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The study of politics in a liberal education has roots in ancient Greece. As Aristotle wrote in his Politics, “Man is an animal whose nature it is to live in a polis [city].” In short, women and men are political animals. Governance processes have a central place in human societies, and politics is pervasive in any culture. Governance requires leadership with a commitment to foster mutual service, and politics needs leaders with fidelity to justice, equality and human rights—among the best of human values.

Therefore, the study of politics and governance necessarily draws upon the liberal arts and sciences. We draw from the methodologies of history and the natural sciences, involve the consideration of questions fundamental to philosophy, and cover themes contained in the world’s literature. Likewise, to learn the study of politics in government is to learn how to analyze community problems, develop resolutions, and communicate this knowledge to citizens. Our mission is developing such leadership in our students and providing them the means to develop these talents over a lifetime of service to others, whether it is in the classroom, at the bar, or in public, private or non-governmental agencies.

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How Partisan Media Polarize America
Tues., Sept. 19
4:30-5:30 p.m., CCSL

This lecture, funded by Jenny '71 and Steve Spancake, will feature Matthew Levendusky, ph.D., associate professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania. He will be presenting his most recent book, How Partisan Media Polarize America. The research chronicles an important medium fashioning political discourse in America today. It also highlights a timely topic in the study of the American polity.

Join us on September 21st at 5 p.m. in Science Lecture Hall as we celebrate Constitution Day by screening Of Civil Wrongs and Rights: The Fred Korematsu Story. Learn about Japanese internment during WWII and one man's battle against the U.S. government. After the screening stay for a discussion of the film and its contemporary implications.

The Rwandan Genocide: A Survivor’s Story
Tuesday, November 28
4:30 p.m., Klein Lecture Hall

Eugenie Mukeshimana survived the 1994 Rwandan genocide and has since founded the Genocide Survivors Support Network. At this event she will share her story of hope and perseverance.