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Cal Poly Author Ning Zhang on, "Confucianism in Contemporary Chinese Politics: An Actionable Account of Authoritarian Political Culture"

Confucianism and Chinese Political Culture

May 1, 2017

Ning Zhang’s book, “Confucianism in Contemporary Chinese Politics: An Actionable Account of Authoritarian Political Culture”, draws a packed house and generates engaged discussion.

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Michael Latner Receives Voting Rights Fellowship

Apr 20, 2017

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), the nation's leading science-based policy advocacy organization, awarded associate professor of political science Michael Latner its Voting Rights Kendall Fellowship.

Michael Latner
Michael Latner




This two-year fellowship is hosted at the UCS's newest program — the Center for Science and Democracy in Washington, D.C.

Political Science Spring Dinner 2017 Flyer

POLS Spring Dinner 2017

Apr 19, 2017

Thursday, May 18th, 2017 6:30pm

Please join us for the end of the year celebration! The Political Science Spring Dinner is on Thursday, May 18th, 6:30pm at Ventana Grill in Pismo Beach.

Tickets are $25 (cash only please) and can be purchased in the Political Science Office in building 47, room 14 no later than Monday, May 8th by 3pm.

Political Science Spring Dinner 2017 Flyer

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Mock Trial team

Cal Poly Mock Trial Team Advances Again!

Mar 27, 2017

Please Join us in Congratulating Cal Poly's Mock Trial Team!

Mock Trial team
Photo from the Fresno ORCS award ceremony

Cal Poly's A Team finished in the top six in their opening round competition in Fresno March 25-26. This earned the team a bid to compete at the National Championship Tournament (NCT) in Los Angeles in April!

Cal Poly Mock Trial A Team

Cal Poly Mock Trial Team Advances

Mar 8, 2017

Congratulations are in order for Cal Poly's Mock Trial Team!

Mock Trial Team

Cal Poly sent two teams to the American Mock Trial Association Regional Competition in Claremont, CA. Cal Poly's A Team earned a bid to the Opening Round Championship Series in Fresno, CA, March 25-26. The A Team will compete against the best teams in the region for a chance at the National Championship! 

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Cal Poly author Matt Moore on, "Buddhism and Political Theory"

Connections Between Buddhism and Political Theory and Action

Nov 7, 2016

Matt Moore's book, "Buddhism and Political Theory", sparks a great discussion among colleagues.

POLS Faculty in the News

Nov 4, 2016

Cal Poly POLS Faculty shaping the public dialogue in the field. Learn more about all of the interesting work the faculty has been doing!

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Navigating the Law School Process

Oct 10, 2016


Law School Panel
The panelists included, Wendy LaRiviere, Asst. Dean, Monterey/SLO College of Law; Jennifer Denbow, Cal Poly POLS, Law School Advisor and faculty member; Brian J. Stack, Attorney at Law for Carmel & Naccasha; Kara Stein-Conaway, Associate Attorney at Stein, Casciola & Galambos; Heather Whitham, Attorney at Law for Carmel & Naccasha.  

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Without Borders: CLA Speaks - Jon A. Shields

Oct 6, 2016

Elephants Without Borders: Conservatives in the AcademyJon A. Shields

Jon A. Shields        

6 P.M., Thursday, Oct. 13
Baker Building (180, Room 107)

Few seem to think conservatives should become professors. While the left fears an invasion of their citadel by conservatives marching to orders from the Koch brothers, the right steers young conservatives away from a professorial vocation by lampooning its leftism. In this talk, Jon Shields will discuss what has been described as the “first reliable study of academic conservatives.”


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