Periodically throughout the academic year, departmental faculty organize roundtables on contemporary issues in public & international affairs. Sometimes these are offered through the annual symposium of JMU's School of Public & International Affairs, sometimes through the JMU Washington Center, and at times they are sponsored directly by the Department of Political Science. In recent years, roundtable topics have included: Europe after the Brexit vote; U.S. foreign policy; refugees & human migration; political corruption; wartime sexual violence; President Trump's relationship with the media; the future of information sharing in the intelligence community; and the role & nature of expertise in governance.

Watch this space for information about roundtables during the 2018-2019 academic year:

On 9/10/18 from 6:30-8pm, Dr. Kristin Wylie (Assistant Professor of Political Science at JMU) will lead a roundtable discussion of women's underrepresentation in Brazilian politics at the JMU Washington Center. While the research at issue focuses on Brazil, Dr. Wylie welcomes questions about women in politics in the United States and elsewhere, as well.

On 10/19/18 from 10:30am-noon,  Abby Kiesa, Director of Impact for The Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) will lead a discussion of political participation by young adults at the JMU Washington Center. The conversation will focus on similarities and differences in voting dynamics and civic engagement in recent U.S. electoral cycles.

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