Week of November 5, 2018

Department of Political Science Bulletin, November 9, 2018

Holiday reminder: The University will be closed on Monday, November 12 in observance of Veterans’ Day. Looking further ahead, the University will also be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 22 and 23, for the Thanksgiving Holiday.


Lance Bennett delivered the Weizenbaum Lecture at the Weizenbaum German Internet Institute during Berlin Science Week: “Looking Left and Right in the Digital Age: Three Challenges for Democracy”.

Lance also gave a talk on a featured panel at the European Communication Research and Education Association in Lugano Switzerland: “Communication and the Crisis of Democracy: Institutional Decline, Disinformation, and the Rise of the Radical Right”.

Tony Gill was appointed an Associate Scholar at the Mises Institute in Auburn, Alabama.  He looks forward to attending various events down there, enjoying fried green tomatoes and Blanton’s at Hamilton’s, and sipping Toomer’s lemonade.

Aseem Prakash presented a paper, "A Carbon Tax in the United States?:  Assessing Support via a National-Level Survey Experiment," at the London Public Policy seminar series, September 18, 2018. These seminars provide a forum for academic exchange in public policy across the greater London area. They are organized jointly by King’s College London, the London School of Economics and Political Science, Queen Mary University of London, and University College London.

Aseem Prakash spoke on "Governance Challenges in the Global Nonprofit Sector: A Collective Action Perspective" (September 20, 2018) and "Collective Action through Voluntary Environmental Programs (September 21, 2018),  at seminars organized by the Center for Collective Action Research (CeCAR), Gothenburg University, Sweden. CeCAR seminars provide a forum for ongoing discussion on how best to overcome social, environmental, and health problems through large-scale collective action.  CeCAR is an inter-disciplinary centre with researchers from the Faculty of Science, the Faculty of Social Sciences, the School of Business Economics and Law, the Faculty of Arts, as well as the Faculty of Education, at the University of Gothenburg.


University of Washington International Security Colloquium (UWISC): Michael C. Horowitz (Professor of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania), subject TBD. Friday, November 16th, 2018, 12:00–1:20pm, Olsen Room (Gowen 1A)

University of Washington Committee on China–US Dialogues: Robert Sutter (Professor of Practice of International Affairs at the Elliott School of George Washington University), will give a lecture titled "Origins, Evolution, and Implication of America's Whole of Government Opposition to China's Challenges" in the series Pushback: The China Challenge, on Monday November 19, 2018, 4:00–6:00pm, William H. Gates Hall, Room 138. A reservation is required for this event, and can be made from this link: eventbrite.

Severyns-Ravenholt Seminar in Comparative Politics (SR-SCP): Kevin Aslett (PhD student, UW), subject TBD.  Friday, November 30, 2018, 12:00 to 1:30pm, Olson Room (Gowen 1A).


The Stroum Center for Jewish Studies is hosting Professor Daniel Bessner for a discussion of his new book, Democracy in Exile, which tracks the life of influential German/American defense analyst Hans Speier and the rise of think tanks as key crafters of national and international policy in the United States. Tuesday, November 13, 3:30pm, HUB 334. Please RSVP here.

Access Student Resource Group (ASRG) presents “The 2018 Midterm Elections: Making Sense of the Results”, a panel discussion with UW Professors Margaret O’Mara (History), Mark Smith (Political Science), and James Gregory (History). Wednesday, November 14, 1:00–3:00 pm. HUB Room 250. (RSVP to jcslaw1@uw.edu).

BUNK: The Information Series: Brendan Nyhan (Professor, Public Policy, University of Michigan) “Selective Exposure to Misinformation: Evidence from the Consumption of Fake News during the 2016 Presidential Campaign”. Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 7:30pm. Kane Hall, room 120. Sponsored by UW Graduate School, Office of the Provost, College of Arts & Sciences, and School of Public Health.

Tech Policy Lab Distinguished Lecture: “Hacking Elections”, a conversation with Matt Tait (cybersecurity expert and former British intelligence officer). Wednesday, November 28, 2018, 7:00–8:30pm. Kane Hall, University of Washington, Free, but RSVP Requested: Register Here.




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