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David F. Linowes Lectures on Public Policy and Management

The David F. Linowes Lecture on Public Policy and Management is an annual lecture that brings an internationally prominent speaker to campus to discuss social, economic, organizational, and/or political aspects of national problems. This lecture series is supported through the kind generosity of the family of David F. Linowes.

Past Lectures

Modeling Thinking: One to Many and Many to One

Keynote Speaker: Prof. Scott E. Page

(April 26, 2017)

Prof. Scott Page

Prof. Scott E. Page is Director of the Center for the Study of Complex Systems at the University of Michigan. His research focuses on computational and statistical models of social systems, and the roles of diversity, culture and path dependence in complex systems. In addition to three books, he has published in an array of disciplines including Economics, Political Science, Computer Science, Management, Physics, Public Health, Geography, Urban Planning, Engineering and Public Policy. He also works with schools and corporations including Ford, Chrysler and Google, government agencies including the IMF and Departments of Education and Defense, and non-profits including the League of Black Women and the MacArthur and Kellogg Foundations



Living with Leviathan: How Political Accountability Shapes the Fate of Nations Worldwide

Keynote Speaker: Prof. James A. Robinson

(April 18, 2016)

Prof. James A. RobinsonProf. James A. Robinson is a University Professor at the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy. He was formerly the Wilbur A. Cowett Professor of Government at Harvard University. Prof. Robinson’s research focuses on the role of political institutions in long-term economic and social development. With Daron Acemoglu, he is the co-author of the New York Times best-selling book why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty. The American Political Science Association awarded his book, The Economic Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy both the Woodrow Wilson Foundation Prize for the best book “on government, politics or international affairs,” and the Riker Prize, which recognizes the best book on political economy. Currently, he is conducting research in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sierra Leone, Haiti and Colombia.


The Power of Forecasting Tournaments to Answer Previously Unanswerable Questions: How Good is Political Judgement? How Good Can it Become?

Keynote Speaker: Prof. Philip E. Tetlock - University of Pennsylvania

(April 13, 2015)


Prof. Philip E. Tetlock is the Annenberg University Professor, School of Arts and Sciences and Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He has received awards from professional and scientific organizations including the American Psychological Assoc., the American Political Science Assoc., the American Assoc. for the Advancement of Science, International Society of Political Psychology, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the National Academy of Sciences. He has published approximately 200 articles in peer-refereed journals and edited or written 10 books. His research programs have explored a variety of topics, including the challenges of assessing “good judgment” in both laboratory and real-world settings; and the criteria that social scientists use in judging judgment and drawing normative conclusions about bias and error


Integrating Muslims in Christian-Heritage Societies: A European Challenge

Keynote Speaker: Prof. David Laitin - Stanford University

(April 24, 2014)

David Laitin

Prof. David D. Laitin is the James T. Watkins IV and Elise V. Watkins Professor of Political Science at Stanford Univesristy. His specialty is comparative politics, in which he conducts reearch on political culture, ethnic conflict, and civil war. His field of experties spans Somalia, Nigeria, Catalonia, Estonia, and France.