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Adam Brooks was awarded the Paul F. Brown Award at the annual awards dinner held at Ventura’s Restaurant. The award, generously endowed by the Brown family, grants $2,500 to an outstanding upperclassman. (April 17, 2015)

Deena Muzafar was awarded the government department’s Leadership Award at the annual awards dinner held at Ventura’s Restaurant. (April 17, 2015)

Matthew Scholosser was awarded the government department’s Professional and Integrity Award at the end of year banquet held at Ventura’s Restaurant. (April 17, 2015)

Laura Holmes was awarded the government department’s Academic Achievement Award at the end of year banquet held at Ventura’s Restaurant. (April 17, 2015)

Student organizers of Harvard University’s Model United Nations Conference visited with students about preparing for the 2016 competition. (April 15, 2015)

Students visited Independence Hall and the Constitution Center in Philadelphia as part of the Sherman Society annual trip. (April 6-8, 2015)


Professor Perry's insights on Mitt Romney's Mormonism published in The New York Times (http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/29/opinion/romneys-mormonism.html)

Government students participated in The Genesis Group's 10th Annual Regional Community Forum with state and local political leaders
(Jan. 30, 2015)

Professor Orlin's book chapter entitled "The Death of Languages; the Death of Minority Cultures; the Death of People's Dignity" was published in Cultural and Linguistic Minorities in the Russian Federation and the European Union
(Springer, 2015)

Professor Perry analyzed the 2015 State of the Union Address for WUTR-ABC News
(January 20, 2015)

Professor Perry presented his research "'Mitt'- Reality TV for the Presidency" at the annual meeting of the Northeastern Political Science Association.
(November 14, 2014)

Professor Perry was interviewed by WUTR-ABC regarding the 2014 election. (November 5, 2014)
Full Story

The Sherman Society and Student Activities provided shuttle service to the polls for students on election day (November 4, 2014)

Professor Perry was interviewed by the Utica Observer Dispatch regarding his teaching experiences abroad (October 19, 2014)
Full Story

Professor Kwon served as a moderator and discussant at the New York Conference on Asian Studies at Hofstra University (September 18-20, 2014)

Professor Perry publishes a new book, Mitt Romney, Mormonism, and the 2012 Election, Palgrave MacMillan, (August 2014) ► Full Story

Professor Perry speaks to WKTV News about the NY election for Governor (August 29, 2014) ► Full Story

The Government and Politics Department welcomes Dr. Jun Kwon as a new tenure-track faculty member with expertise in East Asian Politics. Dr. Kwon is an accomplished teacher whose research focuses on China and North Korea. (August 2014)

Professor Perry’s book chapter “What Romney’s Nomination Means for Mormons and the Presidency” (Chapter 19) was published in The American Election 2012 (Palgrave-MacMillan) an edited volume organized by the New Hampshire Institute for Politics at Saint Anselm College (August 2014)

Professor Orlin lectured at the Minority Rights Academy (MRA), an event sponsored by the Albanian Human Rights Group (AHRG) and the German Embassy, in Voskopoja, Albania, (July 25-30, 2014)

Professor Orlin participated in a training Program for Tamil Human Rights advocates for British in London, UK, (July 3-5, 2014).

Professor Orlin presented “Human Rights and Human Wrongs: Tamil Rights in Sri Lanka” at the International Conference on Freedom and Justice- Remedial Approaches to Gross Human Rights Violations: The Tamil Struggle for Transnational Justice, Toronto, Ontario, (April 26, 2014)

Professor Orlin spoke at the Naturalization Ceremony at the United States District Court in Utica, NY (April 10, 2014)


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Departmental Events



April 22, 2015

Pizza and Politics

, Dr. Jan DeAmicis, Professor of Sociology, led a discussion on resistance to slavery in Oneida county.

April 15, 2015

Pizza and Politics

, Dr. John Johnsen, Dean of Arts and Sciences, led a discussion on the politics of Native American related team names.

April 13, 2015

Pi Sigma Alpha Speaker Series

, Dr. Hyun Koo Choo, Visiting Scholar and Associate Professor at Korea University, spoke about the use of economic sanctions.

Pizza and Politics

, Dr. Juan Thomas, Professor of Foreign Languages, led a discussion on Hispanics in the Mohawk Valley.

February 25, 2015

Pizza and Politics,

Lou LaPolla, former Mayor of Utica, will discuss Utica politics (Hubbard 206, UC faculty, staff, and students are welcome)

February 11, 2015

Pizza and Politics

, Dr. Luke Perry, Chair and Associate Professor of Government, will lead a discussion on how the new Congress got elected
(Hubbard 206, UC faculty, staff, and students are welcome)

November 5, 2014

Pizza and Politics

, Dr. JT Kwon, Assistant Professor of Government and Politics, led a discussion on his research regarding North Korea

October 29, 2014

Kevin Nugent, Adjunct Professor of Government, held a film screening of "Night of the Living Dead" and gave a talk on campus entitled "Zombie Films as Allegory: Race, Politics and Consumerism in the United States"

October 28, 2014

Professor Perry hosted the 2014 Election Forum. Students shared their research findings on various aspects of the election.

October 22, 2014

Pizza and Politics

, Dr. Paulina Maria Niechcial, Visiting Professor of Sociology from Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland, led a discussion on her work and experiences in Iran (open to all students, faculty, and staff)

October 8, 2014

Pizza and Politics

, Dr. Kathryn Silva, Assistant Professor of History, led a discussion on her work and experiences in Cape Verde (open to all students, faculty, and staff)

October 7, 2014
Alma Lowery, Adjunct Professor of Government, gave a talk on campus entitled "Achieving Environmental Justice; A Policy Perspective

October 2, 2014
Pi Sigma Alpha (Political Science Honor's Society) hosted the League of Women Voters for its fall speaker series. The talk discussed New York's ballot initiatives for the upcoming election.

September 24, 2014

Pizza and Politics

, Dr. Domenica Newell-Amato, Assistant Professor of Foreign Languages, led a discussion on Paris of “La Belle Epoch” (open to all students, faculty, and staff)

September 10, 2014

Pizza and Politics

, Dr. Tom Christ, Professor of Anthropology, led a discussion on his work and experiences in Albania (open to all students, faculty, and staff)




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