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February 21st, 2024

Curious Conversation: Careers in Public Media and Public Service

Curious Conversation: Careers in Public Media and Public Service

Join poli sci and Sumners Scholar alumna Camille Martin ’19 to learn about her career in public media at NPR in Washington, DC, as well as previous roles at Voto Latino and Rock the Vote. Get advice about how you can work using your marketing and communication skills and your interest in public service. Co-sponsored by CCPD and Political Science.

Location

Virtual (register for link)

Date & Time

February 21 - 3:30pm - 4:30pm

February 27th, 2024

Drop-in Hour: Grad School in Poli Sci with Dr. Marco Alcocer ’14

Drop-in Hour: Grad School in Poli Sci with Dr. Marco Alcocer ’14

Interested in grad school in political science? Drop by to visit with SU poli sci and Spanish alum Dr. Marco Alcocer ’14, to get advice about your journey. Currently a Harvard University Academy Scholar, Dr. Alcocer researches violence and crime, with a particular focus on the interactions between the state and criminal organizations in Latin America. Co-sponsored by CCPD, the Department of Political Science, LatinXcel and Captain’s Academy.

Location

Prothro Center for Lifelong Learning, 140 (Career Cafe)

Date & Time

February 27 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Political Science Advising and Interest Session

Political Science Advising and Interest Session

Join the political science department on the library deck for snacks and to learn about the classes we’ll be offering during the 2024-2025 academic year. You’ll also have the opportunity to meet and hear from Zoe Moss, who will be joining the department in the fall and teaching political theory courses! After the advising meeting, we’ll head up to the Prothro Room in the library for a talk by Dr. Marco Alcocer (SU ’14) on “From Drug Cartels to Criminal Enterprises: Government Crackdowns and the Evolution of Organized Crime in Mexico”

Location

A. Frank Smith, Jr. Library Center, deck

Date & Time

February 27 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm
‘From Drug Cartels to Criminal Enterprises: Government Crackdowns and the Evolution of Organized Crime in Mexico’

‘From Drug Cartels to Criminal Enterprises: Government Crackdowns and the Evolution of Organized Crime in Mexico’

Dr. Marco Alcocer, SU ’14
The Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies, Academy Scholar

Lecture Summary: Scholars have long argued that organized crime expansion is extremely difficult and rare since these groups rely on local networks and are unable to operate without some degree of state protection, which they often lack outside their historical strongholds. Yet, Latin America is currently experiencing significant criminal expansion. Why do criminal organizations expand beyond their historical strongholds and what explains where they go? Moreover, what are the implications for democratic accountability and citizen wellbeing? In this presentation I will show that government interventions in the drug market can create incentives for drug cartels to diversify their activities and expand to territories with lucrative new business opportunities. Cartels then seek to gain state protection when entering new political jurisdictions by exploiting electoral cycles to capture local politicians, allowing them to operate with impunity and worsening citizen well-being. 

Lecture Sponsored by the Department of Political Science, Southwestern University

Location

A. Frank Smith, Jr. Library Center, Prothro Room, 2nd floor

Date & Time

February 27 - 5:00pm - 6:00pm

 

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