Civic education the focus of 3-day WWU seminar

Western Washington University is hosting a three-day seminar this week on civic education, which will feature speakers including current elected officials, public-policy experts and media representatives.

“The Ralph Munro Seminar for Civic Education,” will take place from Nov. 5-7, on WWU’s campus. The events are free and open to the public.

All panels will be in the WWU’s Viking Union Multipurpose Room. Community members attending the Munro seminars can obtain a free parking permit at WWU’s Parking Office.

Paul Dunn, senior executive assistant to WWU President Bruce Shepard, will serve as moderator for the panels.

The seminar is scheduled to air on TVW, Washington state’s public TV network. The event is sponsored by WWU’s Ralph Munro Institute, a program of the university’s Political Science Department.

Topics and panelists include:

“Changing Demographics, New Technology, and the Modern Workforce: How Should Higher Education Respond?”
Tuesday, Nov. 5, 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. 

Panel with Sen. Michael Baumgartner, vice chair of the Senate Ways & Means Committee and member of the Senate Higher Education Committee; Marjorie Hatter, Phillips 66 Refinery manager and member of the WWU Foundation Board of Directors; and Paul Francis, executive director of the Council of Presidents.

“Washington’s Business Climate:  Too Much Tax?  Too Much Regulation?”
Tuesday, Nov. 5, 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. 

Panel with Rep. Chris Reykdal, vice chair of the House Labor and Workforce Development Committee and member of the House Finance Committee; Rep. J.T. Wilcox,  minority floor leader, House Appropriations Committee; Paul Guppy, vice president for research, Washington Policy Center; and Andrew Nicholas, senior fiscal analyst, Washington State Budget and Policy Center.

“Economic Recovery: Competing Priorities for State Dollars”
Wednesday, Nov. 6, 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

Panel with Sen. Rodney Tom, Senate majority leader; Rep. Pat Sullivan, House majority leader; Sen. David Frockt, Senate Democratic floor leader and a member of the Senate Higher Education Committee; Rep. Chad Magendanz, assistant ranking member on the House Education Committee and a member of the House Higher Education Committee.

“Nurturing Talent & Innovation: What Is the State’s Role in Job Creation?”
Wednesday, Nov. 6, 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. 

Panel with Rep. Ross Hunter, chair of the House Appropriations Committee; Bill McSherry, director of State & Local Government Operations, The Boeing Co.; Susannah Malarkey, executive director, Technology Alliance; Egils Milbergs, former executive director of the Washington Economic Development Commission; and Alex Pietsch, director, Governor’s Office of Aerospace.

“Who Built That? Public Infrastructure and the Private Sector”
Thursday, Nov. 7, 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. 

Panel with Sen. Doug Ericksen, chair of the Senate Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee; Rep. Dan Kristiansen, House minority leader; Rep. Jeff Morris, chair of the House Technology and Economic Development Committee; and Rep. Larry Springer, deputy majority leader for Jobs and Economic Development and member of the  House Appropriations Committee.

“Changing Media Landscape: Impact on Political Coverage”
Thursday, Nov. 7, 10:30 a.m to 11:45 a.m. 

Panel with Joel Connelly, columnist with; Erik Smith, news editor and staff writer, Washington State Wire, and Jerry Cornfield, reporter and columnist with the Everett Herald.


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