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Speaker Series

Rockefeller College’s Speaker Series offers members of the University at Albany community an excellent opportunity for lively discussion and intellectual engagement with outstanding scholars from political science and public administration. Topics covered include a broad range of political and public policy issues of local, national, and global importance. Speaker Series events are open to all.

Return to current Speaker Series Schedule

New Format: Rockefeller College Speaker Series is shifting to a new conference style format.  At least one week prior to the session, the presenters will post their papers on the Rockefeller College web site.  The session will begin with each of three researchers presenting recently completed research or a work in progress for no more than 15 minutes.  This will be followed by 5 minutes of discussion by each of the three discussants.  Although this is less time than most discussants are allotted at a typical conference, it minimizes the burden on discussants and maximizes the number of voices on the panel.  At this point (one hour into the session), the discussion will be opened up for questions and comments from the audience for the remaining thirty minutes.

The new Rockefeller College Speaker Series will be held twice a month in the 3:30-5:00 time slot on Wednesday afternoons. 

Spring 2012 Speaker Series Schedule

All seminars run from 3:30-5:00pm are held on the University at Albany’s
downtown campus in Milne Hall, 135 Western Avenue, Albany, NY. Please check the individual listings for location information.

Wednesday, February 8

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Holly Jarman Bryan Early Eugene Monaco


Discussants:
Greg Nowell, Victor Asal, Theresa Pardo

Time: 3:30-5:00pm
Location:
Milne 200

Wednesday, February 22

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Torrey Shanks David F. Andersen Rey Koslowski


Discussants:
Peter Breiner, David Rousseau, Sharon Dawes

Time: 3:30-5:00pm
Location:
Milne 200

Wednesday, March 28

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Bruce Miroff Thomas R. Stewart Stephen Weinberg


Discussants:
Julie Novkov, Kathleen Deloughery, James Fossett

Time: 3:30-5:00pm
Location:
Milne 200

Wednesday, April 11

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Cheng Chen David McCaffrey Jennifer Dodge

Discussant: Meredith Weiss, James Fossett, Patricia Strach

Time: 3:30-5:00pm
Location:
Milne 200

Monday, April 23, 2012

DHS Vist

A Conversation with Chris Vein
about Open Innovation in Government

with special guests Bob Samson
and Theresa Pardo

Program runs from 4:30-6:00pm *
Reception to follow from 6:00-7:00pm
 
D’Ambra Auditorium Life Sciences Research Building University at Albany, Uptown Campus, 1400 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12222

About Chris Vein

Chris Vein is the Deputy U.S. Chief Technology Officer for Government Innovation in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

In this role, Chris convenes those with transformative ideas that will support the development of innovation ecosystems across the country; supports the testing of those transformative ideas through open systems, repeatable methodologies, and rapid customer-centric iteration; and showcases those that work. [Read More]

Wednesday, April 25

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Sally Friedman Erika Martin Rod MacDonald Ellen Rubin

Discussants: José Cruz, George Richardson, John Rohrbaugh

Time: 3:30-5:00pm
Location:
Milne 200

Thursday, May 3, 2012 7:30pm

US & China: Friends or Enemies
A talk by A. Tom Grunfeld of Empire State College

Husted Amphitheater (Husted 106A)
Downtown campus
135 Western Ave., Albany

Relations between China and the United States have alternated between warm and warlike. Currently a debate wages in U.S. policy circles over how to view China: potential ally or the next superpower rival. This talk explores the history of this relationship, the current debates, and the future.

About Professor Grunfeld

A. Tom Grunfeld is SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor at Empire State College of the State University of New York. He is a historian who specializes in the teaching of modern East Asian history with an emphasis on China and Tibet. He has been traveling and living in that region since 1966. He has published several books and over 150 articles and book reviews including The Making of Modern Tibet. He has lectured and presented papers at academic conferences in numerous countries around the world.

 

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