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Pratt Colloquia

The Pratt Colloquia

The Pratt Colloquia began nearly five years ago and honors the memory of Rebecca Pratt, a student of politics.

The Department of Politics started the colloquia because its faculty believe that while they are teachers at heart, that it is their research endeavors that advance their teaching.

The Pratt Colloquia spotlights the research efforts of faculty in the social sciences and humanities. Most months during the academic term faculty from varied disciplines present their research to students, faculty, and staff.

To the left are the names and brief descriptions of the talks given during last year’s terms. Information on previous year’s talks can be found here.

Faculty are invited to contact me about participating in an upcoming discussion.


L’Abbe Picquet: The Father of “La Presentation” Up Close and Personal

Dr. J. Cross

A textual analysis and translation of Father Picquet’s personal journal of his travels throughout the Lake Ontario, region including today’s city of Ogdensburg, NY. The discussion highlights Picquet’s missionary, commercial and military affairs.

Politics and Social Networks: New approaches to the study of political science (and everything else)

Dr. S. Bird

Clarkson University, Department of Political Science

An discussion of the evolution of network theory and its current application including social capital, policy innovation and diffusion, and much more.