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The Rell Center for Public Service

Monday, September 30, 2013

If Only I Knew: Lessons from Campaigning to Holding Office

7:30-9 p.m. in Wilde Auditorium

Panelists will be Rep. John Hampton (D-Simsbury), Sen. Art Linares (R-Westbrook), Rep. Brandon McGee (D-Windsor), and Rep. Lezlye Zupkus (R-Cheshire). Moderating will be Marilyn Rossetti '98, former Hartford city council member.

The Governor M. Jodi Rell Center for Public Service at the University of Hartford encourages integrity in government and public service, and responsible participation in public life, those traits characterized by the life and career of Governor M. Jodi Rell. It focuses on three means to reach those goals.

  1. Public discussions of two varieties. One is aimed at providing insight and discussion of the role integrity should play in government and public life. These public discussions include lectures, panels, and symposia to be held at the University of Hartford or, occasionally, at other sites around the state of Connecticut. The second is designed to provide a forum for democratic participation in addressing important local and regional issues.
  2. Teaching and Learning Opportunities focused on the development of the knowledge, skills and values necessary for full participation in the democratic process. Activities supported include internships and service-learning opportunities in government and public service; courses, learning communities, and special events. Particular emphasis is given to activities that: are interdisciplinary; engage the curricular and co-curricular; and provide opportunities for meaningful dialogue about important campus issues.
  3. Research or scholarly inquiry focused on a) the nature of integrity in government and public life; b) the effectiveness of teaching and learning approaches mentioned above and c) the process and result of collaboration with government and community partners in promoting integrity in government and public life.

The inaugural event was a panel discussion on bringing civility back to politics, held on Thursday, October 25, 2012.  

The Center is overseen by the office of the president, but after an appropriate start-up period may be transferred to the oversight of the provost or a collegiate dean. The Center is directed by a faculty member, who will receive a stipend and course release appropriate for the scope of the work required. The director has been selected by the president, the provost, and the deans of the College of Arts and Sciences and Hillyer College.

The Center receives advice and counsel from an Advisory Board, appointed by the president, in consultation with the director and the deans of the College of Arts and Sciences and Hillyer College. Members come from either the University or the general community.

To make a secure online contribution to the Rell Center, click here.