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. During the 2016-2017 academic year, roundtable topics included: Europe after the Brexit vote; U.S. foreign policy; refugees & human migration; and political corruption.

Watch this space for information about roundtables during the 2017-2018 academic year:

On 10/26/17 from 6-7:30pm, Dr. Kerry Crawford will lead a roundtable on Wartime Sexual Violence at the JMU Washington Center.

On 11/13/17 from 6-7:30pm, Dr. David Jones & Dr. Dan Schill will lead a roundtable on President Trump's relationship with the media at the JMU Washington Center.

On 3/7/18 from noon-1:30pm, Mr. John Sherman, Chief Information Officer for the U.S. intelligence community, will lead a roundtable on the future of information sharing & technology policy in the intelligence community at the JMU Washington Center.

On 4/5/18 from 6:30-8pm, a four-person panel will lead a roundtable discussion of the role and nature of expertise in goverance at the JMU Washington Center. JMU political scientists Tim LaPira and Mark Richardson will discuss results from cutting-edge surveys of executive branch employees and Capitol Hill staff.  Chris Nehls at the Democracy Fund and Kristine Simmons at the Partnership for Public Service will discuss the advocacy community’s efforts to raise awareness and to offer practical solutions to these important problems in Washington.

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