Political Science and International Relations

Collegium Civitas – Summer Institute:Crossroads I & II – History and Culture & Security Issues of Central Europe Courses! Check out this great opportunity! 
Here is the History and Culture course description:
In order to understand the present you have to understand the past – and nowhere is that more true than in Central Europe. Through an understanding of history, this course offers a rich, entertaining, multi-disciplinary, and comprehensive insight into the culture, politics, and modern life of Central Europe. This is a critically important region and has been a global flashpoint for centuries. It has been contested by imperial powers – above all Russia, Austria, and Germany – and by the smaller nations in between. The region was fought over in the First World War and was the victim of Hitler’s racial policies in World War II. After 1945 it was governed by Soviet-communist regimes but also saw the birth of Solidarity which helped lead to the fall of the Berlin Wall. Central Europe has also seen great cultural movements; it was home to giants from Mahler to Freud, Einstein to Kafka and many other writers, scientists, artists, thinkers, and activists who have had a profound effect on world history. This course will concentrate primarily on modern history but will also touch on earlier periods and will also provide an overview of the region’s Jewish cultural heritage. It will look at the post 1989 Polish economic success, migration in the EU, ecological issues, and other current events. Students will experience Central Europe through field trips to museums and cultural sites, films and exhibitions, cultural and culinary events, guest lectures given by a host of specialists from the region, and travel to various cities within the region.
Please contact Dr. Larus for further information!

Student Presents Honor Thesis!
Girard Bucello, IA major and President, UMW Pi Sigma Alpha, presented his honors thesis,
Trouble With the Neighbors: The Baltic States’ Perspective on Security after the Annexation of Crimea, at the 2016 Pi Sigma Alpha National Student Conference, in Washington, D.C.

UMW Alumnus Erik Johnston Appointed as VA Deputy Policy Director!
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UMW professor named 2015 Asia Studies Fellow

Surupa Gupta, associate professor of political science and international affairs at the University of Mary Washington, has been selected as a 2015 Asia Studies Fellow at the East-West Center in Washington, D.C. For more, click here.

Every Vote Counts

Voting is a way of life for most people. Regaining the right to vote poses no easy task for convicted felons who have served time in prison.

Benjamin Hermerding aims to turn that around.

A political science major at the University of Mary Washington, Hermerding interns with the Commonweath’s Restoration of Rights Department  that restores voting rights to convicted felons who have served their prison time. Within the past few years, the Richmond Secretary of the Commonwealth’s Office division has granted them more rights than in any other time in Virginia’s history, according to Hermerding. For more, click here.

 UMW Student Wins Naval Academy Essay Award
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University of Mary Washington senior Christian Perkins won the Naval Academy Foreign Affairs essay competition, presented at the organization’s 55th annual conference that took place in Annapolis, Maryland in April. For more, click here.

Face of Feminism