The Allbritton Center

Past Events for the Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life

"Is Neoliberalism Over?"

Monday, April 7, 2014
PAC 422
4:30 pm

"NSA Spying, Digital Privacy, and Your Rights Online"

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Downey House, Room 113
7 pm

Tweetskrieg: The Crisis in the Crimea Viewed through Social Media

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
PAC 002
4:15 pm


Psychiatric Treatment and Care: Neuroscientific and Social Perspectives

Thursday, February 20, 2014


4:15pm, Shanklin 107
A Basic Science Approach to Understanding and Developing New Treatments for Major Depression

7:30pm, PAC 002
Problems and Promises in the Care of the Chronically Mentally Ill: A Comparison of the USA and Germany

"The Risks and Rewards of K-12 Educational Entrepreneurism"

Thursday, February 6, 2014
Allbritton 311
7:00 pm - 8:30pm

"U.S. Health Care Reform: Images and Realities of Costs, Quality, and Access" 

Friday, November 1, 2013
Powell Family Cinema
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Free and open to the public.

Three of the country’s leading specialists in health policy, economics and health communication will address the implementation and effects of the Affordable Care Act, and consider how political messaging by both proponents and opponents of the ACA is helping shape public opinion and frame the terms of the debate. 

John Dankosky, News Director of WNPR and radio host of “Where We Live” (CT Public Broadcasting Network) will moderate a question/answer discussion with the panelists and audience following the presentations.


Don H. Taylor, Jr., Associate Professor at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy and Duke Medical Center.  Professor Taylor’s papers have appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine, BMJ, Health Affairs, The Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, and Social Science and Medicine.  His ongoing research is in the area of patient decision-making and Medicare hospice policy, and he is currently writing a book on the role of health care policy in developing a long-range balanced budget in the U.S.  He was named a member of the HRSA Negotiated Rulemaking Committee that was created by the Affordable Care Act to reconsider how the federal government identifies Health Professional Shortage Areas and Medically Underserved Areas.

Austin Frakt, Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management, Boston University School of Medicine. Since 2003, Dr. Frakt has served as a Health Economist in Health Care Financing & Economics at the VA Boston Healthcare System. He joined the BU School of Public Health as Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management in 2007 and the BU School of Medicine in 2011. Dr. Frakt’s primary research interests include the policy, utilization, and financing of public health care programs with a recent focus on VA and Medicare prescription drug policy.  His presentation will address economic questions about the ACA and its effects and explore possible implications for costs, access and quality of health care of cost shifting, payer and/or provider consolidation and changing structures of competition.

Sarah Gollust, Assistant Professor of Public Health Administration and Policy, University of Minnesota School of Public Health.  Dr. Gollust is a political scientist whose research focuses on the intersection of media, public opinion, and population health.  Dr. Gollust received her BA in Biology from Wesleyan in 2001 and her PhD from the University of Michigan. Her dissertation work examined the political implications of media framing of type 2 diabetes. Dr. Gollust’s presentation will address the significance of media/marketing strategies in framing the country’s current national debate over “Obamacare.”  

Assistant Professors Erika Franklin Fowler (Government Dept./Director of Wesleyan Media Project) and Damien Sheehan-Connor (Economics Dept.) are the co-chairs of this event. 

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"Where On Earth Are We Going?" 

Saturday, November 2, 2013
Exley Science Center, Tishler Lecture Hall 150

9:00 am & 10:30 am



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"Crisis in the Middle East" 

Thursday, Sept. 19, 7.30-9.30 pm
PAC 001
Free and open to the public.

A panel discussion on recent developments in the Middle East: Why have the hopes of the Arab Spring reached the current impasse, and what can be done to avoid further violence?


Tarek Masoud, Associate Professor of Public Policy, Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government

Prof. Masoud is a political scientist and Middle East specialist who has published widely on Egyptian politics and political Islam.  The author of a forthcoming book entitled Counting Islam: Religion and Electoral Politics in the Arab World (Cambridge Univ. Press), he also is co-editor of Problems and Methods in the Study of Politics (Cambridge, 2004) and Order, Conflict, and Violence (Cambridge, 2008).

Mohamed Elfayoumy, Egyptian diplomat and Linda Vester Yale World Fellow.

Mr. Elfayoumy served until recently as Consul/Political officer with the Embassy of Egypt in Damascus and as his country's representative to the Syrian Opposition. He will be speaking in a personal capacity.

Marcie J. Patton
, Professor of Politics at Fairfield University and Visiting Professor in the Government Department at Wesleyan.

Prof. Patton is the author of numerous articles on Turkey where she has conducted extensive fieldwork.  Her work appears in the Middle East Journal,Middle East Report, and Mediterranean PoliticsComparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East as well as in edited volumes. 

Chair: Peter Rutland, Colin and Nancy Campbell Professor in Global Issues and Democratic Thought, Government Department, Wesleyan University.

Sponsored by the Center for the Study of the Public Life and the Government Department.

For more information, please contact Jennifer Tucker (, Interim Director of the Center for the Study of Public Life, or Jennifer Enxuto, Administrative Assistant, CSPL ( and x3296).