Politics & International Affairs  Greg Domin
 December 2009 (#9)  politics.nau.edu
Congratulations Graduates!
Graduation 2009
Congratulations Politics & International Affairs Graduates! Thirty four undergraduate Politics majors, eight masters degree students, and four Politics & International Affairs doctoral students graduated yesterday. The list of  Ph.D. graduates includes Sayeed Ahmed, Ana Caballero Mengibar, T. Mark Montoya, and Sara Rinfret. Drs. Ahmed and Caballero Mengibar are pictured below with their mentor Dr. Carol Thompson. Dr. Ahmed is currently an Instructor in the Politics Department and Dr. Caballero Mengibar will be teaching in the department this Spring. Dr. Rinfret now has a tenure-track faculty position at the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay. She is pictured below with her mentor Dr. David Schlosberg. Dr. Montoya is currently an Instructor in the Politics department and is teaching in the Ethnic Studies Department. He appears here with his mentor Dr. Stephen Wright.

         Carol & PhDsSteve and MarkSteve & PhD
Zach Smith Discusses Forest Topics in France
Zach Smith
Dr. Zachary Smith recently returned from Paris where he was a participant in the PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest
Certification) stakeholder meeting to scope international standards and requirements for determining forest sustainability. The meeting,
attended by forest managers, government officals and forest products users was attended by representatives from more than 50 countries from all parts of the world. Dr. Smith invites anyone interested in international forest sustainability issues to contact him and share a coffee.
Joel Olson Featured in UVA Colloquium
Joel Olson
Joel Olson presented a colloquium on "Extremism and American Political Thought" at the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia on December 4. The colloquium examined how extremists in the abolitionist and anti-abortion movements use the notion of America as an "exceptional," "chosen" nation in their organizing. "We had a great discussion by political scientists, graduate students, and the general public," says Olson.  "It really pushed my  ideas on American fanaticism, while also hopefully doing the same for the audience."
David Schlosberg in Edinburgh, Scotland
Bill Torrance, Alumnus
David Schlosberg was invited to make a presentation in Edinburgh, Scotland in November. The talk was part of workshop on "Climate Change in the Courts: Emerging Patterns." The workshop was one of several workshops included in a seminar series on "The EU, Climate Change, and Global Environmental Governance," at the University of Edinburgh School of Law. Schlosberg's talk was entitled "Climate Justice, the Capabilities Approach, and Policy Implications." David commented on his experience, "The talk went very well - people really like this most recent take I've developed on using justice theory to map vulnerability, and the folks there want me to come back for another workshop this summer."
Graduate Student Conference: Update
2009 Conference Poster
Intellectual Intersections: A Multidisciplinary Graduate Student Conference is meeting with great success. The conference, organized by Politics graduate students, will take place January 29, 2009 at the du Bois Conference Center at NAU. Seventy one abstracts were submitted for paper and poster presentations, with half coming from graduate students at Arizona State University or University of Arizona. To date, 91 people have registered for the conference. The preliminary program will be available soon. Register now for this popular event.
Happy Holidays to you and your family!
Happy Holidays 2009
Happy Holidays from the faculty and staff of the
Department of Politics & International Affairs.

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