Hartwick’s Rinfret Presents Last Installment in Faculty Lecture Series

Hartwick’s Rinfret Presents Last Installment in Faculty Lecture Series

April 30, 2014

Hartwick College Assistant Professor of Political Science Dr. Sara Rinfret will present a talk titled "A Practical Approach to Understanding U.S. Environmental Policy" during the eighth lecture of the 2013-14 Faculty Lecture Series. The event will take place on Thursday, May 8 at 12:30 p.m. in Bresee Hall's Eaton Lounge. The lecture is free, a light lunch will be provided to attendees, and the public is encouraged to attend.

This faculty lecture will focus on work for Rinfret's forthcoming environmental policy textbook, which provides a more comprehensive look at the creation, implementation, and evaluation of environmental policy in the United States. Understanding environmental policy is not a function of political science that many traditional environmental policy textbooks emphasize. Rinfret continues where many textbooks leave off - with discussions about the roles of political institutions - and builds on this conversation with an examination of how environmental policy is implemented and evaluated from the ground up.

This faculty lecture will present information about the often-neglected partners who are critical to these aspects of environmental policy (i.e., environmental inspectors and rule-writers) and how students can be engaged in this work. Such an examination is particularly important since most environmental policymaking is done via alternative means because of persistent congressional gridlock.

Throughout the lecture series, faculty members have discussed recent research in their fields, focusing on physics, politics, religion, art, economics, biology, psychology and more.

For more information, contact Assistant Professor of Political Science and Faculty Development Acting Chair Dr. Matthew Voorhees at 607-431-4387 or

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Contact: Valerie Capullo
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