Events

The School of Public Policy's virtual and in-person events provide discussions about our academic programs, policy research, profiles of policymakers, and leadership development. Please click on the link associated with each event to register or for more information.

Fall 2021 webinars

Master of Public Policy Webinars

Join us for one of our upcoming webinar sessions about Penn State's Master of Public Policy degree program. MPP students ShiAnne Mack and Rebecca LaBelle will answer questions from participants and discuss why they are pursuing graduate degrees in public policy at Penn State. Stephen Moczydlowski, enrollment and advising manager for the school, will provide an overview of the program during each webinar. The presentations will focus on the curriculum, the application process, options for Penn State undergraduates, life at Penn State, and program requirements. To register, visit https://publicpolicy.psu.edu/mppwebinar.

Wednesday, October 20 at 1:00 p.m. EDT

Wednesday, November 17 at 1:00 p.m. EDT

 

Profiles October

Policy Profiles 

The School of Public Policy welcomes professionals who have pursued careers in policy to take part in a series of virtual discussions about their professional experience. We'll talk about how they have leveraged their public policy training in their careers. 

 

Next Event: Wednesday, October 10 at 3:00 p.m.

“Policy Profiles: Christian Soura”

Christian L. Soura, executive vice president of the South Carolina Hospital Association, will speak about his experience in health policy at the state and national levels. He will also talk about his work as deputy chief of staff for Gov. Nikki Haley, with responsibility for the state’s executive budget and policy initiatives. Soura is a former secretary of administration for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and was chairman of the board of PEBTF, Pennsylvania’s largest group purchaser of health insurance.

 

 

Profiles: Josh Korn, Director, Global Innovation and Technology Public Policy

Netflix, Inc.

Profiles: Isaac Moore

Profiles: Joe Marie

Profiles: Wayne Palmer

Visit the series page for a complete schedule and replays of episodes.

 

 

Strategies for Career and Leadership Success

 

Data science and Decision-making

Guest: Marc Berson, Chief Information Officer, Gilead Sciences

Skills for Driving Action and Accountability in the Public/Private Sectors

Guest: Lauren Bryson, Executive Director of Focus Central Pennsylvania

 

Emotional Intelligence

Guest: Maureen Dodson, Ph.D., Senior Manager at Baker Tilly

Join the School of Public Policy for virtual professional development series, “Strategies for Career and Leadership Success.” The series provides career and leadership skills for students, recent graduates, and current professionals. Viewers have the opportunity to improve interview skills, develop an effective professional presence, maximize the internship experience, learn to build organizational relationships, and more. 

Each session will be held via Zoom and will consist of a brief interview followed by questions from the audience.

Visit the series page for a complete schedule and replays of episodes.

 Career Webinar Series Spotlight

 

 

 

Recent Events

Virtual Info Sessions 

Join us for one of our upcoming webinar sessions about Penn State's Master of Public Policy degree program. 

During each event, Kaitlyn Reber, MPP class of 2021, will answer questions from participants and discuss why she is pursuing her degree in public policy at Penn State. Stephen Moczydlowski, enrollment and advising manager for the school, will provide an overview of the program during each webinar. The presentations will focus on the curriculum, the application process, options for Penn State undergraduates, life at Penn State, and program requirements. Catherine Baumgardner, director of professional development and student engagement, will discuss leadership programs, careers in public policy, and graduates' earning potential.

 

Homeschooling the Right: How Conservative Activism Erodes the State

Wednesday, January 27 at 2:00 p.m. ET

The School of Public Policy welcomes Heath Brown, associate professor of public policy at John Jay College, on Wed., Jan. 27 at 2:00 p.m. for a virtual discussion about his new book, Homeschooling the Right: How Conservative Education Activism Erodes the State

In Homeschooling the Right, the political scientist Heath Brown provides a novel analysis of the homeschooling movement and its central role in conservative efforts to shrink the public sector. He traces the aftereffects of the passage of state homeschool policies in the 1980s and the results of ongoing conservative education activism on the broader political landscape, including the campaigns of George W. Bush and the rise of the Tea Party. Brown finds that by opting out of public education services in favor of at-home provision, homeschoolers have furthered conservative goals of reducing the size and influence of government. He applies the theory of policy feedback—how public-policy choices determine subsequent politics—to demonstrate the effects of educational activism for other conservative goals such as gun rights, which are similarly framed as matters of liberty and freedom. Brown draws on decades of county data (from Pennsylvania and seven other states), dozens of interviews, and original archives of formal and informal homeschool organizations.

 

See more of our past events on YouTube.