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Professor Natasha Duncan

Seeking Student Presenters and Save the Date

The Pi Sigma Alpha Midwest Regional Conference will be held on Saturday, April 14, 2018.  This is a free, one-day conference with student presentations and a keynote speaker that is open to all students interested in political science.  You are invited to submit your presentation ideas by Monday, January 15.

Dr. Daniel W. Drezner will serve as the keynote speaker, sponsored by the Louis Martin Sears Lecture Series. Dr. Drezner is a professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a contributor to the Washington Post. The conference will be centered around students’ presentations of arguments on various topics surrounding the theme “Global Challenges.” 

Details on Presentation Opportunity:

In keeping with the theme, students are invited to present topics across the nexus of international relations and the subfields of political science. For example, students might address topics such as the refugee crisis, climate change, economic interdependence, diseases and pandemics, terrorism and national security, or the rise of extremism. Students may consider collaborating on a presentation.

Students interested in participating should complete the online application with an abstract of a minimum of 250 words by January 15, 2018. Selection decisions will be made by January 29, 2018. Final presentations will be due by March 19, 2018.

Practice LSAT Exams

Professor Peter Watkins will be offering practice LSATs this semester at the following times.   Email pwatkin@purdue.edu to register for a test time.  Follow him on Twitter @PeterWatkinsPU for information on law school admissions.

  • Monday, February 12 at 6:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, February 27 at 1:00 p.m.
  • Monday, March 5 at 6:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 27 at 1:00 p.m.
  • Monday, April 9 at 6:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday April 17 at 1:00 p.m.

Course Drop/Add Dates

We want you to have a challenging and rewarding semester. Review the drop/add schedule for important deadline information:  http://www.purdue.edu/registrar/calendars/SpringDropAdd.html

The next department newsletter will be sent on Monday, January 15.  We will include information about Summer course offerings as well as Love Liberal Arts Week.

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