PSC Events 11/16 – 11/20

Wednesday 11/18

Border Issues: Constitutional Change in Europe

Time: 10:20 am

A guest panel discussion in Dr. Cera Murtagh’s Comparative Politics class about constitutional change in the UK, Ireland and Spain in light of Brexit and the Covid 19 pandemic, featuring experts Dr Mary C. Murphy, Jean Monnet Chair in European Integration and Lecturer in Politics at University College Cork andDr. Daniel Cetrà, Research Fellow at the Centre on Constitutional Change, University of Edinburgh.

For Zoom link contact the Center for Irish Studies kiersten.ludy@villanova.edu

Intersectional Interdisciplinary Book Club (final meeting this semester!)

Movie: Moonlight (2016)

Time: 7-8:30 pm

Zoom Link: https://villanova.zoom.us/j/95873969624

Contact: sgilber6@villanova.edu

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PSC Events 11/9 – 11/13

Wednesday 11/11

Interdisciplinary Book Club

Time: 7-8:30 pm 

Book: The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett (Chapter 8 to end)

Zoom Link: https://villanova.zoom.us/j/95873969624

Contact: sgilber6@villanova.edu

**Please review the content warnings for the book here: racial slurs, racism, hate crimes, violence, death and domestic abuse and in this review and if you are in – any way – not comfortable with having the discussion we want you to prioritize your mental and emotional health and join us next time! 

Thursday 11/12

Black Perspectives on the Election


The Africana Studies Program presents a virtual discussion on Thursday, November 12th at 7:00 p.m. with three leading public intellectuals from across the ideological spectrum about the election. Presenters include: Rev. Dr. Pamela Lightsey, vice president of Meadville Lombard Theological Seminary; Margaret Kimberley, senior editor at Black Agenda Report and author of Prejudential: Black America and the Presidents; and Dr. Jacqueline Rivers, lecturer in African American Studies at Harvard and executive director of the Seymour Institute for Black Church and Policy Studies. Moderated by Villanova Political Science Professor Camille Burge.

Click here to join!

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PSC Events this week: 11/2 – 11/06

Banter & Politics

Wednesday 11/4 *2 Sessions*

Session 1

Time – 10:20

Host – Dr. Lowell Gustafson

Topic – The Day After: The effects of the US presidential election on international relations

Here are a few articles you may wish to read prior to the discussion:

The Day After Election Day

A Frazzled World Holds Its Breath While the U.S. Chooses Its Leader

Trump Has Made the Whole World Darker

Biden stands to inherit a diplomatic mess in the Middle East

The case for Trump: Antics aside, he has many achievements, and a win by Biden would do vast harm

President Trump’s criticisms of the world order had some merit

The Real Threat of Foreign Interference Comes After Election Day

Zoom link –  https://villanova.zoom.us/j/91000239061

Session 2

Time – 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Host – Dr. Jim Ronan

Topic – Post-election talk

Zoom link –  https://villanova.zoom.us/j/91560375949

Thursday 11/5

2020 Digital Seeds Lecture

You are cordially invited to the 2020 Digital Seeds Lecture featuring Whitney Trettien, PhD from the University of Pennsylvania on “Experimental Publishing, Then and Now” on Thursday, November 5 from 4:00-5:00 pm via Zoom. This virtual event is presented by Falvey Memorial Library’s Digital Scholarship Program and is free and open to anyone who is interested. Please REGISTER HERE. Once registered, you will be sent a link to the Zoom meeting.

Friday 11/6

ESPOL Webinar

“US presidential elections: American and European perspectives”

Dr. Matthew Kerbel and Frank Pryor are participating in a panel discussion on Friday, November 6th from 11:00 to 1:00 pm, that will examine the US presidential election and its implications. In the context of a global pandemic, which hit the USA in particular, a stark polarization of US society, and disputes about the legitimacy of the US elections, among others, the election is emerging as a stress test for American democracy. Our three distinguished speakers – from the US and from France – will analyze the election results and their determining factors, and the implications for US politics and democracy.

Please register for the webinar via this formLogin details will be provided to the registered participants shortly before the event.

Friday 11/6 & Saturday 11/7

Interdisciplinary Virtual Conference: Sixty Years After Independence: Rethinking France’s Colonial Legacy in Africa

Join us for an interdisciplinary virtual conference organized by Dr. Olukunle Owolabi and Etienne Achille, Ph.D, featuring twenty leading scholars from North America, Europe, and Africa.

Click here to register!

Fellowship Opportunity

The Connelly Chair of the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, Sr. Ilia Delio, would like to announce a new and exciting fellowship opportunity for all undergraduates who have completed their freshman year. The Connelly Fellowship aims to provide students with the opportunity to conduct academic research and participate in theological, ethical, and scientific reflection enriched by the experiences of their peers and their spiritual and religious traditions. It intends to enable the development of students as reflective decision-makers who will seek solutions, enact change, and contribute to the flourishing of the human family. While the research project is not for credit, the fellowship provides an occasion to explore questions “close to the heart” and engage with peers on these questions.

Click here for the 2020-2021 application, which includes the responsibilities of a Connelly Fellow as well as the pertinent supplementary materials needed for successful submission. For those interested in the fellowship, the deadline to apply is Sunday, December 20th, 2020. Should you have any questions, please feel welcome to contact Sr. Ilia directly (her email is indicated in the application).

In case you missed it:

Dr. Camille Burge was a guest panelist on CNBC last week and the topic of discussion was election polling and…..chili?! Click here to watch the short video and find out why Dr. Burge compares public opinion to a pot of chili!

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Political science faculty in the media: Dr. Camille Burge

Dr. Burge was a guest panelist on CNBC today and the topic of discussion was election polling. Click the video below to find out why Dr. Burge compared public opinion to a pot of chili!

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PSC Events 10/26 – 10/30

Monday 10/26

Book Talk

Join us for a book talk with Prof. Dr. Stefanie Walter (University of Zurich) on her new book from Oxford University Press, The Politics of Bad Options: Why the Eurozone’s Problems Have Been so Hard to Resolve. This talk coincides with Prof. Weldzius’ graduate course on European Politics, where students have been discussing the role of modern crises in the rise of Eurosceptic populist parties. The talk will be held on Monday, October 26 (10:00 -11:00 am EDT) and recorded for students who cannot attend. Come hear about Prof. Walter’s research, which includes original survey data from over 700 European interest groups. The talk is open to everyone in the Villanova community!

Zoom link: https://villanova.zoom.us/j/98001679159?pwd=WC9wWVY1V2hrbHZiQm5Gd3NNLzNSUT09 (password: walter).

Election Talk

Join us Monday evening for “Nine Days and Counting,” a moderated discussion with Jonathan Martin, national political correspondent for The New York Times, about the Presidential Election from his vantage point as a journalist who covers the campaign every day. The discussion will be moderated by Jonathan Grella ’96 CLAS, Founding Partner, Protean Public Affairs and member, Villanova Public Policy Advisory Council. This event is sponsored by the Villanova Public Policy Society. 

Time – 7:00 – 8:00 pm Register here to receive Zoom link.  

About Jonathan Martin 

Jonathan Martin is a national political correspondent for The New York Times. Before joining The Times, he served as senior political writer for Politico. He began covering politics for National Journal’s political publication, The Hotline, and then reported on party politics and the aftermath of the 2006 midterm elections for National Review magazine. Mr. Martin is a co-author of the New York Times best seller The End of the Line: Romney vs. Obama: The 34 Days That Decided the Election (December 2012). His work has been published in The New RepublicNational JournalThe Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal. He has appeared frequently as a political analyst on television and radio, including CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, MSNBC and NPR.

Tuesday 10/27

Presidential Election Series: Panel on “The Meaning of the Election in a Pandemic Year” 

Please join us for a series of virtual events in honor of the upcoming 2020 United States Presidential Election. On Tuesday, Oct. 27, from 11:30–1 p.m., Billie Murray, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Communication, will talk on current social justice movements as they relate to the upcoming election. Danielle N. Gadson, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Public Administration, will present on community health as it relates to the election during this unsettling pandemic. Tim Horner, D. Phil., Teaching Professor, Center for Peace and Justice Education, Augustine and Culture Seminar Program, will give us a global perspective of the upcoming election. This ACS-approved event series is co-sponsored by Falvey Memorial Library, the Center for Peace and Justice Education, the Department of Political Science, the Department of Communication, the Department of Public Administration, and Let’s Vote Nova. All events and are free and open to the public! 

Zoom link: https://villanova.zoom.us/j/97949390141

Wednesday 10/28

Banter & Politics

Time – 12:30 – 1:30 pm

Host – Janice Bially Mattern, PhD

Topic – Migrant Caravans

Read either article below (or both, if you wish) prior to the discussion:

Migrant caravans restart as pandemic deepens the humanitarian crisis at the US-Mexico border

U.S. Agents Returned Migrants to Honduras in Unauthorized Operation, Senate Report Says

Location – Zoom https://villanova.zoom.us/my/jbiallymattern

Intersectionality Book Club

Time: 7-8:30 pm 

Book: The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett (Chapters 1-8)

Zoom Link: https://villanova.zoom.us/j/95873969624

Contact: sgilber6@villanova.edu

**Please review the content warnings for the book here: racial slurs, racism, hate crimes, violence, death and domestic abuse and in this review and if you are in – any way – not comfortable with having the discussion we want you to prioritize your mental and emotional health and join us next time! 

In case you missed it:

Dr. Camille Burge’s Webinar, “Examining the Roles of Race and Emotions in the 2020 Election” is now available to watch on YouTube!

Events Next Week:

You are cordially invited to the 2020 Digital Seeds Lecture featuring Whitney Trettien, PhD from the University of Pennsylvania on “Experimental Publishing, Then and Now” on Thursday, November 5 from 4:00-5:00 pm via Zoom. This virtual event is presented by Falvey Memorial Library’s Digital Scholarship Program and is free and open to anyone who is interested. Please REGISTER HERE. Once registered, you will be sent a link to the Zoom meeting.

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PSC Events: 10/19 – 10/23

Monday 10/19

Panel Discussion at Bryn Mawr College with Dr. Matt Kerbel 

Time – 7:00 – 8:00 pm

Topic – Election 2020: Democracy in the Balance

Registration is required.

Tuesday 10/20

Does Voting Even Matter?

Carolyn DeWitt, the CEO and Executive Director of Rock the Vote, is giving a Zoom Webinar for Villanova next Tuesday at 5:30.

Register for the online event at peaceandjustice.villanova.edu

Wednesday 10/21

Banter & Politics

Time – 10:20 – 11:10 am

Host – Dr. Lowell Gustafson

Topic – The relationship between Eastern and Western Europe

Location – Zoom: https://villanova.zoom.us/j/96598290365

Articles to read prior to discussion –

“Ukraine: Conflict at the Crossroads of Europe and Russia”

“Eastern and Western Europeans Differ on Importance of Religion, Views of Minorities, and Key Social Issues”

Thursday 10/22

2020 U.S. Presidential Election Series: Matthew R. Kerbel, PhD, on “The State of the Contest, Election Day, and What Happens Next”

Please join us for a series of virtual events in honor of the upcoming 2020 United States Presidential Election. In the midst of a pandemic and with an incumbent casting doubt on the legitimacy of the vote, Americans are going to the polls to decide an election that could have more far-reaching consequences than any in our lifetime. Join Matthew R. Kerbel, PhD, Interim Associate Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning, Professor, Department of Political Science, on Thursday, October 22nd, from 1:00 – 2:00 pm, for an update on the state of the contest and a discussion of what things could look like on Election Day and during the weeks afterwards.

Zoom join link: https://villanova.zoom.us/j/92278872069

Friday 10/23

Banter & Politics

Time – 1:30 – 2:30 pm

Location – Connelly Center Tent

Host – Andrew Bove

Topic – The relationship between natural science and political leadership

Please read this article prior to the discussion.

In case you missed it:

Click here to listen to Dr. Camille Burge recap the Vice-Presidential Debate on Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane.

Dr. Burge also participated in a Reddit ‘Ask Me Anything’ about 2020 election polling. She was joined by Gallup Senior Editor and VU Political Science Alum Lydia Saad.

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PSC Events: 10/12 – 10/16

Monday 10/12:

(De?) Monumentalizing Christopher Columbus 

Recent events in the context of Black Lives Matter uprisings included actions against statues and symbols of the European overseas expansion, such as Christopher Columbus, and of colonial settlements, such as Junipero Serra. These events invite us to rethink the changing role that monuments and places associated with the colonial past of the Americas play in the present time. On Monday, October 12, from 2:30 – 3:45 pm, David H. Colmenares (Assistant Professor of Colonial Latin American Studies at Boston University) will talk about the monumentalization and destruction of Christopher Columbus’ statues in Mexico, the Dominican Republic, and the US. A conversation on monuments and the politics of memory moderated by professor Lowell Gustafson (Political Science) and Miguel Ibáñez Aristondo (Romance Languages and Literatures) will follow after the talk.    
Zoom link: https://villanova.zoom.us/j/96049868884

Wednesday 10/14:

Banter & Politics

Time – 10:20 – 11:10 am

Host – Dr. Lowell Gustafson

Location – Zoom https://villanova.zoom.us/j/96598290365

Topic – The War in Yemen 

Intersectionality Book Club

Movie – ‘For Colored Girls’ (available on Netflix)

Time – 7:00 – 8:30 pm 

Zoom Link – https://villanova.zoom.us/j/95873969624Contact – sgilber6@villanova.edu

**Please review the content warnings for the movie prior to watching, and if you are in – any way – not comfortable with having the discussion we want you to prioritize your mental and emotional health and join us next time!

Thursday 10/15

Black At Villanova: Reflections on 40 Years

 Time – 1:00 – 2:00 pm

The Africana Studies program is hosting a virtual conversation with Prof. Terry Nance and Prof. Maghan Keita, moderated Prof. Danielle Gadson ‘07 of the Villanova University Black Alumni group. They will reflect on changes in the campus culture; past, current, and future struggles against racism; and sources of hope and inspiration for imagining institutional transformation.  

Zoom link: https://villanova.zoom.us/j/7714595926  

Friday 10/16

The Dialogue Project

Time – 10:20 am

The Dialogue Project brings Israeli, Palestinian, and Jordanian alumni from the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies together for conversations and workshops that highlight the transformative use of dialogue in the Middle East and beyond.
During Professor Gustafson’s International Relations class on Friday, October 16th at 10:20am, speakers Reema Diab and Guy Yakir will be leading a half-hour conversation about their time at the Arava Institute and how their understanding of dialogue and environmental peacebuilding transformed as a result. They will be sharing rich stories about how they came to bridge cultural/national divides while studying a range of environmental issues in our interdisciplinary academic program. Participants will also be able to hear how they can get more involved in the Arava Institute.

Attendees can join Professor Gustafson’s class at this link: https://villanova.zoom.us/j/91389915955

Visit www.arava.org/dialogueproject for more information. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions.

Cooperative Economics and Racial Justice  

Time – 11:30 – 12:30 pm

This session features Clark R. Arrington, Esq., General Counsel of The Working World (TWW). He will discuss the link between cooperative economics, business law, and racial justice. Clark has an extensive background representing cooperative businesses and providing legal expertise on innovative lending structures. TWW is a non-extractive finance company focused on cooperatives and worker owned companies. Clark is also one of the founding members of the Black Lawyers Economic Solidarity Network. Sponsored by Villanova Law School.    

Zoom link https://villanova.zoom.us/j/99604669315

Banter & Politics

Time – 1:30 – 2:30 pm

Location – Connolly Center Tent 2

Host – Andrew Bove

Topic – The relationship between natural science and political leadership. Please read this article prior to the discussion.


Info session: What Can Political Science Do for You?

Time – 2:30 – 3:30 pm

Come talk with professors and current students about the major, its study abroad options, integrated internships, research opportunities, and career paths.

Zoom Link: https://villanova.zoom.us/j/923747216

Info session: Interested in Foreign Service Careers?

Time – 3:30 – 4:30 pm

Come discuss foreign service career opportunities with Brianna Healy ’13, who is a Senior Passport Specialist at the U.S. Department of State.

Zoom Link: https://villanova.zoom.us/j/923747216

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PSC Events This Week: 10/5 – 10/09

Tuesday 10/6 and Wednesday 10/7

CIA Coffee Chats

  • Tuesday: 10am – 12pm AND 1:00pm – 3:00pm EST 
  • Wednesday: 2:00pm – 5:00pm EST 

Have you ever considered a future at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)? Talk one-on-one with a CIA Representative to explore career opportunities and life at the CIA. These are informal sessions—not job interviews—but please be prepared with questions about positions found on our website. 

We recommend going to the website, https://www.cia.gov/careers/, taking the short survey through the website’s Job Fit Tool, https://www.cia.gov/careers/opportunities/job-fit-tool/, and having your results at hand. We can discuss foreign language use on the job, resume style, cover letters, preparing for any interview, or anything else regarding working at the CIA. 

Undergraduates and Graduates located in the United States, of all academic disciplines, are encouraged to participate. All CIA positions and internships require US citizenship, or becoming a naturalized citizen, and relocation to the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. 

Please submit your resume here. Make sure your phone number is on your resume.

Thursday 10/8

2020 U.S. Presidential Election Series: Camille Burge, PhD, on “Examining the Roles of Race and Emotions in the 2020 Election”

Please join us for a series of virtual events in honor of the upcoming 2020 United States Presidential Election. On Thursday, Oct. 8, from 1–2 p.m., Camille Burge, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, will discuss “Examining the Roles of Race and Emotions in the 2020 Election.” During the talk, Dr. Burge will address how we’re all feeling during this pandemic as well as our collective emotional reactions to a number of issues, including police brutality, #BlackLivesMatter, protests, #MeToo, hyperpolarization, and more. This ACS-approved event series is co-sponsored by Falvey Memorial Library, the Center for Peace and Justice Education, the Department of Political Science, the Department of Communication, the Department of Public Administration, and Let’s Vote Nova. All events and are free and open to the public.   

Zoom join link for event attendees: https://villanova.zoom.us/j/94050688544 

Friday 10/09

Banter & Politics led by Dr. Peter Busch

Time – 1:30 – 2:30 pm

Location – Connolly Center Tent 1

Topic – To be announced

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PSC Events This Week: 9/28 – 10/2

Monday 9/28 

Please join us on Monday 9/28 for a virtual session of Banter & Politics hosted by Dr. Jennifer Dixon! 

Time – 12:30 – 1:30 PM  

Location – Zoom https://villanova.zoom.us/j/3703898968 

      Meeting ID: 370 389 8968 

Here are a few topics and articles that we will discuss: 

All students are welcome!  

Wednesday 9/30 

Banter & Politics hosted by Dr. Jim Ronan 

Time – 1:30 – 12:30 PM  

Location – Zoom https://villanova.zoom.us/j/94712726891

Topic – The first presidential debate  

Wednesday 9/30 

Intersectionality Book Club 

Time  – 7:00PM  

Location – Zoom https://villanova.zoom.us/j/95873969624 

Book – The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison (Spring to end of book) 

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PSC Events This Week: 9/21 – 9/25

Wednesday 9/23

Decolonizing the Curriculum at the Lepage Center

Time – 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Location – Zoom (Registration is required)

Part III: A Conversation with Dr. Maghan Keita

Who is at the center of our curricula and who is at the margins? Join us for a lunchtime conversation with Villanova’s Maghan Keita to recap September’s previous two events and engage in an open dialogue with students, faculty, staff and community members. Dr. Keita is Professor of History and Global Interdisciplinary Studies at Villanova University.

Thursday 9/24

PSC 4375 – Guest speaker from Philly Thrive  

Time – 6:00 pm  

Location – Zoom https://villanova.zoom.us/j/93635080645 

Please join Dr. Deborah Seligsohn’s class for a conversation with an activist from Philly Thrive. Philly Thrive has led the effort to oppose an oil refinery in the heart of South Philly in the Gray’s Ferry neighborhood. As described in a major New York Times feature this summer the neighborhood organized and battled for years. We will be discussing that effort and Philly Thrive’s other efforts to ensure that poor and minority communities get the same access to a clean environment as wealthier communities in the US do on Thursday, September 24 at 6pm

Friday 9/25

Please join us for Banter & Politics! 

Time – 1:30 – 2:30 PM  

Location – Connolly Center Lower Tent  

Topic – Political Friendships  

Today’s topic is inspired by the friendship of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia. Why are they possible? Can they save us? What are their limits? 

An optional reading is this article: 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/eugene-scalia-rbg-friendship-oped/2020/09/19/35f7580c-faaa-11ea-a275-1a2c2d36e1f1_story.html

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