Through May 6: Expert insights
Spring talks to explore issues in public administration
4:22 p.m., Feb. 20, 2014--A series of talks this spring at the University of Delaware will examine "Contemporary Issues in Public Administration," as part of a course in the University's School for Public Policy and Administration.
The talks, which are free and open to the public, will begin at 5 p.m. in Room 127 of Memorial Hall on the campus.
Feb. 11: Diversity Open Forum
Feb. 12: 'Thinking Geographically'
Upcoming speakers include:
Thursday, Feb. 27: Harvey L. White, associate professor of public and international affairs and director of the Roscoe Robinson Initiative for Diversity and Public Service at the University of Pittsburgh, will speak on “Human Security and Public Service: Katrina and Beyond.” He will discuss the impact of Hurricane Katrina on healthcare and public service in Mobile, Ala., and the potential impact on Delaware of a similar storm in the Mid-Atlantic region.
Tuesday, March 4: Chuck Lewis, currently director of the American University Investigative Reporting Workshop, will discuss his research into contracting in the federal government. A UD alumnus, Lew is a former producer for Mike Wallace on 60 Minutes and founder of the Center for Public Integrity.
Tuesday, March 11: Richard Keevey, lecturer at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, will discuss “Fiscal Issues Facing State Governments,” looking at the fiscal health of state governments in today’s economy. He has served two New Jersey governors as director of the Office of Management and Budget and has held numerous budget-related positions in the federal government and the private sector.
Tuesday, March 18: U.S. Sen. Thomas R. Carper, Delaware’s senior senator, will discuss the work of the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, which he chairs, in his talk, entitled “Bits, Bytes and Bureaucracy: How Government is Dealing with Emerging Threats.”
Tuesday, March 25: Jennifer Ranji, secretary of the state of Delaware’s Department for Youth, Children and Families, will discuss leadership challenges as she moved from her position as special assistant to the governor to heading up a key state department. Her remarks will also focus on her role in the development of the state’s ambitious early education initiatives.
Tuesday, April 8: Mark Headd, chief data officer at the city of Philadelphia, will address the issues around engaging people outside of government in the delivery of services in a lecture titled, “Open Data and New Techniques for Providing Government Services." He has held data-related positions in the private sector as well as the state of Delaware.
Tuesday, May 6: Andrew Rich, currently executive secretary of the Truman Scholarship Foundation, will discuss student civic engagement in a talk titled “The Civic Engagement of Millennials.” Previously, Rich served as president and CEO of the Roosevelt Institute during a period of dramatic growth in its campus network initiative. He also directed the Colin Powell Center for Policy Studies at CCNY.