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PFS Hosts Policy Expert Galston

In his weekly Politics & Ideas column in the Wall Street Journal, political theorist and writer William A. Galston has recently explored viewpoints on topics ranging from President Barack Obama’s foreign policy challenges in the Middle East and Ukraine, inflation and U.S. economic growth, and social security and the standard of living for future generations.

On Monday, Sept. 29, the Hobart and William Smith President’s Forum Series will welcome Galston, the Ezra Zilkha Chair at the Brookings Institution’s Governance Studies Program, where he serves as a senior fellow. The talk titled “America’s Polarized Politics: Where does it come from, and what can we do about it?” will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Vandervort Room of the Scandling Campus Center. The event is free and open to the public. The talk will be broadcast live on WEOS 89.5 FM and 90.3 FM and will be available at

A former policy adviser to President Bill Clinton and to six presidential campaigns, Galston is an expert on domestic policy, political campaigns, and elections. His current research focuses on designing a new social contract and the implications of political polarization.

“I am delighted that Bill Galston is visiting our campus as a part of the President’s Speakers Forum series,” says Professor of Public Policy Craig Rimmerman. “He has devoted his entire professional career to exploring the important links among political philosophy, public policy, and the real world of politics. His topic of young peoples’ civic engagement over time is an important one and all the more important given his leadership work with the organization, No Labels.”

At the University of Maryland, Galston serves as the College Park Professor and was the Saul Stern Professor at the School of Public Policy. In addition, he has served as director of the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy, and as founding director of the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement.

The author of eight books and more than 100 articles in the fields of political theory, public policy, and American politics, Galston’s most recent books are “Liberal Pluralism” (Cambridge, 2002), “The Practice of Liberal Pluralism” (Cambridge, 2004), and “Public Matters” (Rowman & Littlefield, 2005). A winner of the American Political Science Association’s Hubert H. Humphrey Award, he was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2004.

Galston served as a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. He has appeared on all the principal television networks and is a frequent commentator on NPR.

The President’s Forum Series, established in the winter of 2000 by President Mark D. Gearan, is designed to bring a variety of speakers to campus to share their knowledge and ideas with students, faculty and staff of the Colleges, as well as with interested community members. The most recent guest of the President’s Forum Series was Victor Simpson ’63, former Rome Bureau Chief for the Associated Press.

Other recent speakers include Dr. Kathy Platoni ’74, clinical psychologist, author and retired U.S. Army Colonel; Todd S. Purdum, senior writer at POLITICO and a contributing editor at Vanity Fair; Gus Schumacher, executive vice president of policy and co-founder of Wholesome Wave; and Former Maine Republican Senator Olympia Snowe, the first woman in American history to serve in both houses of a state legislature and both houses of Congress.

On Saturday, Sept. 27 “Talk of the Nation” host Neal Conan and “Political Junkie” Ken Rudin will bring the “Political Junkie Road Show” to HWS as part of the President’s Forum Series.