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The Foley Institute Spring 2014 Events

JANUARY

JAN. 24 COFFEE & POLITICS

Do We Have Moral Autonomy: The Power of Situations, People, and Education

Alfred Mele, a leading researcher and philosopher of conscious decision making and moral autonomy, will discuss the intersection of neuroscience and philosophy. View More


FEBRUARY

FEB. 27 COFFEE & POLITICS

Screen Shot 2016-02-08 at 1.24.27 PMA Long, Strange Trip: Legalizing Recreational Marijuana in WA State

One of the State’s three top marijuana regulators, former State Senator Chris Marr, of the Washington State Liquor Control Board, will discuss the challenges of balancing direct democracy with good public policy. View More


FEB. 21 COFFEE & POLITICS

Screen Shot 2016-02-08 at 1.25.08 PMThe New ‘Great Game’ in Central Asia

Anara Tabyshalieva, Professor of History at Marshall University, presents the critical junction of east and west. View More


FEB. 21 OLYMPIA SYMPOSIUM- Co-Sponsored with the Washington Secretary of State’s Office and the Henry M. Jackson Foundation

Disengaged Youth: Encouraging Millennials to Vote

Studies have found that Millennials – those born between 1982 and 2000 – are less civically and politically involved than preceding generations. This demographic group is socially connected but disengaged from political and civic processes, with the lowest voter turnout of any age group. Can this trend be reversed? How can Millennials be re-engaged and enabled to participate? View More


March

MARCH 11 BUSINESS SYMPOSIUM- Co-Sponsored with the WSU College of Business

Post-Crisis Financial Reform: Is it Working and Should More be Done?

In 2008, our economy faced the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. Has post-reform regulation helped or hindered economic recovery in the United States? What else should be done? Join our panel of experts who will discuss the successes and limits of financial reform over the past few years. View More


MARCH 13 SCIENCE, ETHICS, & PUBLIC POLICY SERIES

Screen Shot 2016-02-08 at 1.29.29 PMThe Moral Status of Animals: The ethics of animal experimentation

What is the moral status of animals? Should they be used in scientific experimentation and under what constraints? Our panel of experts discussed animal experimentation, with specific consideration of animal cognition, ethical principles and current practices. View More


MARCH 24 COFFEE & POLITICS

Screen Shot 2016-02-08 at 1.24.37 PMRemaking Urban Nature: How Industrial Hazards Become Systemic Risks

Jim Elliott, Professor of sociology at the University of Oregon, “socio- environmental succession” – how hazardous waste accumulates in urban areas in ways that produce cumulatively significant changes in local environments. View More


MARCH 25 COFFEE & POLITICS

Mark StephanIs Transparency Good for Democracy?

Associate Professor in the School of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs, Mark Stephan examined the role of transparency in public policy implementation; arguing for a rethinking of democratic accountability in the 21st century. View More


MARCH 28 COFFEE & POLITICS

Chief Justice MadsenThe Role of an Independent Judiciary in Washington

From same-sex marriage, to the level of legislative funding of public education, to the power of citizens to impose limits on the legislature’s ability to tax, Chief Justice Barbara Madsen explains that the Court has navigated a fine line between its role guarding constitutionally protected rights and its obligation to defer to the policy preferences of democratically elected majorities. View More


April

APRIL 3 COFFEE & POLITICS
Bob FergusonFollowing the Money: Accountability in Campaign Finance

WA Attorney General Ferguson addressed campaign finance disclosure laws and transparency and their importance in both Washington state and Washington, D.C. View More


APRIL 16 COFFEE & POLITICS

David ParkerMoney in Elections: What Montana can tell us about Citizens United

Associate Professor of Political Science at Montana State University, David Parker discussed how massive spending of outside groups under the Citizens United decision has altered campaigning in the United States. View More


APRIL 23 MEDIA & POLITICS SYMPOSIUM Co-Sponsored with the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication

The Media and Political Transformation in the Arab World

Our distinguished panel of experts discussed the power of social media to impact political change. In 2011, civil uprisings that begun in Tunisia and Egypt developed into a wave of protests throughout North Africa and the Middle East. Social media spread dialogue like wildfire; bringing citizens together, giving a voice to the discontent, and disrupting political powers that had long been seen as stagnant. View More


APRIL 28 COFFEE & POLITICS Co-Sponsored with the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication

TinkerConfessions of a Young Radical

Free-speech activist Mary Beth tinker speaks on her Supreme Court case against the Des Moines Public School system. View More