The purpose of the seminars is to bring to the campus persons whose own responsible leadership enables them to help clarify issues of public policy and provide opportunities for students to network and interact with these external experts. Each seminar topic is researched by a group of four to five Garfield Scholars. The research is then shared with the larger group of scholars, compiled and will be presented along with a critique of the seminar to the Advisory Council in May. All of the seminars have been well attended by students, faculty, staff, alumni, and greater community leaders. The Garfield Institute has already been remarkably successful in exposing the local public to thoughtful discussion of public issues and in promoting the aspirations of the Institute’s own students toward careers in public leadership and service.
Please check out the videos of the seminar below.
Dr. Boaz Ganor, Founder & Executive Director, Institute for Counter-Terrorism, Deputy Dean, Lauder School of Government, The Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya, Israel
Dr. Dalia Dassa Kaye, Director of the Center for Middle East Public Policy, and senior political scientist, RAND Corporation
As seminar focusing on the partisanship of our political system and it’s impact on our future. Please enjoy the videos from the seminar below.
William A. Galston: Ezra Zilkha Chair and Senior Fellow in the Governance Studies Program at The Brookings Institution; former policy advisor to President Clinton and expert on domestic policy, political campaigns, and elections. Galston is the author of eight books and more than 100 articles in the fields of political theory, public policy, and American politics.
Thomas E. Mann: W. Averell Harriman Chair and Senior Fellow in Governance Studies at The Brookings Institution; former Director of Governmental Studies at Brookings and former executive director of the American Political Science Association. In 2008 he and Norman Ornstein published an updated edition of The Broken Branch: How Congress is Failing America and How to Get It Back on Track. Their new book, It’s Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided With the New Politics of Extremism was published in May, 2012.
The Garfield Student Scholars take on a two-part seminar on the relationship between the United States and China.
Part One: “The Beginning of a Beautiful Friendship? China, the U.S. and the Future of the World’s Most Important Bilateral Economic Relationship,” February 6,2012. Featuring: Zachary Karabell, President of River Twice Research, award winning Portfolio Manager of the China-US Growth Fund, author of Superfusion: How China and American Became One Economy and Why the World’s Prosperity Depends on It.
Part Two: ”Why China Cannot Rise Peacefully,” March 12, 2012. Featuring: John Mearsheimer, R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science & Co-Director of the Program for International Security Policy, University of Chicago, author of The Tragedy of Great Power Politics.
The Garfield Institute hosted a seminar on Monday, December 5, 2011; the event focused on the issues surrounding the debt issue and how politics has affected the situation. Paul O’Neill, the 72nd United States Secretary of the Treasury, was our keynote speaker. Below are the videos from the event.
The Garfield Institute’s yearly scholar trip to DC was held on October 14-16, 2011. The scholars visited and hosted a Hiram College event at the National City Christian Church. The scholars heard from Professor Allen Peskin about the life of James A. Garfield and what the possibilities would have been for his presidency if he had not been assassinated. The talk is below:
Also here is a article written about the trip from Garfield Scholar Courtney Wade:
The Garfield Institute for Public Leadership was accompanied by the Hiram choir as we took our trip to Washington D.C. Upon arrival, the trip started off with a dinner at the Capitol Hill Club and a speech from Norman Ornstein. Ornstein began with some humor, but quickly got down to business, speaking to us about the movement from moderate politics to the current homogeneous polarized parties. He blamed this division as a leading cause for the disjoint between Republicans and Democrats, calling it “tribal politics.” Orenstein expects the polarization to be even worse in the 112th Congress, which would make coming up with a solution to the U.S. debt crisis even more difficult.
Day two began with a trip to Mount Vernon. We walked around the vast plantation and received a tour of Washington’s home. Overall, it was an unforgettable experience to have been able to walk where the Father of Our Country once did. Following the tour, we sat down for lunch and a panel discussion with Alice Rivlin, James Longley, and Susan Irving. The panelists each covered many topics and discussed their own views about our nation’s debt crisis. Irving said that compromise has become the equivalent to a dirty word between parties; Rivlin explained that there are no pleasant options when it comes to solving our nation’s problems, and Longley touched on how the Tea Party has disrupted the proceedings in the House. To conclude, the panelists opened up the floor for questions from the scholars and alumni.
Following the panel, we made our way to the National City Christian Church where we got to see the beautiful stained glass window dedicated to James A. Garfield. We also got a tour of the church and learned about Garfield’s ties to the Disciples of Christ. We were then joined by friends of the Garfield Institute and Hiram President Thomas Chema. Together we enjoyed a musical performance by the choir. Lastly, we got to learn all about Garfield from the author of his biography, Allan Peskin. During his speech, Peskin debunked the myth that Garfield could write Latin with one hand and Greek with his other at the same time. (I think it is safe to say we were all a little upset to find out that this was just a myth
On the third and final day, we attended church before departing. The service was inspired by Garfield and our choir performed once again. Overall, we learned a lot about the debt crisis and why our parties have been growing apart as the years go by. The trip was nicely balanced with informational speakers, tours, and performances.
The Garfield Institute hosted a lively discussion on civility in American politics. The videos below are from the event.
Scholar in residence Jason Johnson and the panelists discuss the long term implications of the 2010 election cycle. The panelists and audience debate the future for politics in Ohio from many different viewpoints.
Dr. Scott Sagan discusses the current issues surrounding nuclear power and the proliferation of new weapons, while outlining the potential for disarmament through extranational efforts. Below are the videos from the event.
Leaders in the discussion of America’s energy future share their insights and concerns with Hiram College, with a main presentation on the potential of coal gasification. Participants in the seminar are as follows: Mark Shanahan, Director, The Ohio Quality Development Authority, James Bartis, Senior Policy Researcher, RAND Corporation Environment, Energy & Economic Development Program, Louis Circeo, Ph.D., Principal Research Scientist, Electro-Optical Systems Laboratory, Georgia Institute of Technology, Thomas Hoffman, Senior V.P., External Affairs, CONSOL Energy, Inc. Below are the videos from the event.
This conference focused on the issues of Latin America through the eyes of diplomats from both North and South America. The topics centered on economic integration and broadened to discussions of western hemisphere relations. The speakers from this conference were: Jorge Castañeda, Ph.D., Foreign Minister of Mexico, 2000-2003, Ambassador Roberto Flores Bermúdez, Ambassador of Honduras to the U.S. from May 2006-2009, Ambassador Craig Kelly, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, U.S. Department of State, James Creagan, Director of the Center for International Studies, University of the Incarnate Word. Below are the videos of the event.