'Islam and Democracy' topic of 2012 Harrington Lecture, April 11

The Political Science Department at Clark University will present the 2012 Harrington Public Affairs Lecture, delivered by M. Steven Fish, titled "“Islam and Democracy: A Look at the Evidence,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, in Tilton hall, 950 Main Street. Professor Fish is a comparative political scientist at the University of California, Berkeley. He studies democracy and regime change in developing and post-communist countries, religion and politics, and constitutional systems and national legislatures. Professor Fish earned his B.A. from Cornell University, a M.A. from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, and a Ph.D. from Stanford University.  He has conducted extensive field research in Eurasia, East Europe, and Southeast Asia. He served as a Senior Fulbright Fellow and Visiting Professor at the Airlangga University, Surabaya, Indonesia, in 2007 and at the European University at St. Petersburg, Russia, from 2000-2001. In 2005, he received the Distinguished Social Sciences Teaching Award of the College of Letters and Sciences, University of California-Berkeley. He is the author of several books including “Are Muslims Distinctive? A Look at the Evidence” (Oxford, 2011). This timely lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Political Science Department, at 508-793-7155.