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MPSA 2017: a conference and city guide

The Midwest Political Science Association will hold its annual conference from 6 April through 9 April in Chicago, IL at the Palmer House Hilton. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the MPSA conference. The conference is organized in more than 80 sections by topic, often interdisciplinary and providing new perspectives and research into the field. With a large variety of panels and events to attend, we’ve selected a few on our list to share, as well as what to check out during your free time in Chicago:

Wednesday, 5 April

MPSA Welcome Reception, 6:30-7:30pm

Thursday, 6 April

Panel: Explaining the Electoral Outcomes of Key 2016 US House Elections, 1:15 – 2:45pm; Discussion of key House Elections in 2016, including Iowa, Florida, and Texas.

Roundtable: HB2 and Transgender Rights, 3:00 – 4:00pm; What impact did HB2 have on North Carolina and on the fight for transgender rights more broadly?

Pi Sigma Alpha Lecture: What Life is like as a Scientist in Congress, 4:45 – 6:15pm; Congressman Bill Foster, scientist and businessman representing the 11th Congressional District of Illinois, gives a lecture on being a scientist and congressman.

Friday, 7 April

Paper Session: Flirting with Disaster: Politics, the Environment and Public Policy, 8:00 – 9:30am; A discussion of environmental politics and policy from crises to resources.

Roundtable: The Media and the 2016 Election: A View from the Campaign Trail, 1:15 – 2:45pm; Speakers include Nia-Malika Henderson from CNN, Steve Peoples from AP, and Molly Ball from The Atlantic. 

Panel: Social Policy and Political Behavior Around the World, 4:45 – 6:15pm; Focusing on comparative political economy around the world.

Saturday, 8 April

Roundtable: The Women’s March on Washington, 1:15 – 2:45pm; Draws together discussions of women’s activism, intersectionality, interest groups, mobilization, connections to the presidential campaign, and prior instances of women’s activism.

Panel: The Refugee Crisis and its Impact on Politics, Policy, and State, 3:00 – 4:30pm; A panel about immigration and citizenship for refugees and the cause and effect around the world.

MPSA President’s Reception, 6:30 – 8:00pm

Sunday, 9 April

Paper presentation: Understanding the Success and Failure of Populism and the Radical Right in Europe, 9:45 – 11:15am; Studying the rise of the radical right in Europe.

Panel: Reexamining Political Philosophy: Rousseau and Nietzsche on the Nature and Status of Philosophy in the Modern World, 11:30am – 1:00pm; In depth looks at Rousseau and Nietzsche, focusing on virtue, freedom, and modernity.

Be sure to explore the Windy City itself when not at the conference. Whether it’s your first time or you’re a seasoned expert, seeing the sights along Magnificent Mile and at Millennium Park are a must, especially if the weather is in your favor. For some culture in addition to the mental stimulation of MPSA, explore Art Institute of Chicago or the Field Museum of Natural History. Finally, to wind down at night, check out Chicago’s variety of cuisine such as Big Jones for classic Southern comfort food, Joe’s Seafood for steak and seafood, or try a must-have Chicago deep dish pizza at Pizano’s Pizza.

While at MPSA, don’t forget to come by and visit the OUP booth – grab a journal and browse our selection of books at a discounted rate. We’ll be at booths 201, 203, and 205. Keep up with @OUPPolitics on Twitter for updates at MPSA. We’ll see you there!

Featured image credit: City with river in middle during cloudy day by Grzegorz Zdanowski. Public domain via Pexels.

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