Big Government, Small Government and the Grand Pursuit of Economic Thinkers

Lecture, April 2012 || Event poster

Sylvia Nasar, John S. and James. L Knight Professor at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, and author of A Beautiful Mind and The Grand Pursuit, will give a talk titled, "Big Government, Small Government and the Grand Pursuit of Economic Thinkers"

Co-sponsored by The O.V.W. Hawkins Lectureship Fund and University Lectureship Committee.

Economic and Legal Issues for Marcellus Shale

Panel Discussion, April 2012

Will drilling in the Marcellus Shale bring long-term economic opportunities to the region to compensate for some of the short-term dislocations? What are the legal implications of drilling leases? Should Pennsylvania impose a severance tax on natural gas drilling operations instead of the impact fee?

Panelists include: Timothy W. Kelsey, Professor of Agricultural Economics, Penn State University; Tom Kinnaman, Professor of Economics, Bucknell; and John Carroll, Attorney at Law, Pepper Hamilton LLP

Co-sponsored by the Bucknell University Environmental Center.

The Pill, The Pope and Policy

Panel Discussion, April 2012

Professors Amy Wolaver (Bucknell Institute for Public Policy) and Deb Abowitz (Sociology) will discuss the current controversy over the national mandate that insurance policies must cover contraceptive services, including insurance plans offered to employees of religious-affiliated institutions, including hospitals and universities connected to the Catholic Church, which opposes the use of contraception on religious grounds. In the wake of the controversy, some pundits and politicians have made statements that are consistent with supporting a ban on birth control.

What are the social constructs around contraception inside and outside of marriage? Does access to contraception increase rates of sexual activity? How do partners decide whether to use contraception? What is the policy change that ignited the controversy?

Co-sponsored by Athena, Residential Education and the Women's Resource Center.

"Whither International Cooperation? Optimism and Lessons from Trade Policy: A Scholar-Practitioner's View"

Lecture, March 2012 || Event poster

Dr. Chad Bown, Bucknell alum '94, a Senior Economist at the World Bank and former Senior Economist for International Trade and Investment, Council of Economic Advisers and Brookings Fellow will share his perspectives on the current global economy and the future of international trade policy.

"Changing Minds: Winning on Facebook and Beyond"

Panel Discussion, February 2012 || Event poster

Robin Roberts, President & Co-Founder of National Media, Inc., & Brad Engle, Digital Strategist for Purple Strategies will give a talk on how institutions and issue campaigns should and should not use social media.

Roberts is recognized as one of America's most experienced political/issue advocacy media planning and placement professionals. He was selected in 1998 as a Washington, D.C., finalist as "Entrepreneur of the Year" by Ernst & Young. The parent of a Bucknell student, Roberts also serves as advisory board chair for the Bucknell Institute for Public Policy.

Engle works with Fortune 100 companies, trade associations and non-profits to develop and execute digital engagement strategies for branding, public affairs, and issue advocacy campaigns.

Related News: Bucknell to host social media talk.

Public Service Week Alumni Talk:
"Health Care Reform...Where Are We Now? A grunt on the front lines perspective"

Lecture, November 2011

Alumnus and parent Dr. David Janda '80 P '10,'13 will share his perspective on health care reform.

"Til Debt do us Part." The Debt Ceiling Crisis: Politics and Economic Policy

Panel Discussion, September 2011

Chris Ellis, Political Science; John Enyeart, History; Greg Krohn, Economics; Scott Meinke, Political Science; Nancy White, Economics; and Amy Wolaver, Economics

During spring and summer 2011, the Congress and the President were embroiled in an intense debate over raising the federal debt ceiling and reducing future budget deficits. Why does the Congress require separate votes on spending, taxation, and on the debt ceiling? How have these issues been viewed historically? What does the American public think of the debt ceiling debate, and to what extent do the policy decisions reflect the views of citizens? What are the causes of the rising debt and large budget deficits? In particular, how do tax policy, the economic recession, demographic changes, and health care costs factor into the deficit problem? Will the agreement to raise the debt ceiling and reduce future deficits solve the problem?



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