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105th APSA Meeting, world's largest for the study of politics, will be in Toronto Sept. 3-6
Date:8/27/2009

Washington, DCThe 105th Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association (APSA) will convene from September 3-6 in Toronto, Canada at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, the InterContinental Toronto Centre, and the Fairmont Royal York Hotel. This is the first time in its history that the meeting has been held outside the United States. The APSA Annual Meeting is the world's largest gathering of political scientists; almost 7,000 participants are expected to attend over 1,000 panel sessions and events.

Contemporary public debates feature prominently in the meeting program. Hundreds of sessions will be convened on questions such as the 2008 U.S. elections, conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, immigration, terrorism, voting behavior, U.S. foreign and security policy, religion, and political polarization. The full meeting program is searchable by keyword and is online at http://www.apsanet.org/mtgs/program_2009/.

The 2009 meeting, which has the theme of "Politics in Motion: Change and Complexity in the Contemporary Era" asks political scientists to think about knowledge in a context of change and complexity as both a scholarly endeavor and for bringing that knowledge to bear on the crucial policy challenges that shape our contemporary era. This theme draws our attention to what is new, different, and unusual in politics today and points to the constant motion involved in the pursuit of knowledge.

Some featured speakers and highlights include:

  • A plenary session on "Barack Obama: The Politics of Change" featuring Larry Bartels (Princeton University), Glenn Loury (Brown University), Theda Skocpol (Harvard University), and Rogers Smith (University of Pennsylvania)
  • The Pi Sigma Alpha Lecture by author Kevin Phillips on "Bad Money: Reckless Finance, Failed Politics, and the Global Crisis of American Capitalism"
  • A plenary session Great Debate on "How
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Contact: Helena Saele
press@apsanet.org
202-483-2512
American Political Science Association
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