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The Politics Classroom

By Professor Floros
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2021.00: Welcome to The Politics Classrom!

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2022.16: Class Act Retires After 55 Years
In The Classroom: Professor Dick Simpson, UIC Political Science Topics: Rebirth of Democracy; history of UIC; balancing a career with public service; redistricting; voting; judicial elections; participatory and deliberative democracy Photo: Wrigley Building, Chicago. Photo by Shelby L. Bell and cover design by Jim Proefrock Intro and outro music: Three Goddesses by Third Age Transition Music: Baby I'm Coming Home by Ryan Saranich The Politics Classroom website For further reading, check out The Bookshelf
59:42
May 01, 2022
2022.15: It's Broke, and It Needs to Be Fixed
In the Classroom: Professor Laura T. Hamilton, Sociology, University of California - Merced Topics: Racial consequences of underfunding public universities; austerity administrators; bankers on university boards; public higher education as a public good Intro & Outro Music: Three Goddesses by Third Age Transition Music: Underneath the Surface by Tiger Gang The Politics Classroom website Further reading about topics discussed on this episode at The Bookshelf
59:36
April 24, 2022
2022.14: Anthropology and Political Science Smorgasbord
In the Classroom: Previously unaired interview content with Dr. Sabine Mohamed (UIC Anthropology), Prof. Chris Bonneau (University of Pittsburgh Political Science), and Prof. EJ Fagan (UIC Political Science) Topics: Blackness in Germany; filibuster; voting rights legislation; the Deep State; and more Intro & outro music: Three Goddesses by Third Age Transition music: Buzzbomb by Tiger Gang Photo by Spencer Davis on Unsplash Dr. Mohamed's full episode (2022.09: The Enemy of My Enemy is My Friend) Professor Bonneau's full episode (2022.12: No One Should Have Life Terms...Except Tenured Professors) Professor Fagan's full episode (2022.13: Promises Kept and Unkept)
59:43
April 17, 2022
2022.13: Promises Kept and Unkept
In the Classroom: Professor EJ Fagan (Political Science), University of Illinois at Chicago Topics: Three branches of government; presidential authority; Senate filibuster; US Supreme Court cases; 2020 election promises; possibility of civil war in the US While discussing Supreme Court cases that might be overturned under the current court, Professor Fagan and I mislabeled some of the cases, naming one case when we should have named another. Given that neither of us are judicial politics scholars, we humbly ask the listeners' forgiveness and direct them to The Bookshelf on The Politics Classroom website, where I've provided links to the cases we mistakenly named and those we meant to discuss. Intro & outro music: Three Goddesses by Third Age Transition music: Sun of a Gun by Tiger Gang
57:57
April 10, 2022
2022.12: No One Should Have Life Terms...Except Tenured Professors
In the Classroom: Professor Chris Bonneau (Political Science), University of Pittsburgh Topics: College classes in correctional facilities; judicial elections; US Supreme Court; University shared governance Intro & Outro Music: Three Goddesses by Third Age Transition Music: Head Over Feels by Tiger Gang For more on today's topics: The Bookshelf For more about the podcast: The Politics Classroom
58:29
April 03, 2022
2022.11: It's Similar to How Cartels Work
In the Classroom: Ryan Hurley, Regional Director, Illinois Senate Democratic Fund Topics: Illinois Democratic Politics; campaign minutia; former IL House Speaker Mike Madigan; redistricting Intro & Outro Music: Three Goddesses by Third Age Transition Music: Rage On by Divisioner Podcast website For further reading
59:20
March 27, 2022
2022.10: The Road to War
In the Classroom: Retired US Ambassador Ian C. Kelly Topics: Ten centuries of Russia-Ukraine history in 30-ish minutes; Putin's motivation in Ukraine; what message Western sanctions send to China Intro & Outro Music: Three Goddesses by Third Age Transition Music: These Open Roads are Calling by Joshua Spacht Look for maps and readings in The Bookshelf section of The Politics Classroom's website
59:17
March 20, 2022
2022.09: The Enemy of My Enemy is My Friend
In the Classroom: Dr. Sabine Mohamed, Bridge to Faculty Postdoctoral Research Associate (Anthropology, UIC) Topics: War in Ethiopia; Ethiopian military + Eritrean military against region of Tigray (Ethiopia); shifting alliances in Ethiopia/Eritrea; importance of access to the sea; race in Germany Intro & Outro Music: Three Goddesses by Third Age Transition Music: Endless Caravan by Delbony For further reading: The Bookshelf on The Politics Classroom website
57:02
March 13, 2022
2022.08: If You've Imagined It, It's Happening
In the Classroom: Dr. Emily Vasquez (Sociology), Bridge to Faculty Postdoctoral Research Associate, UIC Topics: Sociological aspects of genomic sequencing; public health philanthropy; sci fi medicine; government funding of for-profit research Intro & Outro Music: Three Goddesses by Third Age Transition Music: Blue Hour by The Stolen Orchestra For further reading, check out The Bookshelf
58:46
March 06, 2022
2022.07: Critique of Academia with a Side of Existential Crisis
In the Classroom: Prof. Heather Elko McKibben (Political Science), UC Davis Topics: Challenges of academia; pandemic fatigue; Professor Floros' existential crisis; whether tenure is worth it Intro & Outro music: Three Goddesses by Third Age Transition music: Horcrux by Tiger Gang
59:55
February 27, 2022
2022.06: The US Affirmatively Needs to Take Action
In the Classroom: Dr. Lawrence Brown (Public Administration), UIC Bridge to Faculty Postdoctoral Research Associate Topics: Affirmative action; federal hiring policy; court challenges to race conscious university admissions; US' inability to confront the past Intro & Outro Music: Three Goddesses by Third Age Transition Music: Ka Maluhia A Me Ka Hauʻoli by Cast of Characters The Politics Classroom podcast website Links to further reading on topics covered
58:27
February 20, 2022
2022.05: Migrant Youth in the United States
In the Classroom: Dr. Ivón Padilla-Rodríguez (History), UIC Bridge to Faculty Postdoctoral Research Associate Topics: Migrant youth detention; racialized immigration policy; geopolitical considerations for classifying migrants; from homelessness to the Ivy League Intro & Outro Music: Three Goddesses by Third Age Transition Music: Vamos by Matt Wigton For further reading on this topic, see The Bookshelf on ThePoliticsClassroom.org
59:35
February 13, 2022
2022.04: Racialized Policing in Colonial France
In the Classroom: Dr. Danielle Beaujon, Bridge to Faculty Postdoctoral Research Associate, Dept. of Criminology, Law, and Justice, UIC Topics: Policing in colonial France and the US; Charles de Gaulle; Algerian independence; Liberty, Equality, Fraternity Intro & Outro Music: Three Goddesses by Third Age Transition Music: Il Primo Ballo by Reves Francais
59:11
January 30, 2022
2022.03: Equity is the Goal: DEI Initiatives at UIC
In the Classroom: Dr. Amalia Pallares, Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Engagement at UIC Topics: academia v. activism; MSIs; community engagement; the other CATE; Bridge to Faculty Intro & Outro Music: Three Goddesses by Third Age Transition Music: Island Spring by Bright Seed For Further Reading, check out The Bookshelf on the website of The Politics Classroom
59:15
January 23, 2022
2022.02.2: Office Hours: Professor Holman is Lectured by Sheriffs
Special Office Hours bonus segment with Professor Mirya Holman (Political Science, Tulane University). Material about sheriffs and sexism that didn't make the original episode. Intro & Outro Music: Three Goddesses by Third Age Photo by Illumination Marketing on Unsplash
14:35
January 19, 2022
2022.02: There's Something About Mirya: An Aggressive Discussion of Women in Politics
In the Classroom: Professor Mirya Holman (Political Science, Tulane University) Topics: #FeministMafia, #MHAWS, differences in political ambition between girls and boys...and what to do about it Intro & Outro Music: Three Goddesses by Third Age Transition Music: Wire by Jessie Villa For further reading: The Bookshelf at thepoliticsclassroom.org
59:10
January 16, 2022
2022.01: The Ongoing Effects of Settler Colonialism in the US
In the Classroom: Dr. Jacki Thompson Rand (Univ. of Illinois Urbana-Champaign) Topics: settler colonialism; land grant institutions; land acknowledgement statements, problematic mascots Intro & Outro Music: Three Goddesses by Third Age Transition Music: Pacesetter by Phantoms For further reading: thepoliticsclassroom.org/post/2022-01-the-ongoing-effect-of-settler-colonialism-in-the-us
59:11
January 09, 2022
2022.00: Spring 2022 Teaser
Check out the new website, thepoliticsclassroom.org for more about the show! The Bookshelf is where you'll be able to find links to authors and ideas mentioned in the show.
03:11
January 08, 2022
2021.16: Dr. Smith Runs for Office...And Wins!
In the Classroom: Professor Amy Erica Smith (Political Science, Iowa State University), Ames Community School District Topics: Making the world a better place, being a political science professor who runs for office, the importance of an amazing graduate student mentor Music: Three Goddesses by Third Age Photo: Courtesy of Amy Erica Smith
59:54
December 19, 2021
2021.15: Indigenous Sovereignty in the United States
In the Classroom: Prof. Anton Treuer, Professor of Ojibwe, Bemidji State University Topics: Native American rights under US law, tribal membership, doctrine of discovery Intro & Outro Music: Three Goddesses by Third Age Transition Music: Glass Office by AEROPLANES Photo: Courtesy of Anton Treuer
59:51
December 12, 2021
2021.14: The Dangers of Populism with Dr. Fiona Hill
Moderated interview with Dr. Fiona Hill (Brookings) about populism and the role universities can play to turn back the danger. First meeting of The Roundtable, sponsored by Provost Javier Reyes (UIC) Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Intro & Outro Music: "Three Goddesses" by Third Age
59:58
December 05, 2021
2021.13: Post-Thanksgiving Leftovers
Summary: Clips about organizing, resistance, intersectionality, and more not featured on previous podcast episodes * Professor Susan Ortiz (Sociology, Warren Wilson College) * Professor Lynn Hudson (History, UIC) * Professor Andrew Flores (Government, American University) * Daniel Williams (Political Science, UIC) * Professor Jay Phelan (Biology, UCLA) Intro & Outro Music: "Three Goddesses" by Third Age Transition (between segments) Music: "Almost Like Summer" by Delbony Transition (between clips) Music: "Shoes N Socks" by Cast of Characters Photo by Casey James on Unsplash
53:47
November 28, 2021
2021.12: The Shadow Docket, Stare Decisis, and Abortion Rights in America
In the Classroom: Prof. Evan McKenzie, Political Science, UIC Topics: Roe v. Wade, Constitutional right to privacy, stare decisis, reactionaries on the Supreme Court, upcoming abortion cases Photo by Bill Mason on Unsplash Intro & Outro Music: Three Goddesses by Third Age Transition Music: Triss by Cody Martin
59:57
November 14, 2021
2021.11: The Secrets of Student Success
In the Classroom: Prof. Jay Phelan (UCLA Life Sciences Core Program) Topics: Secret Syllabus, tips for college success, professorial pet peeves Intro & Outro Music: Three Goddesses by Third Age Transition Music: Faker by Ian Kelosky
59:13
November 07, 2021
2021.10: Multiracial discrimination in California
In the Classroom: Prof. Lynn Hudson, History and Black Studies at UIC Topics include the Second Clan, segregation, multiracial resistance, Mary Ellen Pleasant, White supremacy Intro & Outro Music: Three Goddesses by Third Age Transition Music: California Valley by PALA Photo: Cover of Prof. Hudson's newest book, West of Jim Crow from the University of Illinois Press.
59:57
October 31, 2021
2021.09: LGBTQ History Month, DADT, and DOMA
In the Classroom: Daniel Williams, graduate student in Political Science at UIC Topics include: HBCUs; importance of community colleges; LGBTQ History Month; Don't Ask, Don't Tell; Defense of Marriage Act; more Supreme Court Cases Intro & Outro Music: Three Goddesses by Third Age Transition Music: Beer Me Polka by Liberty Photo by Amy Humphries on Unsplash
59:40
October 24, 2021
2021.08: Stonewall, Lawerence, and LGBTQ Rights
In the Classroom: Andrew Flores, Dept. of Government, American University Professor Flores and I talk about the terminology around LGBTQ identities, a brief history of LGBTQ activism, and some Supreme Court cases dealing with rights for members of the LGBT community. Photo: Selfie by A. Flores Intro & Outro Music: Three Goddesses by Third Age Transition Music: Juhu Beach Nights by Cast of Characters
58:34
October 17, 2021
2021.07: What is Critical Race Theory?
In the Classroom: Prof. Susan Y. Ortiz, Sociologist at Warren Wilson College Topics: Constructing race, Critical Race Theory, Race embedded in US laws Intro & Outro music: Three Goddesses by Third Age Transition music: Ilusiones by Azteca X
01:02:44
October 10, 2021
2021.06.5: Office Hours: Bernie is NOT a Democratic Socialist!
Short bits of my conversation with University of Arkansas at Little Rock Political Science Professor Christopher Williams that were cut from the official episode, including the difference between Democratic Socialism and Social Democracy. Enjoy! Photo by Patrick Perkins on Unsplash Intro & Outro music: Three Goddesses by Third Age Transition Music: Rookie of the Year by Bobo Renthlei
37:27
October 08, 2021
2021.06: German elections with Christopher Williams
Guest: University of Arkansas at Little Rock Political Science Professor Christopher Williams Intro & Outro music: Three Goddesses by Third Age Transition Music: Rookie of the Year by Bobo Renthlei
01:01:42
October 04, 2021
2021.05.5: Office Hours with Justin Zimmerman
My conversation with Northwestern PhD Candidate Justin Zimmerman couldn't fit into our regular Classroom schedule, so the conversation continued in Office Hours, a bonus episode of The Politics Classroom. Topics: Political Science job market; "decolonizing" syllabus Photo: Patrick Perkins from Unsplash Intro & Outro music: Three Goddesses by Third Age Transition music: That One Time by Midnight Daydream
30:32
September 29, 2021
2021.05: Researching Race in Political Science
In the Classroom: Justin Zimmerman (Northwestern) Stay tuned for more with Justin in an upcoming Office Hours segment...We couldn't contain our conversation within an hour, but the content was just too good not to share!
56:34
September 26, 2021
2021.04: Throw the Bums Out!
In the Classroom: Professor Chris Mooney (UIC Political Science)
01:01:56
September 16, 2021
2021.03: Afghanistan Retrospective
In the Classroom is Prof. Paul Staniland, a political scientist from the University of Chicago, whose research focuses on South Asia. Professors Floros and Staniland discuss Afghanistan, before and after the US intervention there.
53:59
September 08, 2021
2021.02: Pulling Back the Curtain
In which Professor Floros gets real about her journey to become a professor and how much of the road still stretches ahead.
52:28
August 31, 2021
2021.01: Voting Rights in America
This week's guest: Professor EJ Fagan
01:01:45
August 21, 2021
2021.00: Welcome to The Politics Classrom!
Teaser for The Politics Classroom from UIC Radio.
01:14
August 18, 2021
2020.09: Water Dog Woes: Racial Resentment in American Politics
This week's guest: Alexandra Filindra (UIC Political Science) Photo credit: By Lutz Mischa Heitmüller - Own work, CC BY 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1518461 Royalty Free/Public Domain Music from Musopen: * Carnival of the Animals - Introduction (Camille Saint-Saëns) * The Well Tempered Clavier, Book I, BWV 846-869 - Prelude No. 23 in B major, BWV 868(Johann Sebastian Bach) * Preludes, Op. 28 - No. 5 'Uncertainty'(Frédéric Chopin) * Carnival of the Animals - III. Swift Animals (Camille Saint-Saëns)
01:31:19
March 12, 2020
2020.08: First Generation Students: How Professors Can Help
This week's guests: Marisol Mastrangelo (UIC staff), Lesly Bahena (UIC student), Cheyenne Henry (UIC student) Photo by Daiga Ellaby on Unsplash Royalty Free/Public Domain Music from Musopen: * Carnival of the Animals - Introduction (Camille Saint-Saëns) * Douze Danses Allemandes - 7 Do majeur (Ludwig van Beethoven) * Orchestral Suite no. 2 in B minor, BWV 1067 - 7. Badinerie (Johann Sebastian Bach) * Etude Op. 25 no. 8 in D flat major - 'Sixths' (Frédéric Chopin) * Carnival of the Animals - III. Swift Animals (Camille Saint-Saëns)
01:32:52
March 05, 2020
2020.07: This and That: Viruses, Predators, and Riots
This week's guest: Sam Witt, UIC Communications Photo by Debashis Biswas on Unsplash Royalty Free Music from Musopen: * Carnival of the Animals - Introduction (Camille Saint-Saëns) * Preludes, Op. 28 - No. 20 'Funeral march' (Frédéric Chopin) * Greensleeves to a Ground * Hungarian Dance no. 7 - Allegretto in F major (Johannes Brahms) * Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 - 05 - Variatio 4 a 1 Clav. (Johann Sebastian Bach) * Carnival of the Animals - III. Swift Animals (Camille Saint-Saëns)
01:21:11
February 26, 2020
2020.06: Democracy and Its Discontents: Hungary, Turkey, and the US
This week's guests: Semih Patan & Keith Simonds, UIC Political Science Photo by Randy Colas on Unsplash Royalty Free Music from Musopen: * Carnival of the Animals - Introduction (Camille Saint-Saëns) * Flight of the Bumblebee from The Tale of Tsar Saltan (Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov) * Album for the Young, Op. 68 (Robert Schumann) * Carnival of the Animals - III. Swift Animals (Camille Saint-Saëns)
01:39:55
February 20, 2020
2020.05: Political Potpourri: New Hampshire, Genocide, and Roger Stone
Photo by Ju Desi on Unsplash Royalty Free Music from Musopen: * Carnival of the Animals - Introduction (Camille Saint-Saëns) * Sung Oribe - Courante from Cello suite no. 1 (Johann Sebastian Bach) * Sabre Dance (Aram Khachaturian) * Carnival of the Animals - III. Swift Animals (Camille Saint-Saëns)
01:34:59
February 12, 2020
2020.04: Iowa, Part II, with Gunhild
Photo by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash
39:59
February 09, 2020
2020.03: Chris Mooney explains the Iowa caucus
Photo by Nicholas Green on Unsplash
49:41
February 09, 2020
2020.02: Presidential Impeachment, Part II
Photo by rob walsh on Unsplash
01:41:29
January 22, 2020
2020.01: US/Iran Tensions with a Dash of Mock Trial
Photo by محمدعلی دهاقین on Unsplash
01:38:38
January 15, 2020
2019.15: Andreas Feldman: Unrest in Latin America
Photo: Joshua Clark
51:07
December 18, 2019
2019.14: Kaplan and Kostadinova on the British Election
Photo by Deniz Fuchidzhiev on Unsplash of UK Parliament
51:38
December 11, 2019
2019.13: Laura Hostetler: China in Modern Times
Laura Hostetler: China in Modern Times (12.03.2019) by Professor Floros
47:33
December 06, 2019
2019.12: Democratic Candidate Foreign Policy Views
Photo credit: CNN Illustration/Getty Images
53:03
December 03, 2019
2019.11: Noah Kaplan: The Politics of Brexit
Photo by Fred Moon
49:27
November 26, 2019
2019.10: Unintended Consequences of US Foreign Policy
Photo by Alejandro Luengo on Unsplash
38:40
November 19, 2019
2019.08: David Greenstein: Teaching Chicago through the Library Archives
David Greenstein: Teaching Chicago through the Library Archives (10.29.2019) by Professor Floros
39:48
November 05, 2019
2019.07: Inside Scoop on Illinois State Politics with Chris Mooney
Inside Scoop on Illinois State Politics with Chris Mooney (10.22.2019) by Professor Floros
01:02:34
October 28, 2019
2019.06: Hank Reichman: Protector of Academic Freedom
Hank Reichman: Protector of Academic Freedom (10.15.2019) by Professor Floros
47:56
October 21, 2019
2019.05: Evan McKenzie: Impeachment
Evan McKenzie: Impeachment (10.08.2019) by Professor Floros
01:08:01
October 15, 2019
2019.04: Kathleen Yang-Clayton on the 2020 Census
Kathleen Yang-Clayton on the 2020 Census (10.01.2019) by Professor Floros
52:02
October 09, 2019
2019.03: Flint Taylor: Chicago Civil Rights Attorney
Photo Credit: Kate Floros
52:53
September 27, 2019
2019.02: Dick Simpson: Professor, Alderman, Activist
Photo credit: Sun Times File Photos
48:58
September 26, 2019
2019.01: Jane Addams, Female Presidential Candidates, and Breaking News
Jane Addams, Female Presidential Candidates, and Breaking News by Professor Floros
33:19
September 18, 2019