Sunday, March 15, 2015

New Orleans Postscript

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New:Jim Mittelman's remarks at ISA New Orleans Luncheon here:

Dear Members:
The New Orleans conference was a success. We sponsored/co-sponsored/were involved in putting together some 13 panels and roundtables,  including  roundtables on indigenous affairs, on female mentoring and females in academia, and our own publication-oriented roundtable on diplomatic strategies of leading global south nations. Panels ranged from security to foreign policy, from IPE to the UN (the Chair  participated in a Presidential Panel on UN and Development), from African affairs to peace and development. We continue to expand out cooperation with sections and we are convinced that we are having an impact on ISA as a whole. Our membership continues to rise and our finances are in good shape, thanks to our two conferences so far.

As usual tour highlighted event was the Distinguished Scholar Honoree luncheon. This year we were oversubscribed in terms of attendance, forcing us to move at the last moment to a larger restaurant room and as a result, to make do without a microphone. However, our popular honoree, Bahgat Korany, took this is stride and with good humor. He was a wonderful guest and we will, as per usual, carry his remarks in the next newsletter and on this blog as soon as we can. 
(Meanwhile, it is not too soon to start thinking about our next honoree, from Asia this time according to our rotation requirements). In addition to Prof. Korany, we were so pleased to honor a distinguished scholar, Jim Mittelman, who has been a good friend of the caucus from the beginning, and who is also, we understand, retiring from his post at American University soon. Jim's remarks will also be published soon.
We also want to thank Prof. Tim Shaw, another great friend of the caucus, who "emceed" the proceedings. Thank you Jim!

Listening to Honoree

Prof. Bahgat Korany, Distinguished Honoree

Professors Shaw (behind) and Mittelman
 In cooperation with IPE which Honored Activist Angela Davis

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