• Minnowbrook at 50 Project

    The conversation is just getting started… please join in at #Minnowbrook50.

    The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Minnowbrook Conference by convening a series of discussions with scholars and practitioners from around the world. All year, we’ll be inviting discussion among our colleagues in public administration about the future of our discipline at upcoming professional conferences and online via our professional digital networks -- on Twitter using #Minnowbrook50 or by joining our Minnowbrook at 50 Facebook group.



    We began last summer by going back to the place it all started, to the shores of Blue Mountain Lake, where in 1968 Dwight Waldo famously challenged the academy to better respond to the social and political turmoil of the 1960s. We gathered approximately 45 scholars, practitioners, and representatives of professional associations at Syracuse University’s Minnowbrook Center in the Adirondack Mountains for this 50th anniversary conference. The attendees were diverse and hailed from institutions across the country. Small group sessions fostered deliberation about new and old themes, and large group plenaries surfaced numerous tensions and debates. Many important issues were raised and discussed, but many more remain, and though the participants were diverse, more voices need to be heard.

    Please watch the Minnowbrook at 50 video to hear from some of the participants about today’s challenges in public administration and their thoughts about opportunities for the academy to make an impact. Then, join the conversation at an upcoming event or on social media with #Minnowbrook50.

    We know what Minnowbrook represents to scholars and students of public administration, and we want to engage each of you in a dialogue about our future. Please join us.


    The Maxwell School is grateful to the following for their support of the Minnowbrook at 50 Conference.

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