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Public Policy Minor

PBPL 85: Global Policy Leadership Travels to the Middle East

The class met at the Newark airport with luggage full of books related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and ideas for the class memo. After a long flight from Newark, we arrived in Israel yesterday afternoon with excitement for the trip ahead and only missing one piece of luggage that was still stuck in the United States. Upon arrival, we were able to explore Tel Aviv a bit and enjoy Israeli cuisine before returning to our hotel, conveniently located near the beach.

New Public Policy Minor Course Winter Term (16W)

Professor Charlie Wheelan will be teaching Education 20: Educational Issues in Contemporary Society (10A) this coming winter term (16W). This course can count towards the public policy minor and will be of particular interest to those students studying the interplay of education and public policy.

This course gives students a critical introduction to the public institution they know best – the American school. As Professor Wheelan points out, “[Students] have already spent at least twelve years ‘studying’ schools from the inside, though [they] have probably only considered a small piece of the broader education system.”

Steve Norton Visits PBPL 45 Class

On October 1, 2015, Steve Norton of the New Hampshire Center for Public Policy Studies (NHCPPS), spoke with students in Professor Ron Shaiko's PBPL 45: Introduction to Public Policy Research class. Norton discussed the mission of NHCPPS as well as the Center's most recent 2015 publication, "What Is New Hampshire? An Overview of Issues Shaping the Granite State’s Future" (Tyler Stoff '15, a past Policy Research Shop participant and an intern at the NHCPPS this summer, participated in writing the report).

 

PBPL 85: Global Policy Leadership Releases its Final Report

The students of Public Policy 85 have delivered their PDF iconfinal report (PDF). This document endeavors to extrapolate lessons from Northern Ireland's “Troubles," a sectarian war between Irish Catholics and British Protestants, and to present policy recommendations on how to end conflict, construct peace accords, and build societal reconciliation. Professor Charlie Wheelan required that the recommendations, directed to a hypothetical group of senior government officials, be as specific and actionable as possible.  This memo, written collaboratively by the 12 students participating in the course, helped to synthesize the lessons learned from 10 weeks of study on campus and nearly three weeks of travel across Ireland. While the case of Northern Ireland is fairly unique, it yields valuable insights for those looking to solve other conflicts, especially those with a sectarian nature. 

PBPL 85: Global Policy Leadership Travels to Northern Ireland

After a great final week in Northern Ireland, the PBPL 85 participants are back in the USA. The final few days in Belfast were a frenetic combination of meetings, side trips to the remarkable Irish coast, and a final push to complete the memo on lessons from the Northern Ireland peace process that could be applied to other sectarian conflicts around the world.

 

 

PBPL 85: Global Policy Leadership Participant Ayesha Dholakia '15

This post is part of a series on the Global Policy Leadership Practicum through PBPL 85. Students reflect on their experiences as part the travel abroad portion of the course to Northern Ireland during the winter break.
 

 

PBPL 85 students pose for a group photo during a weekend of adventure.

This weekend has been full of adventuring. On Saturday, we woke up bright and early to take a bus to Derry/Londonderry/Stroke City. For our first stop, we explored the Museum of Free Derry where we took in powerful video footage, letters, and other information about Bloody Sunday. Next we grabbed lunch followed by a walking tour. Led by an ex-prisoner, the tour took us around the city to see such sights as the Bogside Murals. It slightly warmer out than the Siberia-esque weather we experienced the day before. After the tour, we  jumped on the bus back, grabbed dinner, and went to work, rejuvenated after the previous night’s game night and work ceasefire.

 

 

 

PBPL 85: Global Policy Leadership Participant Summer Modelfino '15

This post is part of a series on the Global Policy Leadership Practicum through PBPL 85. Students reflect on their experiences as part the travel abroad portion of the course to Northern Ireland during the winter break.

Today was our first full day in Belfast, and the ladies at Pearl Court Guesthouse prepared a fantastic breakfast. In the morning, our classmate Noah stormed out of the guesthose, suitcase in hand, without a word. We had to carry on without him, since we had two speakers lined up and needed to prepare our questions. It turns out he was just dropping off his laundry, which made the rest of us feel a little silly. With the group together, minus one, it was go-time. I would also like to recognize Ester for her transatlantic adventure to interview with monkeys.

In true historian fashion, our first speaker, Henry Patterson, shared some of his knowledge with us about the UUP. Thank you, Mr. Patterson! Next on the agenda was Avila Kilmurray, one of the founders of the Women's Coalition Party. She gave us some insight on community-based projects and her work over the last 20 years.

PBPL 85: Global Policy Leadership Participant Noah Reichblum '15

This post is part of a series on the Global Policy Leadership Practicum through PBPL 85. Students reflect on their experiences as part the travel abroad portion of the course to Northern Ireland during the winter break.

 

 

PBPL 85 students at Boston College's Dublin campus.

Today was filled meetings, pints of Guinness, and a riveting contemporary take on partition in Northern Ireland. Our morning started bright and early, with a classic Irish breakfast of sausages, eggs, and a whole lot of coffee. The group then trumped off to Boston College's campus in Dublin. We learned about Gerry Adams' past, the current Boston College Controversy, and a whole lot more.

 

 

 

 

PBPL 85: Global Policy Leadership Participant Kevin Schorr '15

This post is part of a series on the Global Policy Leadership Practicum through PBPL 85. Students reflect on their experiences as part the travel abroad portion of the course to Northern Ireland during the winter break.

 

 

PBPL 85 students with former Prime Minister Bertie Ahern.

The stakes were raised once again for the team today as we prepared to meet with the former Taoiseach, or Prime Minister for those of you not yet versed in Gaelic, of the Irish Free State/Republic, Bertie Ahern.

 

 

 

 

The meeting naturally took place at a valued site of Irish heritage, the Jameson distillery. No drinks were had, but many a pastry devoured by those in attendance as Bertie gave us a first-hand account of his experiences in the Good Friday peace talks, as well as a few choice words about resident British correspondent Nick’s favorite Iron-Lady politician, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

 

 

 

PBPL 85: Global Policy Leadership Participant Fiona Weeks '15

This post is part of a series on the Global Policy Leadership Practicum through PBPL 85. Students reflect on their experiences as part the travel abroad portion of the course to Northern Ireland during the winter break.

Today our group finally made it to Dublin, or as they call it, The Emerald City. We're certainly not in Kansas anymore. Using our knowledge of the area to fit in with the locals, we were immediately called out for being American by the Scottish lads “on holiday” who we met at the baggage claim. They were right, we are American. Except for Nick, our expert on British imperialism. CJ was dissatisfied with our transportation, the Mercedes minibus, but we relished in the luxury after sitting in tiny vans all the way to Heathrow. Afterward, we sped to the Belvedere Hotel. We had time only to hit the pubs and then hit the hay.

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