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Academic interruption

March 7, 2006

I suspect that the other bloggers at the Duck have been relatively silent lately for the same reasons that I have been quiet. We’re grading stacks of student midterm exams (or papers) and writing our own papers for the upcoming International Studies Association Annual Meeting.

If you need something to do while we’re temporarily distracted, I suggest renting “Owning Mahowny” and “Freeway.”

The former features a first-rate performance by newly-minted Oscar winner Philip Seymour Hoffman. It is a very good film about gambling addiction. The latter is a modern-day twist on “Little Red Riding Hood,” starring Academy Award winner Reese Witherspoon as a teenage femme fatale.

Or, you can wait for the bloggers here at the Duck to post their ISA papers, read them, and then send along your comments.

Your choice.

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Rodger A. Payne is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Louisville. He serves on the University’s Sustainability Council and was a co-founder of the Peace, Conflict, and Social Justice program. He is the author of dozens of journal articles and book chapters and coauthor, with Nayef Samhat, of Democratizing Global Politics: Discourse Norms, International Regimes, and Political Community (SUNY, 2004). He is currently working on two major projects, one exploring the role of narratives in international politics and the other examining the implications of America First foreign policy.