The Growing Nationalist Populism: Its Impact on the British “Brexit” Vote and on European and Global Politics

2017-04-20 by

Mr. Persson discusses how and why British and other voters in Europe and globally have been affected by ideas and opinions which, for the most part, contradict liberal and Western values strenuously upheld and cherished during and after the Cold War, political ideas which clearly resemble those that brought Europe to disaster twice during the twentieth century. The traditional role and fundamental value of the United States in upholding and defending those values, and in creating the most successful peace project ever, the European Union, will also be discussed.



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Daniel Mahoney presents ‘Judging Communism and All Its Works: Solzhenitsyn’s The Gulag Archipelago Reconsidered’

2017-04-13 by

Daniel J. Mahoney is Augustine Chair in Distinguished Scholarship at Assumption College, where he has taught since 1986. An expert on statesmanship, French political philosophy and anti-totalitarian thought, his books include The Liberal Political Science of Raymond Aron (1992), De Gaulle: Statesmanship, Grandeur, and Modern Democracy (1996), Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn: The Ascent from Ideology (2001), The Conservative Foundations of the Liberal Order (2011) and The Other Solzhenitsyn: Telling the Truth About a Misunderstood Writer and Thinker (2014).

Professor Mahoney explores Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s The Gulag Archipelago, at once a great literary work and an unparalleled witness to the totalitarian ravages of the bodies and souls of human beings. This remarkably capacious book includes historical discussions, personal reminiscences of Solzhenitsyn’s time in the Soviet camps, political reflections and philosophical meditations. At its heart is an epic poem in which Solzhenitsyn recovers the great and enduring drama of good and evil in the human soul. In Russia, the availability of The Gulag Archipelago, which is required reading in abridged form in Russian high schools, provides hope that the terrible tragedies of the past will not be repeated. In the West, it remains an indispensable warning against the totalitarian temptation.



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UAS Professor Emeritus Clive Thomas cutting Alaska’s budget

2016-09-29 by News, Sports, and Art

Guest lecturer Clive Thomas will present “The Politics of Cutting Alaska State Budget: Fallacies and Realities” on Thursday, Sept. 29, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in room 307 of the UAA/APU Consortium Library.

A common demand by many Alaskans and some first-time candidates for state office is that the state budget needs to be cut, largely because of wasted money and inefficiencies. This presentation shows that, contrary to common belief, while budgets can be cut in the short term, as they were in the 2016 legislative session, the trend in the long term is for larger budgets. This explanation is based on the realities of what makes up the state budget, constituent pressure on politicians, and the lack of an organized and sustained political force promoting long-term budget reductions.

Clive Thomas, who taught political science in Juneau for thirty years, is editor of a book just published by the University of Alaska Press, Alaska Politics and Public Policy: The Dynamics of Beliefs, Institutions, Personalities and Power. He is now a senior fellow at the Foley Institute of Politics at Washington State University.

This event is part of the William H. Seward Lecture Series, hosted by the UAA Department of Political Science. The series features timely and provocative lectures at UAA during the academic year on a range of subjects dealing with current politics, public policy and Alaska. Lectures are free and open to members of the general public.



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Guest lecturer James Nichols discusses influence of Rome on U.S. Constitution

2016-09-17 by News, Sports, and Art

The Roman Republic experienced impressive success—somewhat surprisingly in view of frequent struggles between nobles and common people—but eventually lost its republican constitution in the transformation to the Roman Empire’s one-man rule.

This lecture examines both what the founders learned from the successes of Rome’s example and what they sought to avoid from Rome’s failings. It also seeks to clarify some distinctive features of the American Constitution, as seen against the background of the Roman example.

James H. Nichols Jr., is professor of government and Dr. Jules L. Whitehill Professor of Humanism and Ethics at Claremont McKenna College and Avery Fellow at Claremont Graduate University.

His B.A., with a major in classics and political philosophy, is from Yale, and his Ph.D. in government is from Cornell. He has also taught at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada; the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research in New York; and Yale University in Connecticut.

He worked for a year at the National Endowment for the Humanities in Washington as associate director of the Division of General Programs.

His publications include Epicurean Political Philosophy: On the De rerum natura of Lucretius (Cornell University Press, 1976); translations with introduction, notes, and interpretive essays of Plato’s Gorgias and Phaedrus (Cornell University Press, 1998); and articles on pragmatism, human rights, ancient understandings of technology, Plato’s view of philosophic education, liberalism, political economy and Tacitus.

His most recent book is Alexandre Kojève: Wisdom at the End of History (Rowman & Littlefield, 2007); his most recent article is “On Leo Strauss’ ‘Notes on Lucretius’” in Brill’s Companion to Leo Strauss’ Writings on Classical Political Thought, ed. T. Burns (Brill, 2016).

This 12th annual Constitution Day lecture is part of the Chartwell Lecture Series, hosted by the UAA Department of Political Science.



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Chartwell Lecture: 'Turkey, ISIS, and the Implications for the United States'

2016-03-03 by News, Sports, and Art

In the first Chartwell Lecture of 2016, Professor Sinan Ciddi, director of the Institute for Turkish Studies at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, speaks on: “Turkey, ISIS, and the Implications for the United States.” Please join us for a fascinating look at political changes in Turkey, one of America’s NATO allies, and how the future of the Middle East will be affected by Turkish and American foreign policies toward ISIS. Organized by the Department of Political Science at the University of Alaska Anchorage, the Chartwell Lectures are free and open to the public. For more information about this and upcoming lectures in the Chartwell and the William H. Seward Lecture Series, please visit the UAA Department of Political Science webpage.



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