Sponsored Events

Sponsored Events

The Center sponsors many events in order to engage students in civic literacy.


On Wednesday, October 16, 2013, Ausra Park, Ph.D. an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Siena College gave a talk titled "Silent Tsunami: Human Trafficking in Europe." Dr. Park was recently awarded an International Research Exchange (IREX) Grant to conduct an 8-week long field research in the summer of 2014 for the project "Politics of Human Trafficking: Governments' Political Games and NGOs." The Center for the Study of Government and Politics would like to thank and congratulate Dr. Park.

Constitution Day 2013 was celebrated on September 25, 2013. The keynote speaker was Professor Donna E. Young LL.M., Professor of Law at Albany Law school. The talk was titled, "Equality Across Borders: The 14th Amendment in Comparative Perspective."


Constitution Day 2012 was celebrated on September 17, 2012. To commemorate the 225th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution, Professor Steve Wermiel spoke on, "Reforming the Supreme Court: The Seventy-Five Year Journey from Courtpacking to Today's Proposals." Professor Wermiel is a Professor of Constitutional Law, Director of the Marshall/Brennan Program, and Associate Director of the Law and Government Program at American University Law School and Washington College of Law.


On December 5, 2011, Siena College hosted a talk and panel reaction session on "Colleges and the Civic Health of Their Communities." The speaker for this event was Ms. Kristi Tate, Director of Community Strategies and the National Conference on Citizenship. This was followed by a panel reaction session on "What can Siena College do to Enhance the Civic Health of New York State?" This panel consisted of Siena students and faculty.

Constitution Day 2011 took place on Wednesday, September 21, 2011. The keynote speaker was The Honorable Mae Avila D'Agostino, United States District Judge for the Northern District of New York. The title of the talk was, "The Right to Keep and Bear Arms: Recent Developments in Second Amendment Jurisprudence."

On April 6, 2011, The Center for the Study of Government and Politics hosted Dr. Louis Fisher as a part of the Scholar in Residence Program. Louis Fisher served as a special Constitutional Scholar for the Constitutional Project in Washington D.C. He has served for four decades at the Library of Congress as a senior specialist in separation of powersDr. Louis Fisher , the presidency, Congress, the Supreme Court, and Constitutional law.

On March 23, 2011, the Political Science Society and The Center for Government and Politics hosted a panel discussion on, "Why Care? Why Vote?: Political Insiders Tell All." Political insiders talked about current issues and how they related to students.


On September 20, 2010, Patricia E. Salkin, Esq., Associate Dean at Albany Law School, gave a talk titled, "This Land is Not Your Land, This Land is Our Land - Balancing Public and Private Property Rights."

The Center and Siena College Globalization Studies hosted a conference on "Global Civic Engagement: What does it mean for Siena?" This event took place on March 9-10, 2010, and contained an address by keynote speaker Susan Buck Sutton, Ph.D. The second day consisted of panel discussions on: "Voices of Experience with Global Civic Engagement", "Summer or Semester Global Opportunities", and "Short-term Global Opportunities."

On February 18, 2010, The Center hosted the Visiting Scholar of the American Presidency program Jeffrey E. Cohen, Ph.D., of Fordham University, who gave a presentation titled, "Assessing the First Year of the Obama Presidency."


On October 28, 2009, Siena hosted the Engaged Sociologist Symposium. Dr. Carmen Sirianni, Professor of Sociology and Public Policy at Brandeis University, gave a talk titled, "Democracy in the Age of Obama: Possibilities and Pitfalls."

For Constitution Day 2009, Stephen Clark, J.D., Professor of Law at Albany Law School, presented on "Same-Sex Marriage and the Constitution: The Tension Between Law and Statesmanship."


In September 2007, Stephen Gottlieb, Professor of Law at Albany Law School, lectured on "The Supreme Court and Social Justice."

On November 16, 2007, the Center hosted a conference on "Promising Approaches to Civic Education." The keynote speaker was Dr. Richard Battistoni and he spoke on "Reclaiming the Civic Mission of Schools." He explored the rationale for enhancing civic education as well as the challenges to implementing a revitialized school-based education for democracy.

In October 2007, Jason West, former Mayor of New Paltz, NY, lectured on "Another World is Possible: Marriage Equality, Human Rights, Political Engagement and Political Change." He advocated marriage equality for same-sex couples, civic engagement, and the importance of college student voting.

In March 2007, the Center hosted the Road to the White House Colloquium. This event included several roundtable discussions on the possibility of a woman President and the Presidential nomination process. The keynote speaker, Dr. Stephen J. Wayne, Georgetown University, presented "The Road to the White House in 2008."


In September 2006, Paul Finkelman, Ph. D., Professor at Albany Law School, gave a talk titled, "Makeing A Covenant with Death, Understanding the Pro-Slavery Constitution." Dr. Finkelman explored how the framers of the Constitution of 1787 protected slavery while writing the Constitution.


Consitution day September 2005 involved a presentation about the USA Patriot Act. The guest speakers for this event were William Snyder, Professor of National Security Law at Albany Law School, and Arthur Wolf, Director of Western New England Law School's Institute for Legislative and Governmental Affairs.

On March 4-5, 2005, Siena College hosted the First Woman President Symposium. This two day event included presentations by guest speakers, professors and students, and it explored the issue of electing the first woman President of the United States. In March 2006, Siena College followed up with, "Part II: Becoming Madam President - The Campaign." In February 2007, the Symposium was continued with "Road to the White House."

During the 2004-2005 academic year, The Center for the Study of Government and Politics kicked off with a presentation by H. Carl McCall, former Democratic nominee for Governor of New York in 2004 and former Comptroller of New York State. He addressed the need for student participation in civic affairs.