Lectures and panel discussions

Throughout the academic year, the government department sponsors lectures and panel presentations by distinguished professors and experts on a variety of U.S. and international political issues.

Providing information and innovative ideas, these events stimulate critical thinking and discussion on important issues of our time. Oftentimes the discussions continue into relevant classes.

Election-year talks

In the year leading up to a national election, we typically offer a series of talks. Some examples from the 2008 election:

  • September 2008 - Cokie Roberts, Emmy-winning journalist, a contributor to NPR, "This Week with George Stephanopoulos" and ABC News, "Election 2008: The Politics of Change," sponsored by the Suzi Oppenheimer '56 Lectureship Fund
  • October 2008 - a government department panel discussion on the international implications of the 2008 US presidential election. "Implications for Human Rights," Professor Tristan Borer; "Implications for International Cooperation on Climate Change," Professor Jane Dawson; "Implications for Latin America," Professor Alex Hybel; "Implications for Europe," Professor David Patton; "Implications for Security Policy," Professor William Rose; "Implications for the North Korea Nuclear Program and U.S.-China Relations," Professor John Tian
  • November 2008 - Dr. Douglas Schwartz ’88, Director of the Quinnipiac Poll, "Polling and the 2008 Presidential Election"

Recent Government Faculty Lectures

Each semester, a government department faculty member offers a lecture on his or her current research. Some recent talks.

Co-Sponsored Events

The government department helps to sponsor the biannual conference run by the Goodwin-Niering Center for the Environment and co-sponsors lectures offered by other academic departments at Connecticut College.

Other Lectures and Panel Discussions

The government department collaborates with other departments and programs to co-sponsor speakers and panels. All events are followed by a question and answer period whereby our majors and others can pursue points of interest.

Recent lectures:

  • March 2009 - Dong Guoqiang, Professor of History at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center, and Nanjing University, Nanjing, China, "The First Uprising of the Cultural Revolution at Nanjing University: Dynamics, Nature and Interpretation"
  • Spring Semester 2009, co-organized "Political Economies of Asia and Latin America" speaker series
  • March 2010 - Alexander Thompson ’94, Associate Professor of Political Science at Ohio State University, "Designing an Effective Regime for Global Climate Change"
  • April 2010 - Michael Minkenberg, Max Weber Chair for German and European Studies Center for European and Mediterranean Studies Center New York University, "Europe for the Europeans?: The Radical Right and Anti-Immigration Politics in Western Europe"
  • April 2010, David M. Uhlmann, Jeffrey F. Liss Professor from Practice Director of the Environmental Law and Policy Program, University of Michigan, "Environmental Crime: Polluters, Justice, and Sustainability"

Annual Student Advisory Board Events

  • "Meet the Majors" event for freshmen
  • Trivia Night in the spring
  • In May, just after grades for graduating seniors are submitted, the annual government-economics softball game and cookout is held