Peer to Peer provides insight into program participants’ experience
In March 2019,
Humphrey Fellow Huong Ha shared her experience as an investigative journalist
in Communist Vietnam. In an hour long presentation at the Maxwell School, she
discussed how government control of the media looms over journalists’ efforts
to provide information to the public. Her talk, “Truth Under Censorship:
Investigative Journalism in Vietnam,” was one of 14 Peer to Peer presentations with
speakers from 10 countries during the 2018-19 academic year.
Since 2010, Executive
Education has provided the forum for Exec Ed students, Humphrey fellows, and
visiting scholars to present a 20- to 30-minute talk and lead a discussion on a
topic of their choice. Peer to Peer discussions often address current events, providing
cultural context through the speaker’s personal experience.
Ha, an award-winning
reporter who has covered politics, public policy, and environmental issues,
appreciates the freedom of speech she experienced in the United States and at
Maxwell. “That presentation motivated me to work as hard as I must to make sure
that no one in my country hesitates to discuss the works of the government,”
Ha spent her Humphrey
fellowship year focusing on the relationship between the media and public
policymaking. She also enjoyed attending Peer to Peer sessions. “They were a
chance to enrich my knowledge but also challenge myself about how to be open
and adapt the new ideas from people who are from different backgrounds and
culture,” she said.
Last year’s Peer to
Peer series included presentations on urbanization in China, interagency
collaboration in the I-81 replacement process in Syracuse, gender-based
violence in India, and resilience in Ukraine, among other topics.
The talks, which are
open to the Syracuse University community, typically are recorded, captioned
and posted on the Maxwell School’s Peer to Peer playlist on YouTube.
Peer to Peer reflects
the diverse professional experience and interests of Maxwell’s midcareer
professionals, said Margaret E. Lane, Exec Ed’s assistant director. “Our
students are leaders of organizations and agencies from around the globe who
are dedicated to public service and have insights to share,” she said. “In
sharing their insights, they enrich us all.”