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We Have A Winner

September 13, 2012 Leave a comment

The College of the Pacific has announced that Pacific Political Science Professor Cynthia Ostberg is the 2012 Faye and Alex Spanos Distinguished Teaching Award honoree. The Spanos Award recognizes a career of excellence as a teacher, advisor, and mentor. It is the greatest honor the College can bestow on a faculty member.

As the 2012 Spanos honoree, Professor Ostberg will be the keynote speaker at the College of the Pacific’s upcoming Faculty Recognition Dinner. Check back for an update on her address in a few weeks.

Zombies, Cyborgs, and International Relations Theory is Now Officially the Hottest Topic in IR

April 5, 2011 Leave a comment
The typical zombie.

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The most talked about panel at the recent International Studies Association meetings was a roundtable on Daniel Drezner‘s new book Theories of International Relations and Zombies.  Tongue-in-cheek, Drezner shows how various theories of international relations might help us explain and understand the coming zombie apocalypse.

Georgetown University IR Prof Daniel Nexon described the session in the essential Duck of Minerva blog.

Stephanie Carvin created, animated, moderated, and even presented on the roundtable. Other participants included Robert Farley (of LGM), Jeremy Youde, myself,Charli Carpenter, and, of course, Dan D. Topics included:

  • The results of zombie-apocalypse simulations;
  • The global health regime and flesh-eating ghouls;
  • Post-Zombie IR theory;
  • The laws of war meet reanimated corpses; and
  • The cyborg menace.

A podcast of the roundtable is available for those who care to check it out.

The highlight of the roundtable was Prof. Charli Carpenter’s sci-fi video mashup, which may have accused Drezner of being a Cylon sleeper agent.  (We can only be sure if we make him listen to “All Along the Watchtower“.)

You can watch a diavlog between Drezner and Carpenter in which Drezner denies being a Cylon sleeper agent.

Students in Prof. Brian Klunk’s Fall 2011 POLS 160–Theories of International Politics course will read Drezner’s book and no doubt view Carpenter’s video.

Pacific Political Science Students Tackle California’s Dysfunctional Constitution

February 11, 2010 1 comment

Revising constitution doesn’t stymie students – Sacramento Opinion – Sacramento Editorial | Sacramento Bee
Each fall students in Prof. Bob Benedetti’s Politics of California course tackle the task of redesigning California’s constitution. 
Here’s what the Sacramento Bee had to say about the course:

the tiny yet diverse subset of Californians that Benedetti guides through a similar exercise each year manages to zero in on many of the problems political scientists have said are at the root of the state’s dysfunction.

The professor’s classes have proposed streamlining the executive branch; reducing the size of legislative districts to make lawmakers more responsive to their constituents; lowering the vote thresholds for passing a budget or raising taxes; and reforming the relationship between state and local government. They’ve argued for limiting, but not ending, the initiative process.

And long before California voters warmed to the idea in 2008, Benedetti’s classes suggested an independent commission to redraw the state’s political boundaries.

Prof. Benedetti’s course is an example of the kind of active and engaged learning that takes place in Pacific’s political science classes.

Dari Sylvester Receives Support for Faculty Development

April 23, 2009 Leave a comment

Professor Dari Sylvester will spend part of the coming summer in Ann Arbor, MI attending the Inter-University Consortitum for Political and Social Reseach Summer Program.  Professor Sylvester plans to use her participation in the program to develop Pacific’s course in Political Science Research.  Her participation will be supported by a stipend from the Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium and a University of the Pacific Eberhardt University Priorities Award.

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
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