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Discourse in Democracy

Discourse in Democracy is a series of events designed to engage undergraduate students in political and philosophical debate about today’s most important issues.  Discourse in Democracy provides opportunities for students to become more deeply involved in their Texas State community by offering lectures and seminars by keynote speakers, chances to collaborate with professors, other students, and prominent professionals in the field at the federal, state, and local levels.  We will tackle issues that matter most to students, and you can be a part of the solution by participating in our lecture series.  The Department of Political Science invites all students to join in the discussion as we work to understand and solve our country’s greatest challenges. 

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  • Thursday, February 22nd, 2018 , Dr. Stephen Wasby lectures on  "The Presidency and the Law", 7:30PM, Alkek 250


  • Thursday, March 1st, 2018, Dr. Tanya Golash-Boza lectures on Mass Deportation and Mass Incarceration in Times of Crisis, 3:30PM, UAC 308


  • Thursday, March 22nd, 2018, Dr. Wilfred Clay lectures on "The Tocquevillean Moment...and Ours", 7:30, Alkek 250

Dr. William Forbath lectures at Discourse in Democracy Constitution Day event, Fall 2016

Dr. Forbath lecturing

In honor of Constitution Day, on September 15, 2016, the Department of Political Science welcomed Dr. William E. Forbath, of the University of Texas School of Law, who spoke on the “Anti-Oligarchy Constitution.”  Dr. Forbath conducted two afternoon seminars with graduate and undergraduate students, and delivered an evening lecture that was attended by 400 students and faculty members. The seminars and lectures explored whether Constitution demands the establishment a truly democratic economic order. The department’s Constitution Day activities were co-sponsored by the Department of Philosophy and made possible by funding provided by the Texas Bar Association.

Admiral Bobby Inman, U.S. Navy (Retired) speaks at Discourse in Democracy event, Spring 2017

Retired Admiral Bobby Inman, also the Lyndon B. Johnson Centennial Chair in National Policy at the University of Texas at Austin, gave the evening lecture at a Discourse in Democracy event during the spring 2017 semester. A few lucky students were able to talk to Admiral Inman as well. It was a very well attended event. 

Audio of Lecture and Q&A

by Admiral Bobby Inman:

Dr. James Stoner, Louisiana State University, Discourse in Democracy seminar Spring 2017

Dr. James R. Stoner, Jr., the Herman Moyse, Jr. Professor of Political Science at Louisiana State University, visited Texas State on Friday, April 7th to deliver a talk on “What Donald Trump Understands about the Presidency.” His 45-minute talk sought to situate the presidency of Donald Trump historically and to analyze it in terms of various theoretical models about the presidency. The talk was followed by another 45 minutes of questions and discussion. A wisely published scholar in the area of American constitutionalism, Dr. Stoner’s books include Common Law and Liberal Theory: Coke, Hobbes and the Origins of American Constitutionalism (University of Kansas Press, 1992) and Common-Law Liberty: Rethinking American Constitutionalism (University of Kansas Press, 2003).