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A Different Path to Journalism

Unlike most journalists who graduate from Syracuse University Megyn Kelly did not major in public communications.
But, like the many communications majors who also study at Maxwell, Kelly gained what any future journalist discovers in a public affairs education: political know-how, the tools of critical thinking, and appreciation of the press's role in an open democracy.

June 21, 2018

Local Influence

The new mayor, Ben Walsh '05 M.P.A., highlights the number of alumni in Syracuse city and Onondaga County government.

June 1, 2018

See related: Government, State & Local

The Investor

Gerry Cramer was the perfect friend of the Maxwell School - generous, visionary, and ultimately trusting. Cramer passed away on February 13, 2018.

June 1, 2018

See related: Centennial, Giving, In Memoriam

Journalism and Ideals of Democracy

These are interesting times for journalists in America. We reached out to nine of them, all with degrees from Maxwell. With their public affairs education, they understand as well as any journalists what the vigor of the press means to us all.
May 21, 2018

It All Started Here: The Very First Model League of Nations Assembly (Model UN) Was Held at Maxwell

Almost a century ago, a Maxwell faculty member turned a top-of-the-head idea into a student exercise in diplomacy—and basically invented Model UN.

May 15, 2018

The Tanner Lectures and Citizenship

Even as Maxwell prepares to launch its undergraduate major in citizenship and civic engagement, another new program invites diverse perspectives on citizenship and civic responsibility into the life of the School.
February 14, 2018

Citizenship and Civic Engagement and the Policy Studies Major

At first glance, the new major in citizenship and civic engagement would seem to share a lot with another Maxwell major, policy studies. Both are interdisciplinary, nurture informed citizens, and emphasize action. But the similarities end there.

February 14, 2018

From the Ground Up

"We don't want to press our interests in citizenship upon the students," says Amy Lutz, associate professor of sociology, who will be teaching the new MAX course on research methods and civic engagement. "We want them to develop it themselves. We're there as mentors. So it shouldn't be that we give them the Action Plan and they fill it in. It should be initiated by the student's desire to engage with a particular social problem."

February 14, 2018

See related: School History

Culture of Health

Maxwell’s Lerner Center is working with local government to encourage exercise and good snacking habits by students.

February 14, 2018

Kristi Andersen and the MAX Courses

Now in her third year as Chapple Professor, Kristi Andersen works with the diverse MAX Course teaching teams to identify the critical issues and debates that will be the focus each year — such as the electoral process, health care reform, education, and Social Security. "One of its goals is to teach students how to be critical consumers of data as citizens as well as potentially as policy analysts or working in some social science-related occupation," Andersen says.

February 12, 2018

90th Anniversary Observances

To celebrate its anniversary and extend its legacy of public service, the Maxwell School last fall created the Moynihan Spirit of Public Service Award. Inaugural honoree Lauren Bush Lauren, founder and CEO of FEED Projects, received the award at Maxwell’s 90th anniversary event on November 20.
February 10, 2018

90th Anniversary Party

One of the highlights of Maxwell’s 90th anniversary celebrations this year was a school-wide party. Notably, the Passport to Our Past activity invited people to carry a small, informative mock passport to stations at departments, centers, and institutes around the School, thus reminding those “travelers” of all the individual enterprises that make up Maxwell.

February 10, 2018

See related: School History

Even More Connections

The Maxwell Citizenship Initiative aims to identify common interests in citizenship issues among faculty and students throughout the school, and then to provide new avenues and support for sharing ideas and collaborating. “Our goal,” says Prema Kurien, professor of sociology and one of the founders of the project, “is to create faculty clusters based on research interests.”

February 10, 2018

See related: School History

2011-16: The James Steinberg Years

The Maxwell School changed, grew and celebrated during Dean Steinberg’s five-year term. 

February 10, 2018

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Inarguable Legacy

A new faculty scholars program, which recognizes top teachers with a special emphasis on lower-division, team-taught, interdisciplinary courses, is named the Robert D. McClure Professors of Teaching Excellence, named Bob McClure, former associate dean and current professor at the Maxwell School.

February 10, 2018

See related: Giving, School History

Online and Intense

Maxwell's new online EMPA is structured to meet the demands of the highly experienced, ambitious students it attracts.

January 1, 2018

See related: Student Experience

Challenge Will Fund Undergrad Research

A new gift to Maxwell will help underwrite undergraduate research and scholarship, potentially to the tune of $125,000.

January 1, 2018

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What Ralph Ketcham Meant to Maxwell

Ralph Ketcham taught citizenship at Maxwell longer than most of us have been alive. And, while doing so, he championed an approach to citizenship education that virtually defines the Maxwell School.

January 1, 2018

See related: In Memoriam

Quicken the Sense of Public Duty

Maxwell’s new dean, David M. Van Slyke, takes the Athenian Oath very seriously. And he views the Maxwell School — with all its complexity and plurality and disciplinary cross-currents — as uniquely prepared to uphold it.
December 16, 2016

Broad Mission

The Tenth Decade Scholars award demonstrates how citizenship cuts across the disciplines.

June 1, 2016

See related: Awards & Honors

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