Politics and Public Life
This fall, the University created the Institute for Politics and Public Life, an academic initiative designed to provide students with the knowledge and leadership tools necessary to contribute to all levels of public life. Among its goals is to become a research center on matters of public policy and governance, and to create an “American Dream Project” that examines in depth the concept of the American Dream—what is it, how has it changed, is it still attainable? Michael Ford, a 1970 graduate who has spent the last 37 years in politics, government and business—including senior staff and advisory positions in nine presidential campaigns—is its director. One of his first efforts was a panel discussion with nationally known political speakers—Donna Brazile, Mike Murphy, Joe Trippi and John Kasich—on the election.