Perspectives on Public Affairs

Perspectives on Public Affairs is a forum for intellectual exchange among Humphrey Institute students, faculty and staff. We gather monthly in an informal lunchtime setting to discuss important public issues that cross disciplinary divides and draw connections among the concerns of scholars and practitioners. Each session is hosted by a Humphrey Institute faculty member who chooses an article related to a common theme that serves as the catalyst for the conversation.

Our theme for this year is "Social Diversity & Public Policy." We purposefully chose such a broad theme because of how it can be interpreted both by individuals and by the academic disciplines within which they work. In October, Sally Kenney hosted the first session where we discussed the article, "Existing Diversity and Judicial Selection: The Role of the Appointment Method in Establishing Gender Diversity in State Supreme Courts."

In November, Greta Friedemann-Sanchez hosted a session discussing the article, "The Economic Risks of Being a Housewife."

This month, Elizabeth Wilson will be hosting a session to discuss the article, "Stabilization Wedges: Solving the Climate Problem for the Next 50 Years with Current Technologies."

We'll be meeting to discuss this article on Thursday, December 4. For more event details including location and time, click on the link in the left-hand column under "Nonprofit Events."

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