Tag Archives: Peter Rutland

Shasha seminar on the Political Economy of Oil, today and tomorrow

Well, it’s nice to know Gov prof. Peter Rutland reads Wesleying. What’s up, doc? He writes in:

You are encouraged to attend the following events, part of the Shasha Seminar on the Political Economy of Oil.

“Should the Keystone pipeline be built?”
A debate between students from Wesleyan’s politics of oil class and a
class from UConn. Today (April 19), 4.30 pm in Shanklin 107.

“Protecting Our Environment in Turbulent Times”
Lecture by Daniel C. Esty Commissioner of the Connecticut Department
of Energy and Environmental Protection
Today (April 19), 8:00 p.m. in Memorial Chapel.

“The Big Shake-Up. Changing Perceptions of Energy Independence”
Steve LeVine Author, The Oil and the Glory
Friday (April 20), 1.00 p.m. in Beckham Hall.

You are also welcome to attend the panels which will be running from
9.00-5.00 on on Friday (April 20) in Beckham Hall. You can find the
program here.

GET BLOGGING OR DIE TRYING: Government Profs BROGSSS

So, I should totally be prepping for this TA session I’m supposed to give. Or do homework. Or clean my room. Or find a job. Or chug steroids and lift mad weights. But it’s raining, I’m hungry, and I’m too lazy to get up and leave the computer.

Obviously, the obvious solution is to blog.

And because the greatest academic achievement of any 20-22 yr old college academic-wannabe is to be what the kids these days call “meta-” (click here for details), this evening I’ve decided to follow through on Zach’s blog listing series to present to you fine Wesleyan folks a list of blogs maintained by professors of the Government Department. (I’ll do other departments next time – hello Tenured Rad-Rad!)

In case you didn’t know, Political Science blogs are alll the rage these days! (Or all the rage among hopelessly geeky people, like me. YEAHH)

In other words, screw you abroad kids! SCREW YOU AND YOUR HAPPINESS (i miss denmark so mucchh). Check out the blogs after da jump.

Princeton’s Stephen Kotkin on Old-School Russian Tanks and Stuff

Yoooooooooo! I hope you folks aren’t getting too drenched out there, but then again, this is perhaps the best way for a straight-haired dude like myself to get mah frizz up.

Anyway.

There’s this talk goin’ up tomorrow, which you should really go to. It’s a keynote address given by Princeton’s Stephen Kotkin (who wrote Armageddon Averted: Soviet Collapse, 1970-2000, if that means anything to you) entitled

“Surprise, Surprise: The Misunderstood Soviet Military Industrial Complex”

The lecture is the opening act of a Wesleyan academic workshop that’s going on called “What was the Soviet Union? Looking Back on the Brezhnev,” which is being organized by Government professor and professional chill-dawg Peter Rutland (or as some people like to refer to him outside of class as “P-Rutz”) as well as Russian History professor Victoria Smolkin-Rothrock, who has yet to develop a gangsta-rap nickname.

Go check it out – it’s cool shit.

Date: Tomorrow, Oct. 20
Time: 8.00 PM
Place: PAC 001

Govt. Profs Rutland, Chenoweth on NYT

So this whole Revolution in the Middle East thing is shaping up to be not only a boon to liberal democracy (probably, hopefully, maybe?), but to publicity for good ol’ Wes as well.

Russia expert and Putin-meme connoisseur Peter Rutland (pictured on the right) has an op-ed up in the New York Times presenting the case of why what happened in Egypt and Tunisia will probably not happen in big, fluffy China. His op-ed was written in collaboration with one Orion Lewis, who – aside from having the first name I have now decided to bestow upon my firstborn – is a Government postdoctoral research associate here at Wesleyan. He co-coordinates the Program on Terrorism and Insurgency Research (PTIR), which as I talked about in an earlier post was started up by Govt. Prof. Erica Chenoweth back in 2008.

You can go clicky-clicky on the op-ed here.

Speaking of Prof. Chenoweth, she also has an op-ed up in NYT entitled “Give Peaceful Resistance a Chance,” which provides evidence that nonviolent uprisings actually succeed more often than violent uprisings, even against bat-shit-crazy regimes (see Mumu Gaddafi). She even preempts counterarguments by publishing counter-counterarguments on her personal website, which is pretty damn badass. As you can probably tell by now, I’m something of a Chenoweth fan-boy, and if such bad-assery doesn’t justify my fanboy-dom, I don’t know what kind of bad-assery will.

You can go to that one here, with the counter-counterarguments here.

[Thanks to Shoutbox Poster for the tip!]

I hope you guys are enjoying the break, because I’m here on campus enjoying the cold, cold weather.