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Notre Dame Forum Events to Explore Future of American Democracy

August 30, 2012,

The 2012-13 Notre Dame Forum, “A More Perfect Union: The Future of America’s Democracy,” will present a series of events throughout the academic year that will explore profound questions about the state of the U.S. political system and its capacity to deal with the rapidly changing domestic and international challenges it faces.

Students are Encouraged to Apply for Student Conference on United States Affairs

August 29, 2012, Announcement

Dear Political Science Majors,

Each year the United States Military Academy invites the Department of Political Science to send one student as a delegate to the annual Student Conference on United States Affairs (SCUSA).  The SCUSA 64 conference will be held in West Point, New York from November 7 – 10, 2012.…

On the Path to the Foreign Service

August 28, 2012, Mary Kate Malone

While working as a national sales planner at Univision Television Group in 2009, Melissa Fisher ’07 began to feel restless. She wasn’t sure what direction to take next but knew she had to think more about what she wanted to do with her life, even if that meant taking a leap into the unknown. And so that’s exactly what she did: She quit her job and bought a one-way ticket to Cambodia. “I wanted to challenge myself and live in a developing country where I didn’t know the language,” says the former political science and Spanish double major. “I felt like I needed to do something challenging, to grow up and be on my own.”

New Book Proposes Reconciliation as Path to Peace

August 23, 2012, Renée LaReau

Daniel Philpott

A new book by political scientist and peace studies scholar Daniel Philpott makes the case for forgiveness and reconciliation as a way to achieve justice and lasting peace after violent conflict.

Just and Unjust Peace: An Ethic of Political Reconciliation, recently released by Oxford University Press, explores the concept of reconciliation, which is deeply rooted in Christianity, Judaism, and Islam, as well as in the secular restorative justice movement.…

Political Scientist Geoffrey Layman Wins APSA Article Award

August 23, 2012, Joanna Basile

Geoffrey Layman, professor in Notre Dame’s Department of Political Science, has won the 2012 Jack Walker Outstanding Article Award for “Activists and Conflict Extension in American Party Politics,” published by the American Political Science Review in 2010. Bestowed by the Political Organizations and Parties section of the American Political Science Association (APSA), the award recognizes an article published within the past two years that has made a significant contribution to research and scholarship on political organizations and parties.