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Political Science Inklings

In the early and middle decades of the 20th century, a small group of intellectuals (whose ranks included J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis) met weekly at Oxford University to read aloud and discuss their works in progress. The meetings were characterized by lively exchange of ideas. The group members called themselves The Inklings, suggesting that their thoughts and works in progress should be taken in the spirit of reflection, criticism, and sometimes, humor.

In the spirit of the original Inklings, the Department of Political Science at Texas State University has had regular gatherings and talks over the course of some nineteen years in which Political Science faculty members have presented their thoughts on current issues and works in progress. Our Inklings talks, reflecting the diverse interests of our faculty, have addressed a wide variety of issues. The spirit of fellowship, exchange of ideas, occasional criticism, and some humor, as in the gatherings of the original Inklings, have characterized our Political Science Inklings talks and gatherings.

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