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First Cathy May Memorial Political Science Honors Conference

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Announcing the first Cathy May memorial honors conference held by DePaul's Political Science Department, featuring the work of students in the Winter Quarter Political Science Honors course in a conference format. 

This conference was first conceived by Prof. Cathy May in the Winter Quarter of 2020, but it was delayed due to the COVID-19 crisis. Prof. May—a political theorist with numerous intellectual interests, particularly food politics and homelessness—very suddenly and unexpectedly passed away several months later. May was known for her deep engagement with students, her spirited teaching, and lively intellectual curiosity.

This event was intended to provide students in the Winter Quarter Political Science Honors course a chance to present their work in a conference format, with professors serving as chairs and discussants. It also serves as a model for forging an intellectual connection between students and faculty members now and in the future. The inaugural conference will be a platform for the students in this class to present their work and discuss Prof. May's influence on these projects.​

​Conference Information: 

When: Friday, December 4th at 3:30-5:00 PM

Where: Register in advance for this meeting:​ ;
After registration, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting (password: cathymay)​.

Conference Schedule: 

Students will give a 3-5 minute statement about their project and how Prof. Cathy May influenced them. 
The conference would follow the order of the program below with discussion immediately after each set of presentations including questions and answers.​

Brief Introductions by Host Katy Arnold

Liberalism and the Constitution, David Williams, Chair

Presidential Rhetoric and the Trump Administration, Chris Rivers, Chair*
Kacie Koenig, Presidential Rhetoric and the Racialization of the War on Drugs.pdf
Natalie Robbins, Media Framing and Female Political Candidates.pdf

Discourse on Populism and the Rise of Hate Groups, Erik Tillman, Chair
Lourdes Contreras, Political Gastronomic Identity- Food as Language for Italian Migration.pdf
Hayes Kennedy, Speaking Like a Eurosceptic- The Rhetoric and Metaphors Undermining the EU.pdf