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04/05/2024

New episode of CIVIL DISCOURSE
Listen to the latest deep dive into U.S. politics with Dr. John Aughenbaugh and VCU Research Librarian Nia Rodgers.
EPISODE 22 • SEASON 14:

Authoritarians, Dictators, and Other Political Science Terms, part 1 (Aired 04/05/2024)

In part 1 of a 2 part series, Dr John Aughenbaugh and librarian Nia Rodgers host political science professor Dr. Chris Saladino to discuss the differences between political science terms such as communism, socialism, dictatorships, and authoritarians. **warning, some adult language is used in this episode

https://guides.library.vcu.edu/discourse
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04/01/2024

Congratulations to VCU's 2024 Critical Language Scholarship finalists and alternate, especially POLI student Ryan Jackson! 🎉

03/29/2024

New episode of CIVIL DISCOURSE
Listen to the latest deep dive into U.S. politics with Dr. John Aughenbaugh and VCU Research Librarian Nia Rodgers.
EPISODE 21 • SEASON 14:

United Kingdom Parliament, part 2 (Aired 3/29/2024)

Dr John Aughenbaugh and librarian Nia Rodgers welcome Political Science professor Chris Burdett to continue their discussion regarding the way the United Kingdom's Parliament works, and whether the methods of lawmaking in the Parliament have anything in common with the United States Congress. ** clarification note: We're referring to the British civil service when discussing ministers.

LINK: United Kingdom Parliament website: https://www.parliament.uk/

https://guides.library.vcu.edu/discourse
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03/27/2024

Student Spotlight: Congratulations to POLI and Business student, Natasha Romero Moskala, on her acceptance to the MIT Summer Research Program! https://oge.mit.edu/msrp/

03/27/2024

Today, we have a team from the State Department's Operations Center discussing the State Department's role in addressing crisis overseas! If you're interested in International Relations join us in MCALC 1104 at 3 PM!

03/22/2024

New episode of CIVIL DISCOURSE
Listen to the latest deep dive into U.S. politics with Dr. John Aughenbaugh and VCU Research Librarian Nia Rodgers.
EPISODE 20 • SEASON 14:

British Parliament (Part 1)

Dr John Aughenbaugh and librarian Nia Rodgers welcome Political Science professor Chris Burdett to discuss the way the United Kingdom's Parliament works, and whether the methods of lawmaking in the Parliament have anything in common with the United States Congress.

LINK: United Kingdom Parliament website: https://www.parliament.uk/

https://guides.library.vcu.edu/discourse
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What Biden’s State of the Union Means for Science - Eos 03/14/2024

Dr. Simonelli was quoted in Eos about "What Biden's State of the Union Means for Science." Check it out here:

What Biden’s State of the Union Means for Science - Eos The president briefly mentioned efforts to combat climate change and investments in science as he kicked off his run for a second term.

03/11/2024

New episode of CIVIL DISCOURSE

In the News: SCOTUS Takes The Case: Donald Trump and Presidential Immunity (Aired 3/8/2024)

Dr. John Aughenbaugh explains the reasoning by the Supreme Court in taking United States v Donald Trump, a case regarding Presidential immunity. Dr. Aughenbaugh also explores the potential fallout of the timing of this case.

Episode available here:
https://guides.library.vcu.edu/c.php?g=912790&p=10167969

03/11/2024

New episode of CIVIL DISCOURSE

In the News: SCOTUS, Donald Trump and the Colorado Ballot (Aired 3/8/2024)

Dr. John Aughenbaugh explains the recent SCOTUS ruling in the case of Trump v. Anderson. In this 9-0 decision, the SCOTUS decided that Donald Trump could not be struck from the Colorado ballot based on the Insurrection Clause of the U.S. Constitution.

Episode available here:
https://guides.library.vcu.edu/c.php?g=912790&p=10167969

Photos from VCU Political Science's post 03/08/2024

Dr. Bill Newmann's recent book, *Isolation and Engagement: Presidential Decision Making on China from Kennedy to Nixon*, is "an impressive work that will be of benefit to presidential scholars for years to come." You can find that and other positive assessments in this review in Congress & the Presidency.

03/08/2024

Earlier this week, Dr. Alex Keena appeared on WCBS 880 to discuss the Super Tuesday elections in Virginia and other states.

Listen here:

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03/05/2024

"What does the Supreme Court’s latest ruling mean for the 2024 presidential election and beyond?"

To answer that question, VCU News interviewed Dr. John Aughenbaugh. Read the story here:

Nikki Haley holds rally in central Virginia, criticizes Trump on the border, Ukraine 03/05/2024

WRIC Channel 8 News interviewed Dr. Alex Keena for a story about Republican Presidential candidate Nikki Haley's primary campaign.

Read it here:

Nikki Haley holds rally in central Virginia, criticizes Trump on the border, Ukraine The former South Carolina Governor and Ambassador to the United Nations held a rally at the Westin Richmond Hotel in western Henrico County ahead of Super Tuesday, when Virginians and millions of o…

Virginia's Super Tuesday primary might have messages for November 03/05/2024

In two recent interviews for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Dr. Alex Keena offers expert commentary about today's "Super Tuesday" primary election in Virginia and other states.

Watch both videos at these links:
https://richmond.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/andrew-cain-previews-super-tuesday-in-virginia-with-vcu-professor-alex-keena/video_d8d7ccdd-e844-57cb-93b0-955f03200e68.html:
https://richmond.com/news/state-regional/government-politics/virginia-super-tuesday-trump-haley-biden/article_a4a2679e-d7cc-11ee-9d31-330a7493c706.html

Virginia's Super Tuesday primary might have messages for November It's unlikely to change the trajectory toward a Biden-Trump rematch, but Virginia's primary could send signals about how competitive Virginia will be in November, analysts say.

03/01/2024

Looking for insights about "Super Tuesday," including the primary election in Virginia? Read this VCU News article, which features POLI Professors Alex Keena, Alexandra Reckendorf and John Aughenbaugh, Jatia Wrighten, and Amanda Wintersieck.
https://news.vcu.edu/article/2024/02/ahead-of-super-tuesday-vcu-political-science-experts-offer-insight-into-presidential-race

The article also provides details about the March 13 (7pm) Civil Discourse forum about the 2024 elections with Professors Keena, Reckendorf and Aughenbaugh. Registration is required.
https://www.library.vcu.edu/about/events/2023-2024/civil-discourse-town-hall-.html

03/01/2024

New episode of CIVIL DISCOURSE

Listen to the latest deep dive into U.S. politics with Dr. John Aughenbaugh and VCU Research Librarian Nia Rodgers.

EPISODE 5 • SEASON 15:
Common Sense (Aired 3/1/2024)

Dr. John Aughenbaugh and librarian Nia Rodgers discuss Thomas Paine's best selling pamphlet Common Sense, and the effect it had on galvanizing American resistance to British rule.

Common Sense on the Gutenberg Project Site: https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/147

Episode available here:
https://guides.library.vcu.edu/c.php?g=912790&p=10167969
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Photos from VCU Political Science's post 02/22/2024

Dr. Jessica Trisko Darden was a guest speaker in Professor Mark Drumbl's Transnational Law Course at Washington and Lee Law School yesterday!

02/19/2024

The Humanities Research Center invites you to a Work-in-Progress Seminar with Jessica Trisko Darden, whose lecture will explore the oft forgotten women war criminals of N**i Germany, offering insight into the role that gender plays in conceptions of oppression and power.

📅 Friday, Feb. 23 @ 12pm
📍 Online via Zoom
🔗 Register now: https://bit.ly/jtd0223

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As bills pass between chambers, party and policy can clash 02/16/2024

Check out this article featuring POLI's own Dr. Alex Keena!

“The two very different houses have different political culture,” said Alex Keena, a political science professor at Virginia Commonwealth University. “They have different members in them who have different incentives and different constituencies. That's just sort of part of the process. This is how bicameralism works.”

As bills pass between chambers, party and policy can clash Competing budget proposals set to be published Sunday.

Israel is a Jewish nation, but its population is far from a monolith 02/12/2024

Check out Dr. Jessica Trisko Darden's piece about ethnic diversity in Israel in The Conversation.

Israel is a Jewish nation, but its population is far from a monolith The Israel-Hamas conflict is putting a spotlight on all of the different people affected by the war, including Israel soldiers from Ethiopian, Filipino and Bedouin backgrounds.

What does El Salvador Want? — mitúTV 02/09/2024

Dr. Michael Paarlberg was featured on We Are Mitu discussing the Salvadoran election results and polling data.

What does El Salvador Want? — mitúTV Journalist Bianca Graulau and Professor Michael Paarlberg share what the people of El Salvador want and why President Nayib Bukele, the self-described “world’s coolest dictator”, is on the precipice of what Vice President Félix Ulloa calls “eliminating [democracy], replacing it with somethi...

02/09/2024

New episode of CIVIL DISCOURSE
Listen to the latest deep dive into U.S. politics with Dr. John Aughenbaugh and VCU Research Librarian Nia Rodgers.
EPISODE 18 • SEASON 14:

Is Book Banning Constitutional? (Aired 2/9/2024)

Dr. John Aughenbaugh and Librarian Nia Rodgers discuss how books arrive on school shelves, and whether there is a Constitutional right to ban books by School Boards. Spoiler: The U.S. Supreme Court controlling case had a 4-1-4 ruling, hardly settled law.

Link to controlling precedent: https://www.loc.gov/item/usrep457853/

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A Brutal Crime Crackdown Is Emboldening Leaders Across Latin America 02/02/2024

Dr. Michael Paarlberg is featured in this article in Bloomberg about how the crime crackdown across Latin America is emboldening leaders.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2024-02-02/el-salvador-election-bukele-seeks-second-term-on-popular-crime-policy?accessToken=eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJzb3VyY2UiOiJTdWJzY3JpYmVyR2lmdGVkQXJ0aWNsZSIsImlhdCI6MTcwNjg5MDg0NywiZXhwIjoxNzA3NDk1NjQ3LCJhcnRpY2xlSWQiOiJTODdDMEdEV0xVNjgwMCIsImJjb25uZWN0SWQiOiI4RjAwQzE5NzhFODA0RkI3Qjk2QzIxODkwOEUxNTI1NCJ9.0CIGFkTppb98dYLPy3TfpvORcwWRonXDKtUIBXrlRmE

A Brutal Crime Crackdown Is Emboldening Leaders Across Latin America Nayib Bukele has brought violent criminal gangs to heel in El Salvador. While that's made the country safer and him extremely popular, his strongman tactics have come at the cost of civil liberties

02/01/2024

New episode of CIVIL DISCOURSE
Listen to the latest deep dive into U.S. politics with Dr. John Aughenbaugh and VCU Research Librarian Nia Rodgers.
EPISODE 17 • SEASON 14:

Trump's Insurrection Cases: Like Burning Down a House in the Name of Fire Safety

Dr. John Aughenbaugh and librarian Nia Rodgers discuss the court cases that question whether former President Donald Trump can be on the 2024 Presidential ballot due to allegations of insurrection. They also discuss the question of whether the courts should be ruling on this topic.

Library of Congress 14th Amendment: https://constitution.congress.gov/constitution/amendment-14/
Lawfare Trump Ballot Case Map:
https://www.lawfaremedia.org/current-projects/the-trump-trials/section-3-litigation-tracker

https://guides.library.vcu.edu/discourse
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01/25/2024

New episode of CIVIL DISCOURSE

Listen to the latest deep dive into U.S. politics with Dr. John Aughenbaugh and VCU Research Librarian Nia Rodgers.
EPISODE 16 • SEASON 14:

In the News: Missing Secretary Austin (Aired 1/24/24)

Dr. John Aughenbaugh and librarian Nia Rodgers discuss the "disappearance" of General Lloyd Austin, Secretary of the Department of Defense, and the importance of a plan of succession within the Cabinet positions.

https://guides.library.vcu.edu/discourse
https://share.transistor.fm/s/2606d9ee

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