Candidate for full-time faculty position in the Political Science department, Nicholas Spina, gave a lecture on Democracy and War in the Balkanski Academic Center, Wednesday 14th.
During his teaching presentation, Spina encouraged student debate and further raised challenging questions towards the small group of attendants. His lecture touched the the topic of Democratic Peace Theory throughout which Spina incorporated questions regarding the nature of democracy, its values and further the statistics according to which “there has never been a war between two democracies.”
“He speaks very clearly and to the point,” said Alena Permyakova after asked to comment on the lecture. “He is very representative and gives all the information very clearly. He runs the conversations among students very good and listens to all the opinions,” she added.
Nicholas Spina, 29, is originally from Michigan. He has graduated from the Missouri Graduate School and for five years had been on the Political Science Graduate Program. Nowadays he is finishing his PhD on Comparative and European Politics. And this is one of the reasons why he decided to apply for a Faculty position at AUBG.
“I’m interested in the region,” Spina said. “There are so many people from so many different countries.”
For now he feels confident and furthermore feels that he got his point across. “I had a really good time,” he said with a smile, “the students were engaged and maybe, in a way, even challenged.”
Among the attendants of the lecture were professors from the Political Science department and AUBG’s Dean of Faculty.