Menlo College Invites Silicon Valley Academics to Weigh In on Issues Impacting Governmental Policy

With the current federal government shut-down and pending debt-ceiling debate, the intersection of politics and pragmatism is a prime location for examining reasons why such impasses occur and where opportunities for improvement exist. At 7 pm on October 28, 2013, Menlo College will continue its Monday Speaker Series featuring Dr. James Everitt, Principal of Sacred Heart Preparatory School.

Dr. Everitt has focused significant attention into providing access to high quality secondary and college education for first generation students. Such effort aims directly at the job readiness of Californians and in turn the state's ability to compete effectively by producing a competent, culturally and socio-economically diverse workforce and leadership base.

Future speakers include:

November 11, 2013:
Dr. James Lance Taylor, Chair and Associate Professor of the Department of Politics at the University of San Francisco. He is author of Black Nationalism in the United States: From Malcolm X to Barack Obama (2012) and co-editor of the new volume, Something’s In the Air: Race, Crime, and the Legalization of Marijuana (2013).

March 3, 2014:
Dr. Michele Landis Dauber, Stanford Law School. Dr. Michele Landis Dauber studies the relationship between welfare programs and disaster relief programs in the formation of the modern American welfare state.

March 24, 2014:
Dr. Kurt Cline, Associate Professor of Political Science at Fresno State, and Director of the CSUF Master of Public Administration (MPA) program. 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, 2014:
Dr. Dara Z. Strolovitch, 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.