Wherrett Lecture Series

The Center for Metropolitan Studies is pleased to sponsor the annual Wherrett Lecture Series. A video explaining the origins of the series and GSPIA's objectives with the lecture can be seen here. This Series dates back to 1955 and brings together local leaders from academia, state and local governments, the nonprofit community, and the private sector to ask and discuss emerging and ongoing problems facing metropolitan regions as those regions are called upon to address a wide variety of social, environmental and economic problems that demand cutting edge and innovative solutions.

Upcoming Lecture

"Race and Social Equity: Nervousness in Government" 

Dr. Susan T. Gooden

Dr. Gooden will launch a pragmatic, solution-oriented discussion about race and social equity in government through a presentation and facilitated discussion, based on her book Race and Social Equity: A Nervous Area of Government. The book contends that social equity, specifically racial equity, is a nervous area of government, which throughout history has resulted in an inability to seriously advance the reduction of racial inequities in government.

DATE: Thursday, March 28, 2019

TIME: 12-1:30pm

PLACE: University Club - Ballroom A

Lunch will be provided.

This event is free and open to the public!

Please RSVP by emailing dbs30@pitt.edu

Lecturer Bio

Dr. Susan T. Gooden
is interim dean and professor of public administration and policy at the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University, past president of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), and fellow of the congressional chartered National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA). 

Past Lectures

For lectures after 2009, the video archive of the lecture can be accessed by clicking on the lecture title.

2018 - Dr. Carolyn Heinrich, University of Texas at Austin; "A Thousand Petty Fortresses: Administrative Burden in U.S. Immigration Policies and its Consequences." 

2016 - Margaret Weir, Brown University; “The Uneven Development of the Shadow State: Organizational Support for the Poor in the Snowbelt and Sunbelt.”

2014 - Francis Fukuyama, Stanford University; "Political Order and Political Decay."

2014 - E.J. Dionne, Author and Syndicated Columnist; Keynote address delivered to the GSPIA hosted 13th Annual Social Equity and Leadership Conference commemorating the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  A video summary of that conference can be found A video summary of that conference can be found here.

2013 - William Barnes, Retired Director of Emerging Issues for the National League of Cities; "Rethinking Local Government and Democracy in Tomorrow's America."

2013 - Bev Cigler, Fellow, National Academy of Public Administration, Professor, Penn State Harrisburg - Harrisburg; "State-Local Relations Revisited: Trends Affecting Local Government."

2012 - Mike Pagano, Dean, College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs, University of Illinois at Chicago and Co-editor, Urban Affairs Review; "Designing a Sustainable Fiscal Architecture for Cities and Regions."

2012 - Richard Feiock, Augustus B. Turnbull Professor of Public Administration and Policy Florida State University; "Regional Collaboration and Climate Protection."

2011 - Robert Putnam, Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy
John F. Kennedy School of Government Harvard University; "Social Capital and Equality."

2011 - Kate Foster, Professor, University of Buffalo; 'The Art and Science of Regional Resilience."

2011 - Dan Mazmanian, Director, University of Southern California Judith and John Bedrosian Center on Governance and the Public Enterprise; "Reflections on Climate Change Policy."

2010 - George Fredrickson, Professor, University of Kansas and Director of the Center for Metro Studies; "Where Innovations Meets Sustainability: Building Better Cities."

2010 - Myron Orfield, University of Minnesota; "Metro Patterns and Regional Engagement."

2010 - Jim Svara, Arizona State University, School of Public Affairs and Director of the Center for Urban Innovation; "Innovation and the Future of Local Government."

2007 - David Rusk, Author and Former Mayor of Alburqueque, NM; "Metropolitan Jurisdictional Fragmentation as a Barrier to Advancing Social Equity."

From 1955 until 1992, many of the lectures were printed and, for those that we have copies, they can be accessed here.

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