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Rebel Power

Why do some national movements succeed while others do not? That question is at the heart of a new book by Assistant Professor of Political Science Peter Krause. In Rebel Power: Why National Movements Compete, Fight, and Win (Cornell University Press, … Continue reading

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Captain Smith

The tale of William Smith, the brother of Abigail Adams, who led the town of Lincoln’s minutemen at the Battle of Lexington and Concord and then died in disgrace 12 years later, is told in a new book by retired … Continue reading

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Protagoras’ Challenge to Socrates

One of the central challenges to contemporary political philosophy is the apparent impossibility of arriving at any commonly agreed upon “truths.”  To understand the strengths and weaknesses of contemporary radical relativism, scholars turn to the sophists of antiquity—the most famous … Continue reading

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Democrats and Republicans

In their new book, Asymmetric Politics: Ideological Republicans and Group Interest Democrats (Oxford University Press, 2016), authors Matt Grossmann and David A. Hopkins reveal how Democrats and Republicans think differently about politics, rely on distinct sources of information, argue past one another, … Continue reading

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The Jury in America

Enshrined in the Constitution and Bill of Rights, a jury trial is an essential right for all Americans. It places citizens at the very heart of the U.S. legal order. And yet at the dawn of the 21st century, juries resolve only … Continue reading

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Cold War espionage

Alumnus Bill Plunkert, a former CIA agent featured in the book The Billion Dollar Spy: A True Story of Cold War Espionage and Betrayal (Penguin Random House,  2015) by Pulitzer Prize winner David E. Hoffman, will give a talk Apr. 20 … Continue reading

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The War on Poverty

Christopher Jencks, the Macolm Wiener Professor of Social Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, will give a talk titled “The War on Poverty: Did We Give up Too Soon?” on  Apr. 11 at 4:30 p.m. in Fulton Hall, room 230. Jencks is … Continue reading

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