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Policy Pub

Each day, policy decisions that directly impact our lives are made at the local, state, national, and global levels. At the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy, our faculty is in the business of researching, teaching, and furthering understanding these decisions, the people and institutions who make them, and how they affect us all.

Policy Pub is an opportunity to tap into that knowledge and experience and to connect with experts and fellow citizens in an informal atmosphere.

Policy Pub attendees listen to brief, plain-language talks about such topics as politics, economics, the environment, and more. Then they ask questions and engage in friendly dialogue. It’s fun, social, interactive, and highly informative.

After each Pub session, we post audio from the evening and the faculty presenter’s Power Point so you can follow along with their presentation. You can access these on the individual Pub pages below.


Public Health in the Face of Climate Change

Tuesday, January 16, 2018
5:30-6:30 p.m.
Backwoods Bistro
401 E. Tennessee St., Tallahassee
(corner of Gadsden St.)

The spring Policy Pub series kicks off with a program orginially scheduled for last fall but postponed due to Hurricane Irma.

Assistant Professor of Geography Chris Uejio will present his talk on "Public Health in the Face of Climate Change" at the January session of the college's popular series that brings together the general public with policy experts from FSU for an open discussion of today's most important issues.

“Climate change is a very real environmental crisis,” Uejio says. “We want to look at ways to strengthen our institutions and infrastructure in order to help society withstand and recover from disasters as well as climate change.”

Ageism in an Aging Society

Tuesday, November 14, 2017
5:30-6:30 p.m.
Backwoods Bistro
401 E. Tennessee St., Tallahassee
(corner of Gadsden St.)

Our population is aging. Birthday celebrations for those reaching their 80s, 90s, and even beyond now commonplace. But ageism targeting these adults – and even those decades younger – remains curiously persistent.

In this presentation, Anne Barrett, Professor of Sociology and Director of the Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy, asks why ageism persists and why it should matter to us all. She will discuss the issue and its implications for individuals in all life stages in our aging society.

After the brief talk, the public will have the opportunity to ask questions and engage in dialogue on the topic.

Medical Marijuana and Same Sex Marriage: Understanding State Choices

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 5:30-6:30 pm
Backwoods Bistro 401 E. Tennessee St., Tallahassee
(Corner of Gadsden St.)

Policy Pub is a recurring series of brief, plain-language talks by faculty of the college on public policy issues that affect everyone.

Frances Berry of the Askew School of Public Administration and Policy will use the issues of medical marijuana and same sex marriage to illuminate the processes by which states determine the laws that will govern their citizens, sometimes at odds with federal laws and policy.

State laws regarding same sex marriage and medical marijuana have been changing fast. How have state laws differed? What are the causes of these changes? How do we explain state variation in laws adopted? Dr. Berry will open discussion about conflicts between federal and state laws and the impacts of court decisions in these policy areas.

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