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Policy Conversations

Rockefeller College’s popular and timely lunchtime discussion series, Policy Conversations, features experts on a wide variety of domestic and international public policy issues. Commentators from the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy faculty provide insight and perspective. Policy Conversations underscores the College’s mission to discover, communicate, and apply knowledge about politics, governance, public policy, and public management, making democracy stronger and governments more effective around the world. Dean Jeffrey Straussman invites students, faculty, alumni, and members of the public to participate.

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Spring 2010 Schedule

Most Policy Conversations are held on the downtown UAlbany campus, from 12:25pm to 1:30pm, in the Levitt Room, Milne Hall, 135 Western Avenue, Albany, NY. Please check the individual listings for location change information.


Tuesday, February 9

Bonnie Steinbock
Professor of Philosophy, University at Albany

Topic: The Ethics of Stem Cell Research

Note: This Policy Conversation will be
held in Milne 215.


Tuesday, February 23

Timothy Hoff
Professor of Public Health, University at Albany

Topic: Why Real Health Reform in the U.S. is So Hard


Tuesday, March 2

Nancy Zimpher
Chancellor, State University of New York

Topic: Leading Boldly in Perilous Times

Note: This Policy Conversation will be
held in Milne 200.


Tuesday, March 9

Bruce Gyory
Political Consultant, Adjunct Professor of Political Science

Topic: The Political Implications of the Great Recession


Tuesday, April 6

Gianfranco Pasquino
Professor of Political Science, University of Bologna

Topic: Democratic Development in the Southern Cone of The European Union


Wednesday, April 14 

Richard Willing
Senior Analysis Projects Coordinator
Office of the Director of National Intelligence

Topic: Looking at National Intelligence: Perspectives of a Former Outsider