Arthur Levitt Public Affairs Center

Levitt Center
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The Levitt Center is located in Kirner-Johnson 251.

Levitt Speaker Series

2010-11 Levitt Speaker Series

By Programming Theme


Matthew E. Kahn '88
September 21, 7:30 p.m.

Matthew E. Kahn '88, Professor at the UCLA Institute of the Environment, the Department of Economics, and the Department of Public Policy,  presented a lecture titled "Climatopolis" on September 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Chapel.

Professor Kahn is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Before joining the UCLA faculty in January 2007, he taught at Columbia and the Fletcher School at Tufts University. He has served as a Visiting Professor at Harvard and Stanford. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago. He is the co-author of Heroes and Cowards: The Social Face of War, Princeton University Press (2009), and the author of Green Cities: Urban Growth and the Environment, Brookings Institution Press (2006) and Climatopolis: How Our Cities Will Thrive in the Hotter Future, Basic Books (2010). His research focuses on environmental, urban, real estate and energy economics.

Steven Hayward
October 4, 7:30 p.m.

Steven Hayward, F. K. Weyerhaeuser Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, presented a lecture titled "Is Sustainable Development Sustainable? Unconventional Reflections on Eco-Economics" on October 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the Fillius Events Barn.

Steven F. Hayward writes on a wide range of public policy issues. He is the coauthor of the annual Index of Leading Environmental Indicators; the producer and host of An Inconvenient Truth ... or Convenient Fiction, a rebuttal to Al Gore's documentary; and the author of many books on environmental topics. He has written biographies of Presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan and of Winston Churchill, and also contributes to AEI's Energy and Environment Outlook series. Mr. Hayward is a Senior Fellow at the Pacific Research Institute for Public Policy.

Sean Safford
November 10, 2010 7:30 p.m.

Sean Safford, Professor of University of Pennsylvania, presented a lecture titled "Why the Garden Club Couldn't Save Youngstown: Lessons for Regional Resilience"  on November 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the Fillius Events Barn.

Sean Safford studies social, economic, and technological change, particularly in mature industrial economies; and historical social network analysis. Among his publications are "Changing Regimes of Workplace Governance: Shifting Axes of Social Mobilization and the Challenge to Industrial Relations Theory," written with Mike Piore, that appeared in the Industrial Relations Journal in 2006; and "Forums vs. Fountains: Universities and Innovation in Mature Industrial Regions" from the Academy of Management Best Papers Proceedings in 2005. Most recently, he is the author of Why the Garden Club Couldn't Save Youngstown: Social Networks and the Transformation of the Rust Belt, Harvard University Press (2009), and expansion of his dissertation which won the Sage-Louis Pondy Prize for best paper from a dissertation by the Academy of Management's Organization and Management Theory Section as well as Best Paper from a Dissertation from the Economic Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association.

Paul Wapner

February 24, 7:30 p.m.

Paul Wapner, Director of the Global Environmental Politics Program, American University, presented a lecture titled "Living Through the End of Nature: The Future of Environmentalism" on February 24 at 7:30 p.m. in the Fillius Events Barn.

Professor Wapner is Director of the Global Environmental Politics Program and Associate Professor in the School of International Service at American University.   He  researches and teaches global environmental politics, social movements, environmental thought and international relations theory. His articles have appeared in World Politics, International Studies Quarterly, Global Environmental Politics, Alternatives, Global Governance, Environmental Politics, Tikkun, Chicago Journal of International Law, Politics and the Life Sciences, Dissent and other venues. He is the author of Environmental Activism and World Civic Politics, which won the Margaret and Harold Sprout Award; and most recently Living through the End of Nature.


James C. Cobey '65

September 15, 7:30 p.m.

James C. Cobey '65, Orthopaedic Surgeon at Washington Hospital Center, Washington, D.C., discussed "The International Campaign to Ban Landmines" on September 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the Fillius Events Barn.

Dr. Cobey has been a lifelong champion of humanitarian causes and has put his professional medical expertise in orthopaedics to good use by helping thousands of children, patients, and landmine and war victims worldwide. His research has resulted in bringing unheralded attention to the issue of landmines and helped galvanize support for a ban, which eventually led to the creation of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, a group responsible for the 40-nation Mine Ban treaty calling for the destruction of stockpiled mines. As a member of Physicians for Human Rights, Dr. Cobey shared in the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997 for the International Campaign to Ban Land Mines. He was awarded the American Red Cross's International Humanitarian Service Award in 1998, the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Johns Hopkins University in2001, and the Frank Annunzio Award in the Arts/Humanities/Humanitarian field in 2002.

Dr. Cobey is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon in an independent practice that specializes in major trauma, spine reconstruction, and total joint replacement. He has been the team doctor for Gallaudet University (school for the deaf) for twenty years, and he is an instructor on International Humanitarian Law and Disaster Relief for the Red Cross. He holds the rank of Professor of Orthopaedics at Georgetown University and Senior Associate at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. In addition, Cobey is president of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School's Society of Alumni, an inaugural member of the Dean's Alumni Advisory Council, and on the executive committee of the Alpha Chapter of the Delta Omega Public Health Honor Society.

 Margaret Stock

October 21, 7:30 p.m.

LTC Margaret Stock, U.S. Army reserves, presented a lecture on "Immigration, Citizenship, and Security: the Current Debate"on October 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Fillius Events Barn.

Col. Stock is a nationally recognized expert in issues related to immigration and citizenship law and has testified on these issues before Congress. She has practiced U.S. immigration and citizenship law for more than 10 years and currently is the equivalent of an associate professor in the Department of Social Sciences at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. She has taught classes in international relations, national security law, international law, Constitutional and military law, and law of war. She also has served as a professor in the Department of Law at West Point. In 2005, the American Immigration Lawyers Association awarded her its prestigious Advocacy Award for her efforts to inform the public and Congress about the connection between immigration and national security.

Gordon Smith and Mark Welton

November 4, 4:10 p.m.

Gordon Smith, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Walker Center on International Relations at the University of South Carolina, and Mark Welton, Professor of International and Comparative Law, United States Military Academy, presented "Foreign Corruption, Regime Stability, and US National Security" as part of a panel discussion on November 4 at 4:10 p.m. in The Dwight Lounge at The Bristol Center.

Professor Smith is a recognized expert on law and regime politics in Russia. In 2007 he received the Nikolai Kaladjan Award for Innovation in International Education. He is the author of numerous books, chapters and articles, most recently Russia and its Constitution: Promise and Political Reality, co-edited with Robert Sharlet Leiden, The Netherlands, Brill, (2008). Professor Welton is an expert on Islamic law and national security; he also studies comparative constitutional law and the legal system of the European Union. He has published extensively on the subject of Islamic law and has presented on the subject on numerous occasions for the New York City Bar Association and many other colleges and programs.

Shoshana Keller, Ned Walker, Sharon Rivera, Peggy Piesche
March 2, 4:10 p.m.

Faculty Members Shoshana Keller, Ned Walker, Sharon Rivera and Peggy Piesche led a panel discussion on Egypt titled "1989 All Over Again?" on Wednesday, March 2, 2011 at 4:10 p.m. in KJ 102.

Alasdair Roberts
April 7, 4:15 p.m.

Alasdair Roberts, Professor of Law and Public Policy at Suffolk University, gave a lecture titled: "Government Secrecy in the Age of Wikileaks," in The Dwight Lounge at The Bristol Center at 4:15 p.m. on April 7, 2011. Funding provided by The President's Office and The Office of The Dean of Faculty.

Professor Roberts is the first holder of the Jerome Lyle Rappaport Chair in Law and Public Policy at Suffolk University Law School. Professor Roberts most recently held the position of Professor of Public Administration at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University.

Professor Roberts has also served as a Lecturer, Assistant Professor, and Associate Professor at Queens University; Visiting Fellow at the Graduate Public Policy Institute of Georgetown University; and Visiting Associate Professor at the University of Southern California.

At Suffolk University Law School, Professor Roberts will teach courses in law and public policy, and will provide academic leadership to advance the Rappaport Center for Law and Public Policy as a forum for research and teaching in the area of public policy.

Inequality and Equity

Robert P. Moses '56

October 25, 7:30 p.m.

Robert P. Moses '56, President and Founder of the Algebra Project, presented a lecture titled "Quality Public School Education as a Constitutional Right" on October 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the Chapel.

In his young adult life, Moses was a pivotal organizer for the civil rights movement as field secretary for the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), and was director of SNCC's Mississippi Project. He was a driving force behind the Mississippi Summer Project of 1964 in organizing the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP), which challenged the Mississippi regulars at the 1964 Democratic Convention. From 1969-1976, he worked for the Ministry of Education in Tanzania, East Africa, where he was chairperson of the math department at the Samé school. Moses returned to the USA in 1976 to continue to pursue doctoral studies in Philosophy at Harvard.

A MacArthur Foundation Fellow from 1982-87, Moses used his fellowship to develop the concept for the Algebra Project, wherein mathematics literacy in today's information age is as important to educational access and citizenship for inner city and rural poor middle and high school students as the right to vote was to political access and citizenship for sharecroppers and day laborers in Mississippi in the 1960s. As founder and president of the Algebra Project Inc., Moses also serves as director of the project's materials development program. Together with Algebra Project Inc. board member Danny Glover, Moses and others recently launched a national discussion calling for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution for Quality Public School Education as a Civil Right.

Moses has received several college and university honorary degrees and honors, including the Heinz Award for the Human Condition and the Nation/Puffin Prize for Creative Citizenship.

Elizabeth Mitchell Armstrong

February 7, 7:30 p.m.

Elizabeth Mitchell Armstrong, Associate Professor of Public Affairs and Sociology at Princeton Univeristy, gave a lecture titled "How We Begin: the Origins and Consequences of Fetal Personhood" on February 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the Events Barn.

Elizabeth Mitchell Armstrong, Ph.D., M.P.A. is Associate Professor of Sociology andPublic Affairs at Princeton University. She is also a faculty associate at the Office of Population Research, the Program for the Study of Women and Gender, and the Centerfor Health and Wellbeing. She has research interests in public health, the history and sociology of medicine, reproduction, particularly pregnancy and childbirth, and medicalethics. She has published on mass media attention to disease, family planning, medical mistakes, adolescent motherhood, prenatal substance use, and the sociology of pregnancyand birth. She is the author of Conceiving Risk, Bearing Responsibility: Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and the Diagnosis of Moral Disorder (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003),the first book to challenge conventional wisdom about drinking during pregnancy. Her current research includes a study of fetal personhood and obstetrical ethics (funded by aRobert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator in Health Policy Research award). She holds a B.A. in English from Yale University, an M.P.A. from Princeton University’sWoodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and a Ph.D. in sociology and demography from the University of Pennsylvania.  

Edward Miguel

April 6, 8:00 p.m.

Edward (Ted) Miguel, professor of economics and director of the Center of Evaluation for Global Action at the University of California, Berkeley, prsented a lecture on the topic of African Economic Development titled "Is It Africa's Turn?", April 6 at 8:00 p.m. in the Events Barn.

Miguel's main research focus is African economic development, including work on the economic causes and consequences of violence; the impact of ethnic divisions on local collective action; and interactions between health, education, and productivity for the poor. He has conducted field work in Kenya, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, and India.

Miguel is a Faculty Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, Associate Editor of the Quarterly Journal of Economics, Journal of Development Economics and Review of Economics and Statistics, recipient of the 2005 Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, and winner of the 2005 Kenneth J. Arrow Prize awarded annually by the International Health Economics Association for the Best Paper in Health Economics. Miguel is author with Ray Fisman of Economic Gangsters: Corruption, Violence and the Poverty of Nations, Princeton University Press (2008), and Africa's Turn?, MIT Press (2009).