Leading Scholar On Presidency to Speak March 25
George C. Edwards III, Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Texas A&M University, will speak on the topic, "On Deaf Ears: The Limits of the Bully Pulpit," based on his latest book, which has the same title. The book is a study of the effectiveness of presidential leadership of public opinion. The talk, sponsored by the political science department and the Roper Center, will take place at 3 p.m. in the Class of '47 Room at Homer Babbidge Library.
Edwards also holds the George and Julia Blucher Jordan Chair in Presidential Studies in the George Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M, and was the founder and, from 1991 to 2001, director of the Center for Presidential Studies in the Bush School.
Edwards has written or edited 19 books on American politics and public policy making, including At the Margins: Presidential Leadership of Congress; Presidential Approval, Presidential Leadership, National Security and the U.S. Constitution; and Researching the Presidency. He is also editor of Presidential Studies Quarterly.
He has received the Decoration for Distinguished Civilian Service from the U.S. Army; and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. His work has been funded by grants from the National Science Foundation, the Smith-Richardson Foundation, and the Ford Foundation. He serves on the board of directors of the Roper Center and the board of trustees of the Center for the Study of the Presidency.
Edwards has advised Brazil on its new constitution, Russia on building a democratic national party system, and Chinese scholars on democracy. He also wrote studies for the 1988 and 2000 U.S. presidential transitions.
Teale Speaker To Focus On Penguins And Politics
The talk, part of the Edwin Way Teale Lecture Series on Nature and the Environment, will take place in Konover Auditorium, Thomas J. Dodd Research Center. Admission is free.
Scientific research has drawn attention to the potential extinction of the Magellanic Penguin, native to the waters off the coasts of Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay. These seabirds know no political boundaries and are not protected from the effects of pollution in international waters. Boersma will discuss the changes that need to be implemented by means of politically mandated international agreements in order to protect these penguins, as well as other seabirds, before they become extinct as a result of human actions.
Since 1983, Boersma has been a researcher in the Wildlife Conservation Society's Magellanic Penguin Project, banding and tracking more than 50,000 of the birds. As president of the Society for Conservation Biology and Chair of the U.S. Department of the Interior's Endangered Species Subcommittee, she instituted major advances to address marine systems. She also created and edits the journal Conservation in Practice, and led a large-scale National Science Foundation project to review the Endangered Species Act.