Democracy was in focus at CU Denver when Nobel Peace Prize recipient Dmitry Muratov recently visited the campus on a blustery Colorado Tuesday. The all-day event was hosted by the School of Public Affairs (SPA) and coincided with the school’s 50th anniversary, the launch of the Center on Policy and Democracy, and the newly re-energized Herrick Roth Lecture Series on Democracy. Students, alumni, faculty, staff, and members of the community gathered to hear the Russian journalist speak on topics like the role independent media, higher education, and world citizens play in creating peace and sustaining democracy.
Master of Public Policy (MPP) student Nico Arizaga has commenced work on establishing a student association for the MPP program. The Master of Public Policy Student Association (MPPSA) works to create community, opportunity, and networks for new and seasoned MPP students alike.
The Herrick Roth Community Seminars on Democracy hosted a lunch event on March 10 on media and democracy. The event was moderated by Melissa Davis and Corey Hutchins of the Colorado Media Project and featured panelists: Kyle Clark, Anchor & Managing Editor, 9News; Andrew Villegas, News Director, Colorado Public Radio; Elizabeth Green, Founder & CEO, Chalkbeat and Co-author of “The Roadmap for Local News;” and Jesus Sanchez, Publisher & Editor, El Comercio de Colorado.
The Center for Policy and Democracy has partnered with Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic on a project utilizing the Policy Conflict Framework to assess issues in a range of policy realms. They plan to present their work at the European Consortium for Political Research Annual Conference in Prague in September.
Professor Chris Weible has become a member of the Stakeholder Advisor Board for a project funded by the European Commission entitled “Reignite Multilateralism via Technology” (REMIT) to strengthen European Union’s role in global governance. The project is coordinated by Dr. Roberta Haar at the University College Maastricht, the Netherlands.
Professor Chris Weible has been appointed Visiting Professor with the Political Science unit in the Department of Social Sciences, Technology, and Arts at Luleå University of Technology (LTU), Sweden. The role involves collaborating with LTU faculty and students on projects and building tighter bonds with CU Denver.
Several Center for Policy and Democracy students will be presenting at the Midwest Political Science Association Annual Conference in Chicago, IL from April 13-16. Emma Scheetz is presenting her work on about emotions and coalition formation on a renewable transmission line. Kayla Gabehart is presenting some of her dissertation work in a presentation titled: “Colorado’s “MeatOut”: An Examination of Executive Branch Policymaking, Rural Exclusion, and Culture and Identity as Policy Core Beliefs.” Anna Crawford is presenting her work on coalitions and abortion policy.
PhD student Allegra Fullerton is presenting work at the Western Political Science Association Annual Conference in San Francisco, CA from April 6-8. Her presentation, based on work co-authored with Chris Weible, is titled: “Linking emotional expressions to beliefs in gender policy. A case study of gender affirming care policies in Arkansas using Emotional Expression Belief Analysis and the Advocacy Coalition Framework.”
The new Center for Community Safety and Resilience (CCSR), housed at the School of Public Affairs at CU Denver, hosted an event to disseminate the findings of a recently produced report on crime rates in Colorado from 2010 to 2021. The report co-authors are School of Public Affairs faculty Professor and CU Regent Callie Rennison and Dr. Sheila Huss, clinical assistant professor and interim co-director of the CCSR.
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