University at Albany

Interpreting Public Administration: Why Words Matter in the Real World — October 18 & 19

Contact: Mary Hunt (518) 442-5264  

The Department of Public Administration and Policy is sponsoring a two-day workshop for masters and doctoral students, titled Interpreting Public Administration: Why Words Matter in the Real World, October 18 and 19 at Rockefeller College on the downtown campus of the University at Albany. 

Special guests include Tamara Metze, PhD and Merlijn van Hulst, PhD, both of Tilburg University, The Netherlands, and Professor Mitch Abolafia and Assistant Professor Jennifer Dodge of Rockefeller College.

“We hope to expose students to a range of approaches for thinking interpretively, in ways that are also practical. For example, we’ll ask the question: How do you interpret the messages that an agency leader gives in a public statement about a public problem? If you’re going to work for a public agency or nonprofit, how do you deliver messages that convey the meaning that you want them to? Students will also be exposed to ways of thinking interpretively that are useful for research. We’ll explore different methods for interpreting public policies, public leaders, and even public institutions,” said Dodge, a specialist in the role of nonprofit organizations in public deliberation and democratic governance. 

To attend, please register online.