Week of October 19, 2020

Department of Political Science Bulletin, October 19, 2020

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What I Did on My Summer Vacation, Part II:  Back in fourth grade, Tony Gill's teacher asked him what he wanted to do when he grew up.  Tony responded, "Conquer the world."  In partial fulfillment of that goal, Tony was nominated for, and elected to, membership to membership in The Mont Pelerin Society.  The process required two guest invitations to MPS events (boxes checked) and two nominating letters from members (happily obtained).  With one letter coming from a past president of the society, Tony was approved for membership on the first ballot and with unanimous committee support.  The keys to the underground volcanic lair are now within his grasp.  Dreams do come true sometimes.

What I Did on My Summer Vacation, Part III:  Not merely satisfied with validation by one group of economists, Tony Gill applied for, and received, a Visiting Fellowship from the American Institute for Economic Research.  The fellowship is valid for a two-week to two-month stay at their palatial lair in order to focus on several projects he has cooking, including the gifting economy, the endurance of religion, and social justice.  While AIER wanted him to come out in October, Tony noted he had to duties to teach, mentor, and search for faculty in the fall, and is negotiating a spring visit to Massachusetts (hopefully alongside a co-author on the gifting project).

Scott Lemieux had a couple pieces come out this week:

And Scott spoke with KIRO about the Supreme Court nomination:

Steven Karceski, Nives Dolsak, Aseem Prakash, and Travis Ridout Nelson. 2020. Did TV Ads Funded by the Fossil Fuel Industry Defeat the Washington Carbon Tax? Climatic Change,  158: 301-307.

Ellen Holtmaat, Christopher Adolph, and Aseem Prakash. 2020. The Global Diffusion of Environmental Clubs: How Pressure from Importing Countries Supports the Chemical Industry's Responsible Care® Program. World Development, 127.

The Department of Communication is relaunching the Center for Communication and Civic Engagement as the Center for Journalism, Media and Democracy (CJMD). The relaunch reflects significant shifts over recent decades in media and politics and evolving efforts to understand contemporary democracy as it is being shaped by digital-era communication cultures, tools, platforms, policies and practices.

The new Center will mark its inauguration by hosting “Media and Politics in the US Presidential Election: A Virtual Roundtable,” on October 28, 2020, at Noon. Please join CJMD Co-Directors Matthew Powers & Adrienne Russell, joined by Senior Research Fellow Lance Bennett, for this public discussion.

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/media-and-politics-in-the-us-presidential-election-a-virtual-roundtable-tickets-122632235317.


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 via Zoom. REGISTER HERE

UW Department of History Diversity Committee presents “Why Race Matters: The 2020 Election”, October 22, 2020, 4:00-5:00pm PDT via Zoom. Speakers: Arbella Bet-Shlimon (Assoc Professor of History), La TaSha Levy (Asst Professor of American Ethnic Studies), and Sophia Jordán Wallace (Assoc Professor of Political Science). Moderator: Laurie Marhoefer (Assoc Professor & Jon Bridgman Endowed Professor of History). REGISTER: events.uw.edu/WhyRaceMatters2020

UW Ctr for Journalism, Media, and Democracy presents “Conversation with Jorge Ramos: Journalism + the U.S. Presidential Election,” October 26, 2020, 9-10:30am PDT. Moderators: Matthew Powers (UW) and Sandra Vera-Sambrano (Iberoamericana). Co-sponsored by Universidad Iberoamericana. Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/conversation-with-jorge-ramos-journalism-the-us-presidential-election-tickets-125054404089

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