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Celebrating ten years of lively discussions on timely topics.
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Headliners, the University of Minnesota’s popular current event series, returns this fall for its tenth season with new opportunities to meet with University experts as they share firsthand knowledge of today's most intriguing stories—medical breakthroughs, culture clashes, social trends, foreign affairs, and more! Hear the Who, What, Why, and How from an insider's point of view, and then ask questions and share your insights in a moderated Q&A.

The Anti-CampaignLarry Jacobs

What explains the rise of Donald Trump and the success of Bernie Sanders? Will Trump be nominated by the Republican Party as its presidential candidate? If he is nominated, can he win? Join us Thursday, May 5 when award-winning political scientist Dr. Larry Jacobs will weigh in on the 2016 US presidential election, which is shaping up to be an extraordinary chapter in American politics.

Dr. Lawrence R. Jacobs is Professor and Walter F. and Joan Mondale Chair for Political Studies, and Director of the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance at the Hubert H. Humphrey School at the University of Minnesota.

In addition to edited volumes and dozens of articles on elections, legislative and presidential politics, elections and public opinion, Jacobs has published 15 books, including Who Governs? Presidents, Public Opinion, and Manipulation (with James Druckman, University of Chicago Press, 2015); Health Care Reform and American Politics, third edition (with Theda Skocpol, Oxford University Press, 2015); and Politicians Don’t Pander (with Robert Y. Shapiro, University of Chicago Press, 2000), which received the Goldsmith Book Prize from Harvard University’s Shorenstein Center for Press and Politics, the Neustadt Book Prize from the American Political Science Association, and the Distinguished Book Prize in political sociology from the American Sociological Association.

His most recent book, Fed Power: How Finance Wins (coauthored with Desmond King), was published in April by Oxford University Press.  

Jacobs is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including those from the Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Pew Charitable Trusts, National Science Foundation, and Russell Sage Foundation. He also received the prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Investigator Award in Health Policy Research, and chaired the Task Force on Inequality and American Democracy, which was convened by the American Political Science Association.

His research has been published and discussed in a number of mass-media venues from ABC, CNN, and the BBC to the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Economist. In addition to presenting at the National Press Club and being a Political Analyst for the CBS affiliate in Minnesota (WCCO), Jacobs coedits the “Chicago Series in American Politics” for the University of Chicago Press.

In addition, he has conducted a number of program evaluations for Pew Charitable Trusts, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Stanford Knight Fellowships in Journalism and other programs.

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Protecting Your Lunch: Food Fraud and AdulterationAK

Of all the critical infrastructures in the United States, food and agriculture is of the utmost importance. You cannot opt out of eating! Unfortunately, the intentional adulteration of our food is taking place with increasing frequency. Typically, the adulteration is borne out of food fraud and the desire to make money (e.g., horse meat used as substitute for beef or wood pulp added to cheese). However, sabotage and terrorism also have resulted in adulterated foods.

Join us October 6, when Dr. Amy Kircher will provide an overview of the US food and agriculture sector—a globally distributed and highly integrated system of systems. Kircher will explain how the sector’s complexity stems from the diversity of production, processing, and delivery systems—from small companies to multinational food corporations. But more, she’ll explain how the Food Protection and Defense Institute protects your lunch!

Dr. Amy Kircher is the Director of the Food Protection and Defense Institute (FPDI; a Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence), and an Assistant Professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota. 

As Director, she leads the FPDI's initiatives and coordinates a research consortium of experts dedicated to protecting the food system through research and education. Her current research includes identification and warning of food disruptions through data fusion and analysis. In addition, she serves on several federal committees and working groups to advance public health preparedness. 

Prior to coming to the University of Minnesota, Kircher was the Command epidemiologist with the NORAD—US Northern Command (N-NC) Office of the Command Surgeon. At N-NC she led disease surveillance, epidemiologic modeling, and bioterrorism preparedness, and served as a public health expert. 

Her extensive background in Homeland Security Defense includes supporting operations and response during national disasters such as Hurricane Katrina and H1N1. She is the recipient of the Department of Defense (DoD) Joint Civilian Service Commendation Medal and the DoD  Joint Civilian Service Achievement Medal for work at the Commands.

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