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Forty-Fourth Annual Meeting
Lake Superior State University
Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan
October 4-5, 2012

The 2012 annual meeting of the Michigan Political Science Association (formerly the Michigan Conference of Political Scientists) will take place October 4-5, 2012 in the Walker Cisler Student and Conference Center on the campus of Lake Superior State University (LSSU) in Sault Ste. Marie.  This will be the first time the association has met in the city where Michigan may be said to have been born.  With the fall color season likely to be at its peak in beautiful northern Michigan, this is a wonderful opportunity to combine a professional conference with a recreational trip.  The region’s many and diverse recreational opportunities are described below and reviewed in detail at the conference web site.


Keynote Address

“The Trouble with Voters and Those Who Try to Fix Them”
Arthur Lupia  University of Michigan

Plenary Lecture

“Campaign 2012:  What Will Happen?”
Bill Ballenger Inside Michigan Politics

 Campaign Event

Debate, Forum, or Address
2012 National or State Elections
LSSU Arts Center Auditorium

Program and Events

The 2012 MIPSA program will consist of a keynote address, a plenary lecture, panels, roundtables, a poster presentation/reception devoted to innovative teaching, and—pending successful arrangements—a 2012 campaign event on Friday night.

In addition to panels and roundtables proposed in response to the call, special panels or roundtables are planned on “Election 2012” (chaired by Arthur Lupia), “The Upper Peninsula in Michigan Politics,” “Lobbying in Michigan,” “Tribal Politics,” “Canadian Politics,” “Great Lakes Environmental Policy,” “Criminal Justice Policy,” “Health Policy,” and “Middle East Politics.” 

Teaching panels will be part of the program, including a special roundtable on “The Role of Model United Nations in Political Science Education.”  There will also be a special new event devoted to teaching—a poster reception that will highlight innovative courses and innovative teaching methods.  Authors/instructors will be at their posters to discuss their courses and methods while conferees are mingling and enjoying refreshments.     

Printed papers are not required at the MIPSA meeting (although they are welcome).  Our emphasis is on carefully prepared oral presentations that stand by themselves (with slides or other audiovisuals when appropriate).  There will be discussants at the discretion of the chair.  When panel chairs have chosen not to utilize a discussant, they will themselves play an active role as facilitators of discussion among panelists and between panelists and the audience.

Because of the association’s role in promoting education, discussion, and cooperation among Michigan political scientists, educators, and practitioners, presentations already made or scheduled at other conferences are welcome here.  Many of our attendees will not have had the opportunity to attend those other presentations, and the presenter should receive additional valuable feedback.

To enhance opportunities for interaction, a variety of non-program activities are planned.  Thus, in addition to the poster reception, there will be a banquet on Thursday night and a luncheon on Friday.  We will also have complimentary (and leisurely) refreshment breaks between panel sessions on both Thursday and Friday. 


Schedule and Registration

The conference opens at 2:00 pm on Thursday afternoon, October 4.  That afternoon will feature two panel sessions and the poster session/reception.  The banquet will be in the evening, followed by the keynote address.  Friday will feature two morning and two afternoon panel sessions, as well as the luncheon and plenary address.  The Campaign 2012 event—if arrangements are successful—will be on Friday night. 

The conference registration fee ($75; $35 for students) must be received by September 20.  The fee covers Thursday’s banquet dinner, Friday’s luncheon, panel refreshment breaks, and admission to all events. 


Conference Information

Registration and hotel information, the preliminary program, and other conference information and updates will be available at the conference web site:  




Presentation, panel, roundtable, and poster proposals are welcome on any topic that involves government, politics, or public policy at the international, national, state, or local levels.  The deadline for receipt of proposals is August 27, 2012.

Proposals may be submitted using the form located at the conference web site.  Proposals may also be submitted by e-mail, e-mail attachment, fax, or mail.  Offers to serve as a chair or discussant are also welcome, and may simply be sent to the program chair by e-mail.

Proposals submitted by means other than the on-line form should be single-spaced, labeled “MIPSA 2012 Proposal” at the top, and include, in order—and beginning on new lines—the following information:

Type of proposal (presentation, panel, roundtable, teaching poster)
Title of proposal
Primary affiliation
Mailing address
Work phone
Cell or Home phone
E-mail address
Abstract (150-250 words)
Audiovisual needs (if any)
Scheduling constraints (if any)
Special needs (if any)

Panel proposals should include this information, on separate pages, for all participants (omitting only the abstract for the chair). Roundtable proposals should include this information (except for the abstract) for the chair and all participants, as well as an abstract for the roundtable itself.  Proposals for teaching posters should describe the course in the abstract and include a copy of the course syllabus.  Proposals should be sent to the program chair: 

Gary R. Johnson
Michigan Political Science Association
Department of Political Science
Lake Superior State University
650 W. Easterday Ave.
Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783-1699, USA
phone:  +1-906-635-2763
fax:      +1-906-635-6693
e-mail:  gjohnson@lssu.edu



The EUP and Sault Ste. Marie

With shores on three of the Great Lakes, the Eastern Upper Peninsula (EUP) is one of Michigan’s most scenic and historic areas.  Sault Ste. Marie is Michigan’s oldest city.  It is also home to the world’s busiest locks.  Whether your recreational interest is birding, boating, camping, fishing, gaming, golf, hiking, history, shopping, or sightseeing, the EUP offers you a wonderful visit.  Among the most notable attractions in the area are two casinos, great golf courses, several museums, Mackinac Island, the Soo Locks, Tahquamenon Falls, and Whitefish Point.  There are also numerous attractions in and around Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, including the magnificent Agawa Canyon Tour Train (bring your passport or enhanced driver’s license).  We hope you will join us for what promises to be a great conference.  We also hope you will be able to stay on for the weekend and enjoy the many attractions of our beautiful and historic region.