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Policy Pub Fall 2018: Aging, Consolidating, Voting in the Spotlight

August 21, 2018

Policy Pub, the popular free public forum series presented by the Florida State University College of Social Sciences and Public Policy, returns for three new sessions in fall 2018. Faculty from the college will present brief talks on aging in place, government consolidation, and the November midterm elections, followed by questions and discussion from the public.

“Local Organizations Supporting Aging in Place: What Can We Learn?”
Presented by Rebecca Miles

“Is Bigger Better? Benefits and Pitfalls of Regionalizing Public Services”
Presented by Sam Staley

“Unpacking the 2018 Midterm Elections: What Happened and What’s Next?”
Presented by Douglas Ahler

ALL SESSIONS 5:30-6:30 pm
Backwoods Bistro
401 East Tennessee St.
(corner of Gadsden)

The season kicks off with a talk by Emerita Professor Rebecca Miles, who retired this summer from FSU’s Department of Urban and Regional Planning. Miles, who has also been an affiliate of the Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy, will talk about her research in Kerala, India, where innovative measures have been instituted to support the rapidly growing over-65 population.

Miles’ Pub talk will look at aspects of the political, historical, socioeconomic, and cultural contexts that help make the Elderly Inclusion Program work well in Kerala. She will explore how these positive approaches might be adapted in other places and what we can learn locally from the experience.

The series continues on October 9 with a presentation by Sam Staley, director of the DeVoe Moore Center at the college. Staley’s talk will give his perspective on how consolidating municipal and county government services, often seen as a positive step for cutting costs and increasing efficiency, works in practice. He will look at local government and explore when consolidation makes sense, when it doesn't, and what path local communities can take to improve services and avoid busting local budgets.

The final session for fall features Assistant Professor of Political Science Douglas Ahler’s post-mortem on the November elections. His presentation should be a lively one, coming just one week after dozens of political races on the city, state, and national levels have been decided.

Policy Pubs take place in the relaxed atmosphere in the bar area of Backwoods Bistro at the corner of Tennessee and Gadsden streets. Guests can enjoy food and drink from the menu while listening to and talking about the evening’s topic. Because these events are very well attended, the public is encouraged to arrive early to get a good parking spot in the restaurant’s lot or surrounding streets and a good table inside.

For more info about Policy Pub, call 850-644-6284 or visit our calendar listings.

Rebecca Miles at a 2017 lecture on the topic she will discuss at Policy Pub, September 11.