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GRCC to Host Annual Conference of Michigan Political Scientists Today

GRCC will host the annual conference of Michigan Conference of Political Scientists this afternoon and Friday, October 22. The organization is a state chapter of The American Political Science Association (APSA), the leading professional organization for the study of political science that serves more than 15,000 members in over 80 countries.

The 2-day conference will include a wide variety of discussions on topics including: Grading the Obama Administration’s Foreign Policy, Service Learning and Civic Engagement and The Death of Newspapers. 

Lt. Governor John Cherry will deliver the keynote address at a dinner Thursday night. Cherry, a Democrat, has served for more than 20 years in the Michigan Legislature as a State Representative and a State Senator, prior to becoming lieutenant governor in 2002.

At lunch on Friday, Bill Ballenger, editor and publisher of Inside Michigan Politics will speak. He is a former State Representative and State Senator in the Michigan Legislature, and frequently serves as a guest political analyst for state and national news media.

With a range of programs and services for individuals, departments and institutions, the national APSA brings together political scientists from all fields of inquiry, regions, and occupational endeavors within and outside academe in order to expand awareness and understanding of politics.

Founded in 1903, the organization lists its core objectives as:

• Promoting scholarly research and communication, domestically and internationally.
• Promoting high quality teaching and education about politics and government.
• Diversifying the profession and representing its diversity.
• Increasing academic and non-academic opportunities for members.
• Strengthening the professional environment for political science.
• Representing the professional interests of political scientists.
• Defending the legitimacy of scholarly research into politics and government.
• Recognizing outstanding work in the discipline.
• Encouraging the application of rigorous ethical and intellectual standards in the profession.
• Serving the public, including disseminating research and preparing citizens to be effective citizens and political participants.

Grand Rapids Community College, established in 1914, offers opportunities for nearly 30,000 students annually in degree courses, certification and training programs, workshops and personal enrichment classes. GRCC holds classes on the downtown Grand Rapids campus as well as several additional locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties.