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American democracy through British eyes
August 29, 2013

WSU Foley Institute

Gillian Peele, Oxford


PULLMAN, Wash. – How do American politics look from the other side of the Atlantic?

Gillian Peele, a fellow and tutor in politics at Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford, will discuss the quality of American democracy at the next Coffee & Politics session hosted by Foley Institute, 12-1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, in Foley Speaker’s Room, Bryan Hall, room 308.

Peele has published widely on British and American politics, including her most recent collection (edited with Joel … » More …

Discussion on how the media shapes civil discourse in politics
March 22, 2010

PULLMAN – A symposium on how the media shape civil discourse in poltics will be presented 5-6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 25, in Smith CUE 202. It is sponsored by the WSU Foley Institute and the Edward R. Murrow College of Cummunication.


Recent events, such as the tea party protests and demonstrations against the Iraq invasion, have been seen by some as uncivil. Do television, radio, the internet and print media simply portray incivility or do they also play a role in encouraging its growth?


A distinguished panel  will discuss the implications of the media on political discourse.


The panel will include … » More …

Washington State Supreme Court Justice to speak at Pre-Law Day
April 3, 2009

PULLMAN — Debra L. Stephens, Washington Supreme Court justice, will deliver the keynote address for Washington State University’s Cougar Pre-Law Day at 1 p.m. on April 10 in the Smith Center for Undergraduate Education (CUE), room 518. Stephens will speak on law as an avenue to public service.


A native of Spokane, Stephens took office on the Washington Supreme Court Jan. 1, 2008, after serving as a judge for Division Three of the Court of Appeals. Prior to her court appointments, Stephens practiced appellate law, appearing in the Washington Supreme Court, Washington Court of Appeals, Idaho Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals for the … » More …

Global warming, religion and politics part of Foley Institute’s public lectures
January 16, 2009

PULLMAN — The Thomas S. Foley Institute for Public Policy and Public Service will present a public lecture by Robert K. Musil, former executive director of Physicians for Social Responsibility, at 3:30 p.m. Jan. 21 in CUE 202.

Musil, author of “Hope for a Heated Planet” (2009), will talk about climate change. His presentation, “How We Can Promote Change and Stop Global Warming,” will discuss how a growing national movement, including universities, environmentalists, public health specialists, national security experts, religious communities and ordinary citizens, is transforming the debate about energy and global warming. He will sign copies of his book after the lecture.

Political commentator … » More …

Unique data on cities enables world-class research at WSU
April 25, 2006

Survey data donated to WSU by Seattle-based Leigh Stowell & Co. has given WSU, home of the Thomas S. Foley Institute and the Edward R. Murrow School of Communication, a unique advantage in the area of social capital research. According to WSU researchers, this gift has made it possible to do analysis that could never be done before.”We’ve had a lot of compelling theory in social science without much data to test it,” said Nick Lovrich, professor of political science and director of the Division of Governmental Studies and Services at WSU. “A good theory is still just a plausible speculation if you don’t have … » More …

Bush Presidency, Constitution, and Supreme Court Discussed
December 1, 2004

The Thomas S. Foley Institute for Public Policy and Public Service will present a policy forum Friday (Dec. 3) from 3-5 p.m. in the Samuel H. Smith Center for Undergraduate Education, Room 518. The WSU Department of Political Science professor Cornell Clayton will moderate the event, which will focus its discussion on the Bush presidency, the Constitution and the Supreme Court.The event will feature four distinguished panelists from various universities across the country. They include David A. Yalof, associate professor of political science at the University of Connecticut; Nancy Kassop, professor and chair for the Department of Political Science and International … » More …