Week of February 22, 2021

Department of Political Science Bulletin, February 22, 2021

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Christopher Parker cited in Seattle Times article, “A UW professor explains why the GOP, even now, just can’t quit Trump” by Danny Westneat on February 12, 2021

Books are written and books are read.  But books don't review themselves, so Tony Gill donned his superhero reviewing cape and reviewed Noah Rothman's Unjust: Social Justice and the Unmaking of America in The Independent Review, Vol 25, No. 3 (Winter 2020/21).  To spare you the time of reviewing the review, the book was "meh."  It could have been improved by the inclusion of a few coloring pages, but what books wouldn't benefit from such a thing?

Nives Dolsak and Aseem Prakash. "Fights Over Indian Farm Laws Ignore Green Revolution’s Climate And Economic Problems." Forbes.com, February 16, 2021.

 Ellen Ahlness gave an invited talk at the Breaking the Ice Ceiling seminar series hosted by The Arctic Institute, "The Power of Permanent Participants: Indigenous Influence in the Arctic." 


This week the University of Chicago Press published African American Political Thought: A Collected History, edited by Melvin L. Rogers and Jack Turner. The book contains 30 chapters on 30 individual African American thinkers from Phillis Wheatley to Cornel West. Chip's contributions to the book include the opening chapter, co-authored with Melvin: "Political Theorizing in Black: An Introduction." Chip also contributed Chapter 25: "Audre Lorde's Politics of Difference." The Library of Congress will be holding an event on this book this Monday, February 22, at 10 am PST:https://www.prekindle.com/event/23151-conversations-on-the-future-of-democracy-a-history-of-african-american-political-thought.

Faculty Panel, “The Biden Agenda: Promises and Prospects”, Monday, February 22, 2021, 5:30-7:00PM. Mark Smith (University of Washington) will moderate conversations with Professors Sophia Wallace (University of Washington), Rebecca Thorpe (University of Washington), Jake Grumbach (University of Washington), and James Long (University of Washington). Register here.

Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies presents Melvin L. Rodgers (Brown University) and Jack Turner (University of Washington) launching their new book, African American Political Thought (University of Chicago Press) on Tuesday, February 23, 2021, 4:00-5:30PM via Zoom. Register for the event here.

Severyns Ravenholt Seminar in Comparative Politics presents Cristina Bodea (Michigan State University ) “The Gender Credibility Gap: All-Male Boards and Substantive Gender Representation in Central Banking ”, Friday, February 26, 2021, 1:30-3:00pm via Zoom. The Zoom link is here

Global Law & Politics Network Workshop presents Monika Nalepa (University of Chicago) in discussion with Terry Chapman (University of Texas- Austin), “Transitional Justice Against Agents of Repression and the Threat of Regime Change”, Wednesday, March 3, 2021, 8:00-9:00AM via Zoom.  Register for the paper and zoom link to the workshop here.

UWISC presents Kelebogile Zvobgo (William and Mary), “Confronting Truth: Representing Justice in Transitional Democracies”, Friday, March 5, 2021, 1:30-3:00pm via Zoom. Discussant: Morgan Wack (UW-Political Science graduate student). Zoom invitation from Bree Bang-Jensen via uwisc@uw.edu



Comparative Humanitarianism from the Simpson Center: Basit Kareen Iqbal (McMaster University) and China Scherz (University of Virgini) TBA, Thursday, February 18, 2021, 3:30-4:30PM via Zoom. Funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and part of the Sawyer Seminar Humanitarianisms: Migrations and Care Through the Global South 2020-2021. Register here

Talking Gender in the EU: Laura Dean (Millikin University), “Political Ethnography with a Gender Lens in the Latvian Parliament”, Monday, March 1, 2021, 12:00-1:00PM via Zoom. The Talking Gender in the EU lecture series is sponsored by the Center for West European Studies, the Jean Monnet Center of Excellence, the EU Erasmus+ Program, the Ellison Center for Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies, and the Center for Global Studies.  Register here

Protest, Race and Citizenship across African Worlds from the African Studies Program: Mohamed Abumaye (California State University, San Marcos) “Policing Somali Refugees: Somali Refugee Resistance to State Violence”, Wednesday, March 3, 12:00-1:30PM via Zoom. Moderated by Leela Fernandes (University of Washington). Co-sponsored by the Center for Human Rights. RSVP at this link.

 Protest, Race and Citizenship across African Worlds from the African Studies Program: Elleni Centime Zeleke (Columbia University) “Ethiopia in Theory, Theory as Memoir”, Wednesday, March 17, 12:00-1:30PM via Zoom. Moderated by Leela Fernandes (University of Washington). RSVP at this link.


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