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Advisory -- World's largest gathering for the study of politics in Chicago Labor Day weekend

Press registration free and available online until 5 p.m. EST Aug. 17

American Political Science Association

Washington, DC--The 103rd Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association (APSA) will convene from August 30-September 2 in Chicago, Illinois at the Hyatt Regency Chicago and Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers. The meeting is the world's largest gathering of political scientists and observers of politics, and 7,000 participants are expected to attend 730 panel sessions and events.

Important public debates feature prominently in the meeting program. Hundreds of sessions will be convened on the Iraq conflict, terrorism, the 2008 U.S. elections and campaigns, post-9/11 U.S. foreign and security policy, immigration, religion, political polarization, and voting. Journalists can preview select event listings on these topics at The full meeting program is also searchable and available online at

The goal of the 2007 meeting theme, "Political Science and Beyond," is to explore the linking of political scientists with researchers, teachers, and scholars from other disciplines. A wide range of sessions will emphasize creative forms of interdisciplinary collaboration to better understand U.S. and international politics.

WHEN: Thursday, August 30, 2007 to Sunday, September 2, 2007

WHERE: Hyatt Regency Chicago (151 E. Wacker Dr. Chicago, IL; 312-565-1234) and Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers (301 E.North Water St., Chicago, IL; 312-464-1000)

WHO: (Featured speakers)

  • Robert Axelrod (Univ. of Michigan), APSA President, on "Can Political Science 'Export' to Other Disciplines as Well as We 'Import' from Them""

  • Michael Beschloss, presidential historian and author of Presidential Courage: Brave Leaders and How They Changed America 1789-1989 (Simon & Shuster, 2007)

  • Cass Sunstein (Univ. of Chicago) on "Extremism: Causes and Cures"

  • Christian Parenti, correspondent for The Nation and author of Mouthful of Dust: The End Again in Afghanistan speaking on "Afghanistan Now: The Use and Abuse of a Buffer State."

  • Sociologist Duncan Watts (Columbia Univ.) on social networks and his book Six Degrees: The Science of a Connected Age (W.W. Norton, 2003)

  • Zoologist Frans de Waal (Emory Univ.) on the politics of primates based on his ground-breaking research and book, Chimpanzee Politics

  • Sociologist Sudhir Venkatesh (Columbia Univ.) on "Finding Democracy in the American Ghetto"

All interested members of the media may pre-register for complimentary meeting credentials at until 5 PM EST, Friday, August 17. On-site registration at the Hyatt Regency Chicago will also be available.


The American Political Science Association (est. 1903) is the leading professional organization for the study of politics and has over 14,000 members in 80 countries. For more news and information about political science research and the APSA meeting visit the APSA media website,

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