Tuesday, February 09, 2016

In Memoriam: Professor Arpad Kadarkay

12/20/34 - 11/28/15

In late 2015, Professor emeritus of Politics and Government Arpad Kadarkay passed away. Professor Kadarkay joined Puget Sound in 1979 as associate professor specializing in political theory, American political thought, and intellectual history of 20th century Europe. Professor Kadarkay lived a fascinating life, beginning with his upbringing in Hungary during the Second World War. On his wife Leone’s advice several years ago, Professor Kadarkay had begun writing his memoirs. For those of you who are interested, they are published in serialized form at the Hungarian Review. Professor David Sousa spoke at Professor Kardarkay’s memorial service in late January and he kindly agreed to share his remarks with all of us. - Professor Alisa Kessel

From Professor Sousa

Arpad Kadarkay had a taste for big ideas and large questions. So, like Arpi, I’ll go right to the big picture. Arpad was a free man, freedom won the hard way, who lived in awe of the often terrifying world events through which he lived, the massive movements of social forces that shaped the world and profoundly shaped his own life and thought. Arpad lived in awe of the ideas that he saw as the most powerful forces shaping the world, and was awestruck by the minds and lives of those who generated those ideas. He spent a lifetime engaging these terrible events and those ideas, helping students to glimpse the often awful and sometimes liberating possibilities in ideas and political theory. He was a man well-positioned by virtue of his own story to help students and the rest of us understand tragedy and possibility in history, and in our own lives.

When I heard of Arpad’s death I re-read some of the recent notes he had sent, read a bit of the memoir that he was working on, but mostly I just thought about him in his study, reading. This led me to this passage from Machiavelli that I’m sure he loved, a pitch perfect depiction of a man like Arpad entering his study, to read:

Come evening, I return to my house and enter my study; on the threshold I take off my ordinary clothes, covered with mud and dirt, and wrap myself in robes meant for a court or palace. Dressed appropriately, I enter the ancient courts filled with ancient men where, affectionately received, I nourish myself on that food that alone is mine and for which I was born; where I am unashamed to converse and ask them to explain their actions, and where they, kindly, answer me. And for hours at a time I feel no boredom, I forget all my troubles, I have no fear of poverty, or even of death. I enter their lives completely.… I have written down what I have learned from these conversations (in a little book called The Prince!)

This was Arpad’s life’s work, to enter the lives of the greatest thinkers who have lived, and to enter them completely. His passion for this project was evident everywhere. His teaching was legendary, enthusiastic, exciting, and more than a bit theatrical. I once read a student evaluation that said that in Kadarkay’s class she felt like she’d had a séance with Jean-Jacques Rousseau, which for Arpad had to be the ultimate compliment—he had helped this young person enter into a real and meaningful conversation with a profound thinker. For Arpi, this was the very stuff of a meaningful life and the measure of his success as a teacher and a man. I had the opportunity to watch him teach, to experience the sparks and the fire and the emotion, and after the first visit I asked a colleague if that was, well, real—I mean, how many times can you teach Mill or Marx or Rousseau to first year students and sustain that level of excitement and passion? The colleague assured me it was real—Arpad’s love for teaching political theory, his taste for “that food for which he was born,” never waned.

You could find Arpad’s intellectual passions evident in quiet ways as well. At some point, I needed to read parts of Madison’s notes on the constitutional convention. I couldn’t find my copy, which I had toted around for years but never read, and asked Arpad if I could borrow his. He graciously loaned it to me. When I cracked the book open I found evidence of Arpi’s reading and engagement with Madison and the framers everywhere. Careful, gentle underlinings of key passages in a blue pencil he once favored; notes and questions and exclamations in the margins in his distinctive script, on and on throughout the hundreds of pages of text. This is an important document, but not a scintillating read by any stretch. Still Arpad had engaged it deeply, completely. I thought of the number of times that we had talked about how hard and lonely a life of reading and scholarship can be. At some point it’s just you, and a book, and time. It’s hard. Arpad was distractible and had that charming absent-minded professor persona (there’s a story of Arpad, deep in reading a manuscript in loose pages, crashing into a colleague, two professors on the ground, paper everywhere) but he was much more than this. He had a remarkable self-discipline and dedication to the work that he loved. He was willing to engage in what Weber called “the slow, patient boring of hard boards,” hours of solitary work and reading, sometimes with little apparent payoff, as the price of admission to the great conversations about past and future and about the meaning of the good that he wanted to engage.

I thought of Arpad’s close reading of Madison’s notes when I received what would be his last letter to me from Budapest, parts of which I’d like to share with you now. In retrospect it’s easy to see here that he knew he was saying goodbye.

October 17

Dear David,

I came, I saw, I lecture. Budapest in its Autumn splendor is a sight to behold. After the ugly socialist realist architecture of steel, bricks and plaster, the city of white marble and gilded facades sparkles and radiates beauty and vitality. I lecture at three universities. The return of the native. How proud I am representing this great nation of ours in my native land.

…Throughout my career I have been most interested in the American Revolution. My preoccupation with the Revolution, the Founders, the Constitution comes from my belief that they are the most important events in American history, bar none. Not only did they create the United States, but they infused into our culture all of our highest aspirations and noblest values. Our beliefs in liberty, equality, constitutionalism, and the well-being of ordinary people, that magic opening of the Constitution “WE THE PEOPLE” came out of the Revolutionary era. So did our belief that we Americans are a special people with a special destiny to lead the world toward liberty and democracy.

Since the identity of the United States as a nation remains unusually fluid, elusive and evolving, we Americans have to look back repeatedly to the Revolution, the Founders, and the Constitution in order to know who we are. We go back to our birth and the values and institutions that came out of it in order to refresh and reaffirm our nationhood. That for me is why the Revolutionary era remains so significant and why it fills me with pride to proclaim it on lecterns by the banks of the Danube.

It is here in my native land that I am proud to say to students, the future leaders of the Republic of Hungary, that our American Republic is still a potent experiment in liberty worth demonstrating to the rest of the world. We can only hope that the idea of America will never die.

Now I am an Americanist and a hard-headed realist, and I have to admit that my first responses to these words were, first, to be charmed because these are so purely the words of my colleague Arpad, but also to roll my eyes at what I reflexively see as a kind of naivete’ about the American experience. But this came from Arpad—a free man who came about that freedom the hard way. He had not only seen the barbarians at the gates but had seen them crash through the gates, aiming to impose mad visions on histories and peoples and cultures that they would never understand so instead would attempt to obliterate. Arpad was more than right to hope that the liberal ideas he found in the American experience would endure, and be powerful enough to serve as antidote to the various forms of madness that threatened and threaten free thought and expression. It’s remarkable that Arpad, who had seen more horrors than most of us, really more than most of us could bear, maintained hope in the power of an idea to confront and turn back the horrors and create a better future.

Finally, a few words about Arpi as a colleague. He was universally regarded as warm, generous, and kind. He and Leone opened their home and played a role in building social capital among us. He took particular interest in the colleagues with young families, often checking in and asking about the children. You should have seen him when he heard Jill and I were having twins. He was laughing and beaming, giddy, doing a little dance. This person who clearly thought of himself as a man of the world, and obviously was a man of the world, was thoroughly grounded in home and family, and he couldn't contain his excitement that we would have the gift he obviously cherished in his own life. Our colleague Dave Balaam has young kids, and over a lunch Arpad heard Dave’s stories about the travails of parenthood. Arpad commiserated, and told him that this too, shall pass. A few days later, Dave found that Arpad had sent him a book on stoic philosophy. This is pure Arpad. All of us need a little Zeno, or Seneca, or Marcus Aurelius to get through the terrible twos.

At one point, in an act of insanity, we made him chair of the department. Arpad was of course a brilliant man of many talents, but it would be an understatement to say that he lacked the bureaucratic gene. He had not fled the totalitarians to put himself under the thumb of the apparatchiks from Jones Hall. He had not fought his way to a professorship in political theory to be saddled with mundane administrative tasks—signing the forms, meeting the deadlines, compiling the budget, submitting the schedule. We’d ask him what happened—where’s the form? Did you sign that and send it over to Jones? Did you meet the deadline? Balance the budget? He’d laugh, shrug, perhaps sheepish, perhaps defiant. This was exasperating in the moment, but as time has passed I have come to see that he was perhaps the greatest department chair ever to have lived. He was not going to let petty demands and requirements distract him from his reasons for living-- his reading, writing, teaching and family. Henceforth, when faced with bureaucratic nuisances we should all ask ourselves, “What Would Arpad Do”? We know exactly what he would do—he would ignore them, throw them away, knowing that if the demands were really important they’d get sent over again, and maybe a third time, saving himself time for the things he loved to do.


Arpad was free man. He lived a big and important life against the backdrop of great historical events, doing what he saw as the most important work in the world. He touched dozens of colleagues and hundreds of students, and his passions and hopes for the world never waned, despite the terrifying realities that he himself had faced. He lived a life in awe, and he himself was, in important ways, awe-inspiring. We’ll miss him.

Professors Arpad Kadarkay and David Sousa
Department of Politics & Government Holiday Party, 12/1/06

Monday, February 08, 2016

Friday, February 05, 2016

Peter Wieben Talk: With the Refugees 2/11

Peter Wieben is an interesting writer/journalist and illustrator who lived through Arab Spring in Cairo, and has reported on the refugee and immigrant crises from his new home in Amsterdam. His work has appeared in New Republic, Black Box – A Record of the Catastrophe, and Frame. His book on Arab Spring, It's Time to Move, was a collaboration with photographer, Dominic Nahr. Students interested in these issues and also forms of alternative journalism and illustration would be especially interested in his talk.

Thursday, February 04, 2016

CFR Conference Call on Red Teaming 2/11

On behalf of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), I invite you to participate in the first session of the Winter/Spring 2016 CFR Academic Conference Call series on Thursday, February 11, from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM in WY 226. Micah Zenko, senior fellow at CFR, will discuss the use of red teams—groups enlisted to identify weaknesses and anticipate threats—by the military, intelligence community, and private sector, and outline best practices for employing these teams effectively.

Micah Zenko is a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). Previously, he worked for five years at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, and in Washington, DC, at the Brookings Institution, Congressional Research Service, and State Department's Office of Policy Planning.

As background for the discussion, you may wish to review the following materials:

1) Thomas E. Ricks, “‘Red Team’: A tale of how a general didn’t listen to internal criticism in Afghanistan,” ForeignPolicy.com, January 7, 2016.
2) Micah Zenko, “How the NYPD Stops Terror Attacks,” TheDailyBeast.com, November 2, 2015. 
3) Micah Zenko, “Inside the CIA Red Cell,” ForeignPolicy.com, October 30, 2015. 
4) Micah Zenko, Politics, Power, and Preventive Action, Blog, Council on Foreign Relations.

If you would like to attend this call, please RSVP to Professor Seth Weinberger ASAP.

Hope to see you there!

Seth Weinberger
Associate Professor
Department of Politics & Government

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Friday, January 29, 2016

DC Summer Internship Opportunity – 2/10 Priority Deadline

LIVE. LEARN. INTERN. in Washington, DC
June 4 – July 29, 2016

*Guaranteed Internships - Courses for Credit - Housing in DC
*Priority Deadline for Scholarships: February 10, 2016
*Final Deadline: March 16, 2016

*Generous Scholarship Funding Available

Gain that competitive edge by interning in the city where history is made. Programs are offered in following fields:
· International Affairs
· Public Policy & Economics
· Journalism & Communication
· Service & Community Leadership
· Business & Government Affairs
· Leadership & the American Presidency

Taking advantage of a Washington, DC internship is a valuable investment in your future that will set you apart after college. The comprehensive programs sponsored by The Fund for American Studies include:

· A guaranteed internship placement
· Courses for transferable credit from George Mason University
· Furnished housing conveniently located close to Metro rail stations and key attractions in Washington
· Networking events, exclusive briefings, guest speakers and a mentor program


We’ve been creating academic internship experiences for over 40 years and guarantee all participants an internship placement. Your options are endless – we work with over 300 different federal agencies, policy groups, international affairs organizations, media outlets, public affairs firms, government relations offices, and nonprofit organizations.

Working in this powerful city will allow you to make professional connections and practice networking skills in a real-world setting. Washington, DC is the perfect place to explore a variety of career paths, and we work with each student’s unique goals and aspirations to match them with the most fitting internship site.

Below you’ll find just a sampling of our past internship sites:
· American Institute for Cancer Research
· AT&T
· Capital Area Food Bank
· Congressional Offices on Capitol Hill
· Council of Hemispheric Affairs
· Crosby Volmer Public Relations
· Ford Motor Company
· Foreign Embassies
· National Association of Women Legislators
· Security Industry Association
· Student Conservation Association
· U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Education, Justice and the Treasury
· U.S. News & World Report
· U.S. Small Business Administration
· World Learning


Students will be accepted on a rolling basis until the final deadline of March 16, 2016. Applicants are encouraged to apply for the priority deadline of February 10, 2016 to receive preference in admissions and scholarship consideration, as well as internship placement. We award almost 1 million dollars in scholarship funding annually and awards are made on the basis of financial need and merit.


Applicants may apply for a full scholarship through the Outstanding Student Leader Scholarship awards program. 4 will be available for Summer 2016. More information may be found here: www.DCinternships.org/StudentLeader

For more information and to be begin an online application, please visit www.DCinternships.org. Questions may be directed to admissions@tfas.org or 202.986.0384.

Who Will Win the White House? Six free Lectures at Puget Sound. Next Lecture: Thu 2/18

Visiting political scientist Michael Artime, in the Department of Communication Studies, and independent presidential historian Mike Purdy ’76, M.B.A.’79 will provide a vigorous analysis of the 2016 campaign and some historical insights to put today’s news into perspective. They will lay out the hot-button issues in the current contest, and share some of the colorful and surprising stories that lay behind two centuries of presidential elections—ever since George Washington was unanimously elected in 1789.

Time: 7 p.m.
Room: McIntyre Hall, Room 103

January 21: The Long Road to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
February 18: Who Wants to be President?
March 10: What do the Candidates Believe?
March 24: What Voters and States Will Elect the Next President?
April 14: How Accurate are the Polls?
April 28: Media Marketing and the Making of the President

Click here for details.

U.S. Department of State Fall 2016 Student Internship Program

Deadline to submit completed applications is March 1, 2016

We are now accepting applications for the U.S. Department of State Fall 2016 Student Internship Program (unpaid).

Please visit http://careers.state.gov/intern/student-internships for more information about the U.S. Department of State Fall 2016 Student Internship Program (unpaid), and to start the online application process via USAJobs. 

Visit USAJOBS.gov to view the announcement: U.S. Department of State Fall 2016 Student Internship Program (unpaid).

We highly encourage you to complete and submit your application as soon as possible.

If you have any questions or would like to search for topics of interest, please visit our forums or FAQs at careers.state.gov.

Fellowship and Scholarship Opportunities

Friday, January 22, 2016

Summer Programme on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict as it is Lived

We are happy to announce the opening of registration for "The Israeli – Palestinian Conflict, Understanding Both Sides" 13 – 25 July , 2016.

The programme, which will be delivered in Israel, by representatives of diverse Israeli and Palestinian groups, adds another layer of engagement with the core issues of the region’s current reality as it is lived. This important interactive experience broadens an understanding of topics discussed in the classroom.

Galilee Institute has allocated 30 tuition scholarships for eligible candidates, which will assist in covering part of the cost of participation.
Whoever is interested in securing one of the scholarships may contact me.

This summer our centre will also offer a “Full Immersion Arabic Language Programme” from
26 July – 19 August .

Shoshi Norman
Galilee International Management Institute – Israel

Green Corps Career Applications Open

Green Corps is looking for college graduates who are ready to take on the biggest environmental challenges of our day. At Green Corps, we believe there are actually plenty of solutions to these problems, but what’s lacking is political will on behalf of decision makers. That’s why right now, what we really need is more Organizers – people who understand the power of public support and know how to mobilize it.

In Green Corps’ yearlong paid program, you’ll get intensive training in the skills you need to make a difference in the world. You’ll get hands-on experience fighting to solve urgent environmental problems — climate change, deforestation, water pollution, factory farming and many others — with groups like Sierra Club and Food & Water Watch. And when you graduate from Green Corps, we’ll help you find a career with one of the nation’s leading environmental and social change groups.

In your year with Green Corps:

Be trained by the best: Green Corps organizers take part in trainings with leading figures in the environmental and social change movements: people like Adam Ruben, former political director and current board president of MoveOn.org, and Bill McKibben, author and founder of 350.org.

Learn new skills: Green Corps will teach you to recruit and train activists and volunteers, build coalitions, organize events and gain media coverage, and much more—all of the skills it takes to build public support for our environment.
Gain experience across the country: Green Corps sends organizers to jumpstart campaigns for groups such as Food & Water Watch, Corporate Accountability International, and The Wilderness Society, in major cities to small towns across the country.

Make an impact on today’s environmental challenges: A team of Green Corps organizers helped run a publicity campaign that persuaded Kellogg’s Cereal to pressure its supplier of palm oil to stop destroying tropical forests. Other Green Corps organizers have played critical roles in the retirement of over a dozen coal-fired power plants on the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign.

Get paid! Green Corps organizers earn a salary of $25,500. We also offer a generous benefits package.

Launch your career: Green Corps will help connect you to environmental and progressive groups that are looking for full-time staff to build their organizations and help them create social change and protect our environment.

The Application Process: In the next few months, we‘ll invite 35 college graduates to join Green Corps in 2016 -2017. We’re looking for people who are serious about saving the planet, people who have taken initiative on their campus or community, and people who are willing to roll up their sleeves and work for change over the long haul.

If you think you’re one of those people, visit www.greencorps.org to apply.

Green Corps’ yearlong program begins in August 2016 with Introductory Classroom Training and continues with field placements in multiple locations across the U.S. Candidates must be willing to relocate.

For more information, visit www.greencorps.org or contact Amanda Becker, Recruitment Director of Green Corps at jobs@greencorps.org.

Article by Professor Alisa Kessel

Alisa Kessel, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Politics and Government, published the article "Moving Beyond Mozert: Toward a Democratic Theory of Education" in the December issue of the journal Educational Philosophy & Theory.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Professor Sousa’s work cited in vox.com assessment of Obama’s climate policy options

Arguments of my book (co-authored with Chris Klyza) were discussed in an entry, on the policy-based website "vox.com."

Link: http://www.vox.com/2016/1/21/10809684/epa-carbon-trading-section-115

David Sousa
Department of Politics and Government
University of Puget Sound

Monday, January 18, 2016

Interested in Tacoma politics? Thu 1/21

Come meet with Larry Faulk, candidate for Pierce County Executive

Coffee and Conversation at Forza Coffee

2209 N. Pearl

Thursday, January 21, 2016

4-5:45 pm