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November 24, 2014

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Political Scientists Gather at Laurier for 83rd CPSA Conference

Oct 4/11

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Sherry Palmer (spalmer@wlu.ca)

The Political Science Department of Wilfrid Laurier University demonstrated trail blazing leadership in its organization of a successful national academic event. This past May the 83rd Annual Conference of the Canadian Political Science Association drew in more than 700 delegates to the Waterloo campus for a three-day conference filled with panel presentations, workshops and social events. The Laurier Institute for the Study of Public Opinion and Policy (LISPOP) was a proud sponsor of a roundtable dedicated to the 2011 federal election campaign. We were honoured to have two internationally reknown scholars address our delegates: Dr. Carole Pateman from UCLA delivered the first plenary session, "Revisiting Participatory Democracy," followed the next day by Dr. Peter Katzenstein from Cornell, "Canada and the West in the Era of Cultural Globalization." The Balsillie School of International Affairs hosted a reception at CIGI, and the annual CPSA dinner took place at the Concordia Club to showcase the region's Oktoberfest traditions.

Unlike previous CPSA meetings, the 2011 conference was the first time it was held completely separate from the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences annual conference, which groups together more than 70 scholarly societies. Laurier's organizing team faced and managed a large number of logistical and budgetary hurdles, mounting what some say was the very best CPSA conference in many years. This was due in no small part to the efforts of our many volunteers - our students.

It was our privilege especially to welcome as delegates countless graduates from either our B.A. or M.A. program (or both), who have since embarked on successful academic or private-sector careers. These include Paul Thomas ('03), currently a PhD candidate at the University of Toronto and recent recipient of the prestigious Vanier Scholarship, and Dr. Darrell Bricker ('83, '84), CEO of Ipsos Public Affairs and a benefactor to the university. We do hope this return to Laurier was both enjoyable and rewarding for all of our alumni, and we look forward to your next visit!

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