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Harry Potter and the Politics of Literature

November 18, 2010 Leave a comment
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Before heading off to that midnight showing of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, spend some time listening to a 2007 podcast of University of the Pacific Political Science Professors Jeff Becker, Brian Klunk, and Susan Sample as they discuss “Harry Potter and the Politics of Literature.”

Public Affairs Podcast Returns

September 16, 2008 1 comment

After a summer hiatus, as they say in the enterntainment business, the Pacific Public Affairs Podcast is back in production. The most recent episode became available on Pacific’s ITunes U site earlier today.

The episode is a discussion between Professor Jeffrey Becker and Professor Keith Smith about the constitutional origins and development of the Electoral College.

The podcast is University of the Pacific’s annual observance of Constitution Day.

You can subscribe to the Political Science Department podcast through iTunes.

Harry Potter and the Politics of Literature

November 30, 2007 2 comments
Entertainment Weekly recently selected J.K. Rowling as its “Entertainer of the Year,” at least in part for effect her Harry Potter books have had “on a generation’s ideas about war, leadership, dissent, heroism, and sacrifice.” EW must have attended the Pacific Political Science Department’s October 24 Colloquium entitled “Harry Potter and the Politics of Literature.” Professors Susan Sample, Jeff Becker, and Brian Klunk enthralled a large crowd with their analyses of what the Harry Potter books have to say to us about politics. Susan Sample expressed concern that the books’ cynical and dismissive attitude toward government and politics may detract from democratic participation. Jeff Becker showed how Harry Potter himself can be seen as model of democratic citizenship. Brian Klunk argued that the conflict between Harry Potter and Tom Riddle (aka Voldemort) has been misread as a simple Manichean struggle between good and evil and that it offers a more subtle understanding about conflict and political morality.The presentation was so successful that Pacific Seminar faculty requested a repeat performance. You can listen to the presentation at the Pacific Political Science Podcast.

Commemorating Constitution Day

September 21, 2007 Leave a comment

We the PeopleTo commemorate Constitution Day (September 17), the Pacific Political Science Department has posted a podcast episode on the first year of the John Roberts Supreme Court. Professors Cynthia Ostberg and Jeffrey Becker shared their insights about how different the US Supreme Court has been with Chief Justice Roberts and Associate Justice Samuel Alito. Department Chair Brian E. Klunk moderated. You can find it on the Pacific Itunes U site.

Professor Dari Sylvester Discusses Teaching at Pacific

December 26, 2006 1 comment

Check out Professor Dari Sylvester’s interview about teaching at Pacific on Pacific Public Affairs Podcast.

Categories: Faculty, Podcast, Teaching

Betsy Hammer on a Podcast

December 26, 2006 Leave a comment

Betsy Hammer, sophomore political science major, was one of many Pacific political science students who worked on political campaigns during the recent election season. You can hear about her experiences on Pacific Public Affairs Podcast.

Pacific Political Science, Politics, and Public Affairs

September 18, 2006 Leave a comment

Pacific Political Science, Politics, and Public Affairs
The Political Science Department celebrated Constitution and Citizenship Day by producing its first Public Affairs Podcast on The Constitution, National Security, and the War on Terror. Professors Jeff Becker, Gene Bigler, Cindy Ostberg, and Brian Klunk participated. If you click on the Podcast|RSS button you can subscribe to the series on ITunes. Expect more interesting episodes about the Political Science Department and Public Affairs.

Categories: Podcast
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