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Joseph White, Ph.D. - Luxenberg Professor of Public Policy, Director of the Center for Policy Studies, and Chair of the Department of Political Science at Case Western Reserve University


Friday October 3, 2008
12:30-1:30 p.m.
Crawford Hall - Room 9
Inamori Center
Case Western Reserve University

Dear Colleagues,

Until the financial markets imploded, it appeared that fixing the nation’s broken system to finance medical care would be the first priority of an Obama administration. Health care is a major component of both parties’ platforms, and the system’s problems make it unlikely to be ignored even in the presence of other crises. What, then, are the stakes in this election? The good news is, both candidates propose some very similar things.

The bad news is, what they agree on isn’t very practical, and what they disagree on is extremely important. In some ways, Senator McCain’s proposals are more dramatic than Senator Obama’s. Joe White, the Luxenberg Family Professor of Public Policy, will describe the differences, and then we’ll see what others think.

As usual, we will gather in Room 9 of the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence, on the lower level of Crawford Hall, for free cookies, beverages, and brown bag lunch.

Best regards,
Joe White

About Our Guest

Joseph White came to Case in 2000 as Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for Policy Studies, and became Department Chair in 2003. He came to Cleveland from New Orleans, where he was Associate Professor of Health Systems Management in the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine at Tulane University. Previously he was a Research Associate and then Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C.. He received his A.B. from the University of Chicago and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley

Friday Lunch Upcoming Topics and Speakers:

October 10: Presidential Ecotheologies with Tim Beal, Professor of Religion.

October 17: Biological Bases of Moral (or Immoral) Behavior, with Gary Marchant, Lincoln Professor of Ethics in Law and Emerging Technology, Arizona State University.

October 24: Seniors in the 2008 Election with Robert H. Binstock, Professor of Aging, Health and Society.

October 31: Halloween Special: Election Preview with Karen Beckwith, Professor of Political Science; Justin Buchler, Assistant Professor of Political Science; and Andrew Lucker, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Political Science.

November 7: Responding to the Foreclosure Crisis with Jim Rokakis, Cuyahoga County Treasurer.

November 14: Charging for Car Insurance by the Mile: Good Business and Good for Energy and the Environment? With Richard Hutchinson, General Manager for the “My Rate” program, Progressive Insurance.

November 21: TBA

November 28: Thanksgiving Break

December 5: TBA

The Friday Lunch discussions are held on the lower (ground) level of Crawford Hall.  Visitors with mobility issues may find it easiest to take advantage of special arrangements we have made.  On most Fridays, a few parking spaces in the V.I.P. lot in between Crawford Hall and Amasa Stone Chapel are held for participants in the lunch discussion. 

Visitors then can avoid walking up the hill to the first floor of Crawford by entering the building on the ground level, through the garage area under the building.  The further door on the left in that garage will be left unlocked during the period before the Friday lunch.  On occasion, parking will be unavailable because of other university events.

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Upcoming Events

A Special Announcement About Election Day Poll Working

Dear Colleagues:

How votes are cast and then counted in Cuyahoga County on November 5 could have a significant effect on the future of our country.  The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections needs as many good people to work on administering this election as they can possibly find.

Unfortunately, the hours are long and inconvenient.  But, if you can possibly spend the day (and some time the evening before) helping out, please check out the information posted on the the Center for Policy Studies web site.

Best regards,
Joe White

College of Arts and Sciences Book Talk and Signing with Karen Beckwith

Date: Friday, October 3, 2008 Time: 3:00 p.m. Location: 1914 Lounge, Thwing Student Center Cost: FREE event, signed books will be available for purchase.

Don’t miss the chance to meet Dr. Karen Beckwith, Flora Stone Mather Professor of Political Science and co-author of the recently published Political Women and American Democracy. Dr. Beckwith will meet with all alumni to highlight the book’s discussion of the role and influence of women in politics – a hot topic in this year’s presidential election. Signed copies of Political Women and American Democracy will be available as well. Registration is required for this event.

Trials and Triumphs: The Supreme Court in the 21st Century

Sunday, October 12, 2008
2:30 p.m. – reception
3:00 p.m. – program
Myers University Club
3813 Euclid Ave., Cleveland

A longtime professor of political science, Peter Irons is a widely respected authority on the Supreme Court and constitutional litigation. A graduate of Harvard Law School, he is a practicing civil liberties lawyer and a member of the Supreme Court bar. Professor Irons has written and edited numerous books, including, most recently, God on Trial: Dispatches from America's Religious Battlefields.

Copies of God on Trial, as well as several of Professor Irons other books, will be available for purchase, and the author will be signing books after the event.

Free and open to the public. Free parking available. Please RSVP by clicking here, or by calling (216) 472-2220.

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