August 20, 2021 Newsletter

Department of Political Science Newsletter
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Week of August 20, 2021

On behalf of the Department of Political Science, it is a pleasure to welcome back our majors and minors (71 and 8 of you, respectively) and to send warm greetings to newcomers. My colleagues and I are very much looking forward to this academic year, especially to interacting with students in person. We’ll have our first opportunity to do so next Friday when we host an in-person Welcome Event (details below).

A few reminders:

Existing Majors and Minors: We encourage majors to check in with their advisors.

Prospective Majors and Minors: Students considering the major or minor should contact Joe White, our Undergraduate Studies Coordinator (Mather House 113, Professor White is holding in-person office hours Mondays and Wednesdays from 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.,, and virtual office hours by Zoom on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. (to meet by Zoom, please let him know so he can send you a link).

Senior Capstone Projects: Students who want to do the Senior Capstone Project this semester need to sign up for POSC by September 3, the drop/add date. You can find detailed information here. Please remember that you need to agree on a topic with a Department professor who is willing to serve as the project supervisor and will need to issue a permit for you to register for the course.
The department requires that your supervisor approve a short prospectus for the project. The prospectus forms are available here. Again, if you want to do your senior project this fall, now is the time to contact a faculty member!
If you plan to do it in the Spring, it is never tou early to start thinking about ideas. Please feel free to consult with faculty whom you know or with Professor White, about possible topics and advisors.

Again, welcome back and may you have a vibrant and challenging academic year.

Elliot Posner
Professor & Chair of Department

Upcoming Events
Supreme Court Review and Preview
Friday, August 27, 12:30 p.m. online 
The Public Affairs Discussion Group or “Friday Lunch,” a weekly series organized by Professor White and sponsored by the Center for Policy Studies, will resume on August 27.  Jonathan Adler, the inaugural Johan Verheij Memorial Professor of Law and Director of the Coleman P. Burke Center for Environmental Law, joins Jonathan L. Entin, David L. Brennan Professor of Law Emeritus and Adjunct Professor of Political Science.  They will talk about the cases decided during the past term and the cases being considered in the October, 2021 term, and broad themes such as the effects of replacing Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg with Justice Amy Coney Barrett.For the moment but hopefully not too long, the Friday Lunch will only be meeting virtually.  If you are interested, please

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Welcome Event
Friday, August 27 from 3:00-4:30pm in Mather House 100
The Department of Political Science is hosting a Welcome Event for students after the first week of classes. There will be snacks and refreshments. All are welcome, not just students of political science, but those interested as well. We want to provide students an opportunity to connect with each other and our faculty. We hope to see you there!

What on Earth Happened, What Do We Have to Worry about Next?
Tuesday, August 24 at 12:00 online
Recent events in Afghanistan were preceded by a complex set of dynamics. In this panel discussion, three experts of the region will discuss the Western withdrawal and collapse of the Afghan government, and offer their analyses of what has transpired over the past several days. They will also discuss how regional relationships will be affected by the collapse, including relations with Pakistan, Iran, China, and Russia, and how the international community should deal with the Taliban as a governing body. They will also address the implications these developments have for global terrorism.
Read more and obtain Zoom link

Constitution Day
Monday, September 13 from 4:00-5:30pm online
The Society for Constitutional Policy’s Constitution Day Forum for 2021, entitled “Censored:Section 230 and the Fight for Free Speech Online”, will be conducted through a live-streamed broadcast on the University’s website. Our two speakers are Professor Danielle Citron, the Jefferson Scholars Foundation Schenck Distinguished Professor in Law and Caddell and Chapman Professor of Law at the University of Virginia’s Law School, and Ms. Jennifer Huddleston, the Director of Technology and Innovation Policy at the American Action Forum.

Internships and Other Current Opportunities
Jeff Cramerding for Cincinnati City Council Fellowship
The Cramerding Campaign is looking for students to participate in their fellowship program through the November 2nd election. This opportunity is open to everyone as they offer in-person and remote opportunities and flexible hours. Anyone interested can send their resume or reach out to the campaign manager at


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