Monthly Archives: October 2013

Event: Schurman on the New Green Revolution for Africa






A talk by Rachel Schurman, a professor of sociology from Minnesota, about her project “Science for the Poor: Foundations, Firms and the New Green Revolution for Africa” at 4:30 pm Monday, October 14, in PAC 001.  Her website, http://www.soc.umn.edu/people/schurman_r.html.

“Behavioral International Law”






Opinio Juris is hosting a discussion of the “behavioral” approach to international law, beginning with a post by Tomer Broude. As he begins to describe it, the behavioral research agenda aims to explore the characteristics of real decision-making processes of different types of actors, under different circumstances. This approach might be useful for some of…

A moment of fun






Scott Adams’ Favorite Dilbert Comics – Business Insider. Of these, I think my favorites are “Synchronizing Excuses” and “Opportunities”.

Campaign Intern Wanted






I have no connection to this, nor do I know anything at all about Harry Rilling, but this might interest some Wesleyan students: Harry Rilling’s campaign for Mayor of Norwalk is currently looking for interns and fellows.  This will be a great opportunity for students to become civically engaged, learn how campaigns work, and participate…

FORUM: Government Shutdown






FORUM: Government Shutdown Professor Logan Dancey, Department of Government Professor Jennifer Smith, Department of Government …will discuss the domestic and international implications of the recent Government shutdown Thursday, October 10, 4:30 to 6:00 PM Public Affairs Center 002 Free and open to the public

Colleagues on the Shutdown






Elvin Lim, Government: On Shutdown Politics: Why it is Not the Constitution’s Fault So it is not the Constitution that is at fault. It is faction, injected like a toxin into the Constitution, that has caused the separation of powers to go awry. And if so, the short-term solution for shutdown politics is to call…

The shutdown is the Constitution’s fault? Or the Republicans?






A colleague emailed links to these interesting articles on whether there is a Constitutional basis for the current government shutdown. Both are interesting reads from the Washington Post. The shutdown is the Constitution’s fault. But it’s not just that Madison’s system is unnecessary. It’s potentially dangerous. Scholars of comparative politics have shown that presidential systems with…

Help Organize a Conference on International Development!






PARTICIPATE IN ORGANIZING WESLEYAN’S FIRST ANNUAL CONFERENCE ON INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT TO BE HELD IN THE SEMESTER SPRING OF 2015 FRIDAY, OCT 4th, USDAN 114 (ULLIAN MEETING ROOM) 4:30 pm Confirm your attendance by emailing Chazelle Rhoden (crhoden- at – wesleyan.edu)