Monday Speaker Series

All events are held in the Fireside Lounge from 7 to 8 pm.

Spring 2014

February 17 – Presidents Day

Prof. Larry Bensky

Larry Bensky teaches classes on the American Presidency at Cal State East Bay and the Osher Lifetime Learning Institute at UC Berkeley.  He covered national politics for Pacifica Radio for almost forty years, and won the prestigious George Polk Award for his work on the Iran-Contra scandal in the 1980's.

March 3

Dr. Michele Landis Dauber, Stanford Law School

A law professor and a sociologist, Dr. Michele Landis Dauber studies the relationship between welfare programs and disaster relief programs in the formation of the modern American welfare state. She has focused her scholarship on aspects of the history of the New Deal and the fate of the legal doctrines and policies it created. She has also written about abortion clinic conflict, social security privatization, affirmative action, and the early history of administrative law during the War of 1812. She is author, most recently, of The Sympathetic State: Disaster Relief and the Origins of the American Welfare State (2013).

March 24

Dr. Kurt Cline, California State University, Fresno

Dr. Kurt Cline is Associate Professor of Political Science at Fresno State, and Director of the CSUF Master of Public Administration (MPA) program. He studies both intergovernmental relations and environmental policy, such as hazardous waste policy, management of Superfund sites, and the use of public lands. His most recent work focuses on intergovernmental management of environmental policy and the design of air quality policy in California’s Central Valley.

April ​28

Dr. Dara Z. Strolovitch, Stanford & Princeton

Dr. Dara Z. Strolovitch is Associate Professor of Political Science at Princeton University and a Visiting Faculty Fellow for 2013-14 at Stanford. She studies interest groups and social movements, political representation, the causes and consequences of American political inequalities, and the intersecting politics of race, class, gender, and sexuality. She is the author of Affirmative Advocacy: Race, Class, and Gender in Interest Group Politics (2007). Her current book project, When Bad Things Happen to Privileged People, focuses on the ways in which seemingly episodic shocks intersect with structural inequalities to shape the constructions of, political opportunities available to, and policy changes affecting marginalized groups.