Annual Government Conferences
The Evans conference series and annual Government department conferences are a unique opportunity for students to present their work within a friendly academic environment – opening their papers up to debate and discussion from both peers and mentors. For those not presenting, these academic events are an excellent way to learn from other students, to hear from political leaders and leading thinkers, and to develop the art of questioning.
Further, the conferences themselves allow for the advancement of the liberal arts education – thoughtful reflection on questions of fundamental human importance from all avenues of academic inquiry. Several of the recent conferences have been planned, organized and run by students working in coordination with the department and with the Politics and Law Society.
The themes of and formats of the conference change from year to year, but most years embrace a theme of democracy and its friendly critics in some variant or another. In addition to featuring student panels, most conferences include a breakfast roundtable that addresses an important question of teaching and its role in civil liberty, as well as Berry alumni panels and professor panels. Recent Berry alumni guests have included Dr. Sam Crowe, David Ramsey, Elizabeth Amato, Dr. Jocelyn Evans and Wendy Davis.