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Professor Vasileios Syros: Visions of Empire and the Ideal Urban Organization in the European and Islamic Traditions
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
The Fares Center, The Fletcher School
12 noon
Pizza will be served beginning at 11:45am
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The Department of Political Science and Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service present a Frank C. Colcord Lecture with Professor Vasileios Syros, Visions of Empire and the Ideal Urban Organization in the European and Islamic Traditions. The talk is open to the public and will be held in The Fares Center, The Fletcher School. For more information on this event please email Jeannine Lenehan, Communication Coordinator for the Department of Political Science.

Vasileios Syros is a Senior Research Fellow of the Academy of Finland and currently Onassis Visiting Professor at McGill University. His research interests focus on the interaction among the Christian, Islamic, and Jewish traditions of political thought as well as on cross-cultural encounters in the early modern period. He is also engaged in the comparative study of European and Islamic empires, ideas on imperial ascendancy and decline, and pre-modern approaches to the comparative study of diverse forms of political organization and types of government.

Syros has published and Marsilus of Padua at the Intersection of Ancient and Medieval Traditions of Political Thought (University of Toronto Press, 2012); Well Begun is Only Half Done: Tracing Aristotle’s Political Ideas in Medieval Arabic, Syriac, Byzantine, and Jewish Sources (ACMRS, 2011); Die Rezeption der aristotelischen politischen Philosophie bei Marsilius von Padua (Brill, 2007). He is currently at work on a new book project entitled Renaissance Jewry in an Age of Skepticism: Simone Luzzatto on Economic Decline and Religious Tolerance.

His writings have been published in various international peer-reviewed journals, including: Bulletin de philosophie médiévale, History of Political Thought, Journal of Early Modern History, Journal of World History, Medieval Encounters, Philosophy East & West, Revue des Études Juives, and Viator. In 2009 he was appointed editor-in-chief by the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies for the series Medieval Confluences: Studies in the Intellectual History and Comparative History of Ideas of the Medieval World. He has held research appointments at several institutions, including the Humboldt University of Berlin, the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study, the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Advanced Study.

He taught previously at The John U. Nef Committee on Social Thought at The University of Chicago, the École Pratique des Hautes Études, the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, and the University of Helsinki. He also served as visiting professor at the University of São Paulo, Charles University in Prague, University of Beijing, and Eötvös Loránd University.

The Department of Political Science presents a Frank C. Colcord Lecture
Prof. T.V. Paul: Pakistan: The Warrior State

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Fletcher School, The Murrow Room
Pizza will be served
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The Department of Political Science presents a Frank C. Colcord Lecture: T.V. Paul: Pakistan: The Warrior State, Tuesday, April 22nd, The Fletcher School, The Murrow Room.

On Tuesday, April 22, 2014, Prof. T.V. Paul, (James McGill Professor of International Relations, McGill University, Montréal, Canada), will speak on his forthcoming book, Pakistan: The Warrior State (Oxford University Press). Paul specializes and teaches courses in international relations, with an emphasis on international security, regional security and South Asia. Paul has authored and edited fifteen (15) books (all published through major university presses) and nearly fifty-five (55) journal articles or book chapters. The talk will begin at 12noon in the Murrow Room, The Fletcher School, and is open to all political science faculty, Fletcher faculty, and students.

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Professor Nils Ringe: Measuring Legislative Influence: A Social Network Approach
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 – Pizza will be served
Barnum Hall, Room 104
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The Department of Political Science Presents a Frank C. Colcord Lecture with Professor Nils Ringe, Measuring Legislative Influence: A Social Network Approach (with Steven L. Wilson, University of Wisconsin-Madison).
Tuesday, April 15th, Barnum Hall, Room 104, Noon.

On Tuesday, April 15th Nils Ringe, Associate Professor for the Department of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison will present with Steven L. Wilson Measuring Legislative Influence: A Social Network Approach. This paper introduces a new concept of influence in legislative politics (which is notoriously difficult to measure), namely lawmakers' centrality in co-voting networks. We conceptualize voting as a cueing process, where legislators follow the lead of particular colleagues when voting on the floor, and identify as most influential those lawmakers whose positions on specific issues affect the voting decisions of the greatest number of colleagues. We demonstrate that these "cue-providers" are always more central than their "followers" in a co-voting network which, in turn, means that we can use voting data to identify the most influential lawmakers. We apply these insights to the case of the European Parliament and find that influential legislators tend to be senior, ideologically moderate members from large party groups who play an active role in the deliberation and negotiation of legislation. In contrast, holding formal office (for example, serving as party leader or committee chair) is not associated with greater influence.

Ringe's research and teaching interests are European Union politics, legislatures, political parties, social networks, and elections.  Complete biography on Nils Ringe >

Professor Hugh Liebert: Is There a 'World Elsewhere': The Soldier, The State, and Some Version of Coriolanus
Monday, April 14, 2014
Braker Hall, Room 001
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The Department of Political Science and the Department of Classics Present Professor Hugh Liebert, Is There a 'World Elsewhere': The Soldier, The State, and Some Version of Coriolanus, Monday, April 14, 2014 at 12noon in Braker Hall, Room 001.

On Monday, April 14th Hugh Liebert, Assistant Professor of American politics, policy, and strategy in the Department of Social Sciences at the United States Military Academy will present Is There a ‘World Elsewhere'? The Soldier, the State, and Some Versions of Coriolanus.

Coriolanus is famous for having served, abandoned, attacked, and reprieved Rome. Since antiquity his story has illustrated how civil orders both require and fear military men. However, the way in which Coriolanus' story has been told has changed significantly. Liebert examines three Coriolani: those of Plutarch's Life, Shakespeare's play, and Fiennes' movie to consider what they can teach us about the perennial nature and the present state of civil-military relations.

Liebert is a recent John Marshall visiting research fellow in the Jepson School of Leadership Studies at the University of Richmond in Virginia. Liebert received his B.A. from Harvard University and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago. His primary areas of interest are Greek and Roman political thought and American politics. He is the co-editor of Executive Power in Theory and Practice, and has published articles in History of Political Thought and The Review of Politics. His first book, Plutarch's Politics, is currently under review.

Ambassador Swanee Hunt: Can Women Stop War?
Introduction by Dean Alan Solomont, Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Crane Room, Paige Hall

Ambassador Swanee Hunt is President of Hunt Alternatives Fund, which for more than three decades has advanced innovative and systemic approaches to social change at local, national, and global levels. As chair of the Fund's Institute for Inclusive Security, she conducts advocacy, training, and research in 40 countries to integrate women leaders into peace and security processes. In addition, the Fund focuses on combating the demand for purchased sex, achieving political parity for US women in high-level positions, supporting leaders of social movements, and strengthening youth arts organizations.

From 1993 to 1997, Hunt served as President Clinton's ambassador to Austria, hosting negotiations and international symposia focused on stabilizing the neighboring Balkan states. Dr. Hunt is the Eleanor Roosevelt Lecturer in Public Policy and founder of the Women and Public Policy Program at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.

This lecture is supported by the Diversity Fund of the AS&E Equal Educational Opportunity Committee. Additional sponsors include the Departments of Economics, Philosophy, and Political Science, the International Relations Program and the Program on Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, the School of Engineering, and the Tisch College.

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