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The Foley Institute Spring 2019

Spring 2019

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Tuesday, February 19 | 4:30 p.m. | 308 Bryan Hall

Distinguished Lecture: The politics of carbon tax

On Tuesday February 19, professor and director of the University of Washington Center for Environmental Politics, Aseem Prakash spoke at the Foley institute about the politics of a carbon tax. The lecture focused on why areas such as Washington and France have rejected carbon related initiatives and how we can effectively move forward towards improving these polices.

Dr. Prakash offered that the way to combat climate change and normalize carbon tax initiatives requires a change in our dialogue and perceptions regarding the issue. He explained there is often a misconception held by the public that carbon taxes serve the elite and punish the average citizen. However, even the revenue positive 2018 carbon tax initiative 1631 failed with voters in both eastern and western Washington. Polling also suggests that climate change is not a very popular issue for voters across the board. He suggests that in order to combat these problems, individuals need to take responsibility for their consumer choices.


Tuesday, February 19 | 12:00 p.m. | 308 Bryan Hall

Pizza and Politics: Corporate Environmentalism?

 On Tuesday, February 19, Aseem Prakash and Jeff Joireman discussed corporate environmentalism, and the incentives corporations have to be environmentally friendly.

Prakash, founding director of the Center for Environmental Politics and professor of political sciences at the University of Washington, explained that corporations have no incentive to go beyond compliance of legally required environmental regulations. His research showed this is caused by a number of factors, such as lack of trust between firms and regulators, and high    costs for both parties.

Joireman, professor of marketing and business at Washington State University, discussed how both corporate social responsibility (CSR) and corporate political advocacy (CPA) offer different avenues for firms to influence public attitudes of their brand. Joireman suggested it is harder for consumers to hold negative attitudes towards firms with similar values to their own, and that CSR/CPA strategies should be further examined as ways to provide incentive for corporations to participate in environmental issues. Both speakers agreed that boycotting, a form of consumer protest that involves withdrawing all relation with a company, and buycotting, a form of incentive for a corporation involving deliberate purchasing of a company’s product to support their policy, in general effectively dents a brand’s image, incentivizing a company to tailor policies to consumer values.


Thursday, February 7 | 12:00 p.m. | 308 Bryan Hall

The Boy Problem

On Thursday, February 7 New York Times bestselling author and psychologist, Michael Gurian, spoke at The Foley Institute about the myths dominating discussions surrounding men and policies in the U.S.

Gurian stated he believes several myths that have continued to hurt men and boys, including traditional masculinity being the cause of male and female distress and policies that help men are aggression’s against equal opportunity for women. He also discussed neurological differences between males and females and the systems that have benefited women due to policies tailored towards these differences. Issues such as lower GPA’s by boys in school, lower college graduation rates, and higher criminal rates of men are a few of the ways Gurian claimed policies are failing boys and men.