Ridenour Faculty Fellowship Conference & High Table Celebration

Faith in the System: Rebuilding Trust in Government in a Time a Complex Governing Challenges

Ridenour Faculty Fellowship Conference & High Table Celebration

Presented by: Virginia Tech’s School of Public and International Affairs and the Center for Public Administration and Policy

Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center

March 24-25, 2017

We are pleased to welcome you to an event that combines two great traditions: the Ridenour Faculty Fellowship and the long standing High Table Celebration in the Center for Public Administration and Policy. The event will span two days, March 24th and 25th, and will focus on the central theme of trust in government. The headlines in 2016 were dominated by major political events such ‘Brexit’ and the United States presidential election that highlighted polarized and frustrated national electorates. In addition, local and state governments faced complex issues from lead poisoning in the Flint, Michigan water supply, to confrontations between police and communities across the country, to protests on the indigenous grounds of Standing Rock in North Dakota. Over the past few years, the Gallop Poll has shown trust in our elected officials and public institutions at historic lows. What is next for governments at home and abroad coping with limited capacity to deliver services, protect citizens, and respond to economic and social crises?

Ridenour Faculty Fellowship

The Minnis E. Ridenour Faculty Fellowship is supported by an endowment gift from the Strickler Family of Harrisonburg, Virginia to honor Mr. Ridenour’s service to Virginia Tech and the Commonwealth of Virginia and to foster the creative advancement of faculty and students in the School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) in public administration and policy, urban and regional planning, and government and international affairs. To further this goal, SPIA has initiated an annual program in the Ridenour name. The objective of this programming is to promote interdisciplinary discussion in order to overcome the disciplinary limitations in understanding social phenomena and in suggesting solutions to problems. The conference format features a combination of structured and free flowing conversation that allows new explorations of empirical research and conceptual ideas to emerge across disciplines. SPIA scholars strive to integrate scholarship and practice to continuously inform, question, and advance knowledge in the public sphere. The Ridenour Faculty Fellowship Conference provides a forum to advance this core mission.

CPAP’s High Table Celebration

In 1986, the Center for Public Administration and Policy (CPAP) adopted a tradition originating centuries ago at Oxford and Cambridge Universities, which brought together faculty and students in ceremonious fashion to share a meal together and listen to a lecture by a distinguished scholar. CPAP’s High Table gathers faculty, students, alumni, and invited guests to hear, reflect upon, and discuss the work of a distinguished scholar whose work speaks to critically important dimensions of public administration and policy. We see High Table as a celebration of the life of the mind: an occasion for reflecting on the special nature of scholarly thought and a life dedicated to the pursuit and sharing of knowledge. At the same time, High Table evokes CPAP’s commitment to praxis; our mission is to promote good governance and the advancement of capable and ethical public service.

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