ICS Faculty Lecture Series

The Institute for Culture and Society (ICS) Faculty Lecture series presents “Not Your Cruise Ship Day Excursion: The Political, Economic, and Social Conditions of the U.S. Territories” on Wednesday, April 24, from 5 to 6 p.m. in Warren Student Services Center, room 004. Jessy Defenderfer, Ph.D., assistant professor in the political science department, will present the results of research on the U.S. Constitution and how its provisions extend beyond our borders to territories in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. The five inhabited territories, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, all fly the U.S. flag, but each territory has differences in legal status that change access to political rights and determine socio-economic conditions. In her upcoming book, co-authored with political science major Nick McGuire, they examine U.S. territorial history and policy, which result in unique problems for the daily lives of these Americans. This lecture presents select portions of our book on the U.S. territories—a significantly under-researched area of political science.