News and events

  • Tribute to Political Science employee Dorothy Krynicki

    Dorothy Lilia Krynicki (Brock BA ’13)
    July 10, 1965 – June 25, 2019

    We regret to announce the passing of Dorothy Krynicki. Dorothy worked at Brock for 18 years, 10 of which she served as our administrative assistant in Political Science. Dorothy was a vital part of our department and valuable member of the Brock community at large. It was Dorothy’s effort that led to the renaming of Meter Road to honour Flora Egerter in 2014. Dorothy will missed by faculty, students and her many friends in the Brock community.

    Na Zdrowie !


    Brock News article about Dorothy available here


  • William A. Matheson Classroom Naming

    Join us on Monday, May 6 at 11 a.m. in Thistle 245, for the William A. Matheson Classroom naming.

    In his three decades at Brock, Bill Matheson left an indelible mark on his students and the University as a whole.

    Matheson was Brock’s first Dean of Social Sciences, first Vice-President, Academic and served as Acting President for a number of months in 1983. But it was in the classroom where the award-winning teacher was in his element.

    Appropriately, a classroom in Brock’s Thistle Complex will be named in honour of the Political Science professor on May 6. It will further strengthen Matheson’s connection to the University he called home for 30 years.

    In 2008, when Oakville lawyer and Brock alumnus Art Peltomaa (BA ’74) made a generous gift to Brock, he chose to name the University’s new Learning Commons in honour of Matheson rather than his own name.

    After passing away in December 2017, Matheson left a gift to the University in his will to enhance the William Matheson Bursary — an award established in his honour upon his retirement from Brock.

    Monday’s ceremony to name classroom Thistle 245 is open to the Brock community. Please RSVP to Lisa Bible at x4190 or 

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  • David Siegel’s Retirement Celebration

    On April 18, the Department of Political Science honoured the career and contributions of professor David Siegel.

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  • Model UN Club Wins Distinguished Team Award

    Congratulations to Brock’s Model UN Club which won a Distinguished Team award for coming in the top 10% of the 350 university teams competing at the annual Model UN competition in NYC.

    Teams came from 125 countries to participate.

    Click on photos to enlarge.

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  • April 18: Professor David Siegel Retirement Event

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  • March 4: Gordon Chang joins Speaker Series

    The Department of Political Science’s Speaker Series wraps up on Monday, March 4 with a talk from author, TV commentator, speaker and internationally renowned expert Gordon Chang.

    “Chang, author of The Coming Collapse of China, believes that China, more than any other country, will drive events in the coming decades,” explains Charles Burton, Associate Professor in Brock’s Department of Political Science, who is also an expert on China. According to Chang, Chinese ruler Xi Jinping’s “breathtaking ambition” has been raising eyebrows around the globe. He cautions that China’s domination of our era could spell big trouble.

    Burton feels it is particularly exciting for Brock to welcome “one of America’s most well-known China analysts” at this important time when “Canada is in Beijing’s crosshairs.”

    “Many say no one better understands Beijing’s internal weaknesses than Chang,” says Burton. “And no one has talked more than he has about how these weaknesses are driving China’s dangerous behaviours.”

    Join Gordon Chang at 11:00a.m. in Cairns Scotiabank Atrium for this informative talk.

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  • Nov. 6: The Rise of Animal Rights Law in Canada

    The Department of Political Science and Niagara Action for Animals presents

    Camille Labchuk Animal Rights Lawyer and Executive Director, Animal Justice speaking on

    The Rise of Animal Rights Law in Canada

    at Brock University on Tuesday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. in South Block 204.

    Camille Labchuk Speaker Series Poster

  • Nov. 7: Truth Before Reconciliation

    The Department of Political Science hosts

    Truth Before Reconciliation: The Role of Educational Institutions


    Dr. Robyn Bourgeois Assistant Professor, Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies
    Karl Dockstader Host, One Dish
    Sean Vanderklis One Mic Podcast

    Join on Wednesday, November 7 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Academic South 216.

    Indigenous Forum Poster

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  • Nov. 21: Dangerous Ideas, Dangerous Times discussion

    Dangerous Ideas, Dangerous Times: What, if any, are the Limits to Free Speech on Campuses?

    Date: Wednesday, November 21
    Time: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
    Location: St. Catharines Public Library (54 Church Street) Mills Room

    With the return of fascist movements across the world, many people are now asking: How tolerant should we be of intolerant ideas? On campuses, many students and professors support banning public speaking platforms for fascists, white nationalists, and the “alt-right.” This strategy of “no platforming” is also influencing debates about whose ideas should be taught and how. Some scholars see the popularity of philosophers like Nietzsche and Heidegger for emerging fascist movements as threats to liberal democracy. And some liberal scholars, such as Steven Pinker, argue that curriculums should “no platform” Nietzsche. But would a liberal education that excludes illiberal ideas save liberalism by sacrificing everything that makes it worth saving? The controversy has intensified because the Ontario Premier, Doug Ford, has enacted legislation requiring colleges and universities to develop guarantees for free speech. For some advocates of queer, trans, and racialized people, free speech is being used as cover for hate speech, unsafe spaces, and violence on campuses and beyond.

    Join us for a discussion of these issues.

    Ronald Beiner (University of Toronto) recently published the book, Dangerous Minds: Nietzsche, Heidegger, and the Return of the Far Right.

    Clifford Orwin (University of Toronto) has written editorials for The Globe and Mail in support of Doug Ford’s free speech policy.

    Leah Bradshaw (Brock University) does research on tyranny, regularly teaches about dangerous ideas, and helped organize recent public events on The Rise of Trumpism.

    Paul Christopher Gray (Brock University) will moderate the discussion.

    This event is funded by a generous grant from the Council of Research in the Social Sciences.

    Dangerous Ideas Dangerous Times

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  • Sept. 25: Angela Fernandez’s talk on nonhuman animals

    Dr. Angela Fernandez (Faculty of Law, University of Toronto) will give the talk “Not Quite Property, Not Quite Persons: A ‘Quasi’ Approach to Nonhuman Animals” on Tuesday, September 25.

    The talk is hosted by the Posthumanism Research Network and the Departments of Political Science and Sociology.

    Free event I  Open to the public

    For more information, view the poster: Angela Fernandez Talk

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