Campbell Lectures

Occasional guest speakers, domestic and international, bring their research and experience to the Maxwell School, engaging faculty and students in the meaning of citizenship and civic engagement. These lectures are also intended to stimulate constructive conversations regarding important issues going on in the world today.

Why Moderates Hold the Keys to Beating Trump

Matt Bennett, Executive Vice President, Third Way

November 5, 2019 at 3 PM | 220 Eggers Hall

A Syracuse native, Bennett’s pursuit of center-left politics has taken him from campaign trails to the White House, and from the pages of The New York Times to appearances on Meet the Press and 60 Minutes. He worked on both of Bill Clinton’s presidential campaigns and served as Deputy Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs. He is Executive Vice President of Third Way, a DC-based think tank that champions modern center-left ideas.

Donald Trump and the 2018 Midterm Battle for Central New York - Book Talk

Luke E. Perry, Chair and Professor of Government, Utica College

September 17, 2019 at 12 Noon | Strasser Legacy Room | 220 Eggers Hall, Maxwell

The Coming Banking Crisis: Why Current Regulations Are Charting a Dangerous Course

Ronald Feldman, Chief Operating Officer and First Vice President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

September 25, 2019 at 3 PM | Strasser Legacy Room | 220 Eggers Hall

Maxwell alum and COO Feldman will discuss such topics as financial crises, banking regulation – including Dodd-Frank, and address questions like: How vulnerable are we to another financial crisis? What have we learned from past ones (particularly 2008-09)? Are the big banks too big to fail? What is the political/legislative outlook for financial regulation?

The Future of the Democratic Party

Matt Bennett, Senior Vice President for Public Affairs at Third Way

November 14, 2017 at 3 PM | Strasser Legacy Room | 220 Eggers Hall, Maxwell

With the stunning presidential defeat in the 2016 elections, Democrats seem to have lost everything—Republicans now control congress, the presidency, and a majority of governor seats and state legislatures.  Daily opposition to President Trump has complicated the party’s efforts to systematically rethink its fundamental messages and appeals.  

Matt Bennett is co-founder and Senior Vice President for Public Affairs at Third Way, a Washington D.C. think tank dedicated to developing and leveraging new alternatives for public policy. Matt has previous experience in presidential campaigns and has worked in the Clinton Administration.

Tales Out of School: What Six Years in Congress Taught me About Political Representation

Richard Hanna, Former U.S. Representative (R-NY22)

April 6, 2017 at 4 PM | Strasser Legacy Room | 220 Eggers Hall, Maxwell

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Former Congressman Richard Hanna will reflect on his time in Congress and the nature of American representative democracy. Hanna often bucked his party in the House, and should have some interesting reflections on his experiences. Reception immediately following the event.

Revitalizing Syracuse: how poor cities can invest to create wealth

Joe Minicozzi, Urban3

March 21, 2017 at 12 PM | Strasser Legacy Room | 220 Eggers Hall, Maxwell

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Panelists will include Andrew Fish of CenterState CEO and Honora Spillane of the Syracuse Industrial Development Agency. Co-sponsored by the Syracuse Downtown Committee and the New York State Association of REALTORS.

John McKager "Mac" Stipanovich

February 6, 2017 at 2 PM | Strasser Legacy Room | 220 Eggers Hall, Maxwell

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Mac Stipanovich is Chair, Florida State Government Relations and practices administrative law representing entities before state government agencies, the Governor and Cabinet, and the legislature. He is a Florida lobbyist of the Republican Party and will discuss the future of the party.

Election 2016: Who Won? Who Lost? And What It Means

November 11, 2016 at 4 PM | Maxwell Auditorium

YouTube button This discussion will have two themes: How did this historic upset happen? Why were the polls wrong? What changed from 2012 and does this change our understanding of campaigns, voting and elections? Second, what policies can we expect from a Trump presidency? What will his first 100 days look like - domestic programs, foreign policy? This political and policy analysis of the 2016 national election will include: Chris Faricy (Maxwell School) as the moderator, Shana Gadarian (Maxwell), Robert Erikson (Columbia), Jamila Michener (Cornell), and John Palmer (Maxwell)

Election 2016: How We Got Here, What Is At Stake

November 1, 2016 at 4 PM | Strasser Legacy Room | 220 Eggers Hall, Maxwell

Moderated by Jennifer Stromer-Galley (School of Information Studies), this panel includes: Philip Klinkner (Hamilton College), Margaret Thompson (Maxwell School), Chris Faricy (Maxwell), Eric Dunay (SU College Democrats), and Chris Pulliam (SU College Republicans)

William C. Banks, Interim Dean, SU College of Law; Founding Director, INSCT; SU College of Law Board of Advisors Distinguished Professor; and Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs, SU Maxwell School

March 22, 2016

YouTube button Soldiers on the Home Front—a new book by William C. Banks and Stephen Dycus—is the first to systematically analyze the domestic role of the military as it is shaped by law, surveying America’s history of judicial decisions, constitutional provisions, statutes, regulations, military orders, and martial law to ask what we must learn and do before the next crisis. National security and counterterrorism expert William C. Banks is Interim Dean, SU College of Law; Founding Director, INSCT;  SU College of Law Board of Advisors Distinguished Professor; and Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs, SU Maxwell School. Dean Banks will be joined by Dean James B. Steinberg, SU Maxwell School (discussant). Co-sponsored by the INSCT. 

Jon Trickett, Labour Party Member of Parliament

November 13, 2015

"The Corbyn Insurgency in Britain: An Insider's View From the First Member of Parliament to Nominate the New Leader of the Labour Party"

How did avowed socialist Jeremy Corbyn win election as Labour Leader in the UK, on an anti-war, pro-refugee platform?  Are there lessons from that election which might apply to the U.S.?  Join MP Jon Trickett for a discussion of those questions.

Jon Trickett has been the Member of Parliament for Hemsworth since 1996, representing a number of former mining communities in the heart of Yorkshire.

Prior to being elected to Parliament, he served as Leader [mayor] of the Leeds City Council.

Trickett has twice served in a Labour Government, the second time working at No. 10 Downing Street as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Prime Minister Gordon Brown.  He has also been a critic of “New Labour,” publicly voicing concerns over the marketization of public services, the introduction of tuition fees, and the war in Iraq.

Trickett was a member of Ed Miliband’s Shadow Cabinet and served as Deputy Labour Party Chair, and is now a member of Jeremy Corbyn’s Shadow Cabinet, where he is Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and Shadow Minister for the Constitutional Convention.  He is one of Corbyn’s closest advisors.

Matt Bennett, Co-Founder, Third Way

November 19, 2015

YouTube button"The Perilous State of The Democratic Party"

Except for holding the White House, the Democratic Party is in its worst shape in more than 80 years. Bennett will talk about what happened and why, what it means for the 2016 Elections.  Can the Party come back?

Bennett’s pursuit of center-left politics has taken him from the campaign trail to the White House, and from the pages of The New York Times to appearances on Meet the Press and 60 Minutes. He worked on both of the presidential campaigns of Bill Clinton and served as Deputy Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs where he was the principal White House liaison to governors. He covered issues ranging from disaster response to Medicaid to immigration.

In 2005, Bennett and three co-founders established Third Way. Dedicated to fresh thinking and moderate ideas in a time of extreme political immoderation, Matt loves to take on the big questions our country faces with some of the people he respects most in the world. He considers helping to extend marriage equality one of Third Way's proudest achievements so far.

More Campbell Events

Can the Banking System Regulate Itself? Is Government Regulation an Improvement over Laissez Faire?

Lawrence White, professor of economics at George Mason University who is best known for his work on free banking, delivered a lecture at the Maxwell School as part of the Bantle Symposium on Entrepreneurship, Business, and Government Policy. His talk is titled “Can the Banking System Regulate Itself?  Is Government Regulation an Improvement over Laissez Faire?”   The Symposium is cosponsored by the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and the Martin J. Whitman School of Management, both at Syracuse University.

Three Weeks Out: Competing Visions for America, with Kathleen Kennedy Townsend

With the presidential election nearing, former Lieutenant Governor Kathleen Kennedy Townsend visited Maxwell on October 15, 2012, and gave a talk titled "Three Weeks Out:  Competing Visions for America." During the talk, Townsend set forward and commented on the two polarized visions for America embedded in the politics of this year's presidential campaign, visions that entail equally divergent views about religion and how faith should inform public policy.

The Fiscal "Wake-Up" Tour

The Fiscal Wake-Up Tour is a public-engagement initiative sponsored by the Concord Coalition (a nonpartisan grassroots organization), the Brookings Institution, and the Heritage Foundation. The Tour is designed to educate and focus attention on the nation's daunting long-term fiscal challenges. Speakers at Maxwell included David Walker, comptroller general of the United States; Robert Bixby, executive director of the Concord Coalition; Isabel Sawhill, director of economic studies, the Brookings Institution; Alison Fraser, director, Thomas A Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies, the Heritage Foundation; and John L. Palmer, public trustee for the Social Security and Medicare programs and dean emeritus of the Maxwell School. To learn more about the Fiscal Wake-up Tour, visit

Democratisation & Political Violence

Lutz Krebs from Maastricht University (UM) and United Nations University (UNU), discusses Democraisation and Political Violence with Doctoral Students in the Maxwell School's Department of Public Administration and International Affairs.  Sponsored by the Louis A. Bantle Chair in Business and Government Policy.