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April 20, 2012

The Political Psychology of Protest and Collective Action

The Center for the Study of Political Psychology and the Department of Sociology present "The Political Psychology of Protest and Collective Action." This is a symposium featuring speakers presenting on the Tea Party Movement, the Arab Spring, and Occupy Wall Street. Christopher Parker of the University of Washington will present a lecture on "Tea Party Supporters as Movement Symathizers." Bert Klandermans VU-University in Amsterdam will present a talk titled, "Contextualizing Contestation: Cleavages, Organizers and the Internet." Finally, W. Lance Bennett of the University of Washington will present, "Occupy this Lecture! The Logic of Connective Action: Digital Media and the Organization of Protest Politics." This symposium will occur on Friday, May 4th from 2:30-5pm at 230 Anderson Hall. The event is free and open to the public. Undergraduate students are especially encouraged to attend.

The Center for the Study of Political Psychology Welcomes Diana Mutz

The Center for the Study of Political Psychology will be hosting a lecture by Dr. Diana Mutz of the Political Science Department at the University of Pennsylvania. She will be giving a talk titled "In Your Face Politics: Televised Incivility and Political Discourse." The abstract is as follows: "Does incivility in political discourse have adverse effects on public regard for politics? If so, why? Dr. Diana Mutz, Samuel A. Stouffer Professor of Political Science and Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, will discuss how incivility in political discussion affects trust in government and how an "in-your-face" television videostyle contributes to perceptions of legitimacy (or illegitimacy) of opposing political viewpoints. The talk will take place on Friday, April 27 from 3-5pm at 184 Humbert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs. The presentation is free and open to the public.

April 19, 2012

Tenzin Pelkyi wins Sullivan Ballou Award

Tenzin Pelkyi, an undergraduate student at the University of Minnesota majoring in Political Science, was recently honored with the Sullivan Ballou Award for her work on human rights in Tibet. Tenzin is an emerging leader in the human rights community and will be honored for her work on Friday, April 20th starting at 11:45am in 1210 Heller Hall.
Tenzin Pelkyi has worked tirelessly to advocate for human rights in her homeland of Tibet, while also striving to support the agency of Tibetan people throughout the diaspora, according to the nomination letter submitted on her behalf. She has used her energy and her voice to organize prayer vigils, march at protest rallies, and speak at demonstrations. Tenzin's leadership has been a vital boost to the work of the U of M chapter of Students for a Free Tibet (SFT) and to informing the University community about the situation in Tibet. She is currently working to bring Ngawant Sangdrol, the longest serving female Tibetan political prisoner, to the University to share her story. Another of Tenzin's efforts includes fostering peaceful dialogue between Tibetan and Chinese youth.
Tenzin's efforts go far beyond the local. She has been active in lobbying members of the U.S. Congress to support diplomatic action with regard to Tibet and she is currently helping to organize a Minnesota Tibet Lobby Day at the Minnesota State Capitol this session.

April 2, 2012

Dr. Linda Zerilli

The Minnesota Political Theory Colloquium will be hosting Dr. Linda Zerilli of the University of Chicago on Friday, April 13th. She will deliver a lecture from 1:30-3pm in 1314 Social Science titled, "Toward a Democratic Theory of Judgement ." This talk will ask the question, "what would it mean to foreground the capacity to judge critically and reflectively as a central feature of modern democratic citizenship?" This question, raised poignantly albeit not systematically in the work of Hannah Arendt, is of crucial importance for political and feminist theory today. In this talk, Dr. Zerilli will argue that Arendt's turn to Kant's third Critique was a brilliant attempt to rethink how we might expand our understanding of what can so much as count as an object of judgement precisely as a response to this plurality of standards and to shifting multicultural understandings of what can be called political.