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Political scientists convene in Chicago for world's largest gathering on the study of politics

American Political Science Association

Washington, DC--The 103rd Annual Meeting & Exhibition 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 over 900 panel sessions and events.

Compelling issues of politics and public affairs feature prominently in the meeting. Hundreds of sessions will focus on the Iraq conflict, terrorism, 2008 U.S. elections and campaigns, post-9/11 U.S. foreign and security policy, immigration, gender and ethnic politics, religion, political polarization, voting, civic education, and many other political matters. Select event listings for these topics can be previewed at, and the full meeting program is also searchable online at

The 2007 meeting theme of "Political Science and Beyond" explores the linking of political scientists with scholars from other disciplines. Many sessions will emphasize creative forms of interdisciplinary collaboration that contribute to a better understanding of U.S. and international politics, and some featured speakers and events include:

  • APSA President Robert Axelrod (Walgreen Professor of the Understanding of Human Behavior, Univ. of Michigan), delivering his address entitled "Can Political Science 'Export' to Other Disciplines as Well as We 'Import' from Them""

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

  • Cass Sunstein (Karl Llewellyn Distinguished Service Professor of Jurisprudence, Univ. of Chicago) on "Extremism: Causes and Cures"

  • A plenary session examining the question "Is American Political Science Too Parochial""

  • Christian Parenti, correspondent for The Nation 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 (C.H. Candler Professor of Primate Behavior, Emory Univ.) on the politics of primates and his ground-breaking research and book, Chimpanzee Politics

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

"The APSA Annual Meeting is rich in the study and analysis of contemporary politics and world events and in examining the ideas and behaviors shaping political and civic life," notes Michael Brintnall, Executive Director of APSA. "Researchers, journalists, and members of the public seeking new insights into forces that are shaping the modern world are encouraged to attend."

Journalists can sign up onsite for complimentary meeting credentials. Meeting registration will commence at the Hyatt Regency Chicago (Gold Level, East Tower) from Wednesday, August 29 to Saturday, September 1.


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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