Colorado College News: Political Science, Last Lecture: Tom Cronin Thu, 14 Dec 2017 00:00:00 MST <p><em>Photos by Jennifer Coombes</em></p> <p>Political Science Professor Tom Cronin celebrated his career Dec. 12, by holding one last lecture at Tutt Library that was open to the public. Cronin responded to the prompt "If this was the last lecture you ever gave, what would you say?"</p> Tom Cronin Book Explores Political Literature Fri, 01 Dec 2017 14:30:00 MST <p>Professor of Political Science Tom Cronin has published a new book, &ldquo;Imagining a Great Republic: Political Novels and the Idea of America.&rdquo; The book explores American political literature, a departure from Cronin&rsquo;s previous books on politics and the presidency.</p> <p>In this book, the first comprehensive reading of dozens of American literary and social culture classics, Cronin, who has been called one of America&rsquo;s most astute students of the American political tradition, tells the story of the American political experiment through the eyes of 40 major novelists, from Harriet Beecher Stowe to Hunter S. Thompson. They have been moral and civic consciousness-raisers as the country has navigated the successes and setbacks, and the slow awkward evolution of the American political experiment.</p> <p>Constitutional democracy, equal justice for all, the American Dream, and American Exceptionalism are all part of the country&rsquo;s narrative. But, as &ldquo;Imagining a Great Republic&rdquo; explains, there has never been just a single American narrative &mdash; the country has competing stories, just as there are competing American Dreams and competing ways of imagining a more perfect political union. Recognizing and understanding these competing values is a key part of being American.</p> <p>Susan Page, Washington bureau chief for <em>USA Today</em>, writes &ldquo;When American political reality is confounding &mdash; like, say, today &mdash; there can be enlightenment in fiction. Tom Cronin&rsquo;s smart, engaging, expansive tour of political novels turns out to be timely in ways he couldn&rsquo;t have foreseen. Cronin shows how storytellers have long served to remind us of what America is and what we want it to be.&rdquo;</p> <p>Cronin will give a short talk and conduct a book signing on Saturday, Dec. 9 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hooked on Books, 12 E. Bijou St., in Colorado Springs.</p> Angela Cobian ’11 Wins Denver School Board Seat Thu, 09 Nov 2017 17:15:00 MST ]]> <p>Colorado College alumna <strong>Angela Cobian &rsquo;11</strong>, won a seat on the Denver School Board in the Nov. 7 election.<br /><br />Cobian was a young alumni trustee on CC&rsquo;s Board of Trustees, president of the Colorado College Student Government Association, and the recipient of a &nbsp;2013-14 Fulbright.</p> <p>During her Fulbright year, she served as a teaching assistant at a university in Mexico. In a 2013 interview Cobian, who was a political science major with a concentration in political theory and comparative politics of Latin America and a Spanish minor, said she selected Mexico for a variety of reasons. &ldquo;My parents are Mexican immigrants, and I&rsquo;ve never experienced what it&rsquo;s like to be a Mexican in Mexico. I did my best to study its history, politics, philosophy, and language at Colorado College. This is an opportunity to explore my Mexican heritage in an academic context.&rdquo;</p> <p>Following graduation, Cobian worked for Teach for America as a second- and third-grade teacher in an English-language acquisition-Spanish classroom at Cole Arts and Sciences Academy in Denver Public Schools. She earned a master&rsquo;s degree in Curriculum and Instruction, with an emphasis on linguistically diverse education.</p> Seniors Eva McKinsey, Lucy Marshall Named Projects for Peace Winners Mon, 22 May 2017 00:00:00 MDT <p><strong>Eva McKinsey &rsquo;17</strong> and <strong>Lucy Marshall &rsquo;17</strong> have received a $10,000 <a href="">Davis Projects for Peace</a> award for their proposal to support education through coffee development in a small Peruvian mountain town.</p> <p>McKinsey, a political science major from Asheville, North Carolina, and Marshall, a history and political science major from Ithaca, New York, also worked extensively with <strong>Tessa Allen de Oliveira &rsquo;16</strong> in developing their project. De Oliveira, who graduated from Colorado College <em>magna cum laude</em> with a degree in English and Spanish, will be traveling with McKinsey and Marshall to Peru this summer to work on the project.</p> <p>&ldquo;<a href="">Chaupimonte Community Mill: Supporting Education Through Coffee Development in Oxapampa</a>&rdquo; has two goals. The first is to provide immediate assistance to the local school in Oxapampa, a town of about 10,000, by installing Internet and purchasing two computers. Longer-term goals include the development of a community mill to help promote economic growth and partnership between the coffee economy and the town&rsquo;s education system.<br /><br />&ldquo;We propose to work with the immediate community to develop a mill for the coffee farmers in Oxapampa. This project will empower members of the coffee industry, promote community growth and conflict resolution, and serve as a center for sustainability education both for farmers and local youth,&rdquo; McKinsey and Marshall write in their proposal.</p> <p>They plan to build a roof on an existing structure at Chaupimonte Farm, a farm owned by a woman who served as Marshall&rsquo;s host mother while she studied aboard in Peru. Additionally, they will construct solar drying beds and install washing wells.<br /><br />&ldquo;A community-based mill will allow production and processing activity to stay in the local economy and make the coffee more viable for direct trade partnerships, which will increase the value of the product and improve workers&rsquo; conditions according to direct trade standards,&rdquo; they write. &ldquo;In collaboration with the local school, the mill will also serve as a center for sustainability education and community building. We will hold workshops on sustainable growing practices, direct trade coffee standards, smallholder farm collectives, and workers&rsquo; rights and safety.&rdquo;</p> <p>The students&rsquo; long-term vision holds that improvements to the coffee operation will not only strengthen community relations but also provide a steadier and flourishing source of economic opportunity that will allow money to be reinvested in the community.</p> Oliver Ward ’17 Selected for JET Program Wed, 10 May 2017 17:30:00 MDT <p><strong>Oliver Ward &rsquo;17</strong> has been named an assistant language teacher by the <a href="">Japanese Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program</a>.</p> <p>In his role, Ward, an international political economy major from Boston, will work alongside his Japanese counterparts to teach English to children of all ages in schools. &ldquo;I am half-Japanese, which is undoubtedly a factor in my interest in Japan,&rdquo; says Ward, whose middle name is Mitsuhashi. &ldquo;I specifically want to work in Japan to learn more about my own cultural heritage.&rdquo; He also hopes to improve his Japanese, which, he says, &ldquo;admittedly, is very elementary. I&rsquo;m going to have to work very hard in the upcoming months to get where I want to be.&rdquo;</p> <p>Ward hopes to foster a positive and engaging learning environment in the classroom. &ldquo;From my time as a swim coach, assistant project manager in Boston, volunteer in Nicaragua, and student in Spain, I am well prepared for the assistant language teacher position,&rdquo; he wrote in his application. &ldquo;These valuable experiences taught me how to work well with children, adapt to become comfortable outside of my comfort zone, and be flexible in difficult situations.&rdquo;<br /><br />For the past several summers Ward has interned with a consulting company in Boston, and now wants to transition to a job that is focused on community. &ldquo;The only &lsquo;teaching&rsquo; experience I have is as a youth&nbsp;swim coach throughout high school, so I&rsquo;m aware that there&rsquo;s going to be a steep learning curve, something that the JET program takes into account,&rdquo; he says. &ldquo;Teaching through JET is a perfect transition job.&rdquo;<br /><br />&ldquo;I&rsquo;m extremely proud&nbsp;that two of our 2017&nbsp;graduates have been chosen for the&nbsp;internationally competitive JET&nbsp;program,&rdquo; says Colorado College Professor of Japanese Joan Ericson. &ldquo;Oliver's past&nbsp;experience as a youth swim coach will definitely&nbsp;come in handy as he assists English language classes in a Japanese middle or high school. &nbsp;Someone with this kind of dedication and patience is highly valued in Japan, especially as a role model for youth trying to learn English, which is a compulsory subject starting in 7th grade.&rdquo;<br /><br />Ward joins <strong>Andrew Scherffius &rsquo;17</strong> in the JET Program this year. Last year, <strong>Amanda Barnstien &rsquo;16</strong>, <strong>Carlo Sangalang &rsquo;16</strong>, and <strong>Emma Schulman &rsquo;16</strong> were selected, bringing the total to five Colorado College students selected for the highly competitive program in the last two years.<br /><br />Founded in 1987, the JET Program is the only teaching exchange program managed by the Japanese government. Between 4,000 and 5,000 applications are received each year from U.S. applicants. Of these, 1,000-1,100 will be selected for participation in the JET Program.</p> Dorsa Djalilzadeh ('18) Elected CCSGA President Sun, 23 Apr 2017 15:15:00 MDT <p>On April 18, Dorsa Djalilzadeh (Feminist &amp; Gender Studies and Political Science '18) was elected to serve as President of the <a href="" target="_blank">Colorado College Student Government Association</a> (CCSGA).</p> <p>According to the CCSGA website, the organization "is comprised of members democratically elected by the Colorado College student body. CCSGA gives students a crucial role in the campus-wide development of an enriching college experience. CCSGA strives to make life at Colorado College not only intellectual, but also enjoyable and meaningful. In addition to being a source of support for student organizations and events, CCSGA is also a forum for cooperative action and provides a voice calling for progress. CCSGA is dedicated to the improvement of Colorado College and is driven by the passion and determination of its students."</p> <p>Congratulations, Dorsa!</p> Jared Russell ’18 Named Humanity in Action Fellow Wed, 19 Apr 2017 11:00:00 MDT <p><strong>Jared Russell &rsquo;18</strong> has been awarded a <a href="">Humanity in Action</a> fellowship and will study in Copenhagen, Denmark, this summer.<br /><br />The selection of Russell, a Boettcher Scholar and political science and philosophy major, marks the third consecutive year a Colorado College student has been named a Humanity in Action fellow.</p> <p>The 2017 <a href="">Humanity in Action Copenhagen Fellowship</a> &mdash; the 20th anniversary of the Copenhagen program &mdash; will explore how to bridge historical, cultural, and political divides in pursuit of an inclusive society.&nbsp;This year&rsquo;s theme, &ldquo;Towards an inclusive society,&rdquo; will set the stage for the next three Copenhagen Fellowships. The program notes that creating and maintaining an inclusive society is both a complex and demanding process in which historical, cultural, and political conditions play a pivotal role. Russell and his colleagues will study these conditions and explore methods to bridge societal divides.</p> <p>The Colorado College rising senior already has been involved in several related issues. Last summer he worked in an immigration clinic in his hometown of Pueblo, Colorado, helping low-income families achieve citizenship. In the course of the summer, he assisted 17 individuals obtain legal status within the United States. &ldquo;I found it to be an eye-opening experience, as it made me realize the fundamental aspects of life that I have started to take for granted,&rdquo; says Russell. &ldquo;After assisting people in the fight for these&nbsp;fundamental rights, I knew that I wanted to pursue the issue further to not only obtain a greater understanding, but to also make a larger impact. As such,&nbsp;I became increasingly interested in assisting with matters of human rights and the implementation of&nbsp;social justice programs.&rdquo;</p> <p>At the conclusion of his time in Copenhagen, Russell will attend a capstone conference in Berlin that incorporates all the Fellows from the various participating programs in Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, Sarajevo, and Warsaw). This year&rsquo;s conference will explore the rise in nationalist sentiment, xenophobic rhetoric, and political extremism across Europe and the United States, and the resultant challenges to transatlantic relations and domestic policies on both sides of the Atlantic.<br /><br />Following the Humanity in Action program, Russell will serve as a <a href="">Public Interest Fellowship Program</a> summer fellow&nbsp;at the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, where most likely he will be conducting research on how the Medicare and Medicaid program can be better tailored to the low-income and immigrant populations in Colorado.&nbsp;When the eight-week fellowship ends, he will head to&nbsp;Oxford for the fall semester to study the politics of the European Union and philosophy of law.</p> Gregg Easterbrook ’76 Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences Sat, 15 Apr 2017 09:45:00 MDT <p>Colorado College alumnus <strong>Gregg Easterbrook &rsquo;76</strong> has been elected a member of the <a href="">American Academy of Arts and Sciences</a>, the esteemed society of scholars, scientists, writers, artists, as well as civic, business, and philanthropic leaders from around the world.</p> <p>Easterbrook, who graduated from CC with a degree in political science, is a contributing editor of <em>The Atlantic</em> and <em>The Washington Monthly</em>.</p> <p>He is the fourth Colorado College graduate to be elected a member the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the first in the humanities. Easterbrook, who will be teaching a course at CC during Block 2 in the fall, was elected in the Journalism and Communications category, one of only five new members elected in that category.</p> <p>Easterbrook has authored 10 books &mdash; six nonfiction, three literary novels, and one of humor &mdash;&nbsp; and writes for op-ed pages, magazines, and journals. He has written a total of 33 cover stories for <em>The Atlantic, The New Republic, The Washington Monthly, Time, Newsweek,</em> and <em>Wired</em>. He has been a politics columnist for Reuters and a sports columnist for ESPN and<em> The</em> <em>New York Times</em>. He also has been a distinguished fellow of the Fulbright Foundation, a visiting fellow of the Brookings Institution, a bartender, a bus driver and a used-car salesman. His next book, scheduled for publication in 2018, is titled &ldquo;The Arrow of History: Why a Better World Is Closer Than It Looks.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;Colorado College taught me how to think in a rigorous manner,&rdquo; says Easterbrook, who received an honorary degree from Colorado College in 1992. &ldquo;A thousand times in my writing life I have felt gratitude for what I learned at a wonderful college by the foothills of a local peak.&rdquo;</p> <p>He joins CC alumni James <strong>Heckman &rsquo;65, Jane Lubchenco &rsquo;69</strong>, and <strong>Marcia McNutt &rsquo;74</strong> as members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.</p> U.S. News Cites Research by Dana Wittmer Wolfe Fri, 16 Dec 2016 15:15:00 MST <p>Research conducted by Colorado College Assistant Professor of Political Science Dana Wittmer Wolfe continues to be cited in a wide range of news articles. Most recently, <em>U.S. News &amp; World Report</em> includes research conducted by Wolfe and her colleagues in an article titled <a href="">&ldquo;&lsquo;Women&rsquo;s Issues&rsquo; Won&rsquo;t Pass.&rdquo;</a></p> <p>A key conclusion of the article: &ldquo;Congress sidelines women and the issues they advance. Public pressure could change that.&rdquo; Areas traditionally deemed women&rsquo;s issues include health, education, family, and housing. Wolfe&rsquo;s research, along with colleagues Craig Volden of the University of Virginia and Alan Wiseman of Vanderbilt University, shows that:</p> <ul> <li>Since the 1970s women in Congress have sponsored women's issues bills at a significantly greater rate than have men</li> <li>Bills featuring women&rsquo;s issues are significantly more gridlocked than other issues in Congress</li> <li>Only 1 percent of women&rsquo;s issue bills sponsored by women themselves become law</li> </ul> <p>The author asks, &ldquo;Would more women elected to Congress change these biases?&rdquo; and concludes that the answer is &ldquo;not immediately.&rdquo; This is because norms of seniority keep newly elected women from assuming the chair positions of subcommittees and committees, and without such say in what bills move forward and which die in committee, existing patterns are likely to continue.</p> <p>The article concludes by saying, &ldquo;The best hope for changing this situation is awareness of the bias and pressure to change. Whether that pressure will come from women in Congress or from a larger effort remains to be seen. One might object to some policy areas being labeled as women&rsquo;s issues or men&rsquo;s issues. Health, education and welfare are important for the future of all Americans. The bias against thoughtful policy proposals in these areas should be troubling to men and women alike.&rdquo;</p> NYT’s Article on Women Governing Cites Professor Wolfe’s Research Fri, 11 Nov 2016 09:00:00 MST <p><em>The New York Times</em> cited research conducted by Colorado College Assistant Political Science Professor Dana Wittmer Wolfe in an article headlined <a href="">&ldquo;Women Actually Do Govern Differently.&rdquo;</a></p> <p>The article, published Wednesday, Nov. 10, states that &ldquo;Women&rsquo;s representation in government is stalled, and in some cases moving backward. Does that make a difference to the work of governing? Yes, according to decades of data from around the world.&rdquo;</p> <p>Among the studies it cites is Wolfe&rsquo;s research, titled &ldquo;Women&rsquo;s Issues and Their Fates in the U.S. Congress,&rdquo; in which she and her co-researchers contend that female legislators focus their attention on &ldquo;women&rsquo;s issues&rdquo; to a greater extent than do male lawmakers.</p> <p>The <em>Times</em> notes, &ldquo;In <a href="">a new analysis</a> of the 151,824 public bills introduced in the House between 1973 and 2014, to be published in print in <em>Political Science Research and Methods</em>, researchers found that women were significantly more likely than men to sponsor bills in areas like civil rights, health and education. Men were more likely to sponsor bills in agriculture, energy and macroeconomics.&rdquo;</p> <p>Analysis by Wolfe and her co-researchers reveals that most of the traditionally considered women&rsquo;s issues are raised at a higher rate by congresswomen. When tracking the fate of those issues, they found that while 4 percent of all bills become law, the rate drops to 2 percent for women&rsquo;s issues and to only 1 percent for women&rsquo;s issue bills sponsored by women themselves. They note that the pattern persists over time, from the early 1970s through today, and link the bias against women&rsquo;s issues to the committee process.</p> <p>Wolfe studies American politics, with specific interests in gender, public opinion, public policy, and Congress. Her work looks at how women perform once elected to political office, what types of bills they introduce, and how successful they are at getting those bills passed. She also is involved in research concerning gender and legislative effectiveness in Congress, and public opinion about Congress as a gendered institution. Wolfe&rsquo;s recent publications include an article in the <em>American Journal of Political Science</em> titled <a href="">&ldquo;When Are Women More Effective Lawmakers Than Men?&rdquo;</a> That same research recently was cited in an article in <em>The Atlantic</em> titled <a href="">&ldquo;Would Electing More Women Fix Congress?&rdquo;</a></p>