Lasallian Forum for Politics and Policy


The Lasallian Forum for Politics and Policy, established in 2010, brings informative speakers from a range of fields—federal, state, and local government; non-profits; law firms and court officials; campaign officials; lobbyists; and interest group activists—onto campus to talk about their work and career trajectory. The Forum aims to both give our students a firsthand account of each speaker’s field of practice and expose them to the multiple career opportunities in political science. Events are open to all majors. The current schedule of events for The Forum for 2013-2014 is available here.  Below is a listing of previous Forum speakers.


  • Stephen K. Medvic, Ph.D., Franklin and Marshall College, speaking on his new book In Defense of Politics: The Expectations Trap and its Threat to Democracy, 2012, March 12, 2013
  • Kristina Wahl, M.P.P. Harvard, currently President of The Barra Foundation, a private, not-for-profit, philanthropic organization serving Greater Philadelphia, La Salle graduate, “The Role of Non-Profits in Philadelphia,” March 21, 2013
  •  John “Jay” Rodden, Ph.D., world recognized expert on George Orwell, author of more than 20 books, including George Orwell: Critical Insights, 2012, The Cambridge Introduction to George Orwell (with John Rossi) 2012, The Unexamined Orwell, 2011, and Scenes from an Afterlife; The Legacy of George Orwell, 2003., “Politics and Perception in the Study of George Orwell.”
  • Dick Polman, Political columnist and daily blogger for The Philadelphia Inquirer, and “writer in residence” at the University of Pennsylvania. “The 2012 Presidential Campaign,” September 27, 2012
  • Tom Fitzgerald, award-winning national politics writer for The Philadelphia Inquirer, “Dissecting the 2012 Presidential Election,” November 15, 2012


  • Dr. Peter Mandeville, U.S. Department of State on leave from George Mason University; Dr. Clark McCauley, Bryn Mawr College; Dr. Michael Scheuer, Georgetown University, “Ten Years After 9/11—America’s War on Terror,” September 15, 2011
  • Michael Gallagher, American diplomat who served in 12 countries including Bosnia, The Hague, and the Mission to the UN in New York, La Salle graduate, “38 Years in the Foreign Service,” September 26, 2011
  • Dr. William W. Burke-White, Deputy Dean and Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School, former State Department officer, October 25, 2011
  • Ellen Mattleman Kapan, Vice President and Policy Director, Non-partisan Philadelphia election watch-dog, The Committee of Seventy,  “Public Policy Making in Philadelphia,” November 27, 2011
  •  Hon. Ronald R. Donattuci, Esq., Register of Wills, City of Philadelphia since 1979 and former member Pennsylvania House of Representatives, “Politics and Public Policy in Philadelphia,” February 22, 2012
  • Robert F. Moffit, Ph.D., Senior Fellow on domestic and policy studies The Heritage Foundation, Washington, D.C. formerly senior official in the Department of Health and Human Services and Office of Personnel Management during the Reagan Administration, La Salle graduate, “The Constitutionality of Obama Care—Reflections On The Affordable Care Act” March 15, 2012
  • Richard F. Keevey, Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton, former Budget Director and Comptroller for the State of New Jersey; Chief Financial Officer U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and Deputy Under Secretary of Finance for the Department of Defense, during Clinton Administration, La Salle graduate, “Public Policy and the Federal Budget—The Current Crisis” March 27, 2012
  • Christopher Lilienthal,  Communications Director for the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center (PBPC) since 2008, former political reporter covering Harrisburg, La Salle graduate, “The Pennsylvania State Budget,” April 19, 2012


  • Steven Malpezzi, La Salle ’80, University of Wisconsin, Director–Real Estate Department, “Government Takings, Eminent Domain and Kelo vs. New London,” March 1, 2011
  • Carl Williams, La Salle ’74, International Businessman, “Negotiating and Doing Business in Europe, Russia, Asia, and Pacific Rim Markets” and “From a Political Science Degree to an Entrepreneurial Career,” March 25, 2011
  • Frank P. Cervone, Esq., Director–Support Center for Child Advocates and Lobbyist for Child Safety, “Problems Protecting Children in Urban America Today,” April 18, 2011
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