News and Events
Political Science Undergraduate and Graduate Internship Orientation
Are you interested in doing an internship? Come to our political science undergraduate and graduate internship orientation! We will be answering questions, providing guidance, and serving pizza.
Hosted by Ken Estey the political science internship coordinator. A representative from NYPIRG will be in attendance, and the Director of the Edward T. Rogowsky Internship Program Anthony Maniscalco will be there to talk about NYC, Albany, and DC internship opportunities.
April 23, 2013
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Political Science Lounge, 3414 James Hall
3311 James Hall
ARE WE SAFER? Costs, Benefits, and Alternatives to 20 Years of Aggressive Street Policing
Inaugural panel of the Herbert Kurz Chair in Constitutional Law and Civil Liberties at Brooklyn College
with John DeCarlo, Michael Powell, Alex S. Vitale, Franklin E. Zimring
April 18, 2013
12:30 - 2 p.m.
Woody Tanger Auditorium, Brooklyn College Library
Battling Organized Crime: From Drugs in Mexico to Deforestation in Brazil
Professor of Political Science and Criminal Justice
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
1 - 2 p.m.
3403 James Hall
Why does the world seem to be losing its fight against organized crime? This presentation examines the entrenched war against syndicated crime networks in Latin America, a region with five of the world’s 10 deadliest countries and 40% of its murders. It explains that much of the difficulty in curbing organized crime is rooted in the region’s ever-expanding policing network, the state’s overlap with criminal organizations, and the erosion of key constitutional principles. These conditions exist in several arenas, which the presentation will discuss: political, geographic, institutional, legal, and economic. Based on work with international organizations and governments over the past three years, it will focus on two major zones of organized crime: the drug trafficking corridor from Central America through Mexico, and the Amazon Basin of South America.
Civil Liberties and Endless War in the Age of Obama
March 4, 2013
The Ethyle R. Wolfe Institute for the Humanities in cooperation with the Department of Political Science and the Office of the Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences present The Thirty-ninth Samuel J. Konefsky Memorial Lecture. The guest speaker, Glenn Greenwald, a former constitutional and civil rights litigator, is now a columnist at The Guardian. Mr. Greenwald writes about civil liberties, national security and US political and media culture. He has written three New York Times best sellers: With Liberty and Justice for Some (2011), which is about an indictment of America's two-tiered system of justice, and two other books on the Bush administration's executive power and foreign policy abuses. Greenwald was named by the The Atlantic one of the 25 top most influential political commentators in the nation. This lecture will be held on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 1:00 PM, in the Gold Room, on the 6th floor at the Brooklyn College Student Center (Campus Road and East 27th Street) A reception will follow.
A letter to Brooklyn College students, February 2, 2013
In the last week, we have been contacted by members of the Brooklyn College community and beyond about the political science department’s co-sponsorship of a panel discussion on the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement. Many have expressed support for our co-sponsorship, but we have also heard concern that the political science department is not willing to co-sponsor speakers or events representing alternative views. In fact, since this controversy broke, no group has contacted the political science chair requesting the department's co-sponsorship of a specific event or actual speaker representing alternative or opposing views.
We are writing you now to clarify and reaffirm our longstanding department policy on co-sponsorship. We welcome--indeed encourage--requests to co-sponsor speakers and events from all student groups, departments, and programs. Any groups, departments or programs organizing lectures or events representing any point of view should email the chair, Paisley Currah, with a formal request for cosponsorship. Each and every request will be given equal consideration.
We look forward to hearing from our students and colleagues.
Paisley Currah, Chair, on behalf of the Political Science Department
Statement, January 30, 2013
A student group at Brooklyn College has organized a panel discussion regarding the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, a non-violent response to the State of Israel’s handling of the Palestinian conflict. On college campuses around the country and across the world, this issue is being discussed. Brooklyn College should be no different. The department of political science has thus decided to co-sponsor this event. We encourage students and members of the community to attend, pose their questions, and air their views.