How does America create its ruling experts? What role should universities play in training such government professionals? What aspects of a university education are particularly important for a career in government?
These questions are as salient today as they were 150 years ago when, in the aftermath of the Civil War, the U.S. made a conscious effort at forming an American managerial and professional class that broke away from the feudal inheritance of Europe and the antebellum South. Cornell was a critical part of this creation.
Panelists from academia and government discuss how well that American project has worked over the last 150 years and how well it will work in a global and globally endangered 21st century. Speakers: Glenn Altschuler (moderator), Gretchen Ritter '83, Christopher Barrett, Derek Chollet '93, and Andrea Palm '94.
The panel is sponsored by Cornell in Washington with support from the Department of Government in the College of Arts and Sciences, the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and the Department of Policy Analysis and Management in the College of Human Ecology.