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McAuley Lectures—Spring 2019

The McAuley lectures feature outstanding faculty members from the University of Hartford. The lectures take place once a month at 2 p.m. at McAuley Retirement Community, Asylum Avenue and Steele Road, West Hartford. Visitors should take the Steele Road entrance and park in visitors parking. The lectures are held in the main building, at the foot of the hill.

Detailed information on all lectures for this semester can be found on the spring 2019 catalog.

Online registration opened on January 3, 2019.

Cost for the series of four lectures is $20; Fellows, no charge. Register online. 

Easier Said than Done: What it Takes for Public Policies to Achieve their Goals with Michael Bangser

Wed., May 15; 2–3:30 p.m.; 4 of 4

We often see press announcements that tout new initiatives to address an important public issue. Sometimes these initiatives work well; sometimes, not. In this talk, we will consider concrete examples of successes as well as disappointments in areas such as education, health care, housing, and the arts. We will tease out the real-world factors that influenced whether the desired results were achieved: What went right? What went wrong? In the future, what needs to be done at the outset and along the way to enhance the prospects of genuine success?

Michael Bangser was the president of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving for 16 years. He is currently a consultant to foundations and nonprofit organizations, as well as a visiting professor of public policy and law at Trinity College. Before coming to the Hartford Foundation, he was senior vice president and general counsel at MDRC, a nonprofit organization that designs and evaluates education, social-service, and other programs across the country. He has a BA from Williams College, a JD from Columbia University, and an honorary doctorate from the University of Hartford.