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By Nicole Krassas
Thanks to the generous donation of the Kearney Family a scholarship for Political Science Students is now available. Thanks to growth in the stock market, there will be $1500 available for the 2014-2015 academic year. For more information go to http://www1.easternct.edu/development/polisci-scholarshipsfunds/. In addition, there are numerous other scholarship funds made available through the Foundation, many of which do not specify discipline. A complete list of all scholarships can be found here http://www1.easternct.edu/development/ecsu-foundation-scholarships-info/.
ECSU Polisci Students and peers provide valuable testimony at the State Appropriations Committee to support state funded education
A group of nine SGA Senator students from ECSU traveled to Hartford in February to provide their testimony at the State Appropriation Committee at the Legislature of the State of Connecticut. The group of students of ECSU was the most numerous of all delegates of the CSU system present at the meeting. These student representatives were able to voice their concerns regarding the future of public funded higher education in the state. Of particular relevance were the testimonies of political science students Per Björnstad (also President of the student body at ECSU), Mathew Hicks and Erin Drouin, who narrated, through her own personal experiences how much publicly funded education is helping them to achieve their educational objectives.
Their testimonies can be found at the available video recordings of the hearings found at the following marks: 22:05, 1:22:04, 1:33:06, 2:01:48 and 2:43:00. At the end of the meeting State Representative Jay Case personally thanked students for their brave effort to defend their cause.
By Hope Fitz
Professor William Newell is leaving us for a new phase of his life. We will miss him but we wish him well in his future endeavors and the many books which he plans to write.
At the end of March, Eastern will receive former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright for a talk on the challenges the U.S. and world face in the XXI Century (click here for additional information). This is a challenging topic to be addressed by one of the most prominent high-level officials of the U.S. Government in the past decades. Her tenure in office was full of extraordinary events, and her actions influenced some of the important political outcomes of the last century, not only in terms of the overall diplomatic and objectives of the U.S. but also in terms of a larger international agenda, where the issue of international security remains a priority.
There are several biographic books about Secretary Albright, including her autobiography, that provide useful insights of this prominent figure. Including:
But there are many other sources devoted to her work (click here).
An Evening on Politics – Gender in Public Policies
A comparison of approaches from Latin America and the U.S.
On Thursday October 24 Dr. Nora Nagels of the Université de Montréal and Professor Nicole Krassas of Eastern and students discussed different perspectives on social policies and gender. Part of the discussion addressed how public policies aimed at supporting vulnerable groups, such as Food Stamps in the U.S. and Cash Transfers in Latin America do not necessarily take into account a gender perspective in their design and implementation. This event was moderated by Professor Martin Mendoza-Botelho.
This event was co-Sponsored by the Department of Political Science, Geography and Philosophy, the Program of Latin American Studies and the Program on Gender Studies.