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Source: Mount Saint Vincent University

Thinkers Gather at Mount Saint Vincent University for Atlantic Provinces Political Science Association Conference

September 14, 2006

September 14, 2006, Halifax Ė Political scientists examine, influence, inform and
ultimately help shape the government public policy that affects our
day-to-day lives. This weekend, September 15 to 17, Mount Saint Vincent
University (MSVU) will host more than 50 political science researchers and
scholars from around the world for the 32nd Annual Atlantic Provinces
Political Science Association (APPSA) Conference.

Discussions will range from the upcoming New Brunswick provincial election,
Canadian foreign and health care policies, to the social economy, art and
politics, and Canadian voting behaviour.

Highlights include a keynote speech, film presentation and Q&A presented by
Dr. Meredith Ralston, Associate Professor and Chair of MSVUís Womenís
Studies Department. Dr. Ralston will lead the conference on September 15
with a showing of her award-winning documentary Hope in Heaven. Narrated by
Kiefer Sutherland, the film tackles the global sex trade industry by
exploring a sleazy sex tourist destination in the Philippines. A national
television release of the film is being planned for November 2006.

Health care policy and the social economy will be discussed by a panel of
experts, led by Dr. Leslie Brown, Associate Professor and Chair of MSVUís
Sociology and Anthropology Department. Dr. Brown leads the Atlantic Canadian
segment of the social economy research project funded by the Social Sciences
and Humanities Research Council of Canada. The panel includes health care
analysts and commentators as well as social economy experts. There will also
be a dialogue concerning an innovative, online health-care co-operative
being proposed in our region.

Guest speaker Dr. Leonard Preyra, MLA Halifax Citadel, will present a speech
entitled The Zoo Keeper and the Animals: Reflections on the Political
Scientist as Politician.

A full schedule of events is available at

For more information or to arrange an interview, contact:
Anne Stephaniuk
MSVU Public Affairs
Tel: (902) 457-6439
Cell: (902) 441-0505



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