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Harrington Public Affairs Lecture Series

The Harrington Public Affairs Lecture Series is funded by the Francis A. Harrington Public Affairs Fund. Mr. Harrington was a Worcester native, civic leader, vice president and director of the Paul Revere Insurance Companies and a member of Clark University‚Äôs Board of Trustees.  In 1963, Mr. Harrington gave a generous gift to Clark to establish a permanent endowment whose income is to be used for lectures, seminars, scholarships, fellowships and other programming in public affairs. The Political Science Department offers these lectures on a yearly basis.

2016 Harrington Lecture

October 17, 2016
"Obama, Syria, and the Transformation of U.S. Policy in the Middle East" (including reference to the Syrian refugee crisis)
Steven Heydemann, Professor and Janet W. Ketcham 1953 Chair of Middle East Studies at Smith College, and a nonresident senior fellow in the Center for Middle East Policy of the Brookings Institution.

March 28, 2016
"Why They Win: Perspectives on the 2016 Elections"
Election-year politics are no party -- Anger. Outrage. Distortion.
These and other equally unpleasant words have shaped the vocabulary for the 2016 presidential campaign, and it will only get worse according to the three scholars, Erika Franklin Fowler, Assistant Professor of Government, Wesleyan University, David A. Hopkins, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Boston College, and Sarah Sobieraj, Associate Professor of Sociology, Tufts University at the Spring Harrington Public Affairs Lecture panel discussion in Tilton Hall.

Past Lectures

October 21, 2014
"The 2014 Congressional Elections"
Paul S. Herrnson, Professor of Political Science at the University of Connecticut and Executive Director of the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research.

October 28, 2013
"Congress: Legislating in Polarized Times"
Sarah A. Binder, Fellow in Governance Studies at The Brookings Institution and Professor of Political Science at George Washington University.

April 18, 2013

"Follies, Failures and [#$@%]-Ups: Why is U.S. Foreign Policy So Dysfunctional?"
Stephen Walt, Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

October 24, 2012
"The Supreme Court and the Polarization of American Politics"
Lawrence Baum, Professor Emeritus of Political Science at The Ohio State University.

April 11, 2012
"Islam and Democracy: A Look at the Evidence" [Watch the video]
M. Steven Fish, Professor of Political Science at the University of California-Berkeley.

October 24, 2011
"A Primer on The Primaries: Polarized Politics and Presidential Nominations"
John Coleman, Chair of the Political Science Department, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

April 7, 2011
"America's Hegemonic Dilemma: Building Legitimate and Loyal States In an Age of Global Insurgency"
David Lake, Distinguished Professor of Political Science, University of California, San Diego (UCSD), and President of the International Studies Association.

November 16, 2010
"The Prospects for Black-Latino Coalitions in City Politics"
Marion Orr is the Fred Lippitt Professor of Public Policy, Political Science and Urban Studies at Brown University, and Director of Brown's Taubman Center for Public Policy and American Institutions.

November 2, 2009
"The Supreme Court One Year after the Presidential Election"
Linda Greenhouse, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who covered the U.S. Supreme Court for the New York Times.  Currently she is the Knight Distinguished Journalist in Residence and Joseph M. Goldstein Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School.

April 9, 2008
"Gender Mainstreaming in UN Security Policy: A Path to Political Transformation?"

Carol Cohn, Director, Boston Consortium on Gender, Security, and Human Rights Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University

February 20, 2008
"Is this the Best Way to Choose a President?" Reflections on the 2008 Primaries
Panel Members: William G. Mayer, Associate Professor of Political Science, Northeastern University/Boston Dean Spiliotes, NHPoliticalCapital.com, writer, Veteran Political Scientist & Political Analyst

October 16, 2006
"Party Wars: Polarized Politics and Policy Making in the Bush Years"
Barbara Sinclair, Marvin Hoffenberg Professor of American Politics, University of CA, Los Angeles

March 16, 2006
"Presidential Power and the Bush Administration"
James Pfiffner, Professor of Public Policy, George Mason University

March 31, 2005
"Re-thinking Accountability in Education: Toward a Contributing Community"
Clarence Stone, Research Professor of Public Policy and Political Science, George Washington University and Professor Emeritus, University of Maryland

September 30, 2004
"Immigration and the Hispanic Population of the United States"
Alejandro Portes, Howard Harrison & Gabrielle Snyder Beck Professor of Sociology, Princeton University

November 18, 2002
"Cold War Without Communism"
Theodore Lowi, John L. Senior Professor of American Institutions, Cornell University

October 11, 2001
"Diversity in America: Keeping Government at a Safe Distance"
Peter H. Schuck, Simeon E. Baldwin Professor of Law, Yale University

November 30, 2000
"Election 2000: Assessments and Prospects"
Panel Discussion:
Anthony Corrado, Associate Professor of Government, Colby College
Marc Landy, Professor of Political Science, Boston College
Darrell West
John Hazen White Distinguished Professor of Public Policy and Political Science, Brown University