Recent HAPS events and news.

Department Events & News

The Department of Historical and Political Studies sponsors and participates in a range of engaging campus events every semester that enrich students’ academic experiences. Recent department news.

Department-related events during the Fall 2013 semester included:

Lecture & Discussion on “How Can Africa Feed Itself & the World?” (December 4) Innovare Advisers Chairman and CEO John Riggan came to campus to examine the challenges of agricultural innovation in emergent Africa in an event sponsored by Arcadia’s Pan African Studies Collective.

U.S. State Department Diplomat on Careers in the Foreign Service (November 15) Patricia Guy, a Diplomat in Residence at the U.S. State Department, visited Arcadia to discuss with students the range of career opportunities available in the foreign service and other diplomatic areas in an event sponsored by the International Peace & Conflict Program and Arcadia’s Foreign Affairs Campus Initiative.

Lecture & Discussion on the Lampedusa Boat Tragedy (November 14) Three Arcadia faculty members led a session exploring the Lampedusa boat tragedy in which a vessel carrying hundreds of mostly African refugees to the Italian island of Lampedusa capsized in October. Discussion focused on how and why refugees undertake their journeys and the dangers and political controversies surrounding the migration process.

Historical & Political Studies Alumni Panel (November 11) Ten recent department alumni who currently work in the public, private and non-profit sectors returned to talk about how they went about figuring out their post-Arcadia professional lives and to talk honestly about the exciting, confusing, and frustrating aspects of searching for that first job.

Lecture & Discussion on U.N. Peacekeeping Operations in the D.R.C. (October 23) Andre-Michel Essoungou, a Public Information Officer at the United Nations who previously worked in the U.N.’s Department of Peacekeeping Operations, gave a lecture and led a discussion that assessed the achievements and challenges of U.N. peacekeeping operations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor Speaks on Campus (October 22) Justice Sotomayor’s memorable visit to Arcadia to discuss her memoir My Beloved World included small sessions with undergraduate and graduate students (more than a dozen Historical & Political Studies majors attended these two gatherings) as well as a 1,400-person crowd in a packed Kuch Gymnasium.

Graduate School Explained (October 21) Historical & Political Studies faculty and the Office of Career Education provided various perspectives and led a question-and-answer session for more than 50 department majors on how assess what kinds of graduate schools are right for whom and how to approach the graduate school application process.

Film & Discussion with Northern Ireland Peace Activist (October 16) Northern Ireland peace activist and Theater of Witness performer Jon McCourt presented the Theater of Witness film “We Carried Your Secrets” and led a discussion about it and his decades of peace-building work in Northern Ireland.

Historians on Sonia Sotomayor’s My Beloved World (October 9) Historians and authors Thomas Sugrue (University of Pennsylvania) and Lorrin Thomas (Rutgers University – Camden) explored U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s memoir My Beloved World at a campus event sponsored by Arcadia’s Rendell Center for Citizenship & Civics, of which the Department of Historical & Political Studies is a partner.

Syrian Crisis Discussion with Journalist/Alumna (September 26) Washington, D.C.-based journalist and International Peace and Conflict Resolution Program alumna Joyce Karam came to campus to discuss the unfolding civil war and humanitarian crisis in Syria.

American Casualties: A Drawing (September 21) Organized and sponsored by the International Peace and Conflict Resolution Program, hundreds of artists came together in Center City Philadelphia to draw chalk body outlines representing the number of gun-related homicides in the United States in 2013 as part of the UN International Day of Peace. Thousands of chalk body outlines stretching ten blocks long gave a graphic depiction of the prevalence of gun violence in America today.

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