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International Seminar Series: Radical Populism in the 2016 Elections
Bob Hunt and George Gordon, Emeriti professors of the ISU Department of Politics and Government, will present “Radical Populism in the 2016 Elections: Global Perspectives”
Recent elections, as well as other political phenomena across Europe and North America, have been characterized by the emergence of what political scientists label “mass politics” –politics that is less likely to be channeled and mediated by interest groups and political parties. Political participation in such settings sometimes is motivated by strong currents of fear, anger, frustration, and resentment. It also frequently is accompanied by scapegoating of ethnic minorities, and an acceptance of strong leaders–leaders who might not otherwise find acceptance in more stable times. What does the emergence of this type of politics mean for our own nation, and for other nations facing similar challenges?
Dr. George J. Gordon retired in 2002 as Professor of Politics and Government at Illinois State University, after 32 years on the faculty. He has since served as an Adjunct Professor both at ISU and at Illinois Wesleyan University. Courses he taught included U.S. Government and Civic Practices, Metropolitan Politics, Public Administration, State and Local Government, Campaign Politics, The Politics of Federalism, Government Budgeting, and Human Resources Administration. He is the co-author of Public Administration in America (published in its 11th edition in 2013 by Cengage Publishers). Gordon also is very active in the local community. First elected to the McLean County Board in 1996, he currently serves as Chairperson of the Board’s Land Use and Development Committee, a member of the Health Committee, and as a member of the Executive Committee. Gordon also is a member of the Unit 5 Superintendent’s Diversity Advisory Committee, Moses Montefiore Temple, the Ecology Action Center Board of Directors, and Friends of the Constitution Trail.
Dr. Bob Hunt grew up in Wood River, Illinois, attended college at Southern Illinois University and received his master’s and doctoral degrees at Princeton University where he majored in international and comparative politics. He has taught at Connecticut College and for over 30 years at Illinois State University, focusing on politics and development in Asia, Africa and Latin America. With a number of Fulbright awards he has taught and done research in India, Thailand, Kenya and South Korea. He worked for two years for the U.S. Department of State in Washington as a faculty member in a seminar on development for mid-career foreign service officers. For a subsequent fifteen years he did consulting work for the U.S. Agency for International Development, the International Labor Organization and a number of private voluntary agencies in several African and Asian nations. In 1994, with a Kellogg Foundation grant, Bob led a team that founded a program for returned Peace Corps Volunteers enabling them to secure a master’s degree while working as community development professionals in Illinois communities. This program later became ISU’s Stevenson Center for Community and Economic Development.
In accordance with the International Strategic Plan, Illinois State University is in the process of developing campus-wide global learning goals. This is an exciting time of growth and change for the ISU community. Comprehensive campus internationalization, as it is called, goes far beyond study-abroad trips and international student recruitment. It includes the expansion of internationally-oriented courses, clubs, dining, housing, civic engagement and other activities at our home campus and affiliated locations. This past Spring, the Office of International Studies and Programs (OISP) dedicated its International Studies Seminar Series to the topics of Global Learning with a focus on Global Engagement. This Fall, we will examine The U.S. Presidential Election, its Global Implications, and its Comparative Perspectives. The International Studies Seminar Series will be held on Wednesdays from 12:00-1:00pm in the Bone Student Center at 100 N. University St., Normal, IL 61761, starting August 31st and ending on November 16th. Students, staff, faculty, and community members are all encouraged to attend. For more information, please contact Dr. Maria Schmeeckle at email@example.com or (309) 438-2932.
This is part of the continuing International Studies Seminar Series sponsored by the Office of International Studies and Programs. Small snacks will be served.