September 23, 2009


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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — A panel of Bucknell University professors will discuss "How to put out 50 fires at once: Where does President Obama's legislative agenda stand?" on Wednesday, Oct. 7, at 7 p.m. in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center.

The panel, which is the first in the Bucknell Institute for Public Policy series, is free and open to the public.

David Myers, Bucknell's chief of staff and former deputy chief of staff for Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell, will introduce the panel and discuss the complex nature of public policy issues and the way in which the economy, institutional structures and political processes work together to shape policy.

Panelists will each provide an overview of some of the nation's most pressing policy issues including the economy, education, and immigration.

The panel includes Nancy White, associate professor of economics; Abe Feuerstein, associate professor of education and associate dean of social sciences; Chris Ellis, assistant professor of political science; and Elizabeth Durden, assistant professor of sociology and anthropology.

"President Obama campaigned on a broad set of legislative priorities focused on the economy, health care, energy, immigration and education," said Feuerstein, "and decisions about these important areas of public policy will influence our lives in significant and lasting ways.

"In an effort to better understand the potential impact of these issues on both the present and the future, the newly formed Bucknell Institute for Public Policy is sponsoring this faculty panel that will examine the current status of the President's legislative agenda, the challenges associated with creating and implementing new policy, and what the future might hold."

The goal of the Bucknell Institute for Public Policy is to provide enriching educational opportunities to the Bucknell community which draw on the talents and skills of Bucknell faculty who share a deep interest in and commitment to the academic study of public policy. Healthcare will be considered at a separate event, "Money Driven Medicine," to be held on Nov. 6.

Contact: Division of Communications

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