Center for the Study of Government and Politics
A Message from Dr. Len Cutler, Director
In the Fall semester of 2004, the Center for the Study of Government and Politics of Siena College was established as a program of Academic Excellence. Its principal focus is citizen education, toward the goal of encouraging greater student interest and participation in government and politics.
The Center is governed by a collaborative Board comprised of members of the Department of Political Science, the Political Science Society, and the Siena Research Institute (SRI), our nationally recognized public opinion research center.
The Center serves as a resource of information, a facilitator for promoting ideas and examining government, a catalyst for student directed and generated research on government issues, and a disseminator of program outcomes through presentation of journal articles, news releases, interviews, seminars, conferences and workshops.
In our pilot year, the Center hosted former state Comptroller and gubernatorial candidate Hon. H. Carl McCall; it convened a series of panel discussions with state and local politicians on electoral politics; and it sponsored the First Woman President Symposium.
In 2005, the Center sponsored a panel discussion on the USA PATRIOT ACT in celebration of Constitution Day; cosponsored the Congress to Campus program in the Fall semester; sponsored Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow Tanya Melich; and organized the First Woman President Symposium, Phase II, the Campaign.
In Fall 2006, the Center sponsored a presentation by Professor Paul Finkelman of the Albany Law School in celebration of Constitution Day. The topic of the presentation was "Making a Covenant with Death: Understanding the Pro-Slavery Constitution." In the spring 2007 semester, the Center organized the "Road to the White House Colloquium" with Professor Stephen Wayne from Georgetown University as the main speaker.
The Siena College Center for the Study of Government and Politics is a living laboratory of government and politics for engaging our students in civic literacy and we are delighted to provide these informational links to you for more detailed descriptions about our programs and activities.
For further details contact:
Dr. Leonard Cutler
Director and Professor of Political Science
515 Loudon Road
Loudonville, NY 12211