Robertson School of Government Newsletter

Robertson School of Government

February 2014

Regent University Robertson School of Government Dean's Corner

2014 School of Government Prospectus

Dean Eric Patterson, Ph.D.Dear Friends,

February is a busy month at RSG. We have a number of events on campus about the ethics of power and leadership, whether applied to war, statesmanship, law, or the media.

This month our students will attend RSG's Ronald Reagan Symposium, led by Associate Professor Jeffry Morrison, and hear from world-class speakers like author Amity Shlaes, essayist Claire Berlinksi, Reagan Oral History Project Director Stephen Knott (now at the Naval War College) and Reagan Centennial chairman Stewart McLaurin. In class, our students will learn from Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Vernon Clark (ret.) and former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft.

Our next major event is a conference on ethics and the media, co-sponsored with Regent's School of Communication and the Arts. More details about that event can be found here.

These events remind one that RSG's mission is to "train leaders in the Judeo-Christian principles" that underlie our society. We are committed to analysis and exploration of the ethics of governing in every sphere.

Warm regards

Eric Patterson, Ph.D.
Dean, Robertson School of Government

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Faculty Profile: Patterson in Amsterdam

RSG COGS Senators: Juliana Melton & Tao Tang in Action

Reagan Symposium Addresses "A Time for Choosing


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Faculty Profile: Dean Eric Patterson at Free University in Amsterdam

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Dean Eric Patterson with bust of Abraham Kuyper at The Free University (Amsterdam).

Eric Patterson, Dean of the Robertson School of Government, was a senior advisor and keynote speaker at the second annual Abraham Kuyper seminar at The Free University (Amsterdam, The Netherlands). The conference theme was "Christianity and World Affairs" and Dean Patterson spoke on the topic: "Christian Realism for the 21st Century." Patterson says, "Christian realism is a way of thinking about politics in the tradition of Augustine and Reinhold Niebuhr. It applies the Christian understanding of human sin and a fallen world to political issues of power, pride, and security." He also emphasizes human potential (imago Dei) and moral responsibility.

The Kuyper seminar is named for Dutch prime minister, journalist, theologian, and founder of The Free University, Abraham Kuyper. His work has become well-known in recent years due to the popularization by Francis Schaeffer and Charles Colson of Kuyper's notions of sphere sovereignty and Christian worldview. "I was deeply honored to participate in the seminar and to emphasize key themes that Kuyper would have appreciated from his vantage as a statesman and as a Christian."

Student Profile: RSG COGS Senators - Juliana Melton & Tao Tang in Action

Juliana Melton Tao Tang

Juliana Melton and Tao Tang, RSG Senators with Regent University's Council of Graduate Students, began the semester with a plan in mind.

As COGS representatives, Melton and Tang work to provide a bridge between RSG students and Regent University's administration by building community, supporting a quality academic environment, and facilitating the interchange of ideas and interests for students.

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Recent Events

Reagan Symposium Addresses "A Time for Choosing"

On Friday, Feb. 7, Regent University's Robertson School of Government hosted the 9th Annual Reagan Symposium: "A Time for Choosing." Featuring a panel of seven experts, the event honored the 50th anniversary of Ronald Reagan's televised campaign speech given on behalf of Republican presidential candidate Barry Goldwater in 1964.

Known for its soaring rhetoric and no-nonsense approach to conservatism, the speech launched Reagan to national political prominence and helped set the tone for the next 25 years of his career.

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Religion and Violence in the Middle East

0Eric Patterson, Dean of the Robertson School of Government, provided a briefing on "Religion and Violence in the Middle East" for civilian government experts on the campus of Joint Reserve Base Anacostia-Bolling on January 30. Dr. Patterson's lecture focused on key themes regarding religion and violence that are found in his book Politics in a Religious World: Toward a Religiously-Literate U.S. Foreign Policy (2012). He observes, "despite all of the violence in Africa and the Middle East, it is historically about power, position, and wealth rather than about theology. The same is true about other so-called 'wars of religion:' nobody was killing over theology and scripture in Northern Ireland or Lebanon. First and foremost they were competing for primacy and scarce resources."

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"Christian Views of Peace" Debate Sparks Conversation

0Regent University's School of Divinity partnered with the Robertson School of Government (RSG) to host a dialogue, "Christian Views of Peace: Non-Violence vs. Just War," on Tuesday, Feb. 4. Moderated by Divinity Dean, Dr. Amos Yong, Dr. Eric Patterson spoke from the just war position while guest lecturer, Dr. John Fairfield, a professor and research fellow for Eastern Mennonite University's Center for Interfaith Engagement, spoke from a non-violence perspective.

Fairfield began the conversation with his stance on non-violence. "I use the metaphor of the surgeon's scalpel. Every cut is a wound, a trauma which must heal. We only let the most highly trained individuals who know how to heal wield a scalpel. Likewise, it takes great skill to execute the rule of law correctly. [When we use violence] we abuse the rule of law and make a monster of it. We must not use coercion beyond our competence of the trauma it causes."

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Ethics and Media in News Culture Conference

Regent University's School of Communication & the Arts and the Robertson School of Government are collaborating to present our first Ethics in Media and News Culture conference from Friday, March 21 to Saturday, March 22, 2014 at Regent University. We will have keynote speakers, including scholars and professionals. Our esteemed doyen of communication ethics, Dr. Clifford Christians, has agreed to serve as a keynote speaker. The conference will focus on the ethical responsibility of media sources that collaborate with self-proclaimed "whistleblowers" who leak classified information and will provide a forum for the sharing of ideas, presentation of research findings and discussion of professional issues relevant to media ethics. Also among the speakers is RSG Adjunct Professor, Rear Admiral Larry Baucom (USN, Ret.).

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