Discussion to address first 100 days of Obama Administration

April 07, 2009

The successes and failures of the first 100 days of the Obama Administration will be scrutinized by political and academic experts April 22 in a public discussion at Penn State Harrisburg.

Featuring a former Pennsylvania lieutenant governor and faculty from the college’s School of Public Affairs, “The Obama Administration: The First 100 Days,” is free with the public invited to join in the discussion at noon in the Olmsted Building’s Gallery Lounge.

The last in a series of presentations focusing on current events, the topic was chosen “because it is among the most pressing issues facing us in our day-to-day lives at this time with the new administration attempting to overcome a list of serious challenges facing the nation,” says Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies Marian Walters, the host of the event.

She continues, “Penn State Harrisburg is unique as a college in that we can draw from a depth of faculty expertise in our Public Policy, Political Sciences and Public Administration programs to interpret the issue. With that broad range of capabilities, we determined it would be of great value to the college and the general public to organize a look at the Obama Administration.”

Moderated by Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Policy Carol Nechemias, the panel will feature former Lt. Gov. Mark Singel, Professor of Public Administration and Public Policy Jeremy Plant, Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Political Science Michael Kenney, and Professor Emeritus of Public Policy Robert Bresler.

Singel, a Penn State graduate, served as the Democratic lieutenant governor of the Commonwealth from 1987 to 1995 and as acting governor from June to December 1993. He serves as an adjunct faculty member in the School of Public Affairs.

Plant’s research focuses on public policy, ethics in government, and railroad and transportation security issues. He is faculty coordinator for the college’s master’s and doctoral programs in Public Administration and the recently introduced certificate in Homeland Security and Defense.

With an international reputation for research and writings on terrorism, Kenney was recently named the first Fellow of the International Center for the Study of Terrorism on the University Park campus. He is also author of the critically acclaimed "From Pablo to Osama: Trafficking and Terrorist Networks, Government Bureaucrats, and Competitive Adaptation."

Bresler, who served on the faculty for 31 years prior to his retirement in 2001, is a frequent contributor to media analyses on political and American cultural life issues as well as his writings in a number of journals and magazines. He is the author of "Us. vs. Them: American Political and Cultural Conflict from World War II to Watergate.

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