Upcoming Events

DNC Opportunities: How to Get Involved and What You Need to Know

Date: Tuesday, October 22nd

Time: 5–6 pm

Location: AMU 227

Description: The Democratic National Convention (DNC) is being held in Milwaukee, July 13–16, 2020. This is a historic occasion and a key element of the 2020 election process. There will be many internship and volunteer opportunities for students of all disciplines. This is literally a chance to be a part of history. Join us for a night of conversation around the convention process, and why it is important for all students. Faculty and staff are also welcome. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. The event is co-sponsored by the MU Department of Political Science and the Les Aspin Center for Government. 


Past Events 

What’s in a Name? Metaphors and Cybersecurity

Speaker: Jordan Branch, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Brown University 

Date: Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Time: 5–6 PM 

Location: Raynor Library Room D

Description: For more than a decade, the United States military has labeled “cyberspace” a domain of conflict, equal to land, sea, air, and outer space. How and why did this terminology emerge and become entrenched in U.S. doctrine? What are its effects? Focusing specifically on the language of cybersecurity, Prof. Branch will contrast analogies and metaphors that are used instrumentally with other metaphors, embedded in terminology, that unconsciously shape arguments and policy. In particular, he will detail the emergence and consolidation of the foundational metaphor of “cyberspace” as a new “operational domain” in U.S. strategy. Tracing the spatial connotations of this metaphor reveals three important consequences. First, it has reified the dominance of a state-security framework in cybersecurity. Second, it has been essential to expanding the role of the military. Third, specific interests within the Department of Defense have used “cyberspace” language to argue, successfully, for the creation of U.S. Cyber Command.