Week of October 12, 2020

Department of Political Science Bulletin, October 12, 2020

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What I Did on My Summer Vacation, Part I:  Whilst in lockdown, Tony Gill engaged in much reflection and wrote two pieces for the American Institute of Economic Research about living in The Now Times (as compared to the Before Times), both dealing with civil society and coronavirus policy.  The Internet Is No Substitute for Real Life and Tear Down this Plexiglass.  The former article did not get a headline of his choosing, nor did they use his photos of the Duvall Tavern.  The latter was okay, though.

Nives Dolsak and Aseem Prakash. Will Amazon’s “Climate Pledge Friendly” label transform online shopping?, Forbes.com, October 6, 2020.

Nives Dolsak and Aseem Prakash. Republicans embrace local environmental issues in competitive races, Forbes.com, September 23, 2020.


PANEL | One Nation - Many Stories: 30 Years of German Unity, Saturday, October 10, 2020, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. PST.  October 3, 2020 marks the 30th anniversary of German unification. The period between the fall of the Wall in November 1989 and the signing of the Unification Treaty on October 3, 1990, stands for German political ingenuity in reclaiming a unified nation. Panelists are Marianne Birthler (former Federal Commissioner for the Stasi Records), Joyce Marie Mushaben (University of Missouri-St. Louis), Michael Zürn (Free University Berlin). The virtual event will be moderated by Niko Switek, (University of Washington). To register and for more information, click here.

Political Science presents a three part series UW Political Science Faculty Panel -- Election 2020: A Turning Point?. Second in the series, “Will Your Vote Matter?” October 14, 2020, 6pm via zoom. Register at this link. Speakers: Mark Alan Smith (UW-Political Science) “Polls, Campaign Messages, and the Electoral College”, and James Long (UW-Political Science) “Domestic and Foreign Manipulation of Voting in 2020.”

UWISC presents Sarah Dreier (UW-Political Science), “Emergency Law, Ordinary Violence: How Britain Justified Internment without Trial in Northern Ireland”, October 16, 2020, 12-1:20pm via Zoom. Discussant: Andrea Cancino-Saenz (UW-Political Science graduate student. Contact uwisc@uw.edu for Zoom link.

Political Science presents a three part series UW Political Science Faculty Panel -- Election 2020: A Turning Point?.  Third in the series, “Impacts for our Democracy” October 29, 2020, 6pm via zoom.  Click on link above to register. Speakers: Rebecca Thorpe (UW-Political Science) “The Implications of the 2020 Election for Domestic Policy”, and Scott Lemieux (UW-Political Science) “The Supreme Court and the 2020 Election.”

Severyns Ravenholt Seminar in Comparative Politics presents Kai Ping (Brian) Leung (Ph.D. student, UW) “Bricks, Molotov Cocktails and Engaged Bystanders: Why Violence Becomes Sustained in Popular Protests”, Friday, October 30, 2020, 1:30-3:00pm via Zoom. Discussant: Yue Hou (UPenn). Please contact Kenya Amano via srscp@uw.edu to access Zoom link.

2020-21 WISIR Series – Contemporary Race & Politics in the United States: Second Panel, “Race & the 2020 Election”, November 6, 2020, 11:00am-12pm via Zoom. Moderator: Sophia Jordan Wallace (University of Washington).  Panelists: Bernard Fraga (Emory University), Christina Greer (Fordham University), Jane Junn (University of Southern California), Chris Parker (University of Washington). Register here.


QUAL Speaker Series: Alexes Harris (UW-Sociology), “A Multi-State Study Using Multi-Methods: Making Sense of Justice Sentencing”, October 21, 2020, 12:30-1:30pm. REGISTER HERE

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