ASPA is proud to host a robust e-learning program including three series of webinars: BookTalks, KeepingCurrent events and Students and New Professionals topics. This list is refreshed constantly as new events are added to our calendar. Please contact us if you have any questions about our upcoming discussions or would like to join us to host an event.

BookTalk: Public Management as a Design-Oriented Professional Discipline

April 11, 1:00 p.m. EDT

What, fundamentally, is public management? This question is rarely answered clearly and confidently, whether by students of public management or academics in the field. This book's argument is grounded in Herbert Simon's ideas about design-oriented professional disciplines. However, Michael Barzelay's argument runs counter to the idea that public management is a design science. It envisions the discipline as a professional practice that requires the thoughtful and skillful use of purposive theories of public organizations, along with reverse-engineered design-precedents, in problem-solving for public programs and organizations.

Michael Barzelay, London School of Economics

KeepingCurrent: CAP Virtual Awards Ceremony and Tribute to Harry Hatry
Sponsored by ASPA's Center for Accountability and Performance

April 12 | 2:00 p.m. EDT

ASPA's Center for Accountability and Performance (CAP) will honor its 2023 award honorees during this virtual award ceremony. The award winners are as follows:
  • The Harry Hatry Distinguished Performance Management Practice Award: Cheryle Broom
  • The Joseph Wholey Distinguished Scholarship Award: "Red Tape, Organizational Performance, and Employee Outcomes: Meta-analysis, Meta-regression, and Research Agenda"—Bert George, Sanjay K. Pandey, Bram Steijn, Adelien Decramer and Mieke Audenaert
  • The CAP Organizational Leadership Award: City of Alexandria, Virginia (Mayor, Justin Wilson; City Manager, James Parajon; and Chief Performance Officer, Greg Useem)
  • The CAP Emerging Leaders Award of Excellence: Rafael Baptista, Director, Strategy and Innovation, Buncombe County (Asheville), NC; Leah Tivoli, Director, Innovation and Performance, City of Seattle, WA; Thomas Tippett and Sarah Dickinson, Performance Management and Data Analysts (CountyStat Analysts), Montgomery County, MD
Immediately following the CAP awards presentation, CAP will hold a Tribute to the late Harry Hatry, a long-time leader in the field of performance management. (Read Harry's obituary here.) Invitees who would like to say a few words about Harry will be encouraged to speak for a few minutes to honor Harry's life as a scholar, analyst, innovator, mentor and friend. As Kathryn Newcomer recently recounted about Harry: “He was the Forrest Gump of performance measurement in our country—and was literally there when all key moments of importance to our field happened and he retold them to me—giving me an oral history that I treasure."

BookTalk: Women, Power, and Rape Culture

April 13, 1:00 p.m. EDT

Donald Trump's election precipitated one of the largest outpourings of political protest on a single day in U.S. history with the 2017 March for Women. The emboldened #MeToo and #TimesUp movements reacted not only to the historical injustice of sexual offenses perpetrated upon women, but women’s associated underrepresentation in positions of power and public authority. Women, Power, and Rape Culture examines the principal events, actors and paradigms in the politics of rape, sexual assault and harassment since Trump’s election. Unlike other studies, it connects these traumatic events to women’s underrepresentation in the public sphere. Chapters consider the power of presidential speech, judges and Congress to create structural barriers to women’s representation as well as the stultifying effects of weak college and university responses to sexual violence. Disparities in women’s representation in positions of public authority are considered in light of the disproportionate burden imposed on women by a culture that discounts the prevalence of rape and harassment and by the policies that inadequately address them, allowing them to perpetuate.

Bonnie Stabile, Associate Professor and Associate Dean, Student and Academic Affairs, Schar School, George Mason University

KeepingCurrent: Digital War Games Cyber Security Event

April 18 | 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. EDT

**Note: Participants should plan to spend the entire three hours on this event.**

More details coming soon!

This event will take place via Zoom to enable audience participation.