Read all about the event in the October 2nd edition of The Student Life:
PSU Brings Former Congressmen to Campus
TSL Editors Q & A Session with the Congressmen
From Monday, September 28th to Tuesday, September 29th, the PSU will be hosting the “Congress to Campus” program through the Stennis Center for Public Service Leadership. Two former members of Congress, Rep. Dennis Hertel (D-MI) and Rep. Denny Smith (R-OR) will be on campus, and we will be having them speak in six different classes over two days. They will also give interviews to the TSL and KSPC, will be eating each meal with different groups of students or teachers, and will be debating one another in Rose Hills on Monday the 28th. While it is commonplace to bring in an academic to talk about policy, it is much more difficult to hear about our government in practice. This will provide a unique opportunity for students across several disciplines, as it will provide insight into the actual policy making process.
The bios of the members can be found below:
Rep. Dennis Hertel
Rep. Denny Smith:
The members’ schedule for the two days is as follows:
Monday, September 28th:
9:00-9:50: Breakfast with Professors (Frary Private Dining Room)
10:00-10:50: Office Hours (Coop Fountain)
11:00-12:15: Intro to American Government (Professor Teter)
12:20-1:00: Lunch with Teter and Students (Sagehen Café)
1:15-2:30: American Constitutionalism (Professor Teter)
2:45-4:00: Intro to Environmental Analysis (Professor Hazlett)
4:15-5:30: KSPC Radio Recording
5:30-7:00: Dinner with Students (Frary Private Dining Room)
7:00-8:30: Debate – The Age of Obama: Two Differing Perspectives (Rose Hills)
Tuesday, September 29th:
9:35-10:50: Comparative Politics of Africa (Professor Englebert)
11:00-11:50: TSL Interview
12:00-1:00: Q&A Lunch with Politics Chair (Carnegie 107)
1:15-2:30: Intro to American Politics (Professor Miller)
2:45-4:00 Politics of Community and Design (Professor Worthington)
Wednesday, September 23rd, 7pm, Edmunds Ballroom For the past forty years, the United States government has engaged in a campaign to reduce the illegal drug trade. Yet, after decades of effort there seems to be scant progress in stemming the flow of illegal narcotics into the United States. With drug violence in Mexico currently threatening American borders, is it time for a new plan? Some experts and policymakers say yes, and believe that legalizing drugs is the ultimate answer to reducing drug-based organized crime both in the United States and in source countries to the south; moreover, they believe that the US government’s campaign against drugs has dangerously eroded civil liberties. Others disagree, citing, among other points, that the government’s anti-drug campaign has been largely successful, that the alternative to prohibition is social decline and that inaction against these dangerous substances is simply unconscionable.
To explore this important issue, the Pomona Student Union is honored to host leading experts Tom Riley and Ted Galen Carpenter. This event will take place on Wednesday, September 23 at 7 pm in Edmunds Ballroom. Visit our website to learn more about our other upcoming events and to sign up for our mailing list.
Tom Riley served from 2001 to 2009 as the Bush Administration’s spokesman for all anti-drug policies, working under President Bush’s drug czar John P. Walters at the Office of National Drug Control and Prevention, where his particular focus was on highlighting effective drug prevention and treatment programs. Mr. Riley served as the agency’s spokesman through an intense time, during which the ONDCP worked to combat drug use through an aggressive program of prevention and prohibition, creating the Merida Initiative to provide Mexican law enforcement with training, equipment and intelligence to combat illegal narcotic trafficking.
Before his work at the White House, Mr. Riley worked at the Philanthropy Roundtable, an organization of charitable donors focused on identifying effective non-profit organizations. Currently, he serves as a consultant for a number of charitable foundations and corporate donors. Mr. Riley received his BA, an MA in History and an MS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and his JD from Villanova Law School.
Ted Galen Carpenter
Ted Galen Carpenter is vice president for Defense and Foreign Policy Studies at the Cato Institute. He is the author of seven and the editor of 10 books on international affairs, as well as a frequent blogger on his website, tedgalencarpenter.com. In regards to the Mexican Drug War, Mr. Carpenter wrote in February 2009 that “abandoning the prohibitionist model of dealing with the drug problem is the only effective way to stem the violence in Mexico and its spillover into the United States.”
Mr. Carpenter is contributing editor to the National Interest and serves on the editorial boards of Mediterranean Quarterly and the Journal of Strategic Studies. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, the Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, the National Interest, World Policy Journal, and many other publications. Mr. Carpenter received his Ph.D. in U.S. diplomatic history from the University of Texas.
Thursday, September 17, 7pm, Rose Hills Theatre
Does humor have a role to play in serious discussions of race? Further, do stereotypes and political incorrectness belong in such conversations? Has dialogue about race changed in response to the rise of new media such as blogs, or is a larger generational shift in mindset responsible? Christian Lander, an ad agency employee turned book author and blogger, will attempt to shed light on these questions. His blog ‘Stuff White People Like’ exploded in popularity last year with its irreverent list of over a hundred items including ‘hummus’, ‘public radio’ and ‘standing still at concerts.’ Please join us for an entertaining discussion of the blog and the questions it raises about how perceptions of race have changed.
Thursday, September 10th, 8pm, Wig Lounge
Japan has been suffering from 2 decades of sluggish economy since the 80′s, yet its government has continually failed to address its failing economy. In national elections held on August 30 this year, the incumbent Liberal Democratic Party was decisively removed from office, signaling the Japanese’s frustration with the economy and governance that has failed to address the needs of the people.
The question is, will the new government, the Democratic Party of Japan, actually bring real change that Japan desperately needs or will it continue more of the same failed policies that the previous party has perpetuated for half a century? Will Japan ever deal with its aging population? Will it establish a credible and sustainable safety net for its people? Can it restore the vigor and inventiveness of its economy so abundant in the 80′s?
Join Professor David Arase from the International Relations Department and specialist in Japanese politics for a discussion on the recent Japanese Elections and its implications for Japanese and world politics and economics. Delicious Trader Joe’s Snacks will be provided!
Click here for an article on the elections written by Professor Arase.
Monday, September 14th, 4:15pm, Rose Hills Theatre
What was cut? Who does it impact? How is Pomona handling the recession? ASPC President Jed Cullen (’10), VP of Finance Kelly Schwartz (’10), and Vice President of the College/ Treasurer Karen Sisson will discuss the final budget decisions for the 2009-2010 school year.