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The Foley Institute Spring 2013 Events

January

JAN. 15 COFFEE & POLITICS

SchaferThe Three Worlds of Postwar American Politics

The most recent era is characterized by unified partisan control, but tending to swing between Republicans and Democrats. How does this understanding of the American political landscape help us grapple with the politics of today and put the Obama presidency in perspective? View More


JAN. 17 COFFEE & POLITICS

BuchananScience, Ethics, and Democracy

What are the ethical issues raised when making public policy decisions that are informed by scientific knowledge?Allen Buchanan, James B. Duke Professor of Philosophy and Professor of Law at Duke University, explores this question. View More


February

FEB. 5 COFFEE & POLITICS

TichenorFaustian Bargains: The Politics of Immigration Reform

Dan Tichenor argues that for more than a decade, most Americans have agreed that the nation’s immigration system is “broken” while political battles in Washington have made comprehensive reform unlikely. View More


FEB. 7 COFFEE & POLITICS

Peter ChilsonTerrorism in Mali: Conflict and Military Intervention in Sahel

Recent developments in Mali, including the growing policy rift between the Pentagon, favor stronger American military involvement, and the Obama White House, which appears to be taking a more cautious approach. View More


FEB. 19 COFFEE & POLITICS

RosenthalPolitical Bubbles & Financial Crises

Demonstrating how political bubbles helped create the real estate-generated financial bubble and the 2008 financial crisis, Professor Rosenthal argues that similar government oversights in the aftermath of the crisis undermined Washington’s response. View More


FEB. 22 OLYMPIA SYMPOSIUM

Women in Politics: Challenges and Successes

The state of Washington has traditionally been at the forefront of electing women to public office. However, that success has not been replicated across the country, and has been uneven in Washington. View More


FEB. 26 COFFEE & POLITICS

Is Gun Control Necessary?

Recent shootings in schools and public spaces have placed a dialogue about gun policy legislation firmly in the spotlight. Our panel includes Robin Ball, an election volunteer coordinator for the National Rifle Association, and Daniel Byrne, a voluntary spokesperson for the non-profit organization Washington CeaseFire. View More


FEB. 28 COFFEE & POLITICS

Tony LockettPolitical Polarization in Europe

in addition to the recent debt crisis, there has also been a rise in extreme political parties in many parts of the continent. What is the role of the EU in maintaining political unity in Europe? View More


March

MARCH 9 FOLEY DISTINGUISHED LECTURE

FiorinaThe Era of Political Instability

Renowned scholar and political commentator Morris P. Fiorina will discuss what the 2012 election means in historical context. View More


April

APRIL 9 COFFEE & POLITICS

Bob FergusonTension with the Federal Government: Marijuana, Marriage Equality, and Hanford

How does the attorney general work with the federal government to solve important issues facing Washington State such as marijuana use, marriage equality, and the ongoing cleanup at Hanford? Bob Ferguson is Washington’s 18th Attorney General. View More


APRIL 18 BUSINESS POLICY SYMPOSIUM- CO-Sponsored by the Carson College of Business

Budget Crisis and Grand Bargains

With Democrats and Republicans entrenched, a long-term budget agreement will be difficult to reach. Our panel of experts discussed the possibilities involving entitlement reform, revenue increases, and further budget cuts. View More


APRIL 19 COFFEE & POLITICS

Elena MastorsTalking with Terrorists

Dr. Elena Mastors explores political psychology and is the Dean of the School of Security and Global Studies at American Military University. View More


APRIL 22 COFFEE & POLITICS

Natalie ShoudStop Watching Fox News! Can we affect people’s preferences for like-minded information?

Do the media determine a person’s political ideology or does a person’s politics determine the type of news they watch? View More


APRIL 22 MEDIA & POLITICS SYMPOSIUM Co-Sponsored with the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication

NewMurrowLogoThe Media and Political Polarization

A distinguished panel of experts will discuss how the media influences political attitudes. Does the media reflect or create greater political polarization? View More