Department of Political Studies

Department of Political Studies
Department of Political Studies

The John Meisel Lecture Series in Contemporary Political Controversies 

The John Meisel Lecture Series celebrates one of Canada’s leading and influential political scientists by providing a forum for addressing major controversies facing scholars, policy-makers, and the public. Every era generates new challenges that test the imagination and character of a country and its political system. The Series will address major controversies of the day.

Conceived by the Department of Political Studies in 2017 to honour Professor John Meisel and the important roles he played in the world of political studies and the world of public debate, the event will also highlight the important contributions of Queen’s Political Studies to scholarship and public engagement nationally and internationally.

The selected scholar will visit Queen’s University to engage with the community in a variety of formats. During this time, the scholar will deliver a major public lecture to the Queen’s and Kingston community, followed by a “town hall” style interactive discussion. Beyond the lecture, the Meisel Scholar will also engage in other activities that advance learning and knowledge exchange – including visits to undergraduate and graduate classes, an interview in the local media, and meetings with members of the Queen’s community and friends of the Department of Political Studies.

2017 Lecture: Controversies in the Making: Trump, Race, and Time

The John Meisel Lecture Series in Contemporary Political Controversies Inaugural Lecture

Controversies in the Making: Trump, Race, and Time

Debra Thompson

Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Oregon

Thursday, November 23, 2017
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Agnes Etherington Art Centre
36 University Avenue

About the Speaker: Dr. Debra Thompson is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Oregon, specializing in race and ethnic politics. A political scientist with strong interdisciplinary orientations, Thompson’s teaching and research interests focus on the relationships among race, the state, and public policy in comparative context. Before coming to the University of Oregon, Dr. Thompson taught at Northwestern University and Ohio University, and held a SSHRC postdoctoral fellowship with the Center for American Political Studies at Harvard University in 2010-2011. She is the author of the award-winning book, The Schematic State: Race, Transnationalism, and the Politics of the Census (Cambridge University Press, 2016). 

Listen Here:

Full Event Recording (Introductory Remarks, Lecture, Q&A):

Lecture Recording: "Controversies in the Making: Trump, Race, and Time" by Debra Thompson

Q&A Recording: Q&A with Debra Thompson, moderated by Lisa de Wilde