Over at the Monkey Cage, Professor Stephen Dyson posted about the dangers of minimizing the role of political leaders. From the essay: “In the explanations of historians, the reporting of journalists, and the political decisions of citizens, leaders often play the role of personifying abstract trends, ideas, and forces, and offering a human connection between politics and life. People learn, understand, and are motivated to take action by compelling narratives, and compelling narratives involve individual human beings. A worthy goal of science is to provide systematic, rigorous knowledge about issues of social importance. But science should also engage with the moral and empathetic possibilities that come from taking leaders seriously.”
In this debate over the power and impact of leaders, Andrew Sullivan sided with Dyson.
Prof. Jeremy Pressman was quoted in an Al Jazeera English article on the nuclear deal between Iran and the P5 + 1 countries. Congratulations!
Prof. Thomas Hayes was a guest on a recent episode of “The Scholars’ Circle.” (KPFK, 90.7 in LA) The show considered the following: “We know that the wealthy have more influence than other Americans, but just how unrepresentative is the American Congress and the state legislatures?”
The POLS Department was sad to learn of the passing of David Walker, a longtime member of the department.
UCONN Stamford introduces a new series of discussions entitled, “Hot Topics Discussions.” The first session will be
“The Internationalization of the Civil War in Syria”
The primary speaker will be Prof. Jeff Lefebvre (POLS). Joel Blatt, History Professor, also will speak briefly. The session will be moderated by Stephen Cerulli, a History Major.
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
12:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
UCONN Stamford Rich Concourse
If you have any questions please contact Dr. Blatt at Joel.Blatt at uconn.edu. Free and open to the public.
The Daily Campus wrote a nice article about a recent POLS alumni panel. Enjoy!
UCONN Stamford will host a China Town Hall Program on Monday, October 28, 2013, from 7:00pm-9:00pm. Organized by the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, CHINA Town Hall is a national day of programming on China involving 60 cities throughout the U.S. This year’s program will feature a live webcast with the former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, followed by onsite presentations by Keith Abell, the co-founder of Sungate Properties. Prof. Yu Zheng will be the discussant.
The program is sponsored by UCONN Stamford Campus, the School of Business, and the Asian American Studies Institute.
If you have any questions, please contact Yu Zheng at yu.zheng at uconn.edu