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Alabama Political Science Association Meeting April 1-2

29 March 2005 — Jacksonville State University will host the Alabama Political Science Association (AlaPSA) annual meeting Friday and Saturday, April 1-2, Houston Cole Library-11th floor. Dr. Meehan's welcoming remarks will come at the start of the Friday banquet at 6:00 p.m. Lt. Governor Lucy Baxley will be the keynote speaker at 7:00 p.m. Dr. Meehan will be welcoming political scientists and graduate students from about a dozen institutions of higher education across the state. A copy of the AlaPSA program follows:

The Alabama Political Science Association (AlaPSA)

2005 Annual Meeting, April 1-2

Hosted by Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, AL



Friday, April 1   


Session 1              1:15-2:45 p.m.


Change and Continuity in American Government and State Politics1103A


            Panel Chair: Lori Owens, Ph.D.  Jacksonville State University


Derek Golden, JSU Student.  “First in War, First in Peace, First in the 21st Century?  What if George Washington was President Today?”


Louie Gannon, JSU Student.  “The Alabama State Legislature: Process Problems and Solutions”

Bertis English, PhD.  Alabama State University.  “Much More than… Victim[s]’: Revisiting the 10 November 1995 Executions of the Ongoni Nine by the Military Dictatorship of Nigerian General Sani Abacha”


            Discussant: Lawson Veasey, D.P.A.  Jacksonville State University




Session 2              3:00-4:30 p.m.


Roundtable on Alabama Politics1103A


Panel Chair: Steven Taylor, PhD.  Troy University


Robert Schaefer, PhD.  University of Mobile


Anne Permaloff, PhD. Auburn University at Montgomery


William Stewart, Ph.D.  University of Alabama


Steven Taylor, PhD.  Troy University


            Gerald W. Johnson, Ph.D.  Capital Survey Research Center, Montgomery



International Political Issues: Rights, Wrongs, Perceptions and Resistance 1103C


            Panel Chair: Steve Brown, Ph.D.  Auburn University


Emmanuel Obuah, PhD.  Alabama A&M University.  “Combating Global Trafficking in Persons: The Role of the United States Post September 2001”

Sherron Herron, PhD.  Alabama State University.  “Forgotten Promises: United States’ Unrealized Diplomatic Initiatives in Africa”

Ronald L. Slaughter, PhD.  Alabama A&M University.  “The Legitimacy of Insurgency: Militant Resistance in Iraq”


Jeremy Lewis, PhD.  Huntington College.  Assisted by Adam Farquhar, Tyler Fletcher, R. Walker Garrett and Alexander Zachos.  “Impact of the W. Bush Administration on Official Information, Privacy and Security Issues, 2001-04”


            Discussant: D’Linell Finley, Professor.  Auburn University at Montgomery



Reception, jazz band              5:00 p.m.

JSU Student Jazz Ensemble

Banquet                                 6:00 p.m.

Welcome by JSU President, Dr. Bill Meehan

Plenary Address                    7:00 - 7:45 p.m.

Keynote Address by Lucy Baxley, Lieutenant Governor, Alabama

Saturday, April 2


Session 3              8:00 - 9:30 a.m.

Emerging Themes in International Relations and PA1103A

Panel Chair: Ellen Rosell, D.P.A.  Troy University

Lisa Antonio, student.  Troy University.  “Argentina 2001: Where is the Revolution?”

Janette Cooper, student.  Troy University.  “Revolution Averted: The Peaceful Transition from Apartheid to Democratic Rule in South Africa”


Charles Harbuck, student.  Troy University.  “Fighting on Faith: A Comparative Study of Messianic Traditions and Terrorism”


Serhat Senel, student.  Troy University.  “Why Not This Time: A Case Study of US-Turkish Relationships in Response to the Iraq Invasion of 2003”


Jolonda Tabb, student.  Troy University.  “Safety and Labor Rights within the Adult Film Industry”


Peter Vroom, student.  Troy University.  “Recent Armed Conflicts in Africa: The Effects of Disaggregation”



Policy and Politics: Opportunities and Challenges    1103C


            Panel Chair: Emmanuel Obuah, Professor.  Alabama A& M University


Wanfa Zhang, ABD.  The University of Alabama.  “Thaw or War: The Shift of US Policy toward North Korea on Nuclear Issues from Clinton to Bush, and Emerging Dangers of Regional Security in Northeast Asia”


Zohair Husain, PhD.  University of South Alabama.  “Grameen Banks: A Retrospective Look at the Global Microfinancing Movement”

Lori Owens, PhD.  Jacksonville State University.  “The Impact of the Robert Bork Hearings on the Nomination and Confirmation Process”


Geni Certain and Jonathan Pennington.  Jacksonville State University.  Glen Browder: Profiling the Public Life of a U.S. Congressman, Public Servant, and Professor”


            Discussant: Darrell Hamlin, Ph.D.  Spring Hill College

Session 4              9:45 - 11:15 a.m.


Blogging, Politics and the Academy1103A


Panel Co-Chair: Mark F. Griffith

Panel Co-Chair: Steven Taylor


Dr. Mark Griffith.  University of West Alabama, author of Political Man (


Professor Kevin Jon Heller.  University of Georgia School of Law and contributor to The Yin Blog (


Dr. James H. Joyner, Jr., Managing Editor, Strategic Insights and founder/primary contributor to Outside the Beltway (


Professor Bryan Murley, doctoral student in mass communication at the University of South Carolina, College Media Advisers webmaster, and author of Arguing with Signposts (


Channing Rodriguez, Masters Student in Communications, University of Alabama-Birmingham.    


            Dr. Steven L. Taylor, Troy University, author of PoliBlog (

American Politics: The Stakes, the Games, and the Outcomes1103C


Panel Chair: Mir Zohair Husain, Professor.  University of South Alabama


D’Linell Finley, PhD.  Auburn University at Montgomery.  “The 2006 Alabama Gubernatorial Race: Issues, Strategies and Candidates”


William Dowdy, PhD.  Alabama State University.  “The Bus Boycott and Integration of the American Military, with Special Reference to the U.S. Air Force and Montgomery”

Byrdie A. Larkin, PhD.  Alabama State University.  “Fifty Years after the Boycott: Montgomery’s Political Makeover”

Darrell Hamlin, PhD.  Spring Hill College.  “The Complete Action: Wendell Berry, Thoreau, and Civil Disobedience”

James Gundlach, PhD.  Auburn University.  “Election Theft, A Second Look: The Case of Baldwin County in Electing Alabama’s Governor in 2002”


Discussant: Jim Seroka, Professor.  Auburn University

Business Meeting                          11:30 - 12:15 p.m.

Immediate Past President Steven L. Taylor presiding in the absence of AlaPSA President Christa Slaton

Deli Luncheon                                12:30 p.m.      

Luncheon Speaker: Gordon Stone, Higher Education Partnership

            (Best paper awards)

Museum Adventure                        2:00 p.m.      

(Free tickets for conference registrants; self-guided)

AlaPSA Executive Board , 2004-2005


President:                                  Christa Slaton, Auburn University

Vice-President/Program Chair:   Tim Barnett, Jacksonville State University

Secretary/Treasurer:                  Robert Schaefer, University of Mobile   

Immediate Past President:          Steven L. Taylor, Troy University

At-Large Board Member:         

Politics and Policy

Editorial Board Members:          Samuel T. Shelton, Troy University



With thanks to this year’s sponsors:


The Department of Political Science, Jacksonville State University


The Berman Museum, Anniston, Alabama


Prentice-Hall Publishing

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