Professor Paul C. Light Delivers Lecture at Library of Congress, Oct. 20

Paul C. Light, Goddard Professor of Public Service at New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, will deliver The Third Annual Bernard & Irene Schwartz Lecture on Congress on Monday, October 20, 2008, at The Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

Sponsored by NYUs John Brademas Center for the Study of Congress, and The Library of Congress, the distinguished lecture will begin at 10:30 a.m. (with doors opening at 10:00 a.m.).

Dr. Light is recognized as one of the nation’s leading experts on government reform, the political appointments process, Presidential transition, and the civil service. His latest book, A Government Ill-Executed, was recently launched in Washington, D.C., with remarks from Senator Tom Daschle and has received accolades from Speaker Newt Gingrich.

At the Library of Congress, Dr. Light will discuss this year’s elections, our stymied government bureaucracy, Congress’ role in the Presidential transition, and how to fix government so it works effectively. Following his remarks, there will be a discussion with experts Virginia L. Thomas and Rudy deLeon about the topics raised by Professor Light.

Media coverage is invited.

  • WHO: Paul C. Light, Goddard Professor of Public Service, NYU Wagner; Virginia L. Thomas, Associate Vice President, Hillsdale College and former Director of Executive Branch Relations at The Heritage Foundation; and Rudy deLeon, Senior Vice President of National Security and International Policy at American Progress in Washington, D.C.
  • WHAT: The 3rd Annual Bernard and Irene Schwartz Lecture on Congress, delivered by Professor Light, followed by a discussion with Ms. Thomas and Mr. deLeon.
  • WHERE: The Library of Congress, The Jefferson Building, Members Reading Room, 10 First Street, S.E., Washington, D.C.
  • WHEN: Monday, October 20, 2008, 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. (doors open at 10:00 a.m.).

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About the John Brademas Center for the Study of Congress
The mission of the John Brademas Center for the Study of Congress is to increase the understanding of Congress-“the People’s Branch” of government- its role in making policy; its powers, processes and responsibilities. The Brademas Center’s bi-partisan work is aimed at scholars, students, current and future public servants, and the public. To realize our mission, the Center conducts research, teaches and holds public outreach events-such as symposia and conferences-and hosts policy addresses by members of Congress. Our programming explores issues and problems of the legislative branch from new perspectives. As a part of the New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, the Brademas Center strives to help the next generation of public service leaders develop a deeper understanding of how and why Congress makes decisions. The Center is named for founder John Brademas, who served in the U.S. House for 22 years (1959-81).

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