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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. Dawn Teele - "Women's Suffrage" - Wednesday, February 6, 2019, 3:30-4:50 PM - UAC 105

Alumni Night - Tuesday, February 12, 2019, 5:00-6:30 PM - UAC 308

Dr. Ronald J. Pestritto - "Woodrow Wilson and the Roots of Modern Liberalism" - Thursday, March 7, 2019, 7:30-9:00 PM - CENT 157

Recent Events in Discourse in Democracy

Students Rally Together to Watch the Midterm Results Roll in at the Political Science Election Night Watch Party

Students attend Midterm Election Night Watch Party

On Tuesday November 6th, 2018, the Department of Political Science hosted more than 400 undergraduate and graduate students for the department’s traditional Mid-Term Election Night Watch Party.  The event took place from 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. in the Undergraduate Academic Center (UAC) 105, 110 and the lobby outside of Starbucks. The event included live cable broadcasting of the election results, free food, and raffle prize giveaways every half hour. A political forecasting game provided an interactive way for students to predict changes to Congress, in House and Senate representation, and in the Texas Senate and Texas voter turnout. KTSW, the official radio station of Texas State University, broadcast from the event.

Political Science undergraduate student Sabra Woodward commented “It was great to be able watch an exciting moment for our nation and society with other students and professors who hold common interests. Getting to discuss current political happenings and theories in a fun environment was awesome. The food and drinks provided were appreciated as we watched the results roll in. All in all it was a well-organized event that I think everyone enjoyed!”

Political Science undergraduate student Evan Ochesky shared “I thought the event was great.  It was like a great super bowl party for all the political junkies. The atmosphere was casual and fun, and it was nice seeing the faculty outside of class.”

Discourse in Democracy Hosts Dr. Bruce Frohnen

Dr. Frohnen with Students

On October 4th, Dr. Bruce Frohnen, Professor of Law at Ohio Northern University, visited campus to explore the past, present and future of the American constitutional system. Over 150 students and faculty members attended his lecture on "Constitutional Morality and the Rise of Quasi-Law," which explored how the increasing role played by the bureaucracy has transformed the American polity. “I really  learned a lot from Dr. Frohnen’s lecture,” observed Ezekiel Loseke, a graduate student in political science. “It really brought home to me how much the American constitutional system has changed over the years.”  Dr. Frohnen also conducted two seminars for students and faculty. One seminar examined the future of the American constitutional system; the other addressed competing understanding of the role of constitutions in political life. Political science majors joined Dr. Frohnen for both lunch and dinner on the day of his visit.

Dr. Bruce P. Frohnen holds the Ella and Ernest Fisher Chair at Ohio Northern University. His books include Constitutional Morality and the Rise of Quasi-Law (co-authored with George W. Carey), The New Communitarians and the Crisis of Modern Liberalism, and Rethinking Rights: Historical, Political and Philosophical Perspectives.


Dr. Daron Shaw Discusses the 2018 Mid-Term Elections

Dr. Daron Shaw

Dr. Daron Shaw (University of Texas at Austin) visited Texas State University on Tuesday, October 2, to discuss the Mid-Term elections coming up in November. He  conducted a seminar for faculty and majors exploring how scholars and political parties aggregate date to learn how the electorate may vote. Later that afternoon, he spoke to a group of over 150 students and faculty about the upcoming mid-term election, particularly about whether which party would capture control of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate. He also discussed polling and how they work and whether to trust them.

Dr. Shaw is a member of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, the National Election Studies Board of Overseers, and the editorial board for American Politics Research. He serves on the national decision team for Fox News and on the Advisory Board of the Annette Strauss Institute. He has worked as a survey research analyst in several political campaigns as well as a strategist in the 2000 and 2004 presidential election campaigns. His books include The Race to 270 and Unconventional Wisdom: Facts and Myths about American Voters (co-author).