Week of October 21, 2019

Department of Political Science Bulletin, October 21, 2019


Christianna Parr, Nives Dolšak, and Aseem Prakash published "The Amazon Is on Fire. Can Consumer Pressure Stop Environmental Destruction?", Washington Post's “Monkey Cage”, October 14, 2019.

Aseem Prakash was the keynote speaker at the 14th Nordic Environmental Social Science Conference held in Luleå, Sweden. The title of his lecture was: "Governance via Reputation: The Club Approach to Voluntary Environmental Programs"


“Normative Innovation, Human Rights & Democracy,” an international seminar organized by the Human Interactions / Normative Innovations (HI-NORM) Research Cluster of the University of Washington, will be held October 21–23, 2019, 8:30am–6:00pm, Olson Room (Gowen 1-A). Speakers will include Grace Reinke (University of Washington), Dennis Young (University of Washington), Amy Reed-Sandoval (University of Nevada, Las Vegas), and Michael Blake (University of Washington).

The Department of Political Science presents Rose Kapolczynski (President, American Association of Political Consultants) and Glen Bolger (Republican-Party political strategist and pollster), “Election 2020: Will the Candidate or the Strategy Win the Day?” Tuesday, October 22, 2019, 6:30–8:00pm, Gowen Hall, room 301.

CLASS Center Grad Fellows Program Fall Gathering: There will be light food, cookies, and a chance to meet and greet. All PhD students interested in issues of law and justice are welcome.  We will provide a short info session and sharing at the beginning for new and interested grad students and then a chance to talk and brainstorm about activities for the year including social gatherings, socio-legal grant writing workshop, socio-legal publication workshop and whether there is an interest in a writing group, etc.  Wednesday, October 23, 12–1:20 pm, Smith 40A.

The Simpson Center for the Humanities, with co-sponsorship from American Ethnic Studies, Anthropology, CHID, English, Geography, Political Science, the Jackson School of International Studies, and the Harry Bridges Labor Center, present Jean Comroff (Harvard University) and Philip Mirowski (University of Notre Dame), “Neoliberalism and the (Dis)integration of the Political”. Thursday, October 24, 4:00–6:00pm, Communications Building, room 120.

Fall LSJ/CLASS Center Workshare: The workshare series is an opportunity to share work in progress and includes a short discussion by the author placing the piece in context or raising questions or interested lines of feedback. The remaining time includes discussion and feedback.  The paper will be distributed a week ahead of time. Contact the CLASS Center Director, Rachel Cichowski, rcichows@uw.edu, if you would like to be placed on the distribution list or receive the paper.

  • Friday, October 2512–1:20 p.m., Smith M261: Rawan Arar (UW LSJ) will share her paper, "Who Controls the Global Refugee Story?” 


The German cultural exchange institutions Thomas-Mann-Haus (L.A.) and Goethe Pop-Up (Seattle) are sponsoring a conference on "Pocket Democracy" at the Seattle Public Library (downtown), exploring consequences of technological changes on democracy in form of a US-German dialogue. Several UW scholars and researchers are part of the discussions.
A detailed program and a link to register can be found here:

The Henry M Jackson School of International Studies, the Department of History, the Department of Political Science, the Department of Germanics, the Department of French and Italian Studies, the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies, the Ellison Center for Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies, and the Goethe Insitut Pop Up Seattle – Wunderbar Together, present “Europe’s Future: A Celebration of 25 Years of European Studies at the University of Washington”:

  • Daytime panels (open to faculty, students, and invited guests), Friday, November 1, 2019, 2:00­–5:30, Petersen Room, Allen Library room 485.
  • Keynote address by John Keeler (Dean of the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs), “The Drama of European Integration, the Threat of Disintegration, and the Challenges of Center Management”, with a reception to follow (open to the general public) Friday, November 1, 6:30pm, HUB 145.

The Center for Statistics and the Social Sciences presents Abel Rodriguez (University of California, Santa Cruz), “Spherical Factor Analysis for Binary Data: A Look at the Conservative Revolt in the US House of Representatives”. Wednesday, November 6, 2019, 12:30–1:30 pm, Savery Hall, room 409.




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