The fourth edition of the Hobart and William Smith Colleges Public Affairs Journal (PAJ) was recently released, featuring an introduction by USA Today Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page who offered a President’s Forum lecture on Tuesday, Nov. 18. In addition to her respected work with USA Today, Page is also a regular guest on the weekly journalists’ roundtable on CNN’s Sunday morning interview program.
“Ms. Page as a journalist truly embodies on a daily basis the PAJ’s message regarding the importance of open discussions and debates about civic engagement, and public policy,” said PAJ chief editor Ross Green ’09. “I am really excited and honored that Ms. Page, a perfect role-model for journalistic pursuits at their finest, has written the introduction for our publication.”
PAJ is produced by the Hobart and William Smith Public Affairs Project, a student-run organization advised and assisted by faculty, staff and alumni/ae. In addition to the PAJ, the Project oversees the management and development of The Hobart and William Smith Online Journal of Public Affairs.
“What connects all of these pieces together is a commitment to opening a forum for debate and discussion regarding issues of public importance,” said Green.
“The Public Affairs Journal represents the best of Hobart and William Smith: engaged students productively working together to foster lively discourse and thereby enhance the civic engagement on our campus and beyond,” said President Mark D. Gearan. “At a time when far too many citizens are not engaged in public issues, the Hobart and William Smith Colleges Public Affairs Journal is an antidote for this prevailing cynicism. The editors and contributing student scholars have embraced the charge the founding students set for themselves: ignite interest in issues, challenge assumptions, and shape a meaningful discourse.”
Represented between the covers of the newest edition is the work of a student at McGill University, a student at Rice University, and a professor at the University of Maryland’s Center for Environmental Science. Additionally, there is substantive material from HWS professors and students, both present and alums. The pieces touch on Arab-American relations, education policy in America, the environment, and abortion rights, just to name a few.
Readers are encouraged to visit the PAJ Web site, www.publicaffairsjournal.com, where the Journal can be read in electronic form. The site also allows users to comment on particular articles or the Journal as a whole.
“I highly recommend that readers go on to the Web site and post comments on the blog portion for articles that they find particularly interesting,” comments Green.