Le Moyne College Political Science DepartmentCollege & University in Syracuse, New York
Le Moyne's Model UN attended a national delegation at Harvard this past weekend. There were schools in attendance from 69 countries around the world. Le Moyne represented the United Republic of Tanzania. Topics discussed at the delegation included rights of LGBTQ+, people seeking asylum, linguistic minorities, the necessity of military aid, countering terrorist networks, the protection of threatened religious minority groups, sexual rights.
Spring 2018 Social Sciences Seminar Series Events:
Feb 20 - How is Techno-Digital Culture Affecting our Personal Growth and Interpersonal Relationships? - Vincent Hevern
March 20 - Waiting for Departure: Planning for an Emrikan Future in a Bhutanese Refugee Camp in Nepal. - Retika Desai...
April 10 - Can Native Species Compete with Valuable Exotics? Measuring Willingness to Pay for Recreational Fishing in Lake Michigan. - Jennifer Raynor
April 24 - Why Do Terrorists Quit? The Disengagement of Indonesian Jihadists. - Julie Chernov-Hwang
All events are at 4pm in 446 Reilley Halll, in the Reilley Room
Dr. Popescu, Chair of PSC meets the Pope at conference on refugee issues
War, religious persecution, ethnic cleansing and other dire situations have forced approximately 65.6 million people worldwide to flee their homes. An estimated 10,000 refugees have moved to Syracuse since 2000, several of whom are students or alumni of the College. Delia Popescu, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Political Science, has followed closely the “patterns of global, structural injustice” tha...t follow the forced movement of people. Now she is hoping to join others at Le Moyne and play a more active role in considering the College’s response to the humanitarian crisis.
Popescu recently traveled to Rome to participate in a conference titled “Migrants and Refugees in a Globalized World,” led by the International Federation of Catholic Universities in partnership with the Being the Blessing Foundation, Pontifical Gregorian University, and Center for Interreligious Understanding. She and other participants – including leaders from Catholic and nondenominational colleges and universities from around the world, and representatives from the United Nations High Commission on Refugees and other relief organizations – reflected upon their moral and professional responsibility to stem the suffering of migrants and refugees around the world.
Overall, the aim of the conference was to create a network of academic institutions that will work together to better understand the scope of the refugee and migrant emergency, Popescu explained. More specifically, the participants sought to study various approaches to providing education and training for refugees living in settlement camps; to teach university students about the refugee and migrant reality; to investigate pressing research needs; to launch a research and action network to collaborate in the fields of teaching, research and action in relation to migrant and refugee issues; and to strengthen access to higher education globally. Read more about her work and how it will impact Le Moyne.
PSC Professor Jim Snyder and his COR 100 class took the subway from Manhattan to the New York City Criminal Court, Part AR-1 in Brooklyn on October 21, 2017, to observe first-hand criminal arraignment in a large urban center. The class, entitled "Poverty and the Law," traveled to New York City as part of the Le Moyne COR 100 mandate to broaden the experiences and world view of new, first-semester students. The class also visited the Promenade, Shehadi's Middle-Eastern grocery, Shake Shack in Brooklyn Heights, and took in the bright lights of Times Square before leaving New York City on their one-day, Le Moyne-sponsored bus trip.
On Thursday, October 26, Le Moyne College hosted mayoral candidate Laura Lavine. She met with a group of students and introduced herself with background about why she is running for mayor and the issues she finds most important. This focused heavily on public safety and education reforms.
On Thursday, October 19, mayoral candidate Ben Walsh, held a discussion at Le Moyne College. He met with a group of students to discuss his background, his interest in public service, the platform he is running on, as well as how he made his way onto the ballot as an independent candidate. He held a Q&A, in which students asked about education and infrastructure plans.
On Thursday, October 5, mayoral candidate for Syracuse, Juanita Perez Williams, came to Le Moyne College! Her discussion focused on how her life as a Mexican-American woman and as the daughter of immigrants impacted her journey to becoming a lawyer and entering public service. She is the first Mexican-American candidate for mayor of Syracuse!
Le Moyne College held a panel discussion, Respectful Civil Discourse, on Monday, September 11, 2017. New York State Senator John DeFrancisco, Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney , New York State Assemblyman Bill Magnarelli, and New York State Assemblymember Pamela Hunter spoke at the event about appropriately discussing differing opinions and how civil discourse plays into their various leadership positions.