Endangered species protection requires reform, not reaction, professor tells panel

It will take systematic reform – and not piecemeal legislation and micro-management by Congress – to make the federal Endangered Species Act more effective, Indiana University law professor Robert L. Fischman told a congressional committee this week. “The ESA is akin to a crowded hospital emergency room with a long wait,” he said. “The most […]

Student-loan deal shows the system works

The student-loan legislation that President Barack Obama signed last week was a reminder that Republicans and Democrats can still lay aside their differences and get things done, says Leslie Lenkowsky, a professor of practice in the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs. And at a time when the public and politicians are sharply divided […]

Center on Congress provides teacher institutes, e-learning activities

Two summer institutes for teachers and a new website featuring innovative e-learning activities are the most recent efforts by the Center on Congress at Indiana University to accomplish its mission of raising awareness of Congress and its role in sustaining American democracy. This center’s inaugural teacher institutes will take place this week at IU Bloomington and […]

Conflict resolution is ‘paramount challenge,’ Hamilton says in IU lecture

Few public officials have had more experience in trying to resolve conflicts and build consensus than Lee Hamilton, who directs the Center on Congress at Indiana University and was recently appointed a distinguished scholar and professor of practice in IU’s new School of Global and International Studies. Hamilton, who represented southern Indiana in Congress for […]

IU’s Hamilton, Lenkowsky to discuss elections

Expect lively and incisive analysis of the current campaign season when Indiana University’s Lee Hamilton and Leslie Lenkowsky hold forth on electoral politics Monday afternoon. The informal election forum will take place from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the dean’s conference room on the third floor of the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs […]

House vote on NSF funding gets attention of political scientists

A vote last week by the U.S. House sent political scientists into the arena that they normally study. The chamber voted 218-208 for an amendment by Rep. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., to bar the National Science Foundation from spending money in 2013 on political science research. The vote was mostly along party lines, Republicans for and […]