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This Year's Theme

Hear what former presenters and speakers have to say about the Public Affairs Conference.

Free & Open to the public

All events are free and open to the public. The Robert F. Kennedy event requires a free ticket. For all other events, no registration is necessary.
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About the Conference April 13-16th 2010

The conference features a series of keynote presentations, panel discussions, and special events throughout the week, which touch upon business, family, international issues, the arts, and education.

Welcome from the conference chair

 Dr. Mahua Barari Mitra

The sixth Annual Public Affairs Conference will convene April 13-16, 2010 and its theme is The New Economy: Peril and Promise. During 2008-2009, the world witnessed a severe financial crisis which triggered a global economic meltdown not seen since the depression of the 1930s. The pace of economic contraction has slowed somewhat in recent weeks and a few fresh signs of economic stability may have emerged. But still many questions remain: Are we witnessing a fundamental restructuring of the American economy? What are the implications of the new economic realities for various sectors of the economy such as education, health care, manufacturing, energy and above all environment? What is the appropriate role of government in this new economy? What policies will lead to a sustained economic recovery?

In this backdrop, it is only natural that we spend time discussing and debating the nature of these changes and their numerous impacts at local, regional, national and global level. The 2010 Public Affairs Conference will provide the MSU campus and the Springfield community with a great opportunity to discuss and debate these pressing issues in a truly interdisciplinary format with leaders and experts in a variety of fields. Through our diverse program of keynote sessions, panel discussion and special events; we are constructing a conference that will allow us to reflect on the perils and promises of the new economic realities that are upon us.

The Public Affairs Conference has the support of Missouri State President, Dr. Michael Nietzel, Provost Belinda McCarthy, presenting sponsor the Springfield News-Leader and the conference's talented team of Candace Fisk, director of the Missouri State Public Affairs Academy, Mary Ann Wood, director of Public Affairs Support, and over 25 Public Affairs Conference Advisory Committee members. We invite your participation and input to help ensure the success of this year’s conference.

Dr. Mahua Barari Mitra
Provost Fellow for Public Affairs
Conference Chair

An invitation from the University president

Dr. Michael T. Nietzel

Since its inception in 2005 as part of the University’s Centennial Celebration, Missouri State University’s Public Affairs Conference has focused on timely topics of national and even international interest. None is more timely that this year’s theme: The New Economy: Peril and Promise. Please accept this invitation to join us for this year’s discussion of this important topic.

The Public Affairs Conference is the centerpiece of the public affairs mission, which was signed into law in 1995. Over the past 15 years, the University has successfully integrated the mission into the very fabric of campus life. From the curriculum to convocations, and from special events to service learning, the campus has embraced the mission and all it stands for. Our national recognition from the Templeton Foundation and The Princeton Review speaks to that success.

In recent years, the mission has matured in meaningful ways. About a year ago, for example, the Faculty Senate made an important commitment to support and develop three components of the public affairs mission: ethical leadership, cultural competence and community engagement. The goals identified within these three components will guide us as we implement the mission in the coming years.

Again, I invite you to join us for four memorable days of informative, challenging and inspiring discussions. Thank you.

Dr. Michael T. Nietzel
Missouri State University