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“Tanner Day at Maxwell”, and other engaging activities…

Christine Todd Whitman will deliver the Keynote Address at Tanner Day at Maxwell on Wednesday,

I’m not sure when our students will find time for their classes and coursework this week, with so many engaging activities, lectures and visitors to the Maxwell School.  But, they will – as they always amaze me with their unbounded capacity to immerse in all that our school has to offer both inside and outside the classroom.  I have no doubt that many will be enjoying several of the following weeks activities.

Wednesday:  “Tanner Day at Maxwell” is a one-day highly interactive symposium which will bring together thought leaders, practitioners, and academics from across the public, private and nonprofit sectors to address some of the big challenges facing our local, state and national governments, and nonprofits. This day is made possible by W. Lynn Tanner, the National Academy of Public Administration, the Louis  A. Bantle Chair in Business and Government Policy at the Maxwell School, and the Campbell Public Affairs Institute of the Maxwell School.

This year, the Honorable Christine Todd Whitman, former EPA Administrator (2001-03), and former Governor of New Jersey will deliver the keynote address at Tanner Day at Maxwell.  A series of lectures and panel discussions focused on the “Future of Citizenship and Public Service” in partnership with the National Academy of Public Administration. Visit for details, including the agenda. Portions of the day will be livestreamed at the same URL.

There are events all week long … and this is just a partial listing!!! (full calendar)


Countering Terrorism (and Russia) in the Age of Trump, with Eric Schmitt
5:30 – 6:30 pm, Eggers 220

The Phantsiel Lecture will be given by Eric Schmitt, a senior writer covering terrorism and national security for the New York Times since 2007, and co-author of Counterstrike: the Untold Story of America’s Secret Campaign Against Al Qaeda with The Time’s Thom Shanker (2011).

A Maxwell School Phantsiel Lecture, co-sponsored with Campbell Public Affairs Institute, the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism, and the Institute for the Study of the Judiciary, Politics, and the Media.


University Lecture with David Greene
7:30 – 9:00 pm, Hendricks Chapel

David Greene, host of NPR’s Morning Edition and Up First (with Steve Inskeep and Rachel Martin) will deliver a University Lecture. The University Lecture Series was created to bring in notable guest speakers of exceptional accomplishment to share their diverse global experiences and perspectives.  David Greene, prior to taking on this current role, was an NPR foreign correspondent based in Moscow, covering the region from Ukraine and the Baltics east to Siberia. He was honored with the 2011 Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize from WBUR and Boston University for his later coverage from Libya during Arab Spring.

The University Lectures was created through, and is supported by, the generosity of alumnus Robert B. Menschel ’51.


29th Annual Herbert Lourie Memorial Lecture on Health Policy on the Opioid Epidemic: A Practice and Policy Perspective
4:00 – 5:30 pm, 220 Eggers Hall

Dr. Gail D’Onofrio, professor of emergency medicine and founding chair of the department of emergency medicine, Yale School of Medicine will speak to this growing epidemic of opioid usage, overdoses, treatment and prevention.  Dr. D’Onofrio is internationally known for her work as an independent investigator in drug and alcohol research. Her research and publications have appeared in high impact journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of American Medical Association, Annals of Emergency Medicine, Resuscitation and Addiction.

The Lourie Lecture is sponsored by the Center for Policy Research of the Maxwell School, Syracuse University.


Embodied Belongings: A Two-Day Symposium Exploring the Politics of “Queer” in South Asia.
500 Hall of Languages

This symposium brings together activists, performance artists and scholars in the humanities and social sciences, to a series of conversations about being, becoming, and belonging in South Asia and the South Asian diaspora. Historian Lisa Kirschenbaum and Artist Vivek Shraya will be featured over this two-day event.  For more details (Thursday / Friday).

Sponsored by the South Asia Center of the Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs, the Maxwell School.


Rights and Racism: The Complex Legacies of Elizabeth Cady Stanton
4:00 – 6:00 pm, Maxwell Auditorium

The State of Democracy Lecture Series will feature Lori Ginzberg, professor of history and women’s studies from Penn State University who will discuss her recent authored book, Elizabeth Cady Stanton: An American Life.  Known as a social activist and American suffragist, Stanton was a prominent figure in the early women’s rights effort. Professor Ginzberg will focus on the lessons Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s life and work offer for modern feminism and democracy.

Hosted by the Campbell Public Affairs Institute of the Maxwell School and sponsored through the generosity of Norman M. and Marsha Lee Berkman.

As you can see, it is just another exciting week at the Maxwell School where our graduate students not only take courses toward their degrees but fully engage outside the classroom … on matters affecting all aspects of policy and international affairs – even in just one week!

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