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UMFK professor presents at Northeastern Political Science Association in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

November 21, 2003


University of Maine at Fort Kent assistant professor of political science/public safety, Vladimir Suchan, delivered a presentation recently at the thirty-fifth annual meeting of the Northeastern Political Science Association and International Studies Association Northeast which took place at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The title of Suchan's presentation was "After the Structure of Our Technological Imperium: Revisiting Francis Bacon's Holy War".

Suchan was accepted after submitting his proposal to the department chair in May. He presented on a panel entitled "Proto-Liberalism to Liberalism: Bacon, Hobbes and Smith", which consisted of a chair, four members and a discussant. The chair of the panel was David A. Freeman of Washburn University in Kansas. Other panelists were Diana M. Judd of Rutgers University in New Jersey, Kevin Cameron of Lafayette College in Pennsylvania and Kimberly Sims of Trinity College in Washington, D.C. The discussant on the panel was Michelle Tolman Clarke of Yale University in Connecticut.

"This paper, like the previous one delivered this Fall, is part of my ongoing research project into the philosophy and politics of technology, which I have pursued in conjunction with my current honors seminar on that topic," said Suchan.

"In a world driven by technology and instrumental rationality, philosophy, though a royal bride, gets repudiated by the harsh stepmother of both convenience and necessity. Therefore I am glad that my efforts can indicate that the University of Maine at Fort Kent is one place on the academic map where political philosophy receives some of the attention due to her."

The Northeast Political Science Association (NPSA) is composed of political scientists in the nine states of New England, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. The NPSA facilitates communication and the exchange of ideas among political scientists in this region.

The membership of the NPSA consists of those individual political scientist and others who join the organization by paying dues assessed by the NPSA's Executive Council and approved at the annual business meeting.

The NPSA publishes a quarterly journal called Polity.

Suchan earned his PhD in philosophy and political science from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada in 1999. He holds a master of arts in political science from Carleton University, a J.D. in international law from Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic and a master's degree in international relations from Moscow State Institute of International Relations in Moscow, Russia.

Prior to his position at UMFK, Suchan was a visiting assistant professor in the department of politics at St. Michael's College in Colchester, Vermont.