Capitalizing on the Capitals
Our students take advantage of Albany, the capital of New York and our long standing relationship with American University in Washington D.C. In the spring, juniors and seniors can enroll in the legislative process internship. Students attend sessions, committee meetings, hearings, and become involved in undertaking legislative research related to constituent concerns or public policy issues that need to be addressed.
Left to Right: Sara Klock, Layvon Washington, Daniel Browne and Joseph Snyder in Washington, DC
"Last semester I had the opportunity to be a part of the Washington Semester Program at American University. My focus there was Justice and Law and specifically Criminal Justice. As I’m almost a full month into my senior year I would tell anyone thinking about spending a semester in Washington to do it, without hesitation. I witnessed a Presidential Inauguration, I had a professor who sits as a D.C. Superior Judge (which means she was nominated by President Obama) has her PhD and her JD, I saw where the opening scene of the “Silence of the Lambs” was filmed, I stood at the cusp of the West Wing, I went to the Pentagon, and I witnessed an Oral Argument in the Supreme Court of the United States."
Social Media and Democracy
The Political Science Society, Siena Research Institute and Center for the Study of Government and Politics hosted a panel discussion titled "Social Media and Democracy: The New Era of the Citizen Elect." The goal was to discover the impact that social media has on the level of political and social participation. Students interacted with the panelists by tweeting to the twitter handle @SienaPSS. News detail.
15th Annual Pre-Law Mentor Event
Alumni from all avenues of law attended this event. These mentors gave valuable insight on law, what to prepare for, what their journey was like, and answered other general questions regarding pursuing a legal career. We would like to thank all of the mentors that took the time to attend the event. Congratulations to all of the students selected for the Summer Legal Fellows Program!
By Mara Afzali '14
On Wednesday, October 16, 2013, Ausra Park, Ph.D. an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Siena College gave a talk titled "Silent Tsunami: Human Trafficking in Europe." Dr. Park was recently awarded an International Research Exchange (IREX) Grant to conduct an 8-week long field research in the summer of 2014 for the project "Politics of Human Trafficking: Governments' Political Games and NGOs." The Political Science Department would like to thank and congratulate Dr. Park.
The Department of Political Science celebrated Constitution Day 2013 on Wednesday, September 25 during free period. The keynote speaker was Professor Donna E. Young, LL.M. Professor of Law at Albany Law School. We would like to thank Professor Young and everyone that was responsible for organizing the event. For more information see the news report here.
On March 8th, 2013 Penelope Andrews, President and Dean of Albany Law School, gave a talk for International Women's Day in the SSU. The title and focus of her address was based upon her most recent book entitled From Cape Town to Kabul: Rethinking Strategies for Pursuing Women's Human Rights.
The Department of Political Science celebrated Constitution Day 2012 on Friday, September 14th during free period. The keynote speaker was Professor Steve Wermeil, Professor of Costitutional Law, Director of the Marshall/Brennan Program, and Associate Director of the Law and Government Program, American University Law School,Washington College of Law. We would like to thank Professor Wermeil and everyone that was responsible for organizing the event. For more information see the news report here.
Political Science, Making the Connections
Connecting to Globalization Studies, student research, and Concordia University
On March 21st and 22nd, 2013 we invited you to join us for the 8th Annual Siena College-Concordia University Globalization Conference: "The Future We Want: Sustainable Development and Social Justice." On March 21st we welcomed keynote speaker Robert Freling, Executive Director of the Solar Electric Light Fund, to give a talk on "Energy for All: Powering the Millennium Development Goals."
Connecting to Politics, Law, and Activism
On April 12th, 2013 we were pleased to welcome Dora Galacatos, Senior Counsel to the Feerick Center at Fordham Law School, for an interactive discussion on sex trafficking.
Connecting to Fair Trade
On April 19th, 2013 we were happy to welcome back Larissa Walker for the Fair Trade Sustainability Conference. For more information on this event, please visit the webpage for The Fair Trade Colleges and Universities Regional Conference.
Political Science Power!