Political Science News

Global Studies Students Present Papers at Annual VSSA Conference

April 16, 2008
Meeting featured the best of undergraduate and graduate schools across the state

LYNCHBURG– Three global studies students presented papers at the Virginia Social Science Association’s 81st annual conference April 5.

Held at VMI, the conference featured presentations by graduate and undergraduate students from across the state.

The VSSA is the oldest association of academic disciplines in Virginia. The VSSA is an interdisciplinary organization with members who are scholars in the fields of anthropology, business, economics, education, geography, history, political science, psychology, and sociology.

The following students presented papers:

Evgenia Filimyanova: "Polonium, Spies, and Media: American, British, and Russian News Coverage of Alexander Litvinenko's Murder"

Alex Bojarska: “The War on Drugs and its Influence on Colombia’s Economy and Education Funding”

Pragya Shrestha: “Unequal Access to Education: Addressing the Problems of Disparity in Indiaand Nepal”

Filimyanova, a senior, will pursue a Master's in International Communication from the School of International Service of American University in the fall. Shrestha, also a senior will continue her education by pursuing a master's degree in Public Policy from the Harris School of Public Policy Studies at the University of Chicago.

The VSSA’s annual conference also featured the presentation of the Distinguished Service Award to Betty Kilby Fisher, who told her story in her book Wit, Will, and Walls. Fisher was involved in a historical movement that opened the door for all races of people to be equally educated together in WarrenCounty. She was an infant plaintiff in the case of Betty Ann Kilby vs. Warren County Board of Education. On September 11, 1958 Judge Sobeloff, Chief Judge in the 4th Circuit Court of appeals handed down his decision in Fisher’s favor, and Governor Almond closed Warren County's only high school under the Massive Resistance Laws. Warren County High School was the first school to be closed under the Massive Resistance Laws.

A second award was presented to Bernard S. Cohen, a retired trial lawyer and former 16-year member of the Virginia House of Delegates, who litigated the 1947 Loving v. Virginiacase, in which the U.S. Supreme Court struck down race restrictions on marriage.

Jennifer Abbassi, a Randolph College political science professor, was elected to the VSSA Board during the meeting as well.

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