PSC related news, events and resources: 5/3 – 5/7

Villanova Africana Studies Presents:“African Masculinities: New Approaches”
Tuesday, May 4th, 2021 | 12:30 – 1:30 PM
Join us for a discussion of new scholarly approaches to African masculinities and their public import, featuring:

  • Kwame Otu, Assistant Professor of African-American and African Studies at the University of Virginia. Trained as an anthropologist, Otu’s research focuses on sexual citizenship, queer of color theory, and critical human rights studies. His book manuscript is entitled Amphibious Subjects: Sassoi and the Contested Politics of Queer Self-Making in Neoliberal Ghana. Otu wrote and starred in the short film “Reluctantly Queer.”  
  • Siphiwe Dube, Senior Lecturer in Political Studies at the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa. A scholar of African political theory, religion and politics, gender, and critical theory, Dube has written on topics ranging from ex-gay ministry, Black men in post-apartheid South Africa, masculinities in popular film, and transitional justice. He received his doctorate from the University of Toronto and was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pretoria.
  • With discussant Norman Ajari, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Villanova University. Ajari is a scholar of the philosophy of race, decolonial theory, and Continental philosophy, and he is the author of Dignity or Death? The Ethics and Politics of Race. He received his doctorate from the University of Toulouse and is a frequent commentator in French media on questions of race.

Zoom link: villanova.zoom.us/my/africana

News from the Department

PSC senior Sophie Grant has been recognized as a finalist for the Center for Peace and Justice Education’s St. Catherine of Siena Research Award for her paper “Still Standing? The Determinants of Fragmented Confederate Monument Removal.” Congratulations Sophie!

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PSC related news, events and resources: 4/26 – 4/30

NYC & DC Law School Admission Panel
Tuesday, April 27th, 2021 | 6:00pm – 7:00pm EDT
Hear from admissions deans and representatives from New York City and Washington D.C. based law schools speak about the most recent law school application cycle and how COVID-19 impacted the law school admissions process and landscape of the legal field. Admissions deans and representatives will be speaking from Fordham, George Washington, Brooklyn, and American Law Schools.
Click here to register!

Study Abroad First Step Virtual Information Session
Wednesday, April 28th, 2021 | 12:30pm – 1:00pm EDT
If you are interested in studying abroad, take the first step and learn more about your study abroad options! Attendance at a First Step Information Session is required before an individual appointment with a study abroad advisor may be scheduled. 
Click here to register!

Race & Christianity Symposium:”Is Christianity the Source of Racism?”
Friday, April 30th, 2021 | 2:00 PM EST
The Connelly Chair in Religion and the Africana Studies Program at Villanova is excited to announce the upcoming symposium on race and Christianity. Dr. Denise Kimber Buell (Cluett Professor of Religion, Williams College) and Dr. Terence Keel (Department of African American Studies, UCLA) will address the question: “Is Christianity the Source of Racism?” Doctoral student Andre Price and Associate Professor Katie Grimes from the Department of Theology will also participate in the symposium.
Please click here to register!
Please email Jillian Langford with questions jlangf01@villanova.edu.



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PSC related news, events and resources: 4/19 – 4/23

Public Policy Coffee Chats with Alumni

Monday, April 19th:
Name: Paul Vitrano
Villanova Graduation Year and Major: 1992, Political Science 
Title: Sr. Asst. General Counsel 
Organization: Polaris Industries 
Time: 10-11am / 1-2pm ET
Submit your resume and select a time slot: 
https://villanova.joinhandshake.com/jobs/4581197/share_preview 

Wednesday, April 21st:Name: Marc Cadin, JD
Villanova Graduation Year and Major: 1996, Business Administration 
Title: Chief Executive Officer
Organization: Finesca
Time: 3-4pm ET
Submit your resume and select a time slot:
https://villanova.joinhandshake.com/jobs/4595556/share_preview

Thursday, April 22nd AND Friday April 23rd:
Name: Brett LoperVillanova Graduation Year and Major: 1995, Economics
Title: EVP, Global Government Affairs
Organization: American Express
Date: April 22nd and April 23rd
Time: 4-5pm ET on 4/22 and 3:30-4:50pm ET on 4/23
Submit your resume and select a time slot:
https://villanova.joinhandshake.com/jobs/4583724/share_preview

Earth Week 2021

Wednesday, 4/21:

Tie Dyeing with Liesel from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM at the Oreo. The first 250 people get a free mask to tie dye!

Thursday, 4/22

  • The Earth Day Keynote Address at 5:30 (this is part of the GEV 6006 Colloquium) with Dr. Katharine Hayhoe. Registration is required.
  • Earth Week Quizzo at 9:00 PM at the Oreo!

Friday, 4/23:

Earth Day Food Truck Friday – special sustainability-themed Food Truck Friday starting at 7 PM on the campus green.

Saturday, 4/24:

  • Saturday Night for Justice starts at 6:00 PM on the campus green. This night includes fundraising for the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia, and will consist of:
  • Sustainability Market on the Green – sustainable and socially-conscious vendors will have a variety of goods for sale with lots of free giveaways (6:00 – 9:00 PM).
  • Open Mic for Justice – a space for artistic expression and performance that gives voice to visions, hopes, and dreams for a world transformed. The open mic is a space for a wide range of solo or group artistic expressions. Music, song, dramatic readings, comedy, sketches and skits, dance, and beyond are welcome. You can register to perform at Open Mic Night here (7:00 – 11:00 PM).
  • We need volunteers to help manage the Saturday Night for Justice events.  Please click here to sign up for a time slot!

Click here for the full list of Earth Week events!

Part III: “Decolonizing COVID-19”
Wednesday, April 21st | 12:30 PM EST
Join The Lepage Center for the final event in their “Decolonizing COVID-19” series. How are past legacies of medical racism and present socio-economic disparities shaping the disproportionate and severe impact of COVID-19 on communities of color and other underserved populations? What efforts are currently underway to ensure health equity in the government’s national plan to eradicate COVID-19? 
Featuring:

  • Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith, Chair of President Biden’s Covid-19 Health Equity Task Force and Associate Dean for Health Equity Research and Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Public Health at Yale School of Medicine.

Click here to register!

The Politics of Vaccine Distribution
Wednesday, April 21st | 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST
Join the Public Policy Advisory Council for a discussion on “The Politics of Vaccine Distribution” with Nolan Ahern ’13 CLAS, Senior Director, US House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee/Subcommittee on Health and Patricia D’Antonio, RPh, MS, MBA, BCGP, Co-Chair of AVAC (Adult Vaccine Access Coalition). The discussion will be moderated by Alex DelPizzo ’98 CLAS, co-founder of the Public Policy Advisory Council.Register on Handshake: https://villanova.joinhandshake.com/events/742045/

Villanova Pre-Law Events
April 20th Pre-Law 101 Workshop | 11 AM | Zoom
April 23rd Applying to Law School Workshop | 1 PM | Zoom
April 29thLaw School Admissions Panel | 6 PM | Zoom
All events are in Handshake and registration is required.
Questions? Contact Pre-Law Advisor Christina Butler christina.butler@villanova.edu








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PSC related news, events and resources: 4/12 – 4/16

“The Post Covid World”
Tuesday, April 13th | 12:00 PM EST
The Department of Political Science and the Department of Public Administration Master’s Degree Program are co-sponsoring a talk featuring international economist Augusto Lopez-Claros.
As COVID-19 continues to cause a global strain – economically, politically and socially – global interdependence is an inescapable reality and enhanced international cooperation has become a matter of survival for humankind. Augusto Lopez-Claros will discuss how to transform international institutions so they function more effectively and can address today’s global challenges, including pandemics, climate change and gender inequality.
Zoom link: https://villanova.zoom.us/j/96417507292

“Decolonizing COVID-19″Part II: Vaccines
Wednesday, April 14th | 6:00 PM
Join The Lepage Center for part two of “Decolonizing COVID-19.” How are inequalities within and between countries shaping the development and distribution of the COVID-19 vaccines? How does the history of vaccines help us make sense of the power and politics of vaccines and vaccination efforts today? Join us for a roundtable featuring a multi-disciplinary panel of scholars who will discuss vaccine apartheid, socioeconomic and racial health disparities, and the whitewashing of vaccine history.
Featuring:

  • Dr. Merlin Chowkwanyun, Donald H. Gemson Assistant Professor of Sociomedical Sciences and a core faculty member of the Center for History and Ethics of Public Health at Columbia University
  • Dr. Farren Yero, Postdoctoral Associate in Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies at Duke University

Click here to register!

The Economics Department Presents:Economics Seminar #6
Friday, April 16th | 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Gian Maria Milesi-Ferretti from Brookings Institution will present “Portfolio Debt Flows to Emerging Markets” on Friday, April 16th at 11 AM. This paper studies portfolio debt flows to emerging markets. The seminar will provide a discussion of the main trends over the past couple of decades, a discussion of measurement issues, and an analysis with European data of how they behave during periods of stress depending on the sector holding the bonds.
Information on the Villanova Department of Economics Seminar Series schedule is available here.
Zoom link: https://villanova.zoom.us/j/97198288758

Virtual SENIOR JOB MEET UP Friday, April 16th | 3:00 – 5:00 PM
If you are still searching for a job following graduation, we hope you will join us at the Senior Job Meetup! This special event is designed to support YOU, our graduating seniors, and help you to identify job and other post-graduate opportunities. It truly is not too late to secure an ideal-fit position. Participate in this event and discover the possibilities. You’ll engage with employers, hear about openings, and learn valuable professional development strategies — now and for a lifetime. Join us! Click here to register and to see the employers who will be participating! More employers are being added every day!

Villanova Pre-Law Events: April 2021

April 13th LSAT Max: Logic Games Session | 5:30 PM | Zoom
April 16th Pre-Law Internships & Jobs | 1 PM | Zoom
April 20th Pre-Law 101 Workshop 11 AM | Zoom
April 23rd Applying to Law School Workshop | 1 PM | Zoom
April 29th Law School Admissions Panel | 6 PM | Zoom
All events are in Handshake and registration is required.
Questions? Contact Pre-Law Advisor Christina Butler christina.butler@villanova.edu

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PSC related news, events and resources: 4/5 – 4/9

In the News

Political Science students from Villanova were recently featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer in an article titled “More young catch politics bug.” Click here to read the story!

Events

“Race, Diversity, and Inclusion on Campus and in the Classroom”
Wednesday, April 7th | 12:30 – 1:45 PM EST
Tia Noelle Pratt and Maureen O’Connell, co-authors of a chapter for the forthcoming volume Catholic Higher Education in Light of Catholic Social Thought: Critical-Constructive Essays, will discuss their work-in-progress followed by remarks from two respondents.
Respondents: Ed Fierros, Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Associate Professor of Education, and Travis Foster, Associate Professor in English, Academic Director of Gender and Women’s Studies.
Click here to register!

“Decolonizing COVID-19″Part I: Public Health
Wednesday, April 7th | 12:30 PM
On April 7th, The Lepage Center will kick off a series of three events on “Decolonizing COVID-19.” The first event features Dr. Graham Mooney, a historian of medicine at Johns Hopkins University, who will talk about the history of public health interventions including infectious disease notification, quarantine, disinfection, and contact tracing. Join us to explore the past history of these present practices.
Click here to register!

Intersectionality Book Club
Date: Wednesday, April 7th
Book: Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (We will discuss the book in full.)
Time: 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Zoom Link:https://villanova.zoom.us/j/95873969624
Contact: Sarah Beth Gilbert sgilber6@villanova.edu

Villanova Pre-Law Events: April 2021
April 8th Navigating Law School Waitlist & Decisions | 10 AM | Zoom 
April 13th LSAT Max: Logic Games Session | 5:30 PM | Zoom 
April 16th Pre-Law Internships & Jobs | 1 PM | Zoom 
April 20th Pre-Law 101 Workshop | 11 AM | Zoom 
April 23rd Applying to Law School Workshop | 1 PM | Zoom
April 29th Law School Admissions Panel | 6 PM | Zoom 

All events are in Handshake and registration is required.
Questions? Contact Pre-Law Advisor Christina Butler christina.butler@villanova.edu

Department of Geography and the Environment Spring 2021 Colloquium 
Thursday, April 8th | 5:30 PM
The Department of Geography and the Environment’s Spring 2021 colloquium series continues with a talk by Danielle Kreeger, Senior Research Director, Partnership for the Delaware Estuary titled “Investigations in Bivalve Shellfish to Promote Cleaner Water.”
Zoom link: https://villanova.zoom.us/j/96171354803
These talks are open to the Villanova community. Please share this information with your colleagues and peers!

Virtual Internship Meetup
Thursday, April 8th | 6 – 7:30 PM
Are you seeking virtual or in-person internship opportunities during Summer or Fall 2021? Then make plans to participate in the Villanova Liberal Arts and Sciences Internship Meetup on Thursday, April 8th, from 6 to 7:30 PM, on Handshake. Meet employers from many industries who are interested in meeting you. Student registration will open on Monday, March 29, at 9 AM.

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PSC related news, events and resources: 3/29 – 4/2

Villanova English presents: A Conversation with Nick Mitchell
Why do universities have police forces? What is the relationship between universities and prisons? And what does an abolitionist vision of the university look like?
Join us for a conversation on policing, abolition, critique in/of the university, and the institutional projects of Black Studies andWomen’s Studies. This event will be facilitated by Yumi Lee, VU English.
Monday, March 29th | 7 PM EST
REGISTER HERE

Peace Corps Information Session
Wednesday, March 31st | 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Serving in the Peace Corps is a great way to immerse yourself in a new culture, learn a new language, and have the experience of a lifetime, all while partnering with communities to make a difference. Join us at this information session to learn about the Volunteer experience, ask questions about service, and gain tips to guide you through the application process.
Click here to register!
Questions? Contact Daysi Morales, Peace Corps Regional Recruiter

Intersectionality Book Club
Date: Wednesday, March 31st
Book: Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (We will discuss the book in full.)
Time: 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Zoom Link:https://villanova.zoom.us/j/95873969624
Contact: Sarah Beth Gilbert sgilber6@villanova.edu

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PSC related news, events and resources: 3/22 – 3/26

IGNITE at Villanova Panel:Women in Philadelphia Politics

IGNITE is a national, non-partisan organization that empowers young women of all backgrounds to become the next generation of political leaders. This Thursday, March 25th at 7PM, IGNITE at Villanova is partnering with IGNITE at Temple to host a panel of women in Philadelphia politics. The panelists will include:

  • Maria Quiñones-Sanchez – Philadelphia Councilwoman
  • Quetzy Lozada – VP of Community Engagement & Organizing at Esperanza, Inc. 
  • Ashton Adams – Communications Associate at Bellevue Strategies and former Digital Associate for Biden for America
  • Chi-Ser Tran – Staff Attorney at Community Legal Services

Zoom Meeting ID = 910 8909 7403

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PSC related news, events and resources: 3/15 – 3/19

Debate:”The Democratic Party and the Left” 

You are invited to attend a four-way debate on “The Democratic Party and the Left” tonight at 7 PM Eastern. What was the historical relationship between the Left and the Democratic Party, and what can that tell us today about the problems and tasks inherited from the 1920s-30s Old Left, the 1960s-70s New Left, and even earlier?
Participants include:

  • Gerald Smith (founding member of Berkeley Copwatch, organized anti-apartheid protests at UC Berkeley, coordinated the efforts of Occupy Oakland, former member of the Black Panther Party)

Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/96026557670

Villanova St. Patrick’s Day Celebration: Links Across the Atlantic

Wednesday, March 17th 2021

The Villanova University Center for Irish Studies, in partnership with the Villanova University Alumni Association (VUAA), is hosting a virtual celebration for St. Patrick’s Day on March 17, 2021. The celebration will include live segments of entertainment, from breakfast in Galway to lunch in Dublin, and will culminate in a streamed Irish Music Fèis/Festival in the evening with renowned artists. View the schedule of events for complete details. Click here to register! QUESTIONS? Contact uaevents@villanova.edu.

Villanova Pre-Law Events: March 2021
March 19thPre-Law Internships & Jobs1PM | Zoom
March 25thLSAT Max: LSAT Basics5:30PM | Zoom
March 26thPre-Law 101 Workshop1PM | Zoom

All events are in Handshake and registration is required. Questions? Contact Pre-Law Advisor Christina Butler christina.butler@villanova.edu

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In Memoriam: Jeffrey Hahn, Ph.D.

     Professor Emeritus Jeffrey Hahn, Ph.D. passed away on February 15, 2021 in Washington, D.C. He is deeply mourned by his many colleagues, former students, and friends who  remain ever indebted to him for his inspiration, mentorship, and convivial deep friendship.

     An expert on Soviet politics and foreign policy, Dr. Hahn held Political Science degrees from the University of Pennsylvania (B.A.) and Duke University (M.A. and  Ph.D.). He joined the Villanova faculty in 1977. His five highly acclaimed books treated Russian affairs on local, regional and national levels within the extraordinary period framed by the final years of the Soviet Union through first decade of the new millennium. His publication record and prolific professional accomplishments, combined, include forty scholarly articles in top tier journals, twenty-two Research awards and scholarships, plus more than 75 conference presentations. He was a Fulbright Scholar at Moscow University in 1987 and Visiting Professor at the University of California-Berkeley in 1990-91. In 1998 Villanova recognized his contributions to his field by awarding him the  Outstanding Faculty Research Award.

    Dr. Hahn’s extensive university service included chairing both the Faculty Affairs Committee and Faculty Assembly, plus active memberships in the University Senate and Liberal Arts Task Force. He served as the director of the popular “Washington Minimester” program for thirty years. He was a great storyteller inside and outside the classroom. Students loved his anecdotes about the more nefarious aspects of Russian politics that did not make into the regular textbooks. Recently hired faculty got a walk down the departmental memory lane that gave them a sense from where the department was coming from and where it might go. And whenever possible, Dr. Hahn made sure that food and wine would accompany his stories. He diplomatically exerted his culinary veto over Christmas party caterers and restaurant selections for guest speakers and job candidates. His big heart and sociability made the department a more welcoming place and will be missed.

    Motivated by his desire to “enhance the quality of international studies at Villanova,” Dr. Hahn founded  the Russian Area Studies Concentration Program (RASCON) in 1997 and served as its enthusiastic and enterprising director until his retirement in 2008. Thanks to his connections and the respect he enjoyed, Villanova students and faculty had the privilege of meeting eminent scholars and public figures whom he brought to the university.

     Beyond the campus community, Dr. Hahn was elected to two four-year terms of service on the Radnor Township Board of Commissioners (1976-1984). His civic engagement was deepened in devising, supervising and analyzing an opinion poll for a 7th District state congressional election. In 1978, he developed and taught a course on Suburban Politics. (“An applied Political Scientist if there ever was one,” his son, Peter, appreciatively observes.)

     Dr. Hahn was much in demand as a guest lecturer, mass media interviewee, peer reviewer and critical attestor in briefings conducted by national authoritative bodies such as the U.S. House of Representatives, the Foreign Service Institute of the U.S. Department of State, and the U.S. National Security Agency.

     It is said that, in community, common sorrow knits hearts at least as closely as the bonding of common joy; Jeff will be at once missed with heartfelt sorrow, and celebrated in memory for the joy with which he lived and warmed so many.

Information regarding memorial service(s) will be forthcoming.

Jeff, with beloved wife Maricel, who passed away in September of 2020.
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PSC related events, announcements and resources for the week: 3/8 – 3/12

Digital Seeds Event: “Libraries of Babel: An Expansive Future for the Humanities”
Thursday, March 11th | 4:00-5:00pm
Please join us on Thursday, Mar. 11 from 4:00-5:00 pm for a virtual talk featuring Ted Underwood, PhD, Professor, School of Information Sciences and the Department of English, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Underwood will present a talk titled, “Libraries of Babel: An Expansive Future for the Humanities” as part of the Digital Seeds Speakers Series.
Please register HERE.Once registered, you will be sent a Zoom link to the event.

Department of Geography and the Environment Spring 2021 Colloquium
The Department of Geography and the Environment’s Spring 2021 colloquium series continues on Thursday, March 11th at 5:30 pm with a talk by Matina Granieri, Policy and Program Coordinator for the City of Philadelphia. The talk is titled “Governance and Environmental Justice: Challenges and Opportunities.”
Zoom link: https://villanova.zoom.us/j/96171354803
These talks are open to the Villanova community. Please share this information with your colleagues and peers!

Virtual Symposium: The Northern Ireland Peace Process after Brexit
Friday, March 12th, 2021
This virtual symposium will bring together key figures from Northern Ireland and the US who have been at the forefront of efforts to protect the region’s peace process in the face of the UK’s departure from the European Union. The symposium will hear from a range of speakers including Monica McWilliams, Emeritus Professor at the University of Ulster and Brendan O’Leary, Lauder Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania and Congressman Brendan F. Boyle of Pennsylvania’s Second District.
Register for free by March 8th https://www1.villanova.edu/villanova/artsci/irishstudies/conference.html

Villanova Pre-Law Events: March 2021
March 12thApplying to Law School Workshop1PM | Zoom
March 19thPre-Law Internships & Jobs1PM | Zoom
March 25thLSAT Max: LSAT Basics5:30PM | Zoom
March 26thPre-Law 101 Workshop1PM | Zoom
All events are in Handshake and registration is required.
Questions? Contact Pre-Law Advisor Christina Butler christina.butler@villanova.edu

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