World's Largest Gathering for the Study of Politics to Convene in Toronto, Sept. 3-6: 105th American Political Science Association Annual Meeting


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until 5 PM ET August 28.

    WASHINGTON, Aug. 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The 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. The
meeting is the world's largest gathering of political scientists and observers
of politics, and will be held outside the United States for the first time in
2009. Approximately 7,000 participants are expected to attend over 1,000 panel
sessions and events.


    Important public debates feature prominently in the meeting program. 
Hundreds of sessions will be convened on key topics such as the Obama
administration, comparative U.S.-Canadian politics on a range of issues,
health care policy, the political impact of current economic conditions,
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 online at

    The 2009 meeting has the theme of "Politics in Motion: Change and
Complexity in the Contemporary Era" and asks political scientists to think
about knowledge in an environment of change and complexity -- to enhance
research and reflect on how we can best bring knowledge to bear on policy
challenges. This theme underscores what is new, different and unusual in
politics today and reminds us all of the constant motion involved in the
pursuit of knowledge.

    WHEN: Thursday, September 3, 2009 to Sunday, September 6, 2009

    WHERE: Fairmont Royal York Hotel (100 Front Street West, Toronto, ON M5J
1E3, Canada, 416.368.2511); InterContinental Toronto Centre (225 Front Street
West, Toronto, ON M5V 2X3, Canada, 416.597.1400); and the Metro Toronto
Convention Centre (416.585.8000)HIGHLIGHTS AND FEATURED SPEAKERS:
    -- 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
    -- A plenary session Great Debate on "How Free Should Hate Speech Be?"
featuring Amy Gutmann (President, Univ. of Pennsylvania), Robert Post (Dean,
Yale Law School), Carissima Mathen (Univ. of New Brunswick Law School), and
Jeremy Waldron (NYU Law School)
    -- Presidential Address by Peter Katzenstein (Cornell University)
    -- A series of sessions on U.S. Standing in the World
    -- A plenary session with Charles Taylor, Professor Emeritus at McGill
University and Professor of Law and Philosophy at Northeastern University, on
"The Many Forms of Secularism".
    -- The New Political Science plenary address by noted author Tom Hayden
on "Movements Against Machiavellians, the Theory and Practice of Social
    -- The John Gaus Lecture recognizing scholarship in public
administration, by Prof. Larry O'Toole (University of Georgia)
    -- A panel on New Directions in Latino Politics Research
    -- A Roundtable on the 2008 National Asian American Survey
    -- Panels in honor of the late Samuel Huntington, Nelson Polsby, and
Charles Tilly

    All interested members of the media may pre-register for complimentary
meeting credentials until 5 PM ET on Friday, August 28 by visiting and filling out the online form. On-site
registration at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre will also be available. 
Contact for any questions.

    The American Political Science Association (est. 1903) is the leading
professional organization for the study of politics and has over 14,000
members in 80 countries. For more news and information about political science
research and the APSA meeting visit the APSA media website,


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For further information: Bahram Rajaee of the American Political Science
Association, +1-202-483-2512, Web Site:

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