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UMFK professor presents at Association for Political Theory Inaugural Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan

October 31, 2003


University of Maine at Fort Kent assistant professor of political science/public safety, Vladimir Suchan, delivered a presentation recently at the Association for Political Theory Inaugural Conference which took place at the Prince Conference Center of Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

The title of Suchan's presentation was "Technology, Nature and the Nothing".

Suchan was accepted in April to one of the ten panels "Technology in Question" which consisted of a chair, four members and a discussant. The chair of the panel was Matthew Roberts of the political science department at Calvin College. Other panelists were Antonio Rappa, political science department of the National University of Singapore; Timothy Yetman, political science department of Purdue University; and Jeffrey Johnson, political science department of Hendrix College. The discussant on the panel was Anne Caldwell of the political science department of University of Louisville.

"My conference paper was chosen along with 40 others from more than 140 submissions. This honor allowed me to represent the University of Maine at Fort Kent at a forum which included outstanding scholars from both the United States and abroad," said Suchan.

"The paper is part of a large research project that reflects on the political and philosophical implications of our global age. It is gratifying to me that this work also informs my current teaching, especially my honors seminar on the philosophy of technology."

The conference was formed to bring together a wide array of participants working on the many facets of political theory and political philosophy.

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.