Hauptmann School of Public Affairs

Dr. Jerzy Hauptmann Distinguished Guest Lecture Series

The Park University Dr. Jerzy Hauptmann Distinguished Guest Lecture Series was established through the generosity of alumni, colleagues and friends of Hauptmann upon his 40th anniversary at Park. The lecture series brings outstanding scholars to the Kansas City area to address topics related to Hauptmann's three areas of study: international politics, public administration and democracy.


Dr. Frank ThompsonDr. Frank J. Thompson -- "The Struggle to Implement Obamacare: Some Lessons for Public Administration"
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
6:30 p.m.
National Archives at Kansas City
400 W. Pershing Road
Kansas City, MO 64108

Registration: While the event is free and open to the public, reservations are required. Contact the National Archives at Kansas City at kansascity.educate@nara.gov or (816) 268-8010.

Lecture Description: Coming soon

About Dr. Thompson: Frank J. Thompson is a distinguished professor in the School of Public Affairs and Administration at Rutgers University-Newark (N.J.) and is an affiliated faculty member with the Rutgers Center for State Health Policy in New Brunswick, N.J. Prior to arriving at Rutgers, Thompson served as dean of the Rockefeller College at the University at Albany, State University of New York.

Thompson has published extensively on issues of politics and administration, implementation, public management and health policy. In 2007, he received a Robert Wood Johnson Investigator Award to study the evolution of Medicaid during the Clinton, G.W. Bush, and Obama administrations. This research led to Thompson’s recent book Medicaid Politics: Federalism, Policy Durability and Health Reform (Georgetown University Press, 2012).

Thompson is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and a past president of the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration. He served as executive director of the National Commission on State and Local Public Service (Winter Commission). He has received several awards including the Donald C. Stone Distinguished Scholar Award for accomplishments in the field of intergovernmental relations and management.

Thompson earned both his doctorate and Master of Arts degrees in political science from the University of California, Berkeley, and his Bachenor of Arts in political science from the University of Chicago.

Previous Lecturers in the Series

          •  2014 -- Dr. Robert Jervis, "Why Does the U.S. Spend so Much on Security and Feel so Insecure? Fear, Interests and Opportunity in Contemporary American Foreign Policy"
          •  2013 -- Dr. Theda Skocpol, "The Tea Party and Civic Engagement in America" 
          •  2012 -- Dr. Walter D. Broadnax, "Leadership Challenges for the Presidency: A World of Opportunities and Hazards”
          •  2011 -- Dr. John J. Mearsheimer, "Why Leaders Lie: The Truth About Lying in International Politics”
          •  2010 -- Dr. José Luis Valdés-Ugalde, "A Historical Assessment of the Inter-American Dilemma: The Conflict Between Security, Democratic Governance and Progress”
          •  2009 -- Dr. Pan Suk Kim, "Building Trust in Government by Improving Governance"
          •  2008 -- Dr. Lawrence J. Korb, "National Security in an Age of Terrorists, Tyrants and Weapons of Mass Destruction"
          •  2007 -- Dr. Emily Hauptmann, "Fighting Words: How Political Scientists and the Big Foundations Defined 'Democracy' During the Cold War"
          •  2006 -- Dr. David Rosenbloom, "Preserving Constitutional Government in an Age of Outsourcing"
          •  2005 -- Dr. Michael E. O'Hanlon, "The Axis of Evil and Doctrine of Preemption Three Years On"
          •  2004 -- Dr. Robert M. Entman, "Media, Foreign Policy and American Democracy After 9/11"
          •  2003 -- Dr. Patricia Ingraham, "The Performance Challenge: Why Public Management is Not for the Faint of Heart"
          •  2002 -- Dr. Donald J. Puchala, "The Tragedy of War and the Search for Meaning in International History"
          •  2001 -- Dr. John Mueller, "Democracy and Ralph's Pretty Good Grocery"
          •  2000 -- Dr. Donald Kettl, "Managing Government in a Globalized World"
          •  1999 -- Dr. John Lukacs, "The Idea of Europe"
          •  1998 -- Dr. Robert H. Ferrell, "From Wilson to Truman: Democracy and the American Presidency"
          •  1999 -- Dr. Chester A. Newland, "The Search for Reasonableness in Public Administration"
          •  1996 -- Dr. Richard L. Walker, "The Cultural Dimension of Foreign Relations"
          •  1995 -- Dr. David Mathews, "Democracy in America"
          •  1994 -- Dr. Dwight Waldo, "Public Administration Today: Multiple Perspectives"
          •  1993 -- Dr. Jan Prybyla, "The Interplay of Economics and Politics in the Transformation of Social Systems"