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Election 2012: Baker Institute experts focus on policy, not politics
The Baker Institute is marking the upcoming presidential election with "Election 2012: Policy Perspectives," a series that provides a nonpartisan forum for discussion of key campaign issues. The series includes debates, policy reports and social media, with a focus on connecting Baker Institute experts with the public on timely, relevant topics such as the economy, jobs and health care reform. In addition, Baker Institute fellows are producing blog posts, op-eds and other commentary to advance the debate.
"Our goal is to discuss the issues that are important to voters and policymakers with a focus on policy, rather than politics," said Baker Institute founding director Edward P. Djerejian. "We hope the nonpartisan emphasis will be of tremendous value to our diverse audience, including Rice students and the broader academic community."
The series began last fall when former U.S. Sen. Alan Simpson, co-chairman of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, delivered the keynote address at the Baker Institute conference "Defusing the Debt Bomb: Economic and Fiscal Reform." The institute has also hosted events ranging from the role of religion in the election to student debates on the economy and the effect of campaign messages on voters.
At an event later this month, Vivian Ho, James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics, and Elena M. Marks, Baker Institute Scholar in Health Policy, will discuss how health care reform could evolve under a future Democratic or Republican administration. John Mendelsohn, L.E. and Virginia Simmons Fellow in Health and Technology Policy and former president of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, will moderate the conversation and a question-and-answer session with audience members. The event is open to the public, but an RSVP is required. Click here to attend "Election 2012: Policy Perspectives — Focus on Health Policy" on Sept. 19, 2012, at 6:00 pm.
Jobs and the economy will highlighted at an Oct. 8, 2012, event featuring John W. Diamond, Edward A. and Hermena Hancock Kelly Fellow in Public Finance, and Russell A. Green, Will Clayton Fellow in International Economics. Steven L. Miller, chairman and president of SLM Discovery Ventures Inc. and former president and CEO of Shell Oil Company, will moderate. Details will be made available closer to the event date.
Other events in the "Election 2012: Policy Perspectives" series include an the annual fall reception for Baker Institute Roundtable members that will focus on the election, and an election night watch party in Doré Commons for Rice University students. The series will culminate in January 2013 with the publication of a "Recommendations for the Next Administration" briefing book discussing approaches and possible solutions to the challenges the president and his administration will face.
Join us this fall at the Baker Institute for lively policy-relevant discussions, and to learn more about the issues that will shape the future of the nation and the world.
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