Thursday, April 16, 2015

Is Torture Wrong?

That is the title of a debate, sponsored by the Alexander Hamilton Society, the Philosophy Club, and the Department of Political Science and History.  The event will feature Elbridge Colby from the Center for a New American Security. It will be held Tuesday April 21 at noon in the Conference Rooms of the Hawkins-Conard Student Center. Food and drinks will be provided and the event is free and open to the public. 

See also this announcement: 

Monday, April 6, 2015

URCA Symposium on Wednesday

Quite a few History and Political Science majors are giving presentations at the CAS Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Symposium on Wednesday (April 8).  There are good presentations on a whole variety of topics from Courtney Bailey, September Long, Brandon, Cook, John Case, Sam Mariscal, Hallie Carrino, and Joey Barretta.  Emily Cardwell is also giving a presentation, but as an English major rather than as a History major. Get out and support your fellow majors!  And you might also learn something from the presentations by students from other majors.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Nicholas Bartulovic Wins State Music Honor

Ok, so this is a musical achievement, but Nick Bartulovic is a history major and we are happy to call attention to his well-roundedness (besides, "everything is history," right?).  Nick, who is also a music minor, was awarded third place in the 2015 Ohio Federation of Music Clubs College Composers' Contest for his entry "Three Sketches for Piano."  Congratulations!

The statewide contest is offered annually by the OFMC's Foundation for the Advancement of Music to encourage the composition and performance of music, aid performing and creative artists regardless of citizenship, promote musical education, aid veterans in commencing and resuming musical careers, and grant scholarships to carry out the above.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

New Editor at Cleveland State Law Review

Elisa Leonard, who graduated from AU with a BA in Political Science and Public Relations, and who was also an Ashbrook Scholar, has just been elected Editor-in-Chief of the Cleveland State Law Review for 2015-2016. Before going to law school Elisa worked as the Executive Director of a political party in Northeast Ohio and as a congressional staffer for the United States House of Representatives where she handled community outreach and digital media for the office.

Political Science Alumna Testifies in US House Hearing

Alumna Rebeccah Heinrichs will be testifying before the House Foreign Affairs Committee Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa regarding Iran's noncompliance with the IAEA.  The Hearing is scheduled for 2-5pm today and will probably be broadcast here: Foreign Affairs Hearing

Thursday, March 12, 2015

New Book by Professor Justin Lyons

Professor Lyons has just published a new book comparing Alexander the Great with Hernan Cortes on the model of Plutarch's Lives.  In case you can't read the text on the cover (see below), here is what Paul Cartledge of the University of Cambridge says about the book:
Like a self-proclaimed latter-day Plutarch, Lyons boldly goes where Alexander the Great of
Macedon and Hernán Cortés of Castile blazed their respective trails, comparing and contrasting the motives, methods, and achievements of the two conquering empire-builders who changed the political map of the world, and doing so within an illuminating overall moral-philosophical frame of reference and evaluation.




Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Articles on Peace by AU Faculty

Two members of the Department have essays in this new book on The Question of Peace in Modern Political Thought (Wilfrid Laurier University Press).  Professor Sikkenga's article is called "John Locke's Liberal Path to Peace," while that by Professor Paddags is "In Search for Laws Above Nations: Jean-Jacques Rousseau on Perpetual Peace."  The book also has essays on Martin Luther, Spinoza, Hobbes, Vattel, Kant, Hegel, Thoreau, Heidegger, Benjamin, Arendt, Derrida, and Habermas.