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Schedule of Events Sponsored by the Policy Studies Organization

The Policy Studies Organization sponsors various events throughout the year. Some of these form part of the programs of the annual conventions of the American Political Science Association (APSA), the Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA) and the Southern Political Science Association (SPSA). Others are in connection with some of our publications and their hosting institutions. 
The purpose of these events is to provide neutral grounds to encourage dialogue and exchange of views across the political spectrum. This furthers the goals of the PSO in promoting multidisciplinary discussion of relevant policy issues. Members of the PSO, academics, social, government and business leaders, students, and the general public, are all invited to come, network, and participate in these events. Co-sponsored by American Public University.
PSO encourages 365 day conferences, those that interact and network between actual meetings and where early postings of drafts encourage ongoing discussion. We try hard to provide continuity so those who attend can mark their calendars with confidence. Our conferences, like our journals, are central to our role in dissemination and conversation.
For questions about any of these events, please contact PSO Executive Director, Daniel Gutierrez, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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Join PSO at the following:

PSW Lecture Series, Ongoing. In cooperation with American Public University, the Guest Lecture Series of the Philosophical Society of Washington are selected to appeal to those with a general interest in science and do not require a specialized knowledge of the subject.
International Conference on World Food Policy. The previous conference was on January 17-18, 2016, in Bangkok, Thailand. Co-sponsored by the PSO's World Food Policy journal in collaboration with the Royal Institute of Thailand. The call for proposals is now open. Dates for the 2018 conference are forthcoming.
Women's Health in Global Perspective Workshop. Previous event: March 2, 2017. The Workshop on Women's Health in Global Perspective will consider the broad ranging social determinants of health on a global scale that importantly influence health outcomes for women everywhere, which in turn has implications for economic, political and social development. Dates for the 2018 workshop are forthcoming.
Organs for Transplant: Expanding Sources and Ethical ConsiderationsPrevious event: Thursday, March 17, 2017at George Mason University's Schar School of Policy and Government in Arlington, Virginia. This event is in connection with the World Medical & Health Policy journal. 
World Conference on Fraternalism, Freemasonry, and History Convened by the journal Ritual, Secrecy, and Civil Society in cooperation with the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris- France, the World Conference on Fraternalism, Freemasonry, and History focuses on the study of ritual, secrecy, and civil society vis-à-vis the dynamics of Masonic scholarship around the world. The meeting is a part of the PSO's support of research into social capital, civility, and the role of non governmental organizations in democracy. The previous conference took place on May 26-27, 2017. The next event is planned for May 17-18, 2018
Westminster Debates, In cooperation with the American Public University and Texas State University, the PSO hosts the Westminster Debates, using a tradtionaly parlimentary style. This year's debates will take place as part of the Dupont Summit in December in Washington DC. Click the link to find out more.
Workshops and Panels at APSA's Annual Meeting Click the link to go the APSA's 2017 Annual Meeting on August 31-September 3, 2017 in San Francisco, CA. List of PSO sponsored events at this annual APSA meeting will be determined.
Summit on Global Food Security and Health, The most recent event was held in October 2017. Organized in cooperation with the World Medical & Health Policy journal, the Center for the Study of International Medical Policies and Practices (CSIMPP) in the School of Policy, Government and International Affairs at George Mason University, World Food Policy Open Access Journal, and the American Public University, this event discusses issues with an eye to improving access, addressing challenges and developing partnerships to improve global food security and related health outcomes
International Criminology Conference, the previous event was on Friday, October 20, 2017, and the next one is scheduled for Friday October 12, 2018, at the historic Whittemore House, Washington DC. Co-sponsored by the PSO's International Journal on Criminology. The call for proposals is now open. Papers and panels invited on criminology in its broadest context.
Asian Politics and Policy ConferenceNovember 28, 2017. The Asian Politics and Policy Conference brings together academics, government analysts, and public intellectuals to consider how a radically transformed external environment – particularly with the locus of economic power shifting to Asia – is creating new policy challenges for the Philippines' political economy, foreign policy, security, and national as well as regional identity.
Forum on Health, Homelessness, and PovertyNovember 4, 2017, at George Mason University, co-sponsored by the World Medical and Health Policy journal.The forum is an academic conference bringing together policy researchers, policymakers, and those working in the community to significantly reduce the effects of homelessness on health.
Dupont Summit on Science, Technology, and Environmental PolicyFriday, December 1, 2017, at the Whittemore House, Washington DC. Co-sponsored by the PSO's Review of Policy ResearchPolicy & InternetRisk, Hazards & Crisis in Public Policy, and World Medical and Health Policy journals.

Middle East DialogueFriday, March 23, 2018, at the historic Whittemore House, Washington DC. This event is in connection with the Digest of Middle East journal, and co-sponsored by the University of Wisconsin.


Internet, Politics, and Policy 2018: Long Live Democracy? September 21-23, 2018, in Oxford, England. This biannual event is organized by the Oxford Internet Institute for the Policy & Internet journal