What I learned at APSA
September 5, 2006 Leave a comment
I was away this past weekend at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association (APSA). So, what fascinating and groundbreaking things did I learn? Not all that much, but here's a few things:
2) Our government has taken some pretty disturbing steps in the wake of 9/11, but the “America the fascist?” panel seemed to decide that calling America fascist would be taking the criticism too far. Then again, I'd had about enough of the panel after an extended critique of the Nazis for being “heteronormative.”
3) Oddly enough, there's actually a few people out there with PhD's in Politicial Science who consider this blog of mine worth reading (they are friends of mine– hello!– but, still they could have stopped). Now I feel like the pressure is on to actually sound intelligent here. Or maybe they like this blog for my musings on things such as hair swirls and hand preference.
4) It pays to be friendly with publisher's representative's. In addition to the cool pens, magnets, etc., that David always enjoys, I managed to swing a USB drive, a couple hundred bucks for my thoughts on a book I'm using, and an invitation to a free dinner.
Okay, back to groundbreaking political analysis soon.