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The Batten Alumni Advisory Board and The Athletics Career Advisory Board will be hosting a student athlete networking event via zoom on February 21st at 7:00pm ET.  The event targets three groups: (1) student athletes that are looking to join Batten; (2) student athletes that are already in Batten; and (3) student athletes that have graduated from Batten.

Hardy is a nonresident senior fellow in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution, a research fellow with the Institute for Economic Equity at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, and a research affiliate of both the University of Wisconsin Institute for Research on Poverty and the University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research. His research interests lie within labor economics, with an emphasis on economic instability, intergenerational mobility, poverty policy, racial economic inequality, and socio-economic outcomes.

Karsh Voting Event

In this conversation, hosted in partnership with the Karsh Institute of Democracy, E.J. Dionne, Jr. and Miles Rapoport discuss their new book “100% Democracy: The Case for Universal Voting.”

Logan Stundal is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Global Policy Center/Humanitarian Collaborative at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy at the University of Virginia. His research focuses on political violence, armed conflict, and the intersection of public health and conflict including the spread of disease in war zones.

John Sides studies political behavior in American and comparative politics. He is an author of Identity Crisis: The 2016 Presidential Campaign and The Battle for the Meaning of America, The Gamble: Choice and Chance in the 2012 Election, and Campaigns and Election: Rules, Reality, Strategy, Choice. He has published articles in various scholarly journals, including the American Political Science ReviewAmerican Journal of Political ScienceBritish Journal of Political Science, and Journal of Politics. His current book project focuses on fiscal politics in the U.S.

Mary Kroeger is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She received her Ph.D. in Politics and Social Policy from Princeton University, and holds a B.A. from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Her research interests are in U.S. state politics, American political institutions, bureaucratic-legislative interactions, policy diffusion, and quantitative methods.

Erika Franklin Fowler is professor of government at Wesleyan University where she directs the Wesleyan Media Project (WMP), which tracks and analyzes political advertising in real-time and local television news across the country.

Craig Volden, Co-Director of the Center for Effective Lawmaking and professor at the Batten School, will join state lawmakers identified by independent observers as exceptional political leaders and leaders of nonprofits dedicated to supporting better political leadership in the U.S. to reflect on the issues at stake for our democracy.

Being an effective advocate has become an essential part of leadership in the nonprofit sector. With advances in technology and the increased participation in new media platforms, engagement between leaders from both the public and private sectors has become a necessary task. However, few have been trained to execute this critical role effectively. The policymaking process of the U.S. government, one based in the principles of federalism and democracy, is complex and confounding, but also accessible – with the proper set of knowledge and skills. Knowing the difference between educating government officials versus lobbying, how to galvanize the voices of your members, what types of tools to use for various audiences, and how to craft persuasive – and therefore successful – messages all can be learned. While the “recipe” for lobbying can be applied at any level of government, successful advocacy requires knowledge regarding pertinent data, policy research, strategic planning, grassroots organizing, and succinct and persuasive message development. To address this gap, the Batten Foundation, in collaboration with the Center for Nonprofit Excellence, is designing a three-part workshop series to give nonprofit leaders the knowledge and skills for successful policy advocacy.

economy global policy

POSTPONED until further notice. For this Merrick Lecture, Catherine Wolfram, Visiting Professor at the Harvard Kennedy School ​and former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Climate and Energy Economics at the U.S. Treasury, will join the Batten community. This event will consist of a presentation and discussion on global climate change, policies surrounding the issue and the role economists can (and do) have.