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2017 Fall Semester Public Affairs Discussion Group Schedule

The Friday Public Affairs Discussion Lunch has been a Case Western Reserve University tradition since 1989. It is sponsored by the Center for Policy Studies within the College of Arts and Sciences.

The Friday Lunch gathers every Friday from 12:30-1:30 p.m. when classes are in session during Fall and Spring semesters. Our programs are open to all and no registration is required. Usually we meet in the Dampeer Room on the Second Floor of Kelvin Smith Library. But that room is not always available, so please check this space or the weekly e-mail announcement to be sure of the location of each week’s discussion.


September 1: Supreme Court Forecast and Review. With Jonathan Adler, J.D., Johan Verheij Memorial Professor of Law and Director, Center for Business Law and Regulation, and Jonathan Entin, J.D., David L. Brennan Professor Emeritus of Law and Adjunct Professor of Political Science.

September 8: Beyond Today’s Corporate Sustainability Practices: Examples of Business Leaders Who Do Well by Doing Good. With Chris Laszlo Ph.D., Char and Chuck Fowler Professor of Business as an Agent of World Benefit and Executive Director, Fowler Center, Weatherhead School of Management. ***Alternate Location: Kelvin Smith Library, Room LL06 (lower level, opposite elevators)***

September 15: Does Trump Make a Difference? U.S. Policy in the Middle East. With Pete W. Moore Ph.D., Marcus A. Hanna Associate Professor of Political Science.

September 22: University Circle, Cleveland, and the “Opportunity Corridor.” With Robert N. Brown, FAICP, former Director of City Planning for the City of Cleveland.

September 29: Nutritious in More Ways Than One? School Lunch and Student Performance. With Justin Gallagher Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Economics.


October 6: The Budget Mess: Debt Ceilings, Shutdowns, and Health Care, Oh My! With Joseph White Ph.D., Luxenberg Family Professor of Public Policy and Director, Center for Policy Studies. ***Alternate Room: Mather House 100, 11201 Euclid Ave***

October 13: Public Health Lessons From the Ebola Outbreak. With Ronald Blanton M.D./M.Sc., Professor of International Health.

October 20: Students, Stress, and Sickness: Are There More Problems and, If So, Why? With Judith Olson-Hammer MS, Director of Educational Services for Students, and Richard B. Pazol Psy.D., Director of Counseling and Coordinator of Assessment Services, University Health and Counseling Services.

October 27: Patenting Pot. With Craig A. Nard J.D., L.L. M., J.S.D., Galen A. Roush Professor of Law and Director, Spangenberg Center for Law, Technology and the Arts.


November 3: Cleveland’s Muslim Community: History and Challenges. With Ramez Islambouli, Lecturer of Arabic and Islam; Adjunct Professor of Islamic Law; and President, Uqbah Mosque Foundation.

November 10: Lead Poisoning in Cleveland: Why, After All These Years? With Dorr Dearborn MD, Ph.D., Mary Ann Swetland Professor Emeritus and Department Chair Emeritus, Department of Environmental Health Sciences.

November 17: Digging Into Football and Voting With Data. With Andrew Healy Ph.D., Professor of Economics, Loyola Marymount University and Senior Strategist for Player Personnel, Cleveland Browns.

November 24: Thanksgiving Break


December 1: TBA

December 8: Environmental Policy in the Pruitt EPA. With Catherine J. LaCroix J.D., Adjunct Professor of Law.