Week of October 7, 2019

Department of Political Science Bulletin, October 7, 2019


What I Did on My Summer Vacation, Part I:  Tony Gill served as a faculty mentor at the Institute for Human Studies annual Summer Seminar at Davidson College (North Carolina) and presented three – count 'em, three! – talks:  "Laissez Echanger: An Exchange Under Uncertainty Theory of Social Justice," "The Comparative Endurance & Efficiency of Religion," and "Tipping Points: An Economic Defense of Gratuities."  While Tony was introducing himself and shaking hands with the students before the first session, a graduate student from a well-known, Midwest Catholic university with a ranked football team told Tony that the latter talk had the most "disturbingly objectional" title for a talk he ever saw.  (Tony had pinned up posters outside of the conference room and titles for the talks were known beforehand.)  At the end of the week-long seminar, that same student told Tony that he almost was convinced by Tony’s argument.  Tony felt relieved that the universe remained in balance.  Graduate students interested in attending this seminar should get in touch with Prof. Gill as he will be presenting equally disturbing talks next summer.

Scott Lemieux has published a number of articles recently:

Niko Switek invited a guest speaker from Free University Berlin for his graduate seminar on Monday: Thorsten Faas talked about data on voters of the new right-wing party in Germany.

Niko Switek organized a three-day seminar, “German Politics in Popular Culture: Logics and Consequences of Transforming Political Institutions, Processes, and Actors into Entertainment”, as part of the German Studies Association annual conference in Portland, OR (10/4–10/6/2019).


The first Severyns Ravenholt Seminar in Comparative Politics of the year will be presented by Paul Musgrave (University of Massachusetts, Amherst). His paper is titled "Developing the Resource Purse: State Formation, Resource Politics, and Regime Outcomes", and will take place on Friday, October 11, 121:20pm in the Olson Room (Gowen 1-A).

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.

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.


The UW Committee on China-U.S. Dialogues presents a dialogue between Dr. Ezra Vogel (Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences Emeritus at Harvard University) and Professor Kenneth Pyle (UW Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies) titled "Resuscitation: Insights into the Dynamics of China-Japan Relations", on Thursday, October 17, at Guggenheim Hall (GUG) 220. A ticket is required for this event, please click here for reservations on Eventbrite

The University of Washington Department of Classics presents Emily Greenwood (Yale University) “Thucydides on Diversity, and Vice Versa: Unlikely Dialogues”. Friday, October 18, 2019, 3:30pm, Paccar Hall, room 295. This paper opens up a dialogue between Thucydides’ analysis of ethnic stereotyping in the Atheno-Peloponnesian War and insights from the interdisciplinary field of diversity scholarship. At the heart of this dialogue are questions about the knowledge that is “proper” to individual academic disciplines, how disciplines reproduce themselves, and what it means to do diversity in the contemporary academy.




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