Senators Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown Welcome You to the 2014 CSAD Conference

This year’s 2014 CSAD Conference is on the topic of economic inequality. In partnership with the Center for the Study of American Democracy, we have the pleasure of opening the conference with introductions from Senators Sherrod Brown (D) and Robert Portman (R) of Ohio. Both have agreed to film introductions to the conference to share their feelings on the topic of economic inequality. Both have worked on legislation that work to solve the problem of economic inequality. Portman is currently a co-sponsor of the “Careers Through Responsive, Efficient, and Effective Retraining (CAREER) Act” along with Senator Michael Bennet, while Brown is a co-sponsor of the “Fair Minimum Wage Act.” For more info on the CSAD conference check out our preview.

This Should Be Your Next Cover Photo: Vote Early

No matter who you’re voting for, voting early ensures that you won’t forget on Election Day or get held up by long lines. Just visit the Board of Elections office in Mount Vernon and get it out of the way now! The Kenyon Dems have all the details on voting hours and shuttle service to the office, regardless of your party affiliation. If you’re not registered yet, visit the Board of Elections by Tuesday (the deadline) in order to register on site.

A great way to remind yourself and your friends to vote early is with this custom-designed cover photo from the Obama campaign. That little arrow will point right at your profile picture!

CSAD Conference 2012: John Agresto on Democracy Promotion and Higher Education in Iraq

Through Saturday, The Thrill will be covering the Center for the Study of American Democracy’s second biennial conference. John Agresto will speak tomorrow morning at 10:30 in the Gund Gallery’s Community Foundation Theater as part of a panel on “Assessing the Arab Spring and Democracy in the Middle East.”

When ordering lunch at the Kenyon Inn today, John Agresto asked for some mayonnaise to go with his fries. Near the end of the meal, I noticed his mayonnaise had never been delivered, and asked him about it. Eh, he said, they’re serving a dozen and a half people, they’re busy, I can do without the mayonnaise.

Agresto, a former Kenyon professor who has written several books and served as president of St. John’s College in New Mexico, seems to have a similarly jaded view when it comes to the future of Iraq. He arrived in Iraq in September of 2003 to work as an advisor to Iraq’s higher education ministry, and left under a year later, having been “Mugged by Reality,” as the title of his 2007 book puts it. Although Agresto, a self-described neoconservative with ties to Donald Rumsfeld and other prominent Bush administration officials, went to Iraq supportive of the mission to implement democracy there, he left less than a year later with much different views.

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Four-Minute Lecture: Professor Jensen


Welcome to Four-Minute Lectures.  All semester, we will be bringing in professors you know and love to deliver Four-Minute micro-lectures for the betterment of our minds.  They will encompass a wide variety of topics and departments.

This week, we bring you Professor Pamela K. Jensen of the political science department.   Her lecture is entitled “The Little Man v. The Last Man.” We can’t fault Professor Jensen for going over the time limit — it’s too good.

Check out the lecture after the jump.

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