Political Science at Northern Virginia Community College - Alexandria Campus

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Jack's Office Hours

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Fall 2015
For advisement, appointments are necessary, even if during office hours. No drop-ins for advisement, but feel free to drop in to make an appointment.
Office Hours for Fall 2015 Semester:

Mondays: 11am-1pm (walk-in),
and 3:15pm to 4:15pm (by appointment).

Tuesdays: 11am-12pm (walk-in), and 2pm to 4pm (walk-in).

Wednesdays: 11am-2pm (by appointment).

Thursdays: 11am-12pm (by appointment).

To schedule an appointment, email Dr. Lechelt at jlechelt@nvcc.edu.

Contact me if the above hours don’t work with your schedule.  Other times are possible.

It is highly recommended that meetings be made by appointment.  For advisement, scheduled appointments are mandatory, even where the time is noted as “walk-in.”  Please feel free to come by during office hours and we can schedule the appointment.  
Appointments for advisement allow Dr. Lechelt to serve the student more efficiently.

Email Dr. Lechelt at jlechelt@nvcc.edu.

My office located in Bisdorf Building (AA), room AA-427, which is the office for the Division of Social and Professional Sciences (SPS).

NOTE: No appointments during the last week of classes or during final exam week, and limited availability the week before the last week of classes.  

Political Science Course Information

All the POLITICAL SCIENCE (PLS) courses offered at NOVA: Click here (or scroll down to the bottom of this page).
Schedule of Classes to see what is offered during any particular semester: Click here. (Narrow the search by selecting PLS in the "Subject Area" and by selecting "Alexandria" in the "Campus/Center" field.)  

All classes will have lots of discussion on the core components of the course, the assigned books, and current events.  

No major exams or major papers: we’re reading, talking, taking short quizzes, and writing short papers.

For more information, please contact Jack Lechelt at jlechelt@nvcc.edu.

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Political Science Announcements and Events

A few places to check for important dates and upcoming events:

Fall 2013:

The NOVA-Alexandria Lyceum’s First Event:

“Saving Syrian Lives”

A presentation by and conversation with Ms. Rana Novack, a Syrian American, Wall Street Journal contributor, and founder of the Refugee Admissions Network Alliance.

Ms. Rana Novack

As we all know, the Syrian people have been suffering ongoing and tragic circumstances.  Ms. Novack is personally aware of the suffering of the Syrian people, as her family is witnessing war on a daily basis.  She recently had an op-ed published in the Wall Street Journal (It’s behind a paywall here: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324823804579012882474276674.html, students, staff, and faculty of NOVA have access to the WSJ through the Library website).

Please come to the NOVA-Alexandria Lyceum

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

12:30pm to 1:50pm

Bisdorf Building, room AA-196

This event is free and open to all!

For more information:

- Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syria

- CIA World Fact Book: https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/sy.html

Some Past Events: 

Spring 2013 Seminar on Globalization
International Studies Committee
Northern Virginia Community College - Alexandria Campus
All events take place in the Bisdorf Building, room numbers are indicated below, with “AA” meaning the Bisdorf Building.
Directions to the Alexandria Campus, and campus maps available here: http://www.nvcc.edu/about-nova/maps-directions/alexandria/index.html

Mon, 03-25-13
Room AA-196
"China's Impact on Globalization."
Georgetown Professor Kristen Looney.
“Kristen Looney is an assistant professor of Asian Studies at Georgetown University's Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, where she teaches courses on Chinese politics. Dr. Looney completed her PhD in Government at Harvard University in 2012. Trained as a comparative political scientist, her research focuses on the politics of rural development in East Asia. Her work examines the relative success or failure of rural development policies in China (2000s), Taiwan (1950s-1970s) and South Korea (1950s-1970s), and advances a theory that specifies the varying contributions of land reform, farmers' organizations and campaigns in rural development. ”

Tue, 03-26-13
Professor Jim Hanlon: "Globalization and Stabilization Operations:  A New Paradigm for New International Rule Sets."
“Jim Hanlon is a peace and stability operations analyst in the US Government.  He regularly works collaboratively with the Departments of Defense and State, and White House officials on matters of international peace and security.  Before embarking on his government career, Jim was a senior advisor to Iraqi and Serbian Defense and Justice officials, and engaged with senior officials in the Government of Vietnam on North-South reconciliation and national disability initiatives.  He additionally spent twenty years in the private sector as a peace-building technical analyst.  Jim is a published author in the US government and academia, holds multiple graduate degrees in peace operations, and is an adjunct professor for Northern Virginia Community College.”

Thu, 03-28-13
Screening of film, Where Do We Go Now?
"A group of Lebanese women try to ease religious tensions between Christians and Muslims in their village."
From the distributor’s website (Sony Pictures Classics)
“Set in a remote village where the church and the mosque stand side by side, WHERE DO WE GO NOW? follows the antics of the town’s women to keep their blowhard men from starting a religious war. Women heartsick over sons, husbands and fathers lost to previous flare-ups unite to distract their men with clever ruses, from faking a miracle to hiring a troop of Ukrainian strippers.”
Official film website: http://www.sonyclassics.com/wheredowegonow/main.html
Press kit for film: http://www.sonyclassics.com/wheredowegonow/presskit.pdf

Thu, 03-28-13
HOPEFULLY AA-196 (future mailings will have confirmed room)
Dr. Valerie Rouxel-Laxton, Head of Economic and Financial Section, EU Delegation in Washington DC, U.S.A.: "The European Union, the United States, and Globalization."
Dr. Rouxel-Laxton’s biography from the Delegation of the EU to the US website:
“Valerie Rouxel-Laxton is an Economist and heads Economic and Financial Affairs at the Delegation of the European Union to the United States in Washington, DC. She is responsible for analyzing and reporting on macroeconomic developments in the US and European economies, and representing the European Union on economic matters in the US.
Before coming to Washington, she worked for the European Commission’s economic service in Brussels, specializing in international economic issues, forecasting, and European integration. In this capacity she has written and delivered presentations on a number of economic issues, including the current economic situation, global imbalances, and labour market developments. She holds a PhD in international economics from the Graduate Institute in Geneva, and a Master of Science degree in Political Science and International Relations from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques, Lyon.”  (http://www.euintheus.org/who-we-are/meet-our-staff/economic-and-financial-affairs-ecfin/biography-valerie-rouxel-laxton/)

Mon, 04-01-13
Georgetown Professor Pietra Rivoli: “The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy.”
Professor Pietra Rivoli teaches finance and international business at Georgetown University and will be discussing her fantastic book, the "The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy: An Economist Examines the Markets, Power, and Politics of World Trade."  After her talk, there will be time for questions.  The event is free and open to all.
“Pietra Rivoli teaches finance and international business in the undergraduate, graduate, and executive programs. Professor Rivoli has special interests in social justice issues in international business and in China, and she regularly leads MBA residencies to China. Her academic research has been published in numerous leading journals, including the Journal of International Business Studies, Business Ethics Quarterly, and Journal of Money Credit and Banking. In 2006, Professor Rivoli was awarded a Faculty Pioneer Award by the Aspen Institute. This award recognizes Business School faculty who have been leaders in the integration of social and environmental issues into MBA curricula.
Professor Rivoli’s recent book, The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy (2005, 2009), has been widely acclaimed by both the popular press and the academic community as a pathbreaking study of globalization.”

Tue, 04-02-13
NOVA economists Talk about Globalization: Professors John Min, Naveen Sarna, and Alka Gandhi will each offer brief presentations on globalization from different perspectives.  Afterwards, there will be time for questions and answers.  .

Thu, 04-04-13
Screening of film, 5 Broken Cameras, with panel and discussion after.
“The first-ever Palestinian film to be nominated for best Documentary Feature by A.M.P.A.S®, the critically-acclaimed 5 BROKEN CAMERAS is a deeply personal, first-hand account of life and non-violent resistance in Bil’in, a West Bank village surrounded by Israeli settlements. Shot by Palestinian farmer Emad Burnat, who bought his first camera in 2005 to record the birth of his youngest son, Gibreel, the film was co-directed by Burnat and Guy Davidi, an Israeli filmmaker. Structured in chapters around the destruction of each one of Burnat’s cameras, the filmmakers’ collaboration follows one family’s evolution over five years of village upheaval. As the years pass in front of the camera, we witness Gibreel grow from a newborn baby into a young boy who observes the world unfolding around him with the astute powers of perception that only children possess.  Burnat watches from behind the lens as olive trees are bulldozed, protests intensify and lives are lost in this cinematic diary and unparalleled record of life in the West Bank. 5 BROKEN CAMERAS is a Palestinian-Israeli-French co-production.  A Kino Lorber Release.”

Thu, 04-11-13
Prof. Eddy Arana: "Salsa and its translocal steps."  
According to Prof. Arana: “I will contextualize the history of Salsa music and dance as it relates to global immigration and the construction of cultural identity.  Various international Salsa locations around the world will be highlighted to illustrate this genre's  reference to the ‘Other.’”


President Barack Obama signs Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 at NOVA's Alexandria Campus on Tues, 03-30-2010!
Note: Many, but not all, of the events below are planned by the Political Science Department of NOVA-Alexandria, often with the assistance of other NOVA entities.  Non-NOVA events may also be posted below because the events may be educationally useful to NOVA political science students.  A non-NOVA event posted below should in no way be taken as an endorsement of the event or the activities taking place at the event, or of the group sponsoring the event.  
Contact Jack Lechelt at jlechelt@nvcc.edu if you want to have an event posted here.      

Political Science Specialization under the Social Sciences AS Degree:
On Thursday, January 28, 2010, the NOVA Curriculum Committee approved of a new Political Science Specialization under the Social Sciences AS Degree. This will provide students who are interested in political science with a framework to prepare for transferring to four year universities. 
Here is the official NOVA College Catalog description of the Political Science Specialization.

The new specialization is effective Fall 2010 and it now appears in the college catalog.  

The plan code is 8824.  It should also appear in the list of curriculum codes in the Fall Schedule of Classes. 

Bookstore Information

Click here for NOVA-Alexandria Bookstore Website.
(The website allows students to find out what books are assigned for each course.)
Alexandria Campus Bookstore Hours:

Monday - Tuesday: 9:00 am to 7:30 pm
Wednesday - Thursday: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Friday: 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday: ClOSED

Some tips for saving money on textbooks.


Links to other Politics and Political Science Webpages

Jack's Education

Ph.D: University of South Carolina (Columbia, SC)

Political Science courses offered at NOVA


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