HPS News and Announcements

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Political Science Students Visit Washington D.C.

HPS Students visit DC

A group of Political Science students got the opportunity to participate in an internship in D.C. last week, learning how our government works and got to take an inside look into issues that are being discussed in the government. These students got the opportunity to tour the State Capitol building and meet with AR Representative Rick Crawford to discuss how they can get involved in Arkansas politics.

The ATU History and Political Science Department has many opportunities like this for all students. We will be posting information about them on our instagram, facebook and around Witherspoon! If you would like more information, send us an email, message us or find us in our office on the 2nd floor of Witherspoon.

See more images and posts about this trip on the department's Instagram page.

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Constitution Day 2022

ATU students and faculty in History and Political Science visited Dwight Elementary School and Russellville Junior High to teach students a lesson on the Constitution and its significance as part of National Constitution Day celebrations.



stephen bell enters history and archaeology program at university of pavia in italy

Stephen Bell

Alumnus Stephen Bell has been accepted into the Master's program at the University of Pavia in Italy. Bell graduated from the History and Political Science department and the Honors Program in 2019 and entered the U.S. Army as an officer and has continued to serve through the present.


Dr. Kelly Jones wins john william graves award

cover of Dr. Jones's book

We would like to congratulate Dr. Kelly Jones, whose book A Weary Land: Slavery on the Ground in Arkansas won the John William Graves Award. The Graves Award was established in 2015 and is presented biennially for the best book-length historical non-fiction study that focuses on any aspect of the history of race relations in Arkansas or of the history of African Americans in Arkansas. The honor includes a prize of $1,000 and a certificate presented at the annual conference of the Arkansas Historical Association. Dr. Jones's book is the first in 60 years to study slavery in Arkansas in this manner. Read more about her book here: