UWF's Department of Government features yearly events and prominent guest lecturers.

Current Department Events


Data Dialogues

Friday, October 20

"Wagging the Dog: The Data Issues of a Popular Theory of War"
Presented by Dr. Brian Crisher
In the Data Analytics Lab - 79/171
Data Dialogues

Mi Barrio

Every Other Tuesday Mi Barrio is a place to communicate in Spanish in a relaxed atmosphere.
This language and culture event is open to all students and will be held
every other Tuesday, starting on October 10 from 3:15pm to 4:00pm
in building 50/130. 10/10, 10/24, 11/7, 11/21, 12/5
Mi Barrio

Model UN Student Organization Event

Thursday, November 2 Paris Climate Agreement: Discussion on Climate Change
Thursday, November 2 at 5:30pm in the Commons Conference Room C
Pizza will be provided
Discussion Flyer

Department Workshops

Department Workshops

Wednesday, October 18 Post-Graduation: Careers and Graduate School Information
From 12:00pm to 1:00pm
In the Department of Government Conference Room - 50/130
Wednesday, November1 Internship Opportunities
From 12:00pm to 1:00pm
In the Department of Government Conference Room - 50/130
Wednesday, November 15 World Languages and Study Abroad
From 12:30pm to 1:30pm
In the Department of Government Conference Room - 50/130
Wednesday, November 29 Conducting Research, Getting Published, and Goving to Conferences
From 12:00pm to 1:00pm
In the Department of Government Conference Room - 50/130

Constitution Day


Constitution Day 2017

Friday, September 15, 2017
Lecture begins at noon
Commoncs Conference Center

Impressment, Mutiny and the Seafaring Origins of the Federal Courts
Dr. Matthew Brogdon
University of Texas at San Antonio

Dr. Matthew Brogdon is Assistant Professor of Political Science at UTSA, where he teaches courses in Public Law, American Constitutional and Political Development, American Political Thought, and Politics and Literature. Dr. Brogdon’s research focuses primarily on the institutional development of the federal judiciary and its relationship to the constitutional order, but also encompasses a variety of themes in constitutional law and development, American political thought, and the political dimensions of literature and film. His recent publications include, “Constitutional Text and Institutional Development: Contesting the Madisonian Compromise in the First Congress,” “Federalist Constitutionalism and Judicial Independence” and “Defending the Union: Andrew Jackson’s Nullification Proclamation and American Federalism.”

 Constitution Day Lecture 2017

Constitution Day 2017


The Constitution of the United States of America

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America...

Why We Celebrate Constitution Day

As the fundamental law of the land, The Constitution is our most important guide to the obligations and the limitations of government in America . Constitution Day, September 17, is both an opportunity for celebrating our country's unique achievement in crafting a written body of fundamental laws for the people's government and it is also an important reminder of the knowledge necessary for good citizenship. As we know from the Declaration of Independence, the just powers of government are entirely derived from our consent. Constitution Day reminds us of those laws to which we give our consent as members of the body politic. We, here at the University of West Florida , are honored to contribute to the furtherance of a healthy civic life by providing resources to our students for their continuing education in the study of the Constitution.


Past Constitution Day Speakers

  • 2016: Dr. Adam Carrington
  • 2015: Dr. Alfred Cuzán, Dr. James Miklovich
              Dr. David Ramsey, Dr. Jacob shively,
              and Dr. Michelle Williams 
  • 2014: The Honorable Terry D. Terrell
  • 2013: Dr. Teri Fine
  • 2012: Dr. Keith Gaddie
  • 2011: Dr. Michael Bailey
  • 2010: Dr. James r. Stoner, Jr.
  • 2009: Dr. Hadley Arkes
  • 2008: Dr. Marc Landy
  • 2007: Dr. Gordon Lloyd
  • 2006: Dr. Hadley Arkes



Data Dialogues

The Department of Government presents the Data Dialogues Lecture Series.  

Past Data Dialogue Lectures

March 10, 2017

"Machine Learning for the Masses"
Dr. Dallas Snider
Department of Computer Science
Dr. Bob Hoyt
Department of Health Science and Administration
Data Dialogues March 10

January 18, 2017

"Cultural Diversity and Economic Performance: The Role of Trust"
Panagiotis Chasapopoulos
Research Scholar
Data Dialogues January 18

November 8, 2016 “Red data, blue data, fast data, slow.
Little data, big data, grow, Grow, GROW!”
Dr. Dallas Snider
Department of Computer Science
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Data Dialogues November 8
October 7, 2016 "The PollyVote Forecast for the 2016 Presidential Election”
Dr. Alfred Cuzán
Department of Government
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Data Dialogues October 7
April 22, 2016 "Challenges and Strategies for Data Acquisition
and Working With Big Data Sets"
Dr. Raid Amin
Department of Math & Statistics 
Data Dialogues April 22
April 15, 2016 "Utilizing Extant Data Sets from Federal and
State Sources for Educational Policy Analysis"
Dr. Jerry Johnson
Department of Teacher Education and Educational Leadership
Data Dialogues April 15
April 8, 2016 "The Assumptions our Models Betray"
Dr. Brian Hood
Department of Philosophy
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Data Dialogues April 8