Virtual Events

The School of Public Policy's virtual events provide discussions about policy, social issues, profiles of policymakers, and leadership development. Please click on the link associated with each event to register for the Zoom session. You will receive a confirmation email with a Zoom link upon registration.

Policy Profiles 

Next Event: Wednesday, May 12 at 3 p.m. ET

Profiles: Isaac Moore

The School of Public Policy will welcome 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. Some topics we will explore include — what they do, how their position impacts policy, what they have done to make an impact, and advice for students in their early public policy careers.  

The School of Public Policy’s leadership series, which spotlights professionals with careers in public policy, continues with Penn State alumnus, Isaac Moore, associate director of development for student affairs at the University of Maryland at 3 p.m., Wednesday, May 12. Details about the series and information on joining the discussions via Zoom can be found on the School of Public Policy website.

Moore will join the School of Public Policy's “Profiles” series to discuss his background in higher education, fundraising and his work as founder of a new nonprofit and community service corporation serving less fortunate people in the Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia region.

Profiles: Joe Marie

Profiles: Wayne Palmer

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




Strategies for Career and Leadership Success

Next Event: Wednesday, May 19 at 11:30 a.m. EDT

Data science in the context of decision-making with  Marc Berson, Chief Information Officer, Gilead Sciences

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Skills for driving action and accountability in the public/private sector with Lauren Bryson, Executive Director of Focus Central Pennsylvania

Emotional Intelligence with 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.

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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.