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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 D. Straussman invites students, faculty, alumni, and members of the public to participate.

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Spring 2011 Schedule

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


Tuesday, February 15

Lee McElroy
Vice President for Athletic Administration
University at Albany

Topic: The Rationale for Sustaining College Athletic Programs in a Declining Economic Environment


Wednesday, March 2

Erika Martin, Assistant Professor, Rockefeller College

Courtney Burke, Director, Health Policy Research Center
Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government

Topic:  Preparing for Health Reform: Where Are We,
Where Do We Go from Here?

Supplementary Video: "Health Reform Hits Main Street" (from the Kaiser Family Foundation)


Thursday, March 17

Stephen Gottlieb
Professor of Law, Albany Law School

Topic:  How the Law Has Radicalized Public Discourse

Location: Levitt Room


Tuesday, March 22

Jeff Fischer
Creative Associates, Washington, DC

Topic:  Preventing Electoral Conflict in Fragile States

Location:  Levitt Room


Thursday, April 7

Anthony Ingraffea
Professor, Cornell University

Topic:  Connecting the Technology and Policy Threads in the Unconventional Shale Gas Debate


Monday, April 11

Peter Vanhoutte
Parliamentary Empowerment Expert and
Former Belgian MP

Topic: Why Strengthen Parliaments in Fragile States?

Location:  Husted Amphitheatre (Husted 106A)


Tuesday, April 12

Will Pelgrin
President and CEO, MS-ISAC

Topic: Top Critical Cyber Security Issues Facing State and Local Government


Tuesday, April 26

Mark Clear, Council President
Common Council, City of Madison, Wisconsin

Topic: Could Wisconsin Happen Here? An insider’s view of the battle over collective bargaining

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