We are very pleased to announce the initiation of a joint seminar series between the Department of Political Science and the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. The purpose of the seminar series is to feature guest speakers whose work uses rigorous social science to inform debate over important international policy issues. Our hope is that this new series will further strengthen the ties between the policy school and the political science department and will provide our students and colleagues an opportunity to interact with innovative researchers at other universities, and with each other.
The series is jointly funded by the Department of Political Science and the Harold E. Stassen Chair for International Affairs, which is housed in the Humphrey School and cross-appointed with political science.
The theme of the series this year is "Civil War and the Challenge of Political Order." We will host two speakers in the fall semester and two in the spring semester. We envision running this series for at least a few years, and would like to solicit suggestions for themes and speakers for future years. The series is organized by representatives of both the Humphrey School and the Department of Political Science and we are open now and in the future to any suggestions for next year and beyond.
For the time being, please direct your suggestions to the seminar convener for 2011-12, Dara Kay Cohen. dkcohen(at)umn.edu
We have asked the speakers to present work in progress, both so that students and faculty have an opportunity to see cutting edge research before it is published, and so that speakers can receive feedback while it can still make a difference. We will distribute a paper in advance. The speaker will present for about 30-40 minutes, a graduate student will serve as discussant, and then we will open it up for questions.
The seminars will take place during lunchtime on Fridays from 12:00-1:30pm, and food will be provided.
The schedule for Fall 2011 is as follows:
Friday, September 16: Barbara Walter (UCSD), Wilkins Room, 215 Humphrey Center
Friday, November 4: Stathis Kalyvas (Yale), Lippincott Room, 1314 Social Sciences
Additional information, including the topics of the talks and how to RSVP, will be forthcoming. We hope that you will join us at what is sure to be an exciting and stimulating new series.
Dara Kay Cohen, Humphrey School, Seminar Convener for 2011-12
Bud Duvall, Chair, Department of Political Science
James Ron, Harold E. Stassen Chair, Humphrey School and Department of Political Science