Center for Social Science Research Hosts Colloquium

Posted: October 26, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Stephanie Hay

The Center for Social Science Research is hosting a colloquium, “The Social Sciences in a Post-9/11 World,” today in the Student Union Building II, Room 4, on the Fairfax Campus from 3 to 4:15 p.m. Speakers include Todd LaPorte, visiting associate professor, School of Public Policy; Gary Kreps, professor and chair of Communication; and Peter Mandaville, assistant professor, Public and International Affairs.

LaPorte will address understanding social and organizational networks and the nature and behavior of mass movements based on network systems in a global context.

Kreps will discuss the information and communication demands of homeland security, emphasizing the role that behavioral and social sciences can play in the examination of critical information and communication processes involved in preventing, preparing for, and responding to homeland security threats.

Mandaville will look at the country and cultural region as a unit of analysis in the social sciences, which is increasingly challenged by institutions, practices, and discourses that are inherently transnational and/or translocal.

An open discussion and refreshments will follow. Contact Rebecca Welsch at rwelsch@gmu.edu or 703-993-1843 for more information.

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