YEAR ONE OF THE OBAMA PRESIDENCY
Doug Brattebo, Ph.D., J.D.
Friday January 15, 2009
Crawford Hall - Room 9
Case Western Reserve University
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.
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.
For more information about these and other Center for Policy Studies programs, please see http://policy.case.edu.