Three East Georgia State College professors participated in the presentation of research and scholarly discussion and review at the 46th annual conference of the Georgia Political Science Association, held in Savannah, Georgia, from November 13th-15th. Founded in 1968, the GPSA is the professional association for political science practitioners and educators in Georgia. Membership is drawn from the public, private and academic sectors.
Professor Randy Carter, Assistant Professor of Political Science at EGSC, presented a paper at the conference entitled “Seven P Words: A Framework for Understanding the Concepts and Processes of Politics.” The paper was presented as part of the Teaching and Learning Sessions, designed to explore ideas directed toward critical thinking in the classroom. Professor Carter’s paper was nominated for the best conference paper award:
The Georgia Political Science Association also hosted a special scholar’s roundtable to celebrate the publication of Dr. Lee Cheek’s latest book, Patrick Henry-Onslow Debate: Liberty and Republicanism in American Political Thought (Lexington Books, 2013). The roundtable explored the great debate between President John Quincy Adams and Vice-President John C. Calhoun. After an indecisive electoral college vote, the House of Representatives selected John Quincy Adams as president over the more popular war hero, Andrew Jackson. The emerging personal and philosophical dispute between President Adams and Vice-President Calhoun eventually prompted the two men (and Adams’s political supporters) to take up their pens, using the pseudonyms “Patrick Henry” and “Onslow,” in a public debate over the nature of power and liberty in a constitutional republic. The great debate thus arrayed Calhoun’s Jeffersonian republican vision of constitutionally restrained power and local autonomy against Adams’s neo-Federalist republican vision which called for the positive use of inherent power—a view that would become increasingly compelling to future generations of Americans. According to Dr. Cheek, “In the course of this exchange some of the most salient issues within American politics and liberty are debated, including the nature of political order, democracy, and the diffusion of political power.”
Panel: Dr. Hans E. Schmeisser, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College; Dr. Lee Cheek, East Georgia State College; Dr. Craig Albert, Georgia Regents University; and Professor Roger Byrd, Oconee Fall Line Technical College and East Georgia State College.
Professor Jeff Edgens, Assistant Professor of Political Science, served as the lead discussant on a panel dedicated to analyzing public policy during periods of budgetary shortfalls, and Professors John Derden and Daniel Mancill also participated in the conference. In additional to the EGSC scholars, papers were accepted from all fields of political science, criminal justice, and other related disciplines.