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Doug Brattebo, Ph.D., J.D.

Friday January 15, 2009
12:30-1:30 p.m.
Crawford Hall - Room 9
Inamori Center
Case Western Reserve University

Dear Colleagues,

Our last Friday Lunch of 2008 focused on prospects for the Obama administration. We had the pleasure of hearing from presidency expert Doug Brattebo. It seems only fair to begin 2010 by asking Dr. Brattebo how President Obama seems to be doing. It certainly has been an eventful year in office.

While serving on the political science faculty of the U.S. Naval Academy, Dr. Brattebo co-edited a book on the prospects for the second term of the Bush administration and authored an article on the Clinton presidential transition, as well as articles and book chapters on other aspects of the presidency such as presidential character to national security policy. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland and his J.D. from Georgetown. After serving as President of Corporate College of Cuyahoga Community College, Doug has returned to his first (career) loves of teaching and research by joining the faculty of Hiram College. He and all of us have a lot to discuss.

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

Doug M. Brattebo was raised in Des Moines, Iowa, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Iowa with majors in Political Science and History and a minor in Journalism. He earned an M.A. in American Politics from the University of Maryland at College Park, and went on to earn a Ph.D., with a special emphasis on the American presidency, from the same institution. In addition, he earned his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and is a member of the Maryland Bar.

From 1999 to 2005, Doug served as an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, where he taught Honors Introduction to American Government, The American Presidency and the Executive Branch, and a Seminar on the Democratic Peace. In May of 2002 he was the winner of the Naval Academy's prestigious Apgar Award for Teaching Excellence, for demonstrating "effectiveness in teaching the qualities of leadership, with special emphasis on character, responsibility, and integrity, through the academic environment, curriculum, and mentoring roles outside the classroom." Doug served as American Government Course Coordinator at the Naval Academy and continues to be a mentor of undergraduates and graduate students through the Center for the Study of the Presidency. His most recent book, co-edited with Tom Lansford and Robert Maranto, is The Second Term of George W. Bush: Prospects and Perils.

In September of 2005, Dr. Brattebo became the Director of the Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP) at the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) in Washington, DC. He oversaw the Lumina Foundation for Education's two-year study of EPFP, worked to extend EPFP into additional states, and brought a global subject matter focus to EPFP's two annual national conferences. He came to Cleveland when his wife, Shannon French, accepted the position of Director of the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence at CWRU.

Doug Brattebo resides in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, with Dr. French; their daughter, Fraya; and their two golden retrievers.

Friday Lunch Upcoming Topics and Speakers:

January 22: "Conflict Minerals” in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. With members of the Student Anti-Genocide Coalition (STAND) and faculty commentators.

January 29: Chimeras, Cyborgs, and the Moral Limits of Science. With Jason Scott Robert, Franca Oreficce Dean’s Distinguished Professor in the Life Sciences, Arizona State University

February 5: The Challenges of Increasing Faculty Diversity. With Marilyn Sanders Mobley, Vice President for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity and Professor of English, CWRU.

February 12: Long-Term Care in the United States and the Netherlands. With M. C. Terry Hokenstad, Ralph S. and Dorothy P. Schmitt Professor, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences.

February 19: An Actuary’s View of Health Care Reform Estimates. With John Bertko, former Vice President and Chief Actuary, Humana Inc.

February 26: Is Deindustrialization Bad for America? With Susan Helper, AT&T Professor and Chair, Department of Economics; David Clingingsmith, Assistant Professor of Economics; and Joe White.

March 5: Ohio’s State Budget: Now What? With Zach Schiller, Research Director, Policy Matters Ohio.

March 12: Spring Break, No Discussion

March 19: Science in the Courts. With Wendy Wagner, Joe A. Worsham Centennial Professor, University of Texas School of Law.

March 26: To be determined

April 2: Abortion, Health Care Reform, and the Moral Dimensions of Political Compromise. With Susan Dwyer, Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Maryland.

April 9: To be determined

April 16: : Does Environmental Responsibility Mean the Elderly Should Accept “Natural” Deaths? With Felicia Nimue Ackerman, Professor of Philosophy, Brown University.

April 23: What the Health Care Reform Law Will Do; or, Why Health Care Reform Failed; or, Health Care Reform: What Next? or, All of the Above. With Joe White, Luxenberg Family Professor of Public Policy

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

Where Do We Go From Here? Building on the Legacy of Dr. King

12:30-1:45 p.m., Friday January 22, 2010, Amasa Stone Chapel, Case Western Reserve University

Democratic political strategist Donna Brazile is an adjunct professor, author, syndicated columnist, television political commentator, vice chair of voter registration and participation at the Democratic National Committee, and former chair of the DNC's Voting Rights Institute.

In addition to working for the full recovery of her beloved New Orleans, Brazile is encouraging young people to vote, work within the system to strengthen it, and run for public office.

Legal Issues Affecting the Terminally Ill Patient

Thursday January 21, 2009, 12-1 p.m., Moot Courtroom (A59), Case Western Reserve University School of Law, 11075 East Boulevard, Cleveland, OH 44106-7148. This program is sponsored by the Elena and Miles Zaremski Law-Medicine Forum presented by The Law-Medicine Center.

Dr. Dale H. Cowan is Senior Medical Director for Oncology for Alere Medical, has a Consulting appointment with the Cleveland Clinic, and is a Clinical Professor of Environmental Health Sciences at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

Dr. Cowan will discuss how the rights of terminally ill patients may be affected by federal and state laws, which affect Advance Directives. Individuals create Advance Directives to indicate how they wish to be treated if they should become mentally or physically incapacitated. In addition, federal and U.S. Supreme Court decisions may affect patient autonomy, the role and rights of decision makers and caretakers for incapacitated individuals, and the role and authority of States to direct such care.

He will also examine legal decisions affecting physician-assisted suicide/patient-directed death and access by terminally ill patients to drugs not approved by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for general use.

Reproductive Rights, Human Rights, and the Human Right to Health

Friday January 22, 2009, 9-4 p.m., Moot Courtroom (A59), Case Western Reserve University School of Law, 11075 East Boulevard, Cleveland, OH 44106-7148. This program is sponsored by Case Western Reserve Law Review.

The Law Review Symposium will address and analyze the human right to health and reproductive rights from comparative, international and domestic or constitutional perspectives. Panelists will tackle topics such as access to reproductive technologies, sexual violence and the so-called “conflict” between maternal and fetal rights. By bringing together varied viewpoints, the Law Review will endeavor to spark debate.

The discussion on reproductive rights is no longer limited to the scope a woman’s rights. Rather, the debate regarding the propriety of reproductive liberties dictates the policies we create on a broader scale. The rhetoric, dialogue, and empirical studies on reproductive rights shape health care bills, influence judicial appointments, and drive political debate. The topic encompasses civil rights and government relations. The subject is relevant by virtue of its pervasiveness in our current cultural and political dialogues and its enormous impact on the wide range of issues with which it is intertwined.

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