Resource Library

Varun Gauri

Varun Gauri of the World Bank
The World Bank’s Varun Gauri is head of the Global Insights Initiative (GINI) and Senior Economist, Development Research Group. He will speak about the “2015 World Development Report: Mind, Society and Behavior.”

Susannah Wellford

President and Founder of Running Start
Join us for a talk on leadership and public service, by Susannah Wellford, founder and president of Running Start. In 2007, Wellford founded Running Start to inspire young women and girls to political leadership. Running Start furthers the work begun by the Women Under Forty Political Action Committee (WUFPAC), which Susannah cofounded in 1999 and led for the first five years. WUFPAC is a national women’s group dedicated to electing young women to political office. A nonpartisan organization, WUFPAC is the only political action committee in the United States devoted to helping young women of all parties run for elected office. After receiving her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1998, she worked for several years at Verner, Liipfert, Bernhard, McPherson and Hand, lobbying for state and local governments, foreign governments, corporate entities and trade associations before Congress and the Executive Branch. Prior to law school, Ms. Wellford worked on the Health Care Task Force in the Clinton White House. As a member of the Health Care War Room staff, she planned and executed grass-roots health care events for the President and First Lady and coordinated speaking events for Congressional Members and White House staff on health care reform issues.

Vice Admiral Walter “Ted” Carter

Superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy
Join us for a special talk on leadership lessons with Vice Admiral Walter E. “Ted” Carter. Vice Admiral Carter became the 62nd superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy on July 23, 2014. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1981, was designated a Naval Flight Officer in 1982, and graduated from the Navy Fighter Weapons School, Top Gun, in 1985.

Mayor Signer

The History That Fuels Local Government Action
The Virginia Policy Review welcomes Mayor Mike Signer of Charlottesville for a talk: “The History that Fuels Local Government Action.” Mike Signer is a lecturer at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. He was elected to Charlottesville City Council in 2015 and elected Mayor of Charlottesville in January 2016.

William Webster

Constitution Day
The University of Virginia community is invited to join us for Constitution Day on Friday, September 16. The special guest speaker will be William H. Webster, the current Chairman of the U.S. Homeland Security Advisory Council. From 1978 to 1987, Webster was the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and from 1987 to 1991, he was the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Prior to these appointments, Webster was a federal judge in Missouri. Well-respected on both sides of the aisle, Webster is the only person to have held both of these positions in government.

Ulrich Mans

When Silicon Valley Meets Purpose: Big Data for Peace and Justice
The Batten Global Policy Center present Dr. Ulrich Mans, from the Centre for Innovation at Leiden University. Ulrich has a background in conflict studies; he holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Science from the University of Amsterdam and a MA in International Development Studies from Radboud University Nijmegen. Before joining the Centre for Innovation in The Hague, Ulrich has worked for 10 years for various organizations in the field of political transitions, including the International Crisis Group, the Clingendael Institute, the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Hague Centre for Strategic Studies (HCSS), Life and Peace Institute in Khartoum, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies in Potsdam. His talk, “When Silicon Valley Meets Purpose: Big Data for Peace and Justice,” will explore the use of design thinking to solve matters of war and peace and other topics. Today, ending violent conflicts and building peace calls for an in-depth understanding of new data streams. With the Data Revolution, we need to find new ways in order to design and build data-driven methodologies that support peace processes across the globe. Ulrich will present an overview of recent data-related trends in the peace, justice and humanitarian sector. How do organisations in the sector adapt to the needs of a digital world? He will explain the underlying concepts of data-driven innovation and the required innovation processes, giving examples of innovation projects with partners ranging from United Nations to small entrepreneurial NGOs.

Patrick Regan

Climate Change and Climate Policy
The Batten Global Policy Center welcomes Patrick Regan, Professor of Political Science and Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. Patrick Regan (Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1992) researches the impact of climate change and social adaptation on armed conflict. His most recent book, The Politics of Global Climate Change (Paradigm, 2015), articulates a multi-level political process for influencing climate change legislation, beginning with local politics. In February 2016, Regan was appointed Associate Director of the University of Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative for Notre Dame Global Adaptation Initiative, a university effort that seeks to understand the effects of climate change though a lens of human social adaptation.

Dr. Julia Nesheiwat

2016 MPP Orientation Keynote Address
Dr. Julia Nesheiwat, Presidential Deputy Envoy for Hostage Affairs at the U.S. State Department speaks with incoming Master of Public Policy students.

Robert Hurt and Gerry Connolly

U.S. Representatives Robert Hurt (R-VA) and Gerry Connolly (D-VA) speak to Professor Warburg's class.
U.S. Representatives Robert Hurt (R-VA) and Gerry Connolly (D-VA) speak to Professor Warburg's class.

Kevin Fay

Sustainability and the International Policy Process
As part of Earth Week, the Batten School and UVA Sustainability will co-sponsor a special Batten Hour with Kevin J. Fay, a member of the UVA Board of Visitors and the CEO of the law firm Alcalde & Fay. In December 2015, Mr. Fay was part of 21st Conference of Parties in Paris where 196 countries reached a historic climate change agreement.

Fred Hitz

The Current Condition of U.S. Intelligence in the Fight against ISIS
Professor Frederick Hitz will present a timely lecture on the state of U.S. intelligence and the fight against ISIS. Hitz is a former Inspector General at the CIA. He teaches courses on anti-terrorism and the role of the intelligence community.

Elizabeth Cameron

National Security and Global Health
Seeking an End of Epidemics: Advancing the Global Health Security Agenda Stopping outbreaks at the source can save thousands of lives, prevent political collapse, and deter billions in economic losses. Preventing, detecting, and rapidly responding to biological threats – whether naturally occurring like Ebola, Zika, MERS, and influenza, or deliberate like the 2001 anthrax attacks – is a national security priority, as well as a global health imperative. Unfortunately, despite over a decade of implementation, only approximately 30% of all countries have in place the essential capacity required by the International Health Regulations (2005) to address infectious disease threats. This talk will explore the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) as a multilateral, Leaders level initiative to establish targets, accelerate measurable commitment, and sustain global interest and financing across sectors. The United States has made a commitment to assist at least 31 countries to achieve the Agenda’s targets, the G-7 has made a collective commitment to assist at least 76 countries, and the 50-country multilateral GHSA collective has made over 100 new commitments to accelerate national, regional and global progress. Synchronizing these commitments to achieve sustainable capacity will require a new frame for country collaboration across sectors, budgets and borders. Elizabeth (Beth) Cameron is the Director for Countering Biological Threats with the National Security Council staff, where she played a major role in conceiving and launching the Global Health Security Agenda and oversees issues relating to countering biological threats, including biosecurity, dual-use research of concern, combating bioterrorism, biological select agents and toxins, and epidemic threats such as Ebola. Prior to this assignment, she served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense as Senior Advisor and in the role of Chief of Staff for Honorable Andrew Weber, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Defense Programs (NCB). Cameron holds a Ph.D. in Biology from the Human Genetics and Molecular Biology Program at the Johns Hopkins University and a BA in Biology from the University of Virginia.