So Many Discoveries!

One of the true highlights of not just the day, but the whole trip, was the informal socialising between RU and Nottingham students!

Examining the way certain political themes are framed in the local press, a mere two weeks before the national election.

Our fearless leader, Associate Professor of Political Science Mark Stuart, created one of the most engaging political discussions I’ve been part of in years.

There really are not words enough to thank University of Nottingham‘s Pro-Vice Chancellor Todd Landman, Head of Business and Local Partnerships, Faculty of Financial & Business Services Liz Lesquereux and her crack team, Associate Professor of Political Science Mark Stuart, and students Beth, Murdoch, Matthew, Mary, and Sid for welcoming us like old friends and creating a setting for one of the most genuinely enlightening crossnational conversations about populism and democracy that I’ve ever heard. Was so moved by how quickly the conversations sprang up between all of us, and so impressed by the thoughful contributions by students from both sides of the pond.

Haneen and Murdoch engage in a spirited debate.

All of which, of course, was testimony to the thoughtful and skilled way Mark orchestrated our interactions, and the impeccable planning by Liz’s team. The generosity of these folks is beyond measure. 


About Bethany Barratt

Dr. Barratt earned her PhD from the University of California in 2002, and her BA in Political Science/History from Duke University in 1994. She is Director of the Joseph Loundy Human Rights Project, which joins forces with community partners in Chicago and cities abroad to draw and apply comparative lessons to make measurable gains in respect for human rights in urban settings. Professor Barratt has conducted archival and field research in Yellowstone National Park, Central Asia, the UK, Canada, and Australia. She is author or editor of several books including “Human Rights and Foreign Aid” (Routledge, 2007), "The Politics of Harry Potter" (Palgrave McMillan, 2012), and coeditor o "Public Opinion and War: Lessons from Iraq" (Potomac, 2012). She has also authored articles on environmental politics and justice, conservation policy, human rights, foreign aid, US, British, Canadian, and Australian foreign policy, and counterterrorism, in Political Research Quarterly, The Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and edited volumes from Ashgate and Lexington Books. Besides her teaching experience at Roosevelt and the University of California, she has also taught in a number of jails and prisons. She is an officer or member of several scholarly associations including the American Political Science Association and the International Studies Association.
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