Semester’s Agenda: Begin discussing changes in world order

In response to Trump’s new “America First” foreign policy approach, and in response to other major systemic changes that have been coming along for some time, my introductory course has a new sub-title and focus: understanding the varieties of world order and how world order can change.

I will still cover all of the basics needed for such a course, but I think that this is an appropriate time to think critically about “world order” and the worldviews that inform our understanding of such order(s). Every segment of the class will now include a focus that brings us back to that specific theme. Can’t wait to get started!


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Feb 6: Film, Merchants of Doubt, Sponsored by COE

From the College of the Environment:

Please join us for the next film in The Elements: An Annual Environmental Film Series, Merchants of Doubt.
The film will be shown on Monday, February 6 at 7:00PM at the Goldsmith Family Cinema, Center for Film Studies, on the campus of Wesleyan University, 301 Washington Terrace, Middletown, CT (directions and parking information).

As described on the film’s website, Merchants of Doubt was inspired by the acclaimed book of the same name by Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway. The film provides a satirical exposé into the conjuring of spin in America, and the secretive group of charismatic, pundits-for-hire who present themselves in the media as scientific authorities – yet have the contrary aim of manufacturing doubt concerning the facts, and spreading confusion about well-studied public threats ranging from toxic chemicals to pharmaceuticals to climate change.

merchants of doubt screening poster_lr

Spring 2017 Courses

This Spring I will teach the following courses:

Govt 155: International Politics, Tu/Th, 1:20 – 2:40 pm, PAC 107

While the overall framework for this class is the same as in the past, I have made some major shifts in emphasis. The major theme will be in the question of World Order, inspired by the possibility for foreign policy changes under the new Administration.

Govt 322: Global Environmental Politics, Tu/Th, 2:50 – 4:10 pm, PAC 421

This class gets at the heart of understanding how states (and others) can collaborate at the global level to address environmental challenges. We will focus on approaching these issues as social science researchers and as those interested in creating policy. Readings will illustrate multiple methods for understanding these challenges.

My office hours will be Tuesdays, 10:30 am – 12n, or by appointment.

From Backpacking in the Grand Canyon with Friends

From Backpacking in the Grand Canyon with Friends

Check out ENGAGE’s Calendar of Post-election Events

From ENGAGE and the Allbritton Center.

Link to Full Calendar of Events: Responding to the 2016 Presidential Election | ENGAGE – Wesleyan University

In the wake of the historic 2016 presidential election, we believe that civic engagement — in its many forms — is more important than ever. To that end, we will maintain this calendar of campus and community events related to the election and its aftermath.

Many, many events, including this sample of events tomorrow 11/16:

Discussion with students involved at Allbritton 11/16 11:50 am-1:10 pm, Allbritton 311 Students involved at Allbritton (Alls) and their guests
New Haven Stands with Standing Rock at TD Bank 11/16 4:30-6:00 pm, 994 Chapel Street, New Haven Open to anyone
Post-Election Climate Dialogue 11/16  6:30-8:00 pm, Exley 150 Open to anyone
Westco Open Mic: Open Vent 11/16 8:00-11:00 pm, Westco Lounge Open to anyone

Link to Full Calendar of Events: Responding to the 2016 Presidential Election | ENGAGE – Wesleyan University

Upcoming African Studies Events

The next 7 days have plenty in store for those interested in Africa!

November 3: Learn about African Studies and Study Abroad at Wesleyan

November 4: Come hear South African guitarist Derek Gripper at Crowell Hall

November 5: Ariya, the African Students Association’s annual cultural event!

November 7: Presentation on Biodiversity Research in Kenya

For more info on any and all of these, visit: African Studies News @ Wesleyan: