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Spring semester Policy Pub features timely topics of education, resilience

Associate Dean Deana Rohlinger says COSSPP scholars have become the go-to experts on the current pandemic as well as long-range policy issues.

After a highly successful fall series in a virtual webinar format, the public forum Policy Pub returns for three more sessions online between January and March 2021.

Scholars from the Florida State University College of Social Sciences and Public Policy (COSSPP) will speak on resilience, Florida’s charter schools and the future of higher education. 

After these brief, plain-language talks, Pub-goers who sign up to attend from the safety and privacy of their homes will have the opportunity to ask questions and take part in discussions of the topic at hand. 

The first session features Professor of Sociology Miles Taylor speaking on resilience – how scientists define it, how individuals “become” resilient and the importance of resilience to our future health and wellbeing. 

The event, which is free and open to the public, takes place:

5:30-6:30 P.M.
Register to attend at https://fla.st/3qSVyER
(You will receive an email reply with a link to attend the webinar)

“In the face of stress or traumatic events, some people seem to bounce back relatively quickly while some struggle to recover,” Taylor said. “In thinking about our ability to adapt to challenging situations, an emerging science on resilience can inform how we move forward in 2021. Resilience is particularly important to a time when the COVID pandemic has disrupted so many domains of our lives.” 

An associate of the FSU Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy, Taylor is a sociologist, gerontologist and demographer specializing in the areas of physical and mental health, population aging and family dynamics. Her research primarily examines processes of advantage and disadvantage across the life course and their implications for health in older adulthood. 

Unlike Zoom meetings where every participant is visible to all others “in the room,” the webinar format features a moderator and a presenter on screen, sharing visual materials related to the topic of the night. Attendees can choose to submit questions or comments through a written chat option to interact with the facilitator, speaker and other attendees.

The series continues February 16 with a presentation by Professor of Political Science Carol Weissert, director of the LeRoy Collins Institute, “Florida Charter Schools: Not as Good, or as Bad, as Advertised,” examining the findings of a 2020 LCI report on the system’s diversity, accountability, innovation and transparency. More info, including registration, at this link.

The final Policy Pub for the spring semester on March 16 features COSSPP Dean Tim Chapin on “The Future of Higher Education in a Post-Pandemic World.” He will discuss some of the ways higher education will be different in the years ahead, in terms of campus life, teaching, research and community engagement, and how these changes may affect the economic, cultural and social life of our city. Find out more about this session at this link

Both sessions also take place from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the virtual webinar format.

COSSPP Associate Dean Deana Rohlinger, who organizes and moderates the Policy Pubs, says these sessions are a fun and informative way for people to interact on issues and ideas that are relevant to our current moment but also have longer-range implications.

“As the shadow of the COVID pandemic continues to loom over us, the social scientists at FSU are recognized nationally as experts on how we can successfully navigate and emerge from this public health crisis,” Rohlinger said. “But these sessions also illustrate how our scholars are a valuable resource for understanding the broader implications of policy issues that will impact so many areas of our everyday lives in the years ahead.”