The Architecture of the Gun Control Debate

“Gun control has proven to be one of the most enduringly contentious, even acrimonious issues in American politics. I set out to discover why.” Author and Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science at SUNY Cortland Robert J. Spitzer explored the issue of gun control and politics in light of recent events. Leaving plenty of time...

Recognition Dinner Honoring Outgoing Goldfarb Center Director Sandy Maisel

The Colby community gathered to honor Sandy Maisel as he stepped down as founding director of the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement. President William Adams, Vice President for Academic Affairs Lori Kletzer, trustee and founding donor William Goldfarb ’68, P’00, and student advisory board executive Stanley Abrams ’12, offered remarks before Sandy...

Selecting Our Nation’s Judges: Are Judicial Elections Conducive to a System of Fair Justice?

In combination with the Brody Award Convocation, a distinguished panel moderated by Hon. John Woodcock (U.S. District Court, Maine) discussed questions focused on electing, as opposed to appointing, judges. Panelists included: Hon. Barbara Lynn (U.S. District Court, North District of Texas), Prof. Dmitry Bam (Maine Law), Prof. James Sample (Hofstra Law), and Prof. Jed Shugerman...

America’s Energy Future: A View from the Producers

Kristen Lingley, manager of government relations for the Independent Petroleum Producers of America, discusses the nation’s energy needs and ways they can be met from the perspective of the independent crude oil and natural gas explorers/producers in the U.S.

The Swing Vote: The Untapped Power of Independents

Focusing on swing demographic groups in swing states, Linda Killian discusses her new model of the swing voters, revealing who they are and what they want from their government. Her work examines this intense frustration that these voters feel with government policies and with the two-party system.

The Healthcare Debate: Perspectives from the American Hospital Association

Dr. John R. Combes, senior vice president of the American Hospital Association and president and chief operating officer of the Center for Healthcare Governance, discussed the recent political debates over the cost and provision of health care to American citizens, speaking from the perspective of the hospital industry.