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When Wills Collide: The Uneasy and Uneven Coexistence of Indigenous and Federal Authority

Monday, November 23rd at 3:30 in the Knight Library Browsing Room.

The longstanding political and proprietary relationship between Indigenous peoples and the federal and state governments remains as confusing as ever. Despite their status as the original sovereigns of this land, and notwithstanding their treaty-based connection and explicit recognition in the U.S. Constitution, Native sovereignty remains subject to complete defeasance at the hands of the federal government.

This presentation considers why this is the case and why federal political will in recognition and support of Indigenous



New Winter Course: PS 199 “Thinking like a Social Scientist”

This new course shows students that the ways of thinking they can learn in social-science courses—looking for “quantitative” patterns, tracing “qualitative” processes, and asking “interpretive” questions about meaning—are widely used in non-academic careers.

“The great thing about this course,” says Professor Craig Parsons, “is not just that it gives students foundations for all their later courses. It helps them see why studying the social sciences will help them later on in their careers, even if their career has nothing to



Seeking to be the Change: Student Research Featured in Cascade Magazine

Recent graduate, Chloe Talbert and current student, Miles Gordon are both passionate about climate change.

Their ambitious research projects confront the concerns facing our environment through a myriad of disciplines… In his paper, “A Tale of Three Cities,” Miles (a philosophy and political science major) examines a city’s “civil society” while grappling with conflicting notions of “self-interest” vs. “best interest” in the framework of environmental policy. Chloe Talbert, (a computer information science and political science