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2014 faculty
Calvin students represent Latvia in 2011 Model United Nations.
Calvin students attend Model United Nations.
2014-2015 Scholarship Recipients
2014-2015 Political Science Department Scholarship Recipients.
2013 Korean Forum
Student,Alicia Smit's presentation at the North Korean forum..
POLS 208 Urban Politics
Prof. Pelz's POLS 208 Urban Politics students in Detroit with Detroit Council Member, James Tate.

Prof. Pelz


Professor Pelz's article, "Gentrification: Building Diverse Communities?", was recently published on the Capital Commentary on the Center for Public Justice website.



Ian Graham International Relations senior, Ian Graham, has recently published a thought provoking commentary on more intentionally incorporating international students into the classrooms of US colleges and universities.  Ian was Professor Becca McBride’s research assistant Summer 2014, and wrote this commentary, Welcoming International Students into Our Classrooms, Not Just Our Institutions, for Shared Justice, based on their research project.



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News & Events

  • Prof. McBride's article, “Are We Always Called to Have a Solution?,” was published Nov. 6, 2014 on line at Shared Justicce.
  • Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 3:30 PM in DC 170, James Slack, professor and Director of The Master of Public Administration (MPA) Program at the Robertson School of Government at Regent University, presented a talk on "What Should Christians Do with a Murderer? The Christian Dilemma of the Word & the Intimate Consequences of the World"
  • On Constitution Day September 17, 2014,
    Kevin denDulk, political science professor, Steve Monsma, Henry Institute fellow and Christine deGroot, religion professor and interim chair of gender studies discussed “Religious Freedom and LGBT Rights: A Constitution Day Conversation” at 3:30-5PM  in DeVos Center Lobby.
  • Prof. McBride and Henry Institute Fellow, Mr. Todd Huizinga were interviewed regarding the Russia/Ukraine conflict by WGVU TV on April 4, 2014.
  • 2014 Political Science Scholarship Reception was held April 24th.
  • Congratulations to Prof. Westra on being one of the 2013-2014 recipients of the Faculty Lectureship Award Series. His lecture "Global Security Governance in a Changing World: Institutional Legitimacy and Prospects for Reform" was presented Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at the CFAC Recital Hall.
  • Congratulations to Prof. den Dulk on the publication of two books in 2014. He co-authoredReligion and Politics in America (5th ed., Westview) and he co-edited Christianity In Chinese Public Life (Palgrave Macmillian)
  • Ukraine Panel discussion held March 4, 2014.
  • Just released in the on-line magazine C/O Exist: Middle East Culture Series are the summaries of the talks presented at the forum "Intervention in Syria: Understanding the Debate" held Sept. 24, 2013.

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