Academic Life: Conferencing in Political Science

What is the value of conferences for the progress of scholarship? What are the social dimensions of becoming a participant at an academic conference? How does the adversarial role of debate and argument inform the social world of professional academics at conferences? What is the journey for young, developing students, who want to become intellectual leaders?

This documentary follows Connor Phillips, a Duke undergraduate, as he sets his academic ambitions on a larger stage. The Midwest Political Science Association hosts their annual conference in Chicago, and Connor's first-time experience at the conference overlaps with professional, seasoned experts, returning to renew and expand their understanding of their discipline.

Produced by Shaun King, Duke University Department of Political Science Multimedia Specialist