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 addresses major controversies of the day.

In 2017, the Department of Political Studies at Queen’s University established a lecture series to honour the legacy of scholarship and public service of Professor Emeritus John Meisel.  Always engaged in current public affairs and never afraid to wade into the often choppy waters of political issues, The John Meisel Lecture Series in Contemporary Political Controversies provides a forum for meaningful conversation and deliberation of controversial political issues. Each year, the department invites a mid-career scholar to Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario to deliver a major public lecture that addresses a timely political controversy, followed by a “town hall” style interactive discussion that is open to both the Queen’s and Kingston community.

In 2017, Debra Thompson delivered the inaugural lecture on the topic of “Controversies in the Making: Trump, Race, and Time,” and offered a compelling analysis of the role that race and the politics of time played in US President Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign strategy.

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