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Department of Political Science


Department to Celebrate 75th Anniversary

The year 2012 marks the 75th Anniversary of the Department of Political Science at USC.  The Department plans to mark this milestone with a day of celebration on September 14 and a fund-raising campaign.   The day of celebration will start off with afternoon panels featuring distinguished alums, followed by a reception and dinner at the Inn at USC for the panelists and other invited guests.   The featured dinner speaker will be Dr. Don Fowler, a former faculty member of the Department and a current member of its Partnership Board, as well as a well-known political consultant and a very popular Adjunct Instructor on the USC campus. 

The alumni panelists will discuss how their careers have been affected by their experiences and education in the Department.  One of the panels will consist of alums who earned their undergraduate or doctoral degree in the Department, and who have gone on to academic careers in Political Science.  This panel, chaired by Dr. Lois Duke, currently at Georgia Southern University, will include:  Dr. Ken Benoit (London School of Economics), Dr. Stefanie Lindquist (U Texas), Dr. Shannon Blanton (U Memphis), Dr. Mary Ellen Guy (U Colorado), and Dr. Jamie Monogan (U Georgia).  A second panel will feature alums who have followed varied career paths.  Chaired by Partnership Board member Dr. Steve Dillingham, currently Director of the Transportation Safety Institute in the US Department of Transportation, it will include:  Otis Rawl (President and CEO of the SC Chamber of Commerce), Thad Westbrook (of Columbia’s Nelson Mullins law firm and a USC Board of Trustees member), Dr. Fred Carter (President, Francis Marion University), Dana Bruce (Executive Director of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International), and Steven Benjamin (Mayor, City of Columbia).    

Friday, September 14, 2012