Science Department explores executive and legislative politics
part of its ongoing Explorations in Politics Lecture Series,
the Political Science Department is sponsoring a lecture titled
Modernization and Reform: Promoting Good Governance Amidst
a Culture of Corruption on August 10 (see This Week for details).
Assistant Professor Victor Andres Manhit will deliver the
Manhit formerly held senior positions in government as Undersecretary
for External Affairs and Special Concerns at the Department
of Education, Culture and Sports, and as Deputy Secretary
for Administrative and Financial Services at the Philippine
The Explorations in Politics Lecture Series aims to contribute
to the promotion of a research culture in the university by
providing a venue for faculty and graduate students to present
the highlights and insights from existing research efforts.
It intends to generate open discussion and debate in order
to enable lecturers to gather comments and prepare their papers
In previous lectures, Associate Professor Dr. Renato de Castro
discussed the breakdown of US-Philippine security relations
in 1991. The second lecture, titled Politics in the New Jerusalem:
Popular Religiosity, Local Politics, and the 2001 Elections,
was given by Anthony Talbott, Visiting Fellow of the department
and a Ph. D candidate at the Arizona State University.
The lecture series has a multidisciplinary orientation. Future
speakers include Dr. Oscar Campomanes, chair of the Literature
and Philippine Languages Department, who will explore the
interface between literature and politics. On the other hand,
Dr. Ruben Martinez of the Behavioral Sciences Department will
give a talk on the politics of ethnicity.