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January 9, 2018

November 29, 2017

  • Steven E. Schier; professor, author and editor; presented the third Contemporary Political Issues Round Table Series lecture and discussion, entitled "The Wild Ride of the Trump Presidency: A Travel Guide," which included insights from his most recent book, The Trump Presidency: Outsider in the Oval Office (Rowman and Littlefield 2017).

October 18, 2017

  • UWRF Political Science Professors, Sooh-Rhee Ryu and Christopher Simer, presented the second Contemporary Political Issues Round Table Series lecture of the fall semester, entitled "Nuclear Stalemate with North Korea."

September 26, 2017

  • Political Science and law professor, author and editor David Schultz, presented a guest lecture, "Generational Politics and the Future of American Politics," the first Contemporary Political Issues Round Table Series event this past fall, hosted by the Department of Political Science and International Studies



May, 2017

  • Political Science Professor and Associate Provost, Wes Chapin, led a group of students from his German Politics course to Europe, where they visited Salzburg, Austria; Interlaken, Lauterbrunnen and Brienz, Switzerland; and Berlin, Berchtesgaden, Frankfurt am Main, Rüdesheim am Rhein, Lübbenau, Dachau, Bacharach and Munich, Germany.

March, 2017

  • Professor, Sooh-Rhee Ryu, published an article entitled, "Promises are Promises?: A Study of Campaign Promise Fulfillment Among South Korean Legislators, 2008-2012" in the Korea Journal.  She has begun work on a book project, "Koreans in Minnesota" as part of the Minnesota Historical Society's The People of Minnesota series.

November 3, 2016

  • Professor, Neil Kraus, was interviewed by Kare 11 News, regarding the results of the Presidential election in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Watch the story, "Wisconsin goes Republican in election" here.

October 31, 2016

  • Political Science Department chair, Neil Kraus, was interviewed by Pat Kessler of Minnesota's WCCO News for an article, "Trump To Campaign In Wisconsin Tuesday."  Read the full story here.

October 26, 2016

  • Professors, Neil Kraus, Davida Alperin and Sooh-Rhee Ryu from Political Science, presented the seventh Contemporary Political Issues Roundtable, entitled "Trump v. Clinton: The Election of a Lifetime."  Other panelists included Brian Huffman, from Management and Marketing, Travis Tubré and Cyndi Kernahan from Psychology.



April 28, 2016

  • Davida Alperin received her medallion at the UWRF Employee Recognition Luncheon in honor of her 25 years of service to the University.  Congratulations!

April 13, 2016

  • Neil Kraus presented the sixth Contemporary Political Issues Roundtable, "The Rise of Donald Trump: What it tells us about American Politics."

April 6, 2016

  • Neil Kraus was interviewed by KSTP 5 regarding the April election in Wisconsin.

April 4, 2016

  • Neil Kraus was featured on Wisconsin Public Radio's "The West Side," in a program offering a preview of the April 5 Wisconsin primary election. 

April 1, 2016

  • Neil Kraus was interviewed by Fox 9 News regarding the April election in Wisconsin.

September 3-5, 2015  

  • Neil Kraus was chair and discussant on the panel entitled "Local Civic Engagement in Context: Neighborhoods and Participatory Institutions," at the American Political Science Association (APSA) Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

February 18, 2015

  • The fifth Contemporary Political Issues Roundtable,"Education Reform in the 21st Century,"was presented by Dr. Neil Kraus.

December 10, 2014 

  • Sooh-Rhee Ryu presented the fourth Contemporary Political Issues Roundtable, "Making Sense of North Korea: Mad Brilliance or Brilliant Madness?"

November 19, 2014 

  • Sergio Valverde presented the third Contemporary Political Issues Roundtable, "The 2014 Children's Humanitarian Crisis at our Border."

October 28, 2014

  • Neil Kraus was interviewed in Blomberg News regarding the importance of voter turnout in Wisconsin's governor race.

October 28, 2014 

  • Neil Kraus gave his perspective on the close gubernatorial races in Minnesota and Wisconsin in a news piece by John Croman and Jay Olstad on KARE 11.

October 21, 2014 

  • Davida Alperin presented the second Contemporary Political Issues Roundtable, "Key Races in the 2014 Elections." Joe Draxler, JiYeon Ryu and Morgan Stippel, UWRF students, assisted Dr. Alperin with the presentation and discussion.

October 10, 2014

  • Davida Alperin was interviewed on campus regarding the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on no Wisconsin voter ID before Election Day on KMSP-TV

September 24, 2014

  • Christopher Simer presented the first in a series of topics for the Contemporary Political Issues Roundtable, "ISIS: Background of the Terror State." 

August, 2014  

  • Neil Kraus presented a paper and chaired a panel at the 2014 American Political Science Association Annual (APSA) Meeting in Washington, D.C., in August.  In addition, he was nominated to serve on the Executive Council of the APSA's Urban Politics section. 


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