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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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Dr. Keith Whittington - "Why We Should Value Campus Free Speech" - Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 7:30 PM - Alkek Theater

Dr. Daron Shaw - "2018 Mid-Term Elections" - Tuesday, October 2, 2018 - 3:30 PM - UAC 105

Dr. Bruce Frohnen - "Constitutional Morality and the Rise of Quasi-Law" - Thursday, October 4, 2018 - 7:30 PM - Alkek Theater


Recent Events in Discourse in Democracy

2018 Meet the Professors!

Students attend meet the professors

On Wednesday, September 12, more than 100 political science and public administration students attended the department’s annual “Meet the Professors” event sponsored by Discourse in Democracy. The event gives students an opportunity to meet faculty members, to hear about their backgrounds and specialization, and to learn about the courses they teach. It also gave students a chance to hear about upcoming departmental events and the various student groups that work with the department. The formal presentations were followed by a social gathering that gave students a chance to talk informally with faculty over pizza. Attendees received a free tee shirt courtesy of Discourse in Democracy.

Mayra de Luna, a junior, observed that the event brought home to her how “many truly amazing professors and mentors” the department has. Likewise, Evan Olszewski, a junior, noted that one of his “favorite things about the department” is the high level of “interaction between the students and faculty.” He said that he always looks forward to Meet the Professors “because it brings everyone together outside the office or classroom and you get to see the professors as approachable people, happy to share their ideas and work. Also, meeting the department’s newer faculty is always fun, because you can see how they fit in with and relate to the rest of the faculty.”  

Discourse in Democracy Hosts Dr. Tonya Golash-Boza

Dr. Tonya Golash-Boza

On Thursday, March 1st, Discourse in Democracy hosted a talk by Dr. Tonya Golash-Boza of the University of California-Merced. More than 70 students attended her lecture on “Mass Deportation and Incarceration” which explores the role of corporate profits, economic recession, politicization of race and gender, and fears of terrorism in facilitating the recent trend of mass deportation. The talk was sponsored by the Department of Political Science’s Discourse in Democracy Project, the University Lectures Committee, and the Center for Diversity and Gender Studies.

Discourse in Democracy Hosts Dr. Bradley Watson

Dr. Bradley Watson

On Thursday, April 26th, Dr. Bradley Watson, Professor of Politics at St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, visited Texas State University as part of the Department of Political Science’s Discourse in Democracy program. His afternoon lecture entitled “Living Constitutionalism and the Decline of the Rule of Law” addressed recent trends in constitutional interpretation. In addition to the lecture, he led a seminar for twenty students and faculty members, and joined students and faculty for lunch and dinner.