WWU to host series of public policy, business panels Nov. 5-7


BELLINGHAM - Western Washington University will host a series of panel discussions focused on public policy, media, and business and economic decision-making as part of the Ralph Munro Seminar for Civic Education Nov. 5-7.

Among those who will speak at the panels are state Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom, House Majority Leader Rep. Pat Sullivan, members of various fiscal- and education-focused committees, business people from Boeing and Phillips 66 Refinery, and columnists and editors from area media outlets.

The panels are free and open to the public. Community members interested in attending the seminars can obtain free parking permits at WWU's parking office. The seminar also will air on TVW, Washington state's public TV network.

Each panel will be held in the Viking Union Multi-purpose Room and moderated by Paul Dunn, senior executive assistant to WWU President Bruce Shepard.

Here is a list of the panels and times.

Tuesday, Nov. 5

-- 9 to 10:15 a.m. "Changing Demographics, New Technology, and the Modern Workforce: How Should Higher Education Respond?"

-- 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. "Washington's Business Climate: Too Much Tax? Too Much Regulation?"

Wednesday, Nov. 6

-- 9 to 10:15 a.m. "Economic Recovery: Competing Priorities for State Dollars."

-- 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. "Nurturing Talent & Innovation: What is the State's Role in Job Creation?"

Thursday, Nov. 7

-- 9 to 10:15 a.m. "Who Built That? Public Infrastructure and the Private Sector."

-- 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. "Changing Media Landscape: Impact on Political Coverage."

For a full listing of events, visit WWU's Ralph Munro Institute website at wwu.edu/polsci/events/munro.shtml.

Reach SAMANTHA WOHLFEIL at 360-756-2803 or samantha.wohlfeil@bellinghamherald.com.

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