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Miriam Elman"While in Israel, Obama should hit the pubs." In a Syracuse Post-Standard op-ed piece, Professor Miriam Elman calls on President Obama, who visits Israel this week, to deviate from his highly choreographed itinerary and instead meet up with the region's true voices for peace: Israeli and Palestinian activists who have sensible ideas and practical plans for achieving a just and sustainable end to this intractable conflict. Elman says, "When he meets this week with Israeli and Palestinian leaders, President Obama should remember that none of these people have had either the will or the capacity to deliver a peace deal. But grassroots activists have.”  03/20/13  


Maxwell Logo"Politics of the Middle East and Media Bias." The misunderstanding of current events in the Middle East created by media coverage that may be biased will be the topic of a panel discussion sponsored by the Maxwell School’s Coalition of Multicultural Public Administration Students (COMPAS), the Middle Eastern Studies Program, and the Maxwell Executive Education Program.  The discussion will be held on Wednesday, March 27, at 7:00 p.m. in the Maxwell Auditorium on the Syracuse University campus.  The event is free and open to the public with parking available in Irving Garage for a $4.00 charge. Read more. 03/19/13  


Tina NabatchiNew book on the practice and impacts of public deliberation. Democracy in Motion: Evaluating the Practice and Impact of Deliberative Civic Engagement, co-edited by Professor Tina Nabatchi, represents the most comprehensive assessment of deliberative civic engagement available. This book uses theory, research, and practice to tackle the "big questions" of deliberative civic engagement and explore what works when, where, why and how. Read more. 03/18/13  


Maxwell LogoLeaders for Democracy Fellows arrive at Maxwell. Twenty-two young people from fifteen Middle Eastern and North African countries arrived over the weekend to attend the seventh annual Leaders for Democracy Fellows (LDF) program conducted by the Executive Education Program.  Participants between the ages of 25 and 40 with a bachelor's degree, English language fluency, and about five years of work experience have the opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills that will benefit an organization, sector, or specific community in their home country.  They will learn about democracy through academic coursework on the SU campus until April 19 and then will participate in practical internships in Washington, D.C. until June 15, when they return home. 03/18/13  


"Don DutkowskyConsumer debt market shows signs of 'healing'." Professor Donald Dutkowsky was quoted in a recent Fox Business article on the consumer debt market, pointing out that "it's hard to place complete confidence in the economy where it stands right now [as] it is a fragile recovery at best, which has gotten waylaid several times." 03/18/13 


Miriam ElmanElman Discusses Middle East Peace with Dan Maffei. Together with other members of SAMED, the Syracuse Area Middle East Dialogue group, Miriam F. Elman (Associate Professor, Political Science) recently met with Congressman Dan Maffei (D-NY 24th district) at his downtown Syracuse office to discuss the constructive role that the U.S. can play in resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The conversation focused on Mr. Maffei’s perspective on recent developments in the Middle East and SAMED’s mission for advancing a just and lasting peace between Israel, Palestine, and the larger Arab world. The meeting also provided an opportunity for Elman and other SAMED members to present information on various Israeli, Palestinian, and U.S.-based organizations that are currently working to revive a meaningful Israeli-Palestinian peace process. In particular, Elman provided Mr. Maffei with material on Blue White Future (BWF), a non-partisan Israeli political movement that endorses a Middle East peace on the basis of a “two states for two peoples” solution. Founded in 2009, Elman has collaborated with one of the founders of BWF, Colonel (res.) and former senior peace negotiator Gilead Sher, on several recent projects. 03/18/13  


Michael BarkunBarkun comments on conspiracy theories for International Business Times. Michael Barkun was quoted in "Anatomy Of A Conspiracy Theorist: Inside The New Wave Of An Ancient Tradition," where Barkun posits that "the Internet provides the means by which people with ideas that would normally be considered fringe ideas can potentially reach a mass audience and can do it in ways that those ideas can then be picked up by other means of communication." 03/18/13 


Grant ReeherReeher quoted in Washington Times article. Professor Grant Reeher was quoted in "Republican Governors Opposed by Party on Medicaid Expansion," where Reeher argues that "these governors  -- Florida's Rick Scott, Arizona’s Jan Brewer, Ohio’s John Kasich, Rick Snyder of Michigan and Jack Dalrymple of North Dakota -- are looking at the bottom line and they’re realizing the kind of money they’d be walking away from if they don’t do this. Legislators aren’t responsible for managing the state in the same way. They can hang on longer to their political opposition." 03/15/13 


Gretchen PurserPurser awarded two prestigious fellowships. Professor Gretchen Purser has been awarded a fellowship for AY 2013-14 at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in Cambridge, MA, as well as being awarded the Ethel-Jane Westfeldt Bunting Summer Scholar Fellowship at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, New Mexico, from June through August 2013. 03/15/13 


John Burdick"A mile in their shoes." A recent Daily Orange piece details four anthropology students from professor John Burdick's Ethnographic Methods course, as they shadow union workers on the Syracuse University campus, with the hopes of fostering better relationships between students and service workers. 03/07/13  


Catherine Bertini Bertini to moderate panel on "Feminization of Agriculture: Truths and Consequences." Catherine Bertini has been invited to Cornell University to moderate a panel “Feminization of Agriculture: Truths and Consequences” as part of a celebration of International Women’s Day. The panel, which sill examine shifting gender roles in agriculture,  will be held Friday March 8, from 2 pm-4:30 pm at the Sattler Ballroom. 03/07/13  


William BanksBanks quoted in Bloomberg article. Professor William Banks was quoted in "Obama Faces Bipartisan Pressure on Drone Big Brother Fear," concerning a letter from Attorney General Eric Holder to Republican Senator Rand Paul, a statement saying the president doesn’t have power to carry out such a secretive drone program killing on "an American not engaged in combat on American soil." Banks argues  the the law is clear that officials can use lethal force only when other steps aren’t feasible. In the case of someone who isn’t engaged in combat, Banks says, "they’re not an imminent threat to Americans or others on U.S. soil, so you continue surveillance or you attempt a law- enforcement arrest." 03/07/13  


Larry SchroederMaxwell School faculty member honored with award established in his name. A long-time Maxwell School professor has been honored with a generous donation to establish, in his name, the “Larry D. Schroeder Award for Excellence in PhD Research.”  The annual prize will provide funding to a current PhD student in public administration at Maxwell who, in the opinion of a faculty selection committee, has best demonstrated excellence in research. Read more. 03/04/13  


Margaret Thompson Thompson contributes op-ed for the Los Angeles Times. Professor Margaret Thompson contributed an op-ed piece, as part of a series, for "What we need in a pope." Thompson believes that the "ideal pope would be prayerful, and inclusive in his understanding of the value of all humanity, one whose experience is primarily pastoral rather than administrative. Theologically, he would promote the richness and vitality of Catholic social teaching and advocate for implementing the spirit and substance of Vatican II."  02/12/13 


Maxwell LogoHumphrey Fellowship newsletter published. The Winter 2013 edition of the Humphrey Fellowship newsletter was recently published, which details news and events of the 2012-13 Hubert H. Humphrey Program at Maxwell. Stories include the Fellows visit to the Minnowbrook Conference Center in the Adirondacks, participation at the Center for New Americans, and a visit to City Hall with Mayor Stephanie Miner. 02/26/13  


Maxwell LogoInternational Relations Department to Celebrate International Women’s Day. The Maxwell International Relations Department and Sigma Iota Rho will host two events to celebrate International Women’s Day on Monday, March 4.  The first, a panel discussion about gender equality and development, facilitated by assistant sociology professor Yingyi Ma, is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. in Room 220 Eggers Hall.  Panelists include anthropology professor Susan Wadley, associate geography professor Farhana Sultana, and assistant anthropology professor Azra Hromadzic.  Refreshments will be provided. The second event, the film The Microlending Project, will be screened in Room 010 Eggers Hall at 5:00 p.m., followed by a discussion with producer/director Rachel Cook. 02/26/13  


Kristi AndersenAndersen named to SUNY College Council. Governor Cuomo has appointed Professor Kristi Andersen as Member and Chair of the College Council for the SUNY College of Agriculture and Technology at Morrisville.  The Morrisville State College Council consists of 8 members appointed by the Governor and one member elected by and from the members of the student body; it has  broad supervisory powers over personnel, administrative, and regulatory matters of the institution, and reports annually to the State University Trustees. Andersen also recently delivered a podcast as part of the New Books on Political Science series, discussing the book, New Immigrant Communities: Finding a Place in Local Politics. Listen to the podcast. 02/26/13  


Jason FurmanSenior Obama Administration economic aide to speak at Maxwell. Jason Furman, assistant to the president for economic policy and principal deputy director of the National Economic Council, will speak at the Maxwell School on Friday, February 22, 12:00 - 1:00 pm, on "Economic Policy Making in the Obama Administration." The talk, which will be held in 220 Eggers Hall, is open to the public. Furman is a former senior fellow in economic studies and director of the Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institution. He has served as a staff economist at the Council of Economic Advisers, a special assistant to the president at the National Economic Council, and a senior adviser at the World Bank. Furman has conducted research in a wide range of areas, including fiscal policy, tax policy, health economics, Social Security, and monetary policy. He is the editor of several books on economic policy, including Path to Prosperity and Who Has the Cure. 02/18/13  


Cover of report on veterans"National Veterans Strategy: The Economic, Social and Security Imperative." The Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) and the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism (INSCT) at Syracuse University today released a policy report that details what the authors describe as a “historic opportunity” related to the potential for public and private sector collaboration in support of veterans and their families. The report, “A National Veterans Strategy: The Economic, Social and Security Imperative,”  brings together academic research with contributions from a broad cross-section of public and private sector stakeholders, to develop a logical and researched case for the social, economic and security-based interests served by a whole-of-the-nation National Veterans Strategy. Read more. 02/18/13  


Miriam ElmanElman joins advisory board of center on U.S. and international security. Miriam F. Elman (Associate Professor, Political Science) has been invited to serve on the External Advisory Board of the Center on American and Global Security (CAGS) at Indiana University, Bloomington. Joining six other internationally recognized experts in security studies, Elman will advise CAGS Director Sumit Ganguly, who holds the Rabindranath Tagore Chair in Indian Cultures and Civilizations, as he builds the center to become an integral part of Indiana University’s new School of Global and International Studies. Elman will also explore potential avenues for collaboration between CAGS and the Maxwell School’s institutes and programs. 02/18/13  


Dana RadcliffeRadcliffe blogs for Huffington Post. Dana Radcliffe, adjunct professor in public administration and international affairs, recently authored "Memo to Congress: Why the NRA's Absolutism Is Indefensible," where Radcliffe argues that "because Americans overwhelmingly support some gun control proposals, members of Congress who oppose any new regulations must provide a very strong defense of their position."  02/18/13


Maxwell LogoLessons from Sandy: Are We Ready for More Climate Disruption? Superstorm Sandy brought us face to face with the realities of a changing climate. Many in the University community had family or friends  who felt the storm’s devastating impact, and before long, all of us will feel the effects of severe weather, sea level rise and a warming planet. Join SU and ESF students and faculty for a teach-in about climate disruption and ways to mobilize against it. The event, "Lessons from Sandy: A Teach-In on Climate Disruption," will take place on Thursday, Feb. 28, from 6-9 p.m., in Maxwell Auditorium. All are welcome to attend. Read more. 02/18/13  


William BanksBanks quoted in New York Times article. Professor William Banks was quoted in "Debating a Court to Vet Drone Strikes," discussing a "drone court" and the application of the model of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court — created by Congress so that surveillance had to be justified to a federal judge — to the targeted killing of suspected terrorists, or at least of American suspects. Banks says, "In terms of the politics and the optics, aren’t you in the same position that you are now? It’s still secret. The target wouldn’t be represented. It’s a mechanism that wouldn’t satisfy critics or advance the due process cause much." 02/13/13  


Maxwell LogoGuns and America: Joining the Conversation. Recent tragedies involving gun violence are causing communities across America to reexamine issues such as assuring public and personal safety, preserving individual rights, and providing high-quality mental health care.  All members of the Syracuse community are invited to attend the first in a series of moderated discussions about how these issues intersect in Central New York, as part of a nationally coordinated dialogue based on mutual respect, shared citizenship, and finding common cause.  Join us at Hendricks Chapel on Tuesday, February 19, from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. Keynote speaker: Stephen Barton, SU alumnus and gun control activist. Discussion panel: Dr. James Knoll, Upstate Medical University; Professor Robert Spitzer, SUNY Cortland; Scott Armstrong, political communications consultant and a former lobbyist for the NRA; Helen Hudson, Mothers Against Gun Violence; Judge Langston McKinney. Moderator: Prof. Grant Reeher, SU political science. The keynote address  will be followed by comments from our five panel members, and then the discussion will focus on questions from the audience. This forum was organized by the Chancellor’s Task Force on Gun Safety, Tom Wolfe chair. 02/13/13  


'Cuse spot logoThird Annual 'Cuse Spot to Run Programming for Local Youth. ‘Cuse Spot, a student-run community service organization, will be running its third annual program at the Wilson Park Community Center. The program will take place Tuesday, February 19 through Friday, February 22nd. Students will be conducting their own specialized courses ranging from jewelry making, Tae Kwon Do and ice-skating to several introductory language courses to music making and drama. There will be also be a cooking class each morning, which will prepare the daily lunch that will be served to all youth and volunteers. Classes will run from 11:00-1:00 p.m. and 2:00-4:00 p.m. Read more. 02/12/13 


Margaret Thompson Thompson joins panel for "Nuns in American Public Life" series. Professor Margaret Thompson spoke at the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life, Boston College, as part of a panel examining the contributions of Catholic sisters to American public life since Vatican II. Read the interview and watch the video. Thompson was also interview for the YNN story, "Reaction to Pope’s decision to resign." 02/12/13 


Maxwell Logo Maxwell student featured in recent article. Amanda Claypool, a senior with a triple major in international relations, political science, and history, and a minor in Middle Eastern studies, was featured in "From the West Bank to the SU campus, student works for dialogue on contentious issues." The article focuses on events,  the day the Twin Towers fell and the day U.S. warplanes bombed Baghdad, that helped shape her academic career at Syracuse University. 02/13/13  


Mark MonmonierMonmonier, new book, featured in USA Today. Professor Mark Monmonier, and his new book, Lake Effect: Tales of Large Lakes, Arctic Winds and Recurrent Snows, are featured in the recent USA Today article, "Serious snow: New book explores the famed lake effect." In the article, the author calls Monmonier's book "a treasure trove of engrossing and entertaining stories about some of the snowiest inhabited areas in the world." 02/11/13 


Merril SilversteinSilverstein quoted in New York Times article. Professor Merril Silverstein was quoted in the New York Times article, "In Blended Families, Responsibility Blurs," an article detailing challenges faced by blended families in later life. Silverstein says "the generation most likely to have stepchildren" — the boomers — "don’t need much care yet, [though] the crunch will come in 10 or 20 years.” 02/11/13


Mehrzad BoroujerdiBoroujerdi comments for Associated Press story on Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Professor Mehrzad Boroujerdi was quoted in the Associated Press article, "Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Still Fiery As Iran Presidency Nears End," where Boroujerdi states "there may be lots of political fighting and mudslinging to come despite Khamenei's effort to keep it quiet. Then, after the election, no one expects Ahmadinejad to fade away. He'll be a force from the outside looking in." 02/11/13  


Walter BroadnaxMaxwell School professor named to national postal service reform panel Walter D. Broadnax, Distinguished Professor at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University, has been appointed to a panel leading an independent review of a plan to breathe new life into the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) through public-private partnership.  The review was commissioned by the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) in response to a lack of consensus over how to reform the USPS as it faces significant financial pressures threatening its viability.  The recent announcement by the USPS to discontinue Saturday delivery is part of the ongoing effort to preserve the postal service. Read more. 02/11/13  


Elizabeth Cohen"Should illegal immigrants become citizens?" Elizabeth Cohen wrote a recent op-ed piece for The Washington Post, where she considers "who deserves to be a U.S. citizen?" by looking at how America's founding fathers handled the issue. It's something, she says, that  "we've been grappling with since our country’s earliest days. The founders had a clear answer: People who immigrated and spent years building lives in this country deserved citizenship," concludes Cohen. 02/04/13  


Hillary ClintonSyracuse Post Standard op-ed piece asks "For her next act, how about a teaching gig at Syracuse University?" In an editorial outlining various options open to Hillary Clinton now that she has left the State Department and returned to private life, the Post Standard offers her a "modest proposal: How about asking to join the faculty at Syracuse University's Maxwell School?" The author cites, among other reasons making Maxwell an option for Clinton, is her connection to Daniel Patrick Moynihan, who became a mentor to Clinton during her run for the U.S. Senate in 1998. 02/04/13  


Devashish Mitra"A poor trade-off":  Mitra article in The Indian Express. An article written by Professor Devashish Mitra about  how India may lose more than it gains by staying out of WTO talks on tariff liberalisation was recently published in The Indian Express. Mitra argues that "India should keep liberalising its trade regime through the multilateral mechanism of the WTO as well as unilaterally. When the government talks about benefits from trade protection in certain industries, it is referring to the benefits to producers of those goods, but this at the cost of producers in other industries using those products as inputs as well as consumers. Once you factor in the welfare impact on these groups, basic international trade theory shows that the arguments made about the losses from liberalisation are flawed." 02/06/13 


Grant Reeher"Campbell Conversations" interview cited in article. Comments given during 22-minute interview between host Grant Reeher and Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner on WRVO’s weekly public affairs program, "The Campbell Conversations" were cited in "Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner endorses her police chief, Frank Fowler." In the interview, Miner, who will run for re-election in November, said Fowler is an "extraordinary police chief" whom she will keep in that position as long as she can. 02/06/13 


Mehrzad BoroujerdiBoroujerdi weighs in for AP story on Iran. Professor Mehrzad Boroujerdi was quoted in the Associated Press article, "Defying Iran Sanctions Propels Tehran Mayor Before Vote," where Boroujerdi states "if Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf is allowed to enter the process, that speaks volumes about what the leadership is thinking. What he can bring is a much more sober and realistic assessment rather than bombastic style of statecraft that we experienced under Ahmadinejad." Boroujerdi was also quoted in a recent Washington Post article, "In election year, Iranian brothers could expand power" and in "Iran courts restart of nuke talks, but snubs UN," an article in USA Today, where Boroujerdi says "Iran's leaders are adopting a grand-bargain strategy; they don't want to get bogged down with the IAEA and see the only way to get what they want — meaning getting some sanctions off their back — is through the world power talks." Boroujerdi was also quoted in Spiegel, Germany's main newspaper, on Mahmud Ahmadinedschad's visit to Egypt. 02/04/13  


Ines Mergel Mergel quoted in New York Times article. Professor Ines Mergel was quoted in "A New Web Site Warns Small-Business Owners of Coming Regulations," an article that details the G.O.P.-led House Small Business Committee new website Web site, “Small Biz Reg Watch. Mergel comments that "It’s really remarkable that they’ve set this up and opened up the policy-making process. Usually the decision-making process, and all the factors that lead to the final policy, are a black box for the public but also for everybody on the receiving end." 02/04/13  


Grant Reeher Reeher to participate in Big Data Day. Big Data may have given the winning party the edge in the last presidential election, and it may be the future of campaigning. Find out why at Big Data Day on Monday, February 11. The event, hosted by the “Navigate New Media” group in Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, will be held at 7 p.m. in the Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium in Newhouse 3. Big Data Day will feature a panel discussion moderated by Hub Brown, an associate dean at Newhouse. Panelists include: Ashley Bryant, the State Digital Director of Ohio for the Obama Campaign; Paul Morarescu, assistant professor in the School of Information Studies; and  Grant Reeher, professor of political science and director of the Alan K. Campbell Public Affairs Institute in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. Read more. 02/04/13 


Andrew London and Janet WilmothNew book takes a look at how military service shapes the course of people’s lives. Over the past century, a large percentage of young Americans have served their country by joining the military.  Today, the more than 1.6 million uniformed military personnel and 22 million veterans currently living and working around the world make up a sizeable and influential demographic group. Military service remains a meaningful pathway to adulthood for the many who join the military during their formative young adult years.  However, little research has previously been done to find out how the lives of military personnel, veterans, and their loved ones differ from those with no direct ties to the military.  The recently published book, Life Course Perspectives on Military Service, edited by Professors Janet M. Wilmoth and Andrew S. London of Syracuse University’s Maxwell School, helps fill this gap in knowledge. Read more. 01/31/13 


Craige ChampionChampion receives honorable mention for Encyclopedia of Ancient History. Craige B. Champion, has received honorable mention for the 2013 Dartmouth Medal from the American Libraries Association., for The Encyclopedia of Ancient History. The work compiles broad-based scholarship on ancient Greece, Rome, the ancient Near East, and Pharaonic Egypt from international contributors, with over 5000 entries in 13 volumes from the late Bronze Age through the 7th century CE. Read more. 01/31/13  


Aging Studies Institute logoThree-day inclusive design challenge to address needs of aging population. Syracuse University’s collaborative design laboratory (COLAB) in the College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) and Aging Studies Institute are teaming up to offer SU students a three-day, one-credit “Inclusive Design Challenge” at The Warehouse that addresses the challenges facing the growing aging population in the United States and around the world. Read more. 01/30/13


Theresa SingletonSingleton awarded major historical archaeology award. Professor of Anthropology Theresa Singleton has been selected to receive the 2014 J.C. Harrington Award from the Society for Historical Archaeology.   The award, established in 1981, is the highest honor that the organization bestows and is named in honor of Jean Carl Harrington (1901-1998), one of the pioneer founders of historical archaeology in North America. The award is presented for a life-time of contributions to the discipline centered on scholarship.  Singleton will receive a medal during a ceremony at the Society’s 2014 meeting in Quebec City, Canada. 01/30/13


Stuart RosenthalRosenthal study cited in The New York Times. In "A New Housing Boom? Don’t Count on It," an article that investigates various changes in the housing market, the article's author cites "The Boom, the Bust, and the Future of Homeownership," a paper co-authored by Professor Stuart Rosenthal, to argue that "uncertain forecasts of attitudes toward investing in homeownership" would suggest long-term declines in prices of existing detached single-family homes, because they are costly to manage as rentals. 01/29/13


Stuart BrownIs the United States losing its dominant place in the world? In his new book, The Future of U.S. Global Power: Delusions of Decline, Professor Stuart S. Brown rejects this popular declinist argument, asserting instead that the U.S. still maintains the economic, cultural, political, and military underpinnings befitting a dominant global power. Read more. 01/23/13


Robert Rubinstein New book breaks down controversy between social scientists and the military. In recent years, there has been notable controversy over whether or not social scientists should aid in war efforts by supplying the U.S. military with cultural and social data about local populations living in war zones. In his new book, Practicing Military Anthropology: Beyond Expectations and Traditional Boundaries, Robert A. Rubinstein, professor of anthropology and international relations at the Maxwell School, sheds light on the role of military anthropologists and provides answers to the host of ethical questions that have swirled around them. Read more. 01/23/13  


Michael BarkunBarkun comments on the escalation of conspiracy theories. Michael Barkun was quoted in "Conspiracy theories have always been with us, but they seem to be escalating," where Barkun points out that "particularly with the rise of the Internet, it’s possible to both generate conspiracy theories and proliferate them with extreme rapidity. Conspiracy theories that at one time that would have remained in the fringe get into the mainstream. They are no longer in some isolated subculture that’s known to only a few people." 01/23/13 


Maxwell students posing for a photo in the main UN chambersMaxwell students get an inside look at the UN during January class in New York City. An eager group of Maxwell students jumped at the chance to start the new year off in New York City as part of a 8-day winter intercession course about the UN taught by Maxwell Professor of Practice Catherine Bertini. Bertini previously served as UN under secretary-general for management (2003-05) and as executive director of the UN World Food Program, the world's largest international humanitarian aid agency (1992-2002).  The January class brought together a group of 25 Maxwell students from 14 countries who attended a series of lectures by top UN officials, participated in mock UN Security Council and UN Development Group decision making sessions, and took an exclusive backstage tour of the main UN chambers (pictured). Students came away from the class inspired and energized after gaining an in-depth knowledge of the programmatic work of various UN organizations – from millenium development goals to peacekeeping – and learning about processes for change in UN organizations. And, thanks to Maxwell’s Office of Alumni Relations, students rounded out the class with a networking reception with Maxwell alums and UN staff members at SU’s Lubin House. 01/23/13  


Cecilia Van HollenVan Hollen featured in SU News. Professor Cecilia Van Hollen recounts experiences she gained while studying the lives of women living with HIV in South Asia, in a recent SU News profile. Her research, which sheds light on the various cultural and social complexities of many mothers in India, was recognized with the Society for Medical Anthropology’s Steven Polgar Professional Paper Prize. 01/18/13


Leonard BurmanBurman featured in SU Magazine article. Professor Leonard Burman was featured in the Fall/Winter 2012 edition of SU Magazine, in an article entitled "Taxing Issues." In the article, Burman details the “coolest” thing he’s ever done kept his mind far from public finance. In 2005, Burman and his then-22-year-old son, Paul, biked from Oregon to New Hampshire to raise $108,000 for Partners in Health, an international health organization. “It was an amazing experience, especially when I saw the staff from the Boston office of Partners in Health with signs saying, ‘Paul and Len saving lives,’” Burman says. “I don’t think I lost it until I called my wife after we arrived.” Burman also discusses the various roles he has played in tax and budget policy over the years. 01/17/13  


Kristi AndersenAndersen writes op-ed piece for e-International Relations. Professor Kristi Andersen wrote a recent op-ed piece, entitled "The Importance of Women in the 2012 U.S. Elections," where Andersen writes that 2012 might go down as the “Year of the Woman” in American politics, a year in which American women’s votes were decisive in Barack Obama’s second-term victory, some of the most publicized and divisive issues in the campaign involved women’s reproductive rights, and when the 113th Congress convened in early January of 2013, a record number of women were sworn into office. 01/16/13 


Miriam ElmanElman speaks with Senator Gillibrand’s staff on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. Miriam F. Elman, Associate Professor of Political Science, discussed recent developments in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and opportunities for jumpstarting the Middle East peace process during President Obama’s second term with staff members of U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) on January 10, 2012. Participating in the conversation were members of the Senator’s local and Washington, D.C. staff responsible for portfolios on foreign affairs and homeland security. Also participating were three members of the Syracuse Area Middle East Dialogue group (SAMED), Mark Field, Mohamed Khater, and Donald J. Kirby, S.J. Founded in 1981, SAMED is an inter-faith and inter-cultural organization that advocates for a just, sustainable peace to the Middle East conflict. 01/16/13 


Rachel SigmanPolitical science student wins grant. Ph.D. candidate Rachel Sigman has been awarded a $7500 grant from the Smith Richardson Foundation to support her dissertation on state capacity building in Africa. 01/16/13  


Leonard BurmanBurman on why "Closing loopholes isn’t enough" Professor Leonard Burman, with Joel Slemrod, co-wrote a recent New York Times op-ed piece, with the authors arguing that "closing loopholes is neither sufficient to do the job nor as 'fair' to everyone as it might seem," pointing out that "sweeping attempts to broaden the tax base can end up doing more harm than good." 01/08/13  


Amy LutzLutz on "U.S. military, a growing Latino army" Professor Amy Lutz weighed in for a recent NBC Latino piece about the the growing numbers of Hispanics in the military, pointing out that army recruiters "emphasize immigration benefits" and often make home visits in the Latino community, which is very rare in the recruitment of other nationalities. 01/07/13