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Miami alumnus Darrell M. West to speak on the challenges facing President Obama and the U.S. Congress

02/07/2013

Darrell M. West, vice president and director of governance studies and director of the Center for Technology Innovation at the Brookings Institution, will speak on the challenges facing President Obama and the U.S. Congress from 2:15-3:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11, in 115 Schideler.

The talk is free and open to the public.

“The United States faces major challenges now from large budget deficits and long-term debt to immigration reform and improving education,” said West. “We need to understand how President Obama and members of Congress can work together to solve these problems in order to make sure the next generation has the same opportunities as previous ones. Voters must understand the stakes of contemporary conflicts and why it is vital to address them.”

Prior to Brookings, West was the John Hazen White Professor of Political Science and Public Policy and director of the Taubman Center for Public Policy at Brown University. He is the winner of the American Political Science Association’s Don K. Price Award for best book on technology (for Digital Government). West has also published more than three dozen scholarly articles in a wide range of academic journals, including the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science and Journal of Politics among others. Additionally, he is the co-author of 18 books including Digital Schools: How Technology Can Transform Education. His current research at Brookings focuses on technology, mass media, campaigns and elections, and public sector innovation.

“Darrell's prodigious scholarly work is widely recognized both nationally and internationally,” said Bryan Marshall, professor of political science at Miami. "He is author or co-author of 18 books and dozens of scholarly articles. The breadth and depth of his work is truly inspiring. His work not only traverses critical areas of public policy such as immigration, healthcare, and education but his work also illuminates our understanding of many big perennial questions in political science."

“The Darrell West Lecture Series in American Politics” is an outstanding investment in our talented students,” said Patrick J. Haney, interim chair of Miami University’s department of political science. “Darrell is a distinguished political scientist, a friend, a former student, and a generous alumnus. We are thrilled to have him here for the inaugural lecture and are tremendously grateful.”

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