrey Selinger is an Associate Professor of Government at Bowdoin College. He earned his Ph.D. from Cornell University in 2008. He specializes in the study of American politics, with particular interests in American political development, political parties, public policy, and the presidency.

 

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The Economic, Social and Health Impacts of Pineapple Production in Costa Rica

Monday, Sept. 16, 2019 • 5:00 pm • Education Building 212

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Constitution Day Panel

Tuesday, September 17th, 2019 10:00-10:50 am in Business Building 204

As part of The College’s celebration of Constitution Day, the Political Science Department is hosting a panel discussion about the constitutional system of separation of powers in modern American politics and various constitutional questions that have arisen during the Trump administration.  Come hear the views of Professors Bowen, Dumas, and Garlick commenting on the health of the U.S. Constitution.

 

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“Sex and Superpower Rivalry: Women’s Rights and the Cold War Competition at the United Nations, 1968-1990”

Presented by Dr. Kristen Ghodsee, University of Pennsylvania

Friday September 27, 2019, 12:30 pm in SSB 223

 

 

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“Drawing For Change: Promoting Human Rights With The Pen” presented by Liza Donnelly

Thursday, October 24, 2019, 6:00 PM- 7:00 PM in Education Building 115  United Nations Day

Best known for her work in The New Yorker, Liza Donnelly is a cartoonist and writer who uses humor to approach issues of social justice. She has worked on global women’s human rights and has a UN-sponsored project called “Cartooning for Peace” that brings together cartoonists from different countries (many without press freedoms) commenting on social and political issues. (lizadonnelly.com).

The event is free and open to the public. Visitor parking is available in Lots 4, 5, 6, and 7.

Co-sponsored by the School of Arts and Communication;the School of Humanities and Social Science, the Princeton-Trenton Chapter of the United Nations Association, and the departments of: Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies; Communication Studies; Journalism & Professional Writing; International Studies; and Political Science; and the WILL Program.

October 24 is United Nations Day! Find out more about  your local chapter of the United Nations Association at unausa.org.

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 “You’ll Never Walk Alone: School Crossing Guards and Labor Feminism in Postwar America”

Presented by Dr. Francis Ryan, Professor of History at Rutgers University’s School of Management and Labor Relations

Tuesday, November 19, 2019, 12:30 pm to 1:50 pm in SSB 223.

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W. Reed Gusciora, Esq: “Challenges of Urban Centers and the Role of Millennials to Make a Change”

The Department of Political Science presents W. Reed Gusciora, Esq, Mayor of Trenton and Department adjunct faculty member.

EVENT DETAILS:

Tuesday, February 26th, 2019
Library Auditorium
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

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Dr. Maureen Craig: “Beyond Majority-Minority: Presumed Alliances and Intergroup Relations in the 21st century”

The Department of Psychology presents Dr. Maureen Craig, Professor of Psychology at NYU. The Departments of Political Science and African American Studies are co-sponsoring this talk on her research, which examines how the salience of national demographic trends toward greater diversity may affect future intergroup dynamics and coalitions. To learn more about Dr. Craig’s work, please visit the following link: https://wp.nyu.edu/craiglab/.

EVENT DETAILS:

Friday, March 1st, 2019
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Library auditorium

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Dr. Brian Arbour: “How the Media Calls Elections”

The Department of Political Science presents a talk by Dr. Brian Arbour. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He also received a BA from Pomona College and a PhD from the University of Texas at Austin. His field of research is focused on political communication and campaign strategy in congressional elections. To learn more about Brian Arbour, please visit his website: https://www.jjay.cuny.edu/faculty/brian-arbour.

EVENT DETAILS:

Tuesday, March 5th, 2019
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Social Science Building 223

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Dr. Jack Santucci: “What History Can Tell Us about Current Prospects for Ranked-Choice and Proportional Voting”

The Department of Political Science presents a talk by Dr. Jack Santucci, Assistant Teaching Professor at Drexel University. His research on election reform has appeared in major subfield journals, earning coverage by the Washington Post, Portland Press-Herald, Amarillo Globe-News, and other outlets. To learn more about Dr. Santucci, please visit his website: https://drexel.edu/coas/faculty-research/faculty-directory/santucci-jack/.

EVENT DETAILS:

Friday, March 8th, 2019
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Social Science Building 223

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RBG: Documentary Screening

The Department of Political Science, the Pre-Law Advisory Committee, and the Pre-Law Society are co-hosting a screening of RBG, the 2018 documentary film about the life and work of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The Academy Award nominated documentary film chronicles Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s remarkable career that led to her current celebrity status as the “Notorious RBG.” The film not only explores Ginsburg’s role on the Court, but it also delves into her early career where she overcame numerous obstacles as a pioneering woman in the legal profession. The movie also reveals Ginsburg’s work as a gender equality advocate and her pathway to becoming the second woman appointed to the Supreme Court. There will be a modest reception, with food, after the film.

EVENT DETAILS:

Wednesday, March 13th, 2019
Library Auditorium
1:30 PM

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Dr. Alex Garlick: “How Lobbyists Set the Agenda in American State Legislatures”

The Department of Political Science presents a talk by Department faculty member Dr. Alex Garlick.

EVENT DETAILS:

Tuesday, March 26th, 2019
Social Sciences Building, Room 223
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

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Steve Sherwood: “Helping Andean Farmers Adapt to Climate Change.”

Steve was the Andes Regional Director at World Neighbors. He also has held positions at the International Potato Center (CIP) and the Cornell International Institute for Food, Agriculture and Development (CIIFAD). He is the co-founder of a number of agroecology and grassroots development initiatives, including Ecuador’s Colectivo Agroecológico ( www.quericoes.org ) and Groundswell International ( www.groundswellinternational.org ).

EVENT DETAILS:

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Education Building, Room 115

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Steve Sherwood: “Movements in the Food Revolution”

Steve’s present academic work that addresses the rising of uncertainties associated with modernization in agriculture and food. Steve’s work examines people’s self-organized, self-harmful organization, mass pesticide poisoning, the erosion of seed systems and genetic diversity, overweight/obesity, as well as the proliferation of Non-Communicable Disease. Steve and his wife, Myriam Paredes, own Granja Urkuwayku, a family-run organic farm and CSA in Ecuador, where they are activists in a number of national and regional food movements.

EVENT DETAILS:

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Education Building, Room 115

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 “When do Agents Deliver the Vote? A Vote-Popularity Function in Electoral Manipulation,” by Dr. Brandon Park (TCNJ Political Science).

October 9, 2018 12:30 in SSB 223

When will authoritarians or party leaders attempt to manipulate an election?  Using a sample of over 400 elections, Dr. Park offers an explanation.

 

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November 6, 2018 12:30 in SSB 223: “The Lidice Massacre and Global Responses to Genocide”

by Dr. Cynthia Paces (TCNJ History).

Scholars have long discussed how national memory shapes identity. Dr. Cynthia Paces instead will develop a concept of “international memory,” asking why certain acts of violence resonate globally. Using the Lidice Massacre of WWII as a case study, Dr. Paces examines global response to genocide.

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 Dr. Daniel Bowen’s Midterm Election Roundup (TCNJ Political Science).

November 13, 2018 12:30 in SSB 223

Election results can be mysterious.  Come hear TCNJ’s elections expert Dr. Daniel Bowen explains the results..

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Dr. Alex Garlick (TCNJ) presents “Interest Group Lobbying and Agenda Setting in American Legislatures”

DATE- Tuesday, April 24th, 2018
TIME – 12:30 pm – 1:50 pm EST
VENUE- TCNJ Campus, Social Sciences Building 223
SPONSOR(S)- Politics Forum (Department of Political Science)

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Dr. Dan Bowen (TCNJ) presents “Losing Your Soul to Gain the Presidency? Evangelicals, Identity, and Support for Donald Trump in the 2016 Presidential Election”

DATE- Tuesday, April 17th, 2018
TIME – 12:30 pm – 1:50 pm EST
VENUE- TCNJ Campus, Social Sciences Building 223
SPONSOR(S)- Politics Forum (Department of Political Science)

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Alex Weisiger (TCNJ) presents “Neverending Wars? Getting to Peace in Regions of Violence”

DATE- Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018
TIME – 12:30 pm – 1:50 pm EST
VENUE- TCNJ Campus, Social Sciences Building 223
SPONSOR(S)- Politics Forum (Department of Political Science)

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Tao Dumas (TCNJ) presents “If at First You Don’t Succeed: Linking trial verdicts, appeals, and reversals”

DATE- Tuesday, March 20th, 2018
TIME – 12:30 pm – 1:50 pm EST
VENUE- TCNJ Campus, Social Sciences Building 223
SPONSOR(S)- Politics Forum (Department of Political Science)

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Professor John Kastellec (Princeton University) presents “From Genteel Pluralism to Hyper-Pluralism: Interest Groups and Supreme Court Nominations, 1930-2017”

DATE – Friday, March 02, 2018
TIME – 12:30 pm – 1:50 pm EST
VENUE- TCNJ Campus, Social Sciences Building 223
SPONSOR(S)- Politics Forum (Department of Political Science)

DESCRIPTION
The last century witnessed a staggering rise in the number of interest groups active in American politics. While this fact is well known, there is no comprehensive study of the number of groups, the identity of groups, the timing of their births, their mobilization decisions, and their tactical choices, beginning before the transformation and continuing to the present day. Professor Kastellec and his collaborators use Supreme Court nominations to conduct precisely such an analysis. Analyzing new data on the 52 nominations from 1930 to 2017, they document a transformation from relatively genteel pluralism to street-fighting hyper-pluralism.

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“Teach for Arabia: American Universities, Liberalism, and Transnational Qatar”

November 3rd, 2017, SSB 223 @ 12:30

Neha Vora, Lafayette College, Associate Professor of Anthropology

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“The Cost of Doing Politics? Analyzing Violence and Harassment against Female Politicians”

October 27th, 2017, SSB 223 @ 12:30

Mona Krook, Rutgers University, Professor of Political Science and

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“Fugitive Slave Escape on the Louisiana–Texas Borderlands, 1804–1806”

October 17th, 2017, SSB 223 @ 12:30

Mekala Audain, TCNJ, Assistant Professor of History

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Syrian Refugee Rights Lecture: “What is The Syrian Refugee Crisis?”

April 12, 2017

Education Building 115 from 5pm-7pm.

This event will be presented by: Professor Rech, Professor Lowi and Professor Borghes

This lecture is sponsored by : Amnesty International

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Amnesty International _ Syrian Refugee Crisis Lecture flyer

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Darwin Day Lecture
“How Science in the Public School Classroom Is Under Attack (And Why It Matters)”

Presented by Dr. Donald Lovett, Department of Biology
1:30-2:30 p.m., Feb 8, 2017
Science Complex P-101

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“Global Warming: Seeing Through the Nonsense; Getting Beyond the Hopelessness.”

Tuesday January 31, 2017 at 12:30 in SSB 223

Michael Aucott (TCNJ Chemistry Department)

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Slideshow of Professor Aucott’s talk

 

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 “The Civil Property Rights Movement: Black Politics Reframed, Reconsidered”

Friday February 17 12:30-2:00,  Education Building 115  .

Nathan Connolly (Herbert Baxter Adams Associate Professor of History at Johns Hopkins University).

Co-sponsored with the Departments of History and African-American Studies.

 

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“Israeli-Palestinian Peace: Desirable but is it Possible?”

Friday March 3 12:30-1:30 in the Library Auditorium.

Ambassador (Ret.) Daniel C Kurtzer (Daniel Abraham Professor of Middle East Policy Studies, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs).

Sponsored by The School of Humanities of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science and International Studies Program.

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“Trump’s Populism: Lessons from Latin America.”

Tuesday, March 28th, 12:30 p.m., Library Auditorium.

Carlos de la Torre (International Studies at the University of Kentucky)

Co-sponsored by the Greater Philadelphia Latin American Studies Consortium.

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“The Progressive Sustainability in the Proceeds : The Introduction of American Agronomy and Cooking in Philippines Public Schools, 1902-1920.”

Friday April 7 12:30-1:50, Education Building 115.

René Alexander Orquiza (Department of History, Providence College).

Co-sponsored with the Department of History.

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