The #APSA2006 Annual Meeting took place in Philadelphia, Penn. Below are some highlights of the plenary session.
The #APSA2006 Annual Meeting took place in Philadelphia, Penn. Below are some highlights of the plenary session.
APSA’s most recent research support symposium, held at the 2015 Annual Meeting, informed members of funding opportunities available from a range of resources and included practical tips for successful grant writing. The symposium included speakers from APSA, funding organizations, and academia, noted below. This video excerpt features a portion of the question and answer period in which the panelists respond to a question about diversity and inclusion.
by Sarah Combellick-Bidney
To involve students in the process of grounding abstract concepts in their own concrete life experiences, I began working with a type of reflective exercise that I call the “political life story,” in which students create and share narratives around the political phenomena that have shaped their own lives. Building on the experiences of other political scientists who have used active-versus-passive learning to disentangle conceptual ambiguity— as well as similar best practices of student-centered pedagogy that are well established in the discipline—I offer these reflections in the spirit of deepening the conversation about methods of reflective group learning with diverse students in both classroom and online contexts. My observations reinforce the consistent finding in the wider pedagogical literature that diverse classrooms provide a conducive environment for deep learning when particular emphasis is placed on the lived experiences of students.
The Political is Personal: Using Political Life Narratives to Engage Students, by Sarah Combellick-Bidney / PS: Political Science & Politics / Volume 48 / Issue 04 / October 2015, pp 617-620 / Log in to APSA to view full article.
Recognizing excellence in the profession is one of the most important roles of the American Political Science Association. Through the service of member committees who review nominations, the Association makes awards for the best dissertations, papers and articles, and books in the various subfields of the discipline, and for career achievement in research, teaching and service to the discipline. These awards are presented at the APSA Annual Meeting.
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The Leo Strauss prize is awarded annually for the best dissertation in the field of political philosophy. This award is presented to Teresa Mia Bejan, University of Toronto for the Dissertation: “Mere Civility: Toleration and Its Limits in Early Modern England and America,” Yale University.
In this thorough, sustained, and engaging work, Teresa Bejan straddles early modern transatlantic and contemporary American discourses of toleration and civility. Bejan explores what the ideal of civility adds to the injunction to tolerate those we disagree with, perhaps disapprove of, or are even disgusted by. The work is well informed by the vast secondary literature on each of the three early modern thinkers she enlists as proponents of toleration—Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, and Roger Wiliams. Bejan convincingly demonstrates that each of these influential theorists answers her question about the relationship between civility and toleration in his own distinctive way, adducing different understandings of civility and of its contribution to a regime of toleration. Breathing new life into canonical texts and familiar themes, Bejan also consistently and convincingly considers their relevance for twenty first century political life. Bejan’s deft and confident tour through interesting and important matters still manages to exude a sense of humor and a delight in the doing of political theory.
Thanks to the Award Committee: Ruth Abbey, University of Notre Dame, chair; Elizabeth Cohen, Syracuse University; and Xavier Marquez, Victoria University of Wellington.
It is with great sadness that the Women’s Caucus for Political Science must announce the death of Joanna Vecchiarelli Scott, past WCPS president and American Political Science Association Vice president, who died on Sunday, November 1st, 2015. Joanna was a prolific scholar and teacher whose many accomplishments include serving on both of the APSA nominating committees that finally broke the glass ceiling in the APSA, giving us both Theda Skocpol and Susanne Hoeber Rudolph as presidents.
Joanna always considered herself a ‘Jersey Girl’ and the article she wrote for the APSA Mentoring column described herself as that, despite the fact that she was born in Fort Smith, Arkansas and spent more of her adult life in Southern California and Michigan. After WWII Joanna’s parents moved from Arkansas to NYC and lived there for four years before they, like so many other New Yorkers, crossed the George Washington Bridge to New Jersey, settling in River Edge in 1949. Thus Joanna found her home and her ‘Jersey attitude:’ tough, questioning, probing intellectually, and fearless in speaking truth to power.
It was in New Jersey that Joanna met her future husband, Doug Scott, in the local high school in 1959. Even before writing became her life’s work, it was writing that brought Doug to her. As one of their high school’s newspaper editors, Joanna regularly wrote columns which spoke of more than the usual fare for high school papers. This led to a major collision with the high school principal. Joanna attended — and then published an extensive essay on –the 1959-60 Soviet Exhibit and the famous ‘Kitchen Debate’ between Vice President Richard Nixon and Premier Nikita Khrushchev at the New York Coliseum. Some parents complained that Joanna’s coverage was ‘unpatriotic.’ But if Joanna’s feistiness, her ability to speak truth to power even at age 16, got her into hot water with the authorities, her fearlessness attracted followers, then as now, and led to Doug’s asking her out on their first date. They were married in 1965 and recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 2015.
Joanna graduated from Barnard College New York with a BA in Political Science. This was followed by an MA in Political Science from Columbia University and a PhD from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland. Joanna began her career as professor of Political Science at California State University, Long Beach and then moved to Eastern Michigan University, where she served as Department Head. At both universities she was a strong supporter of the academic unions and organized labor more broadly.
Joanna’s research focused on Hannah Arendt, a German émigré and political theorist. Joanna was fascinated by this Jewish scholar/public intellectual who began her academic journey writing her doctoral dissertation on St. Augustine and capped it off by reporting on the trial of Adolph Eichmann. Joanna and Judith Chelius Star published a completely corrected and revised English translation of Arendt’s dissertation (Love and Saint Augustine, University of Chicago Press, 1998), making this important early work by Arendt fully accessible for the American audience for the first time. In this volume, we see how Hannah Arendt began her scholarly career with an exploration of Saint Augustine’s concept of caritas, or neighborly love, written under the direction of Karl Jaspers and the influence of Martin Heidegger. After her German academic life came to a halt in 1933, Arendt carried her dissertation into exile in France, and years later took the same battered and stained copy to New York. During the late 1950s and early 1960s, as she was completing or reworking her most influential studies of political life, Arendt was simultaneously annotating and revising her dissertation on Augustine, amplifying its argument with terms and concepts she was using in her political works of the same period. As Scott and Star made clear, the dissertation became a bridge over which Arendt traveled back and forth between 1929 Heidelberg and 1960s New York, carrying with her Augustine’s question about the possibility of social life in an age of rapid political and moral change. Their work on Arendt includes both Arendt’s own substantial revisions and provides additional notes based on letters, contracts, and other documents as well as the recollections of Arendt’s friends and colleagues during her later years. It is capped with a long introductory analysis of how this work was formative in Arendt’s reporting, writing and thinking about events such as the Holocaust in the 20th century. Their work is recognized as critical in establishing Arendt’s place in American scholarship.
Throughout her career, Joanna continued her love of Arendt, writing journal articles and essays on Arendt, focusing on her identity not just as a Jewish émigré but also as a modernist, a journalist and ultimately an American.
Joanna was devoted to her family. Friends who met her regularly at the APSA were always struck by her ability to have composed a life that included career, a great marriage, and wonderful ties to her mother – who died only a few years before Joanna – and with her beloved children: Adam (an artist at the Chicago Art Institute) and Aemilia (writer/actor).
The family is requesting that in lieu of flowers, contributions be sent to any medical center that treats myeloma research or cancer research more generally.
We shall miss Joanna, her fiery spirit, her inspired leadership, and her devotion to good causes.
Kristen Renwick Monroe, for the WCPS
See online obituary and other information here.
The #APSA2014 Annual Meeting took place at the Marriott Wardman Park, in Washington, D.C. Below are some highlights of the new member breakfast.
by Wayne Journell
In 2001, Richard Niemi and Julia Smith published an article in PS: Political Science and Politics on enrollments in high school civics and government courses. They framed their study on the premise that political scientists were ignoring an important aspect of American civic and political life, and they concluded by issuing a call for political scientists to become more involved in K-12 civics education. This article provides an update on the state of K-12 civics education, both in terms of enrollment data and the quality of the civic education that K-12 students receive. From an enrollment standpoint, more students are taking civics and government courses than ever before. However, the quality of civic education that students receive in those courses varies widely and is often correlated with students’ race and socioeconomic status. Further, the content in these courses tends to lend itself to basic knowledge of civic practices as opposed to developing skills of a larger discipline. The article concludes by renewing Niemi and Smith’s call for political science engagement in K-12 education, ranging from greater involvement by the APSA in the development of K-12 civics and government curricula to increased research on K-12 civic education by the political scientists.
We Still Need You! An Update on the Status of K-12 Civics Education in the United States, by Wayne Journell, PS: Political Science & Politics / Volume 48 / Issue 04 / October 2015, pp 630-634
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