Governing in Crisis

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The University of Pittsburgh Institute of Politics and the Dick Thornburgh Forum for Law and Public Policy are proud to announce the launch of Governing in Crisis: Preserving Democracy, the Rule of Law and American Values. The series is intended to help both policymakers and interested citizens, whatever their positions or political leanings, to better understand the important governance issues that seem to be arising all too frequently. It is offered in the hope that we will emerge from the COVID-19 crisis not only with our economy restored and with our basic values intact, but on a committed journey to an even better America.

It is in times of crisis that people most need the support and protection of government. However, it also is in times of crisis that even core values can be sorely tested and that leaders are most likely to try to unilaterally expand their power. Through interviews with scholars, elected officials and other civic leaders, host Mark Nordenberg, Chancellor Emeritus of the University of Pittsburgh, will examine governance, health, and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Governing in Crisis: Preserving Democracy, the Rule of Law and American Values

This series features Chancelor Emeritus Mark Nordenberg interviewing civic leaders and elected officials about issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

The Constitutional Framework: A conversation with Duquesne University President Ken Gormley

Ken Gormley, the President of Duquesne University and a respected expert on consitutional law and the american presidency, examines the role and limits of executive power during times of crisis. He provides a unique perspective on the laws and cases that have shaped the powers of presidents and governors over our country's history. These powers and their limits have been tested recently as the president, governors, and federal and state agencies have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

On the Front Lines: A conversation with Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald

Rich Fitzgerald, the County Executive of Allegheny County, discusses the challenges that counties have faced in responding to the COVID-19 crisis. The interview also touches on the importance of the expertise of public health officials in planning and the need for collaboration between counties, the state, and local governments. The County Executive provides insight into measures that Allegheny County has taken to ease the burdens of voting in the upcoming primary election and managing the county's criminal justice system during the pandemic.

Dr. Arthur Levine

The Battle against COVID-19 and the Power of Science: A conversation with Pitt Senior Vice Chancellor for the Health Sciences Arthur Levine

Arthur S. Levine currently serves as Senior Vice Chancellor for the Health Sciences and the John and Gertrude Petersen Dean of the School of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. Before coming to Pitt, Dr. Levine spent more than three decades at the National Institutes of Health, including sixteen years as the scientific director of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. He will discuss the defining characteristics of the scientific method, the role that science has played in human progress including the enhancement of human health, and the critical impact of the federal government in advancing the health sciences through work done in such agencies as the NIH, CDC and FDA. He also will talk about the nature of  the COVID-19 disease and efforts to develop a vaccine. This video will be available on June 2, 2020.

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