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Political Science Newsletter- November 2012

THIS MONTH'S HEADLINES:

FACULTY IN THE NEWS

COURSES TO CONSIDER

FINNEGAN FOUNDATION FELLOWSHIPS AND INTERNSHIPS

THANKSGIVING

 

FACULTY IN THE NEWS

Dr. Kilic Kanat and Dr. Robert Speel have had busy months.

Dr. Kanat published an article titled "Continuity of Change in Turkish Foreign Policy under the JDP Government: The Cases of Bilateral Relations with Israel and Syria," in the current edition of Arab Studies Quarterly. He also published seven columns in Turkish newspapers, including "The End of Another Election," "The Impact of Sandy on US Elections," "Mo Yan's Nobel Literature Prize," and "The Debates in US Elections," all in Zaman, as well as "The Second Spring of Obama," in Star, "The Question of Syria in US Foreign Policy," in Sabah, and "National Security in US Elections," in Dunya Bulteni. For the SETA Foundation, a Washington think tank devoted to US-Turkey relations, Dr. Kanat published a report and a policy analysis about the US elections.

In addition, Dr. Kanat attended the Istanbul World Forum, organized by the Public Diplomacy Agency of the Turkish Prime Minister's Office, attended a workshop on "Democratization and Secularism in Tunisia" in Tunis, and was interviewed by six different national television channels in Turkey last week about the results of the American elections - the channels included Haberturk, TRT (Turkey's national public broadcaster), TGRT (a Turkish affiliate of Fox TV), Ahaber, Bugun TV, and TRT TURK (the international channel for TRT).

Dr. Speel has been interviewed for four different articles in the Erie Times-News about this month's election and its results. He was also interviewed by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review for an article about partisan voter registration trends in Pennsylvania.

Dr. Speel published a column in the Centre Daily Times (State College) about presidential candidates and their home states. The column can be found here:

http://www.centredaily.com/2012/11/03/3391140/robert-speel-a-history-of-presidents.html

Dr. Speel was also interviewed for two articles in the Swiss French-language news magazine L'Hebdo. For people who can read French, the articles can be found here:

http://www.hebdo.ch/une_defaite_annoncee_165107_.html

http://www.hebdo.ch/les_democrates_songent_deja_a_165105_.html

COURSES TO CONSIDER

For students still thinking about what courses to take next semester, here are two to consider:

PL SC 428 Gender & Politics 9:30 – 10:45am TTR 165 Nick: Taking a tour of policy and advertising in America that affects women, the men in their lives, and families. A great place to start doing some important talking across the gender gap. Seats going fast.

PL SC 017 Political Theory 11:00 – 12:15 TTR 165 Nick: Like a dinner party without the food with Socrates, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and Machiavelli. If you can get Socrates to stop talking long enough to let Rousseau do some anthropology before Machiavelli leads them both into war. Basic course that introduces three great minds in the philosophy of politics.

FINNEGAN FOUNDATION FELLOWSHIPS AND INTERNSHIPS

The James A. Finnegan Fellowship Foundation sets up undergraduate students with executive branch agency internships in Harrisburg during the Summer and offers awards of $1000-$1500. Details can be found at www.finneganfoundation.org

THANKSGIVING

Enjoy your Thanksgiving break.

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