Meeting Brings Policy Scientists, Scholars to Campus

Ursinus College will host the annual meeting of the Society of Policy Scientists, bringing interdisciplinary scholars and practitioners who work on complex societal problems to the campus Oct. 24 through 26.

Presenters will come to Collegeville from academia, government and the private sector from throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe. The presenters and topics represent a diverse set of environmental interests and expertise, including wildlife and natural resource management, politics and governance, public health and nutrition, corporate sustainability and development, and the challenges of interdisciplinarity.

The theme of the 2013 Annual Institute, Policy Thinking in a Complex World, is structured around the question of how the policy sciences can bring greater insight into complex events, including how making authoritative decisions in the common interest requires a focus on community values and institutions.

Keynote speaker will be The Hon. Joseph Melrose, Ursinus Class of 1966, who will speak at 7:30 p.m. Fri. Oct. 25 in the Bear’s Dean on “Politics” at the U.N.: an Obstacle to Policy and Progress.

Professor Melrose is former U.S. Ambassador to Sierra Leone and an American diplomat with three decades’ experience with the U.S. Department of State. He has also served the United States Mission to the a senior area adviser on south and central Asia and Acting U.S.Representative for Management and Reform. He is currently the Ambassador-in- Residence and Professor of International Relations at Ursinus College.

Ursinus President Bobby Fong will welcome participants Friday morning at 9 a.m. in Bomberger Hall. Professor Richard Wallace of the Ursinus Environmental Studies faculty, will chair a panel and serve as panelist during the meeting. The meeting is organized by Dr. Wallace and the Environmental Studies faculty.

Ursinus students, faculty and staff are welcome to attend selected sessions free of charge.  Faculty, staff or students interested in attending the Friday or Saturday dinners (for which there is a charge to cover expenses) should contact Professor Wallace.

The conference on campus will be an opportunity for students and faculty to have access to the scholarship, practice, and experience of professionals in many fields and from other colleges and universities. More information and a full schedule is available here: