Political Science Presents: ``Donald R. Farmer Lecture Series``

Free and open to the public.

Sept. 20, 11 a.m., AUC 133
Constitution Day Lecture: the challenges facing the press in these polarizing times
Rebecca Poynter, Publisher of the Tacoma News Tribune

Sept. 26, 7:30 p.m., AUC 133
Mike Purdy, Creator of presidential history.com and author of “101 Presidential Insults: What They Really Thought of Each Other-and What it Means to Us”. Purdy will discuss his book and sign for attendees. Books will be sold at the event.

Oct. 7, 7:00 p.m., AUC 133
Debate for Tacoma featuring candidates from Tacoma City Council and for the Port of Tacoma, who will be debating their opponents, with student moderators from the Political Science Department.

Oct. 8, 7:30 p.m., AUC 133
Lauren Walker Lee, Executive Director of Tacoma Community House
Will discuss the challenges and opportunities available for supporting non-citizens in our country.

Oct. 16, 7:30 p.m., AUC 133
“Meet the Mayor”Mayor Victoria Woodards will be available for members of the PLU community who have questions about the state of the city. More on Mayor Victoria Woodards here.

November 12,  AUC 133
Timothy Golden, Walla Walla University
“Equality on Trial: Race, Fairness, and the US Supreme Court”

This event is made possible by the support from Humanities Washington.

Questions? Contact Michael Artime, Dept. Chair of Political Science
253-535-7646 or artimemr@plu.edu

Past Events

United States Representative Denny Heck

Representative (D-WA 10th District) since 2013.

Anyone interested can contact Michael Artime for details.


United States Representative Denny Heck

Washington State Solicitor General visit

Wednesday, May 2 at 8 p.m. in Xavier 201

The Solicitor General for the Washington State Attorney General’s Office, Noah Guzzo Purcell, will be speaking at PLU following oral arguments to the Supreme Court of the United States on the Muslim travel ban on Wednesday, May 2 at 8 p.m. in Xavier 201 at PLU.

About the Solicitor General

In 2013, Attorney General Bob Ferguson appointed Seattle attorney Noah Guzzo Purcell as the Solicitor General for the Washington State Attorney General’s Office, replacing retiring Solicitor General Maureen Hart.

Prior to joining the office, Purcell worked as an attorney in Perkins Coie’s Litigation and Appellate practices. Purcell’s diverse litigation experience includes constitutional issues, antitrust claims, environmental law, preemption, campaign finance, and administrative law.

Event details

  • Speaker: Solicitor General of Washington State, Noah Guzzo Purcell
  • Date: Wednesday, May 2
  • Time: 8 p.m.
  • Place: Xavier 201

Free and open to the public

Purcell served in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office of General Counsel from 2009-2010, advising on security and immigration issues and working extensively on the federal government’s challenge to Arizona’s immigration law.

After graduating magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he served as an editor of the Harvard Law Review, Purcell worked as a law clerk to former U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Souter and U.S. Court of Appeals Judge David Tatel of the D.C. Circuit.

“Noah was a terrific law clerk, and he’ll be a terrific Solicitor General,” said Souter, who also served as New Hampshire Attorney General from 1976-78.

A native of Seattle, Purcell attended Franklin High School, where he was introduced to the law by renowned teacher and mock trial coach Rick Nagel. Purcell attended the University of Washington, where he received a Mary Gates Leadership Award for his work founding and running Affordable Tuition Now!, a student advocacy group dedicated to keeping tuition at UW and other state universities affordable.

Honorable Supreme Court Justice Steven Gonzalez

Justice Steven Gonzalez will be presenting on campus for the POLS 373 class. Open to ALL majors.

Date: March 14, 2018 (Wednesday)
Time: 8:00pm
Location: Xavier 201

Honorable Supreme Court Justice Steven Gonzalez
Washington State Supreme Court 2018