Veterans in Society Conference – Call for Papers

The 4th Annual Veterans in Society Conference will be held on March 26-28, 2018 at the Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center, Roanoke, VA.

Proposals due January 6, 2017

Veterans, Globalized: Veterans and their Societies in International Perspective

The Conference takes issues raised by the First World War as its point of departure to encourage research and generate scholarly conversations across disciplines and eras that consider the interplay of veterans and their societies in transnational or international perspective. To that end, we foresee juxtaposing explicitly comparative work with scholarship that delves into specific national, cultural, or historical contexts.

For more information, here is the link for the conference:

Max Stephenson’s latest Soundings commentary (250th) has been posted!!

Max Stephenson’s latest Soundings commentary has been posted:  Fear and the Moral Imagination: The Oil and Water of Democratic Self-Governance.


Note to Readers: This essay marks a milestone, as it is the 250th Soundings—the column first appeared on January 17, 2010. Thank you to all who have encouraged me to write these commentaries and who have offered their comments, positive and negative, concerning my efforts. I am very much in your debt. The next Soundings will appear on January 8, 2018. Happy Holidays to all! MOS



Neda Moayerian passed her Prelim defense

We are happy to announce that Neda Moayerian passed her Prelim defense on Monday, November 27. She is ready to advance to the next stage of the PhD program, the Proposal Defense. Her Doctoral advisory committee members are: Kwame Harrison (Sociology), Nancy McGhee (Tourism and Hospitality Management), Laura Zanotti (Political Science) and chair, Max Stephenson (Professor of Public and International Affairs and Director of the Institute for Policy and Governance). Congratulations Neda and best wishes going forward! We know you will do well.

Advancing the Human Condition Symposium

Several SPIA colleagues are participating this week in The Advancing the Human Condition Symposium, an Initiative of  Beyond Boundaries and The Equity and Social Disparity in the Human Condition Strategic Growth Area, November 28 – 30th and held in the Inn at VT. Max Stephenson is a discussant for the November 28th session (from 3:30 to 5:00) on Story Making as Cultural Work: Exploring Ontological Politics and Social Change in Communities of Struggle. Christian Matheis will be a panel member for the session, Interrogating what is meant by “Advancing the Human Condition” at 10:30 on November 29th. Sara Mattingly-Jordan will be a discussant for the panel Ethics and Engineering at 1:00 on the 29th. David Bieri, Ralph Hall, Max Stephenson and Christian Matheis will all participate in the session, The Beloved Community Initiative: Advancing the Human Condition through Inclusive, Sustainable Economics, 2:00 on the 30th. This session is organized jointly by the Beloved Community Initiative and the Policy Strategic Growth Area. There are many panels and promising discussions throughout both days.  Click here for the link to the schedule of events.


Danny White Passes proposal defense

Danny White, PGG PhD candidate, passed his proposal defense on Monday, November 13, 2017.  The title of his dissertation is:  “Sport and Social Capital:  Perceptions of Civil Society Organizations in Kigali, Rwanda”.  His committee includes:  Chair, Max Stephenson (Director of IPG), David Kniola (Professor School of Education), John Dooley (CEO of Virginia Tech Foundation),and Jocelyn Widmer (Director for Online Degree Programs at U of Florida).  Congratulations Danny and best wishes as you progress through the next phase of your PhD work!