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Susan Franceschet and Brenda O'Neill presented a webinar for the University of Calgary on March 7th, 2019, moderated by Lisa Skierka entitled, "Women in politics: Access, impact and outcomes". The recorded webinar can be accessed by clicking on the link,

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Lisa Skierka, Susan Franceschet, Brenda O'Neill

We would like to extend a warm Welcome to Brooks DeCillia who joins the Department of Political Science effective January 1st, 2019 working with Dr. Melanee Thomas on a joint project between UofC--UofA program, Assessing Political Pathways for Energy Transition. 

Dr. Brooks DeCillia is a longtime journalist and public broadcaster. For more than a decade, Brooks was a national reporter with CBC News.  His reports regularly aired on CBC Television's The National and CBC Radio One programs, including the World at Six and World Report. Brooks covered stories across Canada, south Asia, Europe and the United States, and was embedded with Canadian Forces in Afghanistan. After working in network news, Brooks became the executive producer of CBC News in Calgary.

Congratulations to the students convocating this November.

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We are so very pleased to announce that, as of July 1, 2018, Dr. Gina Starblanket has joined the Department of Political Science at the University of Calgary as a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Indigenous Politics with a research and teaching focus on the politics of decolonization in Canada.

It is with pride and sadness that we celebrate Mark Grosjean’s posthumous award of the Faculty of Arts Silver Medallion in Political Science at the spring Convocation Ceremony on June 6, 2018. The Silver Medallion recognizes the student graduating with the highest distinction in scholarship in each degree program.

Congratulations to all our students graduating today!

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Congratulations to Dr. Jack Lucas on receiving a Faculty of Arts Research Award in the New Scholar category!

Veniecia Laylor tells how volunteering on campus gave her career-transferable skills.  How the Peer Helper Program has prepared and assisted in her third year studies with a number of skills and how to apply them after university.

The Taxfighter Award 2018 is being given to four members of our department for their outstanding contributions to the cause of taxpayer emancipation.  

Department of Political Science — 2018 Honours Symposium
Monday, April 16, 2018 in SS729
1:30–4:30 with Reception to Follow

Political Science Honours' student Laura Silva Aya, is the winner recipient of the 2017 Faculty of Arts, Canadian Council for the Americas Alberta Essay Prize for her Honours' thesis paper "Peace vs. Land? Understanding the 2016 Colombian Plebiscite," completed under the supervision of Dr. Pablo Policzer. The Faculty of Arts CCA prize is awarded to the best paper in a Faculty of Arts course in the previous calendar year in the areas of economics, political economy, trade, politics and international relations. 

View previous award winners of the CCA Alberta Essay Prize

Mark Grosjean entered the University of Calgary in the Faculty of Arts in Fall 2013. By Fall of 2014 he had chosen Political Science as his Major and when he convocated in November 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Mark was one of our Department’s—and indeed the Faculty’s—most accomplished and promising students. He died in a downhill ski accident on March 12, 2018.

Congratulations to Daniel Voth in receiving the Calgary Institute of Humanities (CIH) Annual Fellowship 2018-2019.

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Pablo Policzer and Josh Goldstein were Conversational Leaders for the Marda Loop Justice Film Festival justREEL Film Series "In Dialogue" that took place at the River Park Auditorium, March 13, 2018. 

Ryan Dean was nominated to participate with the Canadian Armed Forces' as an embedded observer of a northern exercise known as the NOREX 18, February 4-17, 2018 in and around Resolute, Nunavut. This is a rare opportunity for Ryan who will travel with the soldiers of The Grey and Simcoe Foresters and Canadian Rangers of the 1st Canadian Ranger Patrol Group operating on Cornwallis Island. He was selected for his expertise in the field of Canadian Arctic Affairs and for his knowledge in other fields.

We look forward to hearing of Ryan Dean's experience. As we receive information, be sure to check for updates below by clicking on the DIARY OF A MILITARY EMBEDDED OBSERVER.

For more information, please see the News Release from the Department of National Defense.

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by Ryan Dean, PhD Candidate, Political Science

by Heath McCoy, Faculty of Arts