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Center for Policy Studies

Public Affairs Discussion Group

Can We Legislate Ourselves Thinner?

Jessica Berg, J.D. - Professor of Law and Biomedical Ethics at Case Western Reserve University School of Law
Friday February 10, 2012
12:30-1:30 p.m.
Dampeer Room
Kelvin Smith Library
Case Western Reserve University

Dear Colleagues:

We continually hear about an obesity "epidemic." Aside from concerns about health, worries about the costs of treatment have now interested many other policy-makers in ideas about how the government could reduce obesity. But can governments do that much? Join us this week for a fascinating duscussion with Jessica Berg, Professor of Law and Biomedical Ethics.

Very best regards,
Joe White
Luxenberg Family Professor of Public Policy and Director, Center for Policy Studies

About Our Guest...

Jessica Berg joined the school of law faculty in 1999 after serving as the Director of Academic Affairs and Secretary of the Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs and Section Director of Professionalism at the American Medical Association. Before that, she was a Scholar in Excellence at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and a Fellow at the Center for Biomedical Ethics and the Institute for Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy at the University of Virginia. Professor Berg teaches Public Health Law, FDA Law, Bioethics & Law, and Human Subjects Regulation. She has a JD from Cornell University, and an MPH degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Her recent publications include “Putting the Community Back Into the Community Benefit Standard” 43 Georgia Law Review 1 (2009); Making all the Children Above Average: Ethical and Regulatory Concerns for Pediatricians in Pediatric Enhancement Research, 48(5) Clinical Pediatrics 472 (2009); “Of Elephants and Embryos: A proposed framework for legal personhood,” 59 Hastings Law Journal 369 (2007); Owning Persons: The Application of Property Theory to Embryos and Fetuses" 40 Wake Forest Law Review 159 (2005).

Where We Meet

The Friday Public Affairs Lunch convene each Friday when classes are in session in the Dampeer Room of Kelvin Smith Library from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm. The Dampeer Room is on the second floor of the library. If you get off the elevators, turn right, pass the first bank of tables, and turn right again. Occasionally we need to use a different room; that will always be announced in the weekly e-mails.

Parking Possibilities

The most convenient parking is the lot underneath Severance Hall. We regret that it is not free. From that lot there is an elevator up to street level (labeled as for the Thwing Center); it is less than 50 yards from that exit to the library entrance. You can get from the Severance garage to the library without going outside. Near the entry gates - just to the right if you were driving out - there is a door into a corridor. Walk down the corridor and there will be another door. Beyond that door you'll find the entrance to an elevator which goes up to an entrance right inside the doors to Kelvin Smith Library.

Friday Lunch Upcoming Topics and Speakers:

February 17: Is Childhood Obesity a New Form of Child Abuse? David Crampton, Associate Professor, Mandel School of Applied Social Science

February 24: Telling the Players Without a Scorecard: China's Leadership Transition. Paul Schroeder, Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science

March 2: Does the Fire Department Have a Hose? The IMF and World Bank in the Financial Crisis. Kathryn C. Lavelle, Ellen and Dixon Long Associate Professor of Political Science

March 9: Germany and the European Union. Ken Ledford, Associate Professor of History

March 16: Spring Break - No Discussion

March 23: TBA

March 30: Just Do It or Just Say No? The Politics of Sex Education. Mark Carl Rom, Associate Professor of Government and Public Policy, Georgetown University

April 6: TBA

April 13: Russia’s Presidential Election. Andrew Barnes, Associate Professor of Political Science, Kent State University

April 20: TBA

April 27: TBA
February 7, 2012

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Upcoming Events

Elsa Leichter’s Second Chance: Interruptions and Continuities in a Refugee Social Worker’s Transatlantic Career

Barbara Reiterer, Doctoral Fellow in Residence, German Historical Institute and Ph.D. candidate, University of Minnesota, February 8, 2012, 4:30-6 pm, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences (MSASS), Room 320 a,b,c, 11235 Bellflower Road, Cleveland OH. Sponsored by the The Max Kade Center for German Studies and the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences.

During World War II, American social work provided a professional refuge for Jewish women exiles. Through an exploration of the life and work of Elsa Leichter (1905-1997), a refugee social worker from Vienna who came to the United States on the eve of World War II, this presentation informs our understanding of refugee resettlement and gender. Leichter received a degree in social work from Case Western Reserve University and went on to work for the Jewish Family Service in New York City, where she earned distinction in the field of family therapy.

Leichter’s story informs the larger history of Austrian and American social work in the mid-twentieth century, and it deepens our understanding of the experiences of Jewish women exiles in the United States.

The Evolution and Future of Global Climate Change Institutions

Alexander Thompson, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Political Science at Ohio State University, Tuesday March 6, 2012, 4:30-6pm, Room 309, Clark Hall, Case Western Reserve University. Free and Open to the Public. Sponsored by the Center for Policy Studies at Case Western Reserve University with the generous support of Ms. Eloise Briskin.

A variety of political and legal institutions have been established over time to manage the issue of climate change at the global level, mostly centered on the UN. These institutions have varied in terms of the nature and depth of obligations they impose on states. The shallow and nonbinding Framework Convention on Climate Change (1992) was followed by the more legalized Kyoto Protocol, which in turn is being replaced by a more decentralized and flexible approach. Professor Thompson will describe these changes and offer an explanation for the design and evolution of climate institutions from the perspective of political and environmental effectiveness. He will also offer policy recommendations based on current problems in the regime and the political realities exposed by ongoing negotiations.

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