Hauptmann School of Public Affairs

Dr. Jerzy Hauptmann Distinguished Guest Lecture Series

The Park University Dr. Jerzy Hauptmann Distinguished Guest Lecture Series was established through the generosity of alumni, colleagues and friends of Hauptmann upon his 40th anniversary at Park. The lecture series brings outstanding scholars to the Kansas City area to address topics related to Hauptmann's three areas of study: international politics, public administration and democracy.

2017 LECTURE

Alexander Heffner. -- "The future of civil discourse"

Monday, May 1, 2017
3 p.m.

Park Distance Learning Conference Center
Park University Parkville Campus
8700 NW River Park Drive
Parkville, MO 64152

For those unable to attend in person, the lecture will be streamed live at https://portal.stretchinternet.com/parkadmin/full.htm?eventId=360668&streamType=video.

The lecture is presented in collaboration with the National Archives at Kansas City.

Lecture Description:

Heffner will present a conversation that will navigate three areas of interest across civic life. He will talk about the millennial citizen; the space of old and new media; and the character of political discourse. From the formation of broadcasting to the emergence of social media, Heffner will consider a blueprint for “civic press.” He will also grapple with questions related to President Donald Trump and think about fresh ways young people can frame public policy, while reflecting on the 2016 campaign and how to improve the political process.


Alexander HeffnerAbout the Lecturer:
Heffner is the host of the PBS program “The Open Mind.” Heffner has covered American politics, civic life and millennials since the 2008 presidential campaign, including serving as a special correspondent for PBS’ “Need to Know” which chronicled the millennial vote in 2012. His work has been profiled in a wide-range of media outlets, and numerous essays, reviews and opinion/editorial pieces have appeared in numerous publications. He was political director and correspondent for WHRB-FM in Cambridge, Mass., and host of “The Political Arena,” a Sunday afternoon public affairs broadcast.


About the Lecture Series:
The Dr. Jerzy Hauptmann Distinguished Guest Lecture Series is named in honor of the late Park University professor emeritus of political science and public administration, Jerzy Hauptmann, Ph.D. Hauptmann taught at Park for more than 50 years, and launched the University’s first graduate degree program in 1982. In 2001, Park’s School for Public Affairs was renamed the Hauptmann School of Public Affairs in honor of this remarkable educator.

The Dr. Jerzy Hauptmann Distinguished Guest Lecture Series was established through the generosity of alumni, colleagues and friends of Hauptmann upon Hauptmann’s 40th anniversary at Park University. The Hauptmann Lecture brings outstanding scholars to the Kansas City area to address topics related to Hauptmann’s three areas of study: international politics, public administration and democracy.

Previous Lecturers in the Series

          •  2016 -- Dr. Francis Fukuyama, "The Origins of Political Order"
          •  2015 --
Dr. Frank J. Thompson, "The Struggle to Implement Obamacare: Implications for American Governance"
          •  2014 -- Dr. Robert Jervis, "Why Does the U.S. Spend so Much on Security and Feel so Insecure? Fear, Interests and Opportunity in Contemporary American Foreign Policy"
          •  2013 -- Dr. Theda Skocpol, "The Tea Party and Civic Engagement in America" 
          •  2012 -- Dr. Walter D. Broadnax, "Leadership Challenges for the Presidency: A World of Opportunities and Hazards”
          •  2011 -- Dr. John J. Mearsheimer, "Why Leaders Lie: The Truth About Lying in International Politics”
          •  2010 -- Dr. José Luis Valdés-Ugalde, "A Historical Assessment of the Inter-American Dilemma: The Conflict Between Security, Democratic Governance and Progress”
          •  2009 -- Dr. Pan Suk Kim, "Building Trust in Government by Improving Governance"
          •  2008 -- Dr. Lawrence J. Korb, "National Security in an Age of Terrorists, Tyrants and Weapons of Mass Destruction"
          •  2007 -- Dr. Emily Hauptmann, "Fighting Words: How Political Scientists and the Big Foundations Defined 'Democracy' During the Cold War"
          •  2006 -- Dr. David Rosenbloom, "Preserving Constitutional Government in an Age of Outsourcing"
          •  2005 -- Dr. Michael E. O'Hanlon, "The Axis of Evil and Doctrine of Preemption Three Years On"
          •  2004 -- Dr. Robert M. Entman, "Media, Foreign Policy and American Democracy After 9/11"
          •  2003 -- Dr. Patricia Ingraham, "The Performance Challenge: Why Public Management is Not for the Faint of Heart"
          •  2002 -- Dr. Donald J. Puchala, "The Tragedy of War and the Search for Meaning in International History"
          •  2001 -- Dr. John Mueller, "Democracy and Ralph's Pretty Good Grocery"
          •  2000 -- Dr. Donald Kettl, "Managing Government in a Globalized World"
          •  1999 -- Dr. John Lukacs, "The Idea of Europe"
          •  1998 -- Dr. Robert H. Ferrell, "From Wilson to Truman: Democracy and the American Presidency"
          •  1997 -- Dr. Chester A. Newland, "The Search for Reasonableness in Public Administration"
          •  1996 -- Dr. Richard L. Walker, "The Cultural Dimension of Foreign Relations"
          •  1995 -- Dr. David Mathews, "Democracy in America"
          •  1994 -- Dr. Dwight Waldo, "Public Administration Today: Multiple Perspectives"
          •  1993 -- Dr. Jan Prybyla, "The Interplay of Economics and Politics in the Transformation of Social Systems"