Interested in security studies? Check out the PTIR Symposium tomorrow!

There’s a subsection of International Relations studies that holds two colloquial labels these days: “Guns and Bombs stuff” and “protesty, big mob chanting, dictator overthrowing kinda stuff.” If either of these labels interest you, you might want to check out this event that’s going on tomorrow.

The Wesleyan “Program for Terrorism and Insurgency Research” (PTIR) is a research initiative started and organized by Government Professor and local bad-ass Erica Chenoweth, with help from QAC big-wig Emmanuel “Manono” Kaparakis and post-doc researcher Orion Lewis. Every summer, it holds an internship program where a bunch of students are stuffed into a room in Allbritton where they code stuff, do stuff with statistics, and write stuff on a research paper. And then on one particular day in the following academic year, they hold a symposium to display the fruits of their sweaty labor.

Tomorrow is that day. Held in Allbritton 311, this symposium is a day-long event that involves student research presentations, discussion with various prominent International Relations scholars, a film screening, and a lecture on the recent Egyptian Revolution. So, if you’re up for it, do come by. It’s completely open, so feel free to walk and leave as you please.

Date: Tomorrow, March 9th
Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Place: Allbritton, unless stated otherwise
Cost: Free

A more detailed schedule can be found after the jump.

  • 9:00 am – 9.30 am : Arrival, Coffee, Welcome, and Introductions
  • 9:30 am – 10:50 am: Student Presentations
  • 11.00 am – 11.30 am: Coffee break
  • 11.30 am – 12.30pm: Student Presentations
  • 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm: Lunch Break
  • 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm: Film Screening: “Bringing Down a Dictator”
  • 3.15 pm – 5.00 pm: “Reflections on Tahrir Square: An Activist’s View” by Ahmed Salah & Mahitab Elgilani

The panel of scholars include: Prof. Jessica Teets (Middlebury), Prof. Kurt Schock (Rutgers), Prof. Cullen Hendrix (William and Mary), Prof. Kathleen Cunninghma (U of Maryland), and Prof. Joseph Young (American U).