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PSW-B faculty member/administrator announces release of 3rd edition

9/29/2004 —

Martin Slann, Ph.D., director of academic affairs at Penn State Wilkes-Barre, has announced the release of the third edition of his textbook, Introduction to Politics: Governments and Nations in the Twenty-First Century.

In order to spark an interest in the subject for students from a variety of disciplines and interests, Dr. Slann drew from his many years of classroom experience to produce a text written in a conversational style that is both informative and understandable. “Using our own familiar political and social systems as reference points, we must explore the challenges and opportunities provided by the analysis of histories, cultures, religions, political processes and institutions, and cultures distinct from our own,” said Dr. Slann. “Students must be aware that what happens in a country thousands of miles away (and possibly one they never even heard of before) can impact them in a variety of ways, some positively, some negatively, and some downright destructively. Remaining aloof from world affairs is no longer an option.”

Dr. Slann earned his B.A. in History at the University of Miami, his M.A. in Political Science from the University of Connecticut, and his doctorate in the same at the University of Georgia. He has authored and co-authored several publications on terrorism and ethnic conflict, including his most recent work, Encyclopedia of Terrorism, with Cindy Combs (published by Facts on File). Dr. Slann has been called upon for his expertise on subjects including domestic and international terrorism, hostage situations, American foreign policy, Iraq, the Soviet Union, and the Middle East for newspaper, radio, and television interviews, lectures, and panel discussions and he is available to speak to community and civic organizations. In addition to his duties as director of academic affairs, Dr. Slann is teaching courses in political science and administration of justice at Penn State Wilkes-Barre and he is preparing to teach classes in terrorism and comparative politics next summer. Dr. Slann is the founder and academic advisor for the Model United Nations student organization.

Introduction to Politics was published by Atomic Dog Publishing. An On-Line Study Guide Edition is also available at http://www.atomicdog.com/.

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