Citizenship and Partisanship
by Christine Baksi
September 23, 2013
From left: Joseph Sestak, Lisa Jackson and James Gerlach '77
leaders in national politics and policy will discuss the meaning of citizenship
in an increasingly partisan world and the many ways it defines public debate,
impacts civic engagement, influences the political process and shapes news
coverage. The event will be held on Friday, Sept. 27, at 3 p.m. at Dickinson's
Allison Hall, formerly Allison Church, at 99 Mooreland Avenue. It is free and
open to the public.
The panelists are U.S. Rep. James Gerlach'77, who
represents Pennsylvania's 6th district; former U.S. representative, three-star
admiral and candidate for Pennsylvania's U.S. Senate seat Joseph Sestak; and
Lisa Jackson, Apple's vice president of environmental initiatives and former
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator under President Barack
Dickinson Associate Professor of Political Science Douglas E.
Edlin will moderate the discussion, which will tackle tough questions
associated with party affiliation and civic identity: Will all issues in
Washington continue to be debated down party lines? Will we return to
civilized discussion, regardless of political affiliation? Current political
and policy issues such as environmental protection will be used to illustrate
how partisanship and party affiliation influences civic engagement and
Gerlach is serving his sixth term in Congress, representing
portions of Berks, Chester, Lebanon and Montgomery counties. In 2010, he
earned a spot on the influential House Committee on Ways and Means and its
subcommittees on Health and Select Revenue Measures. Gerlach has been
recognized by the National Journal and Roll Call for a strong
record as an independent voice for his constituents.
serves as the General
Omar N. Bradley Chair in Strategic Leadership and is teaching at Dickinson,
the U.S. Army War College and the Penn State University Dickinson School of Law
and International Affairs. His distinguished 31-year-career in the U.S. Navy
included command of the George Washington Aircraft Carrier Battle Group
comprising 30 ships during combat operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. He also
served as President Bill Clinton's director for defense policy on the National
Security Council. Sestak represented Pennsylvania's 7th District in the U.S.
House of Representatives for two terms, from 2007 to 2010, and ran for Senate
Jackson is the 2013 recipient of the
Sam Rose '58 and Julie Walters Prize at Dickinson College for Global
Environmental Activism and will lead discussions with Dickinson students
and faculty during a two-day campus residency. She currently serves as Apple's
vice president of environmental initiatives, reporting to CEO Tim Cook.
Jackson oversees Apple's industry-leading efforts to minimize its impact on the
environment, including removing toxins from its products, incorporating
renewable energy in its facilities and continually raising the bar for energy
efficiency in the electronics industry. Jackson led the EPA from 2009 to 2013
and focused on core issues of reducing greenhouse gases, protecting air and
water quality, preventing exposure to toxic contamination and expanding
outreach to communities on environmental issues. Prior to this, she was chief
of staff to New Jersey Governor Jon S. Corzine and commissioner of the state's
Department of Environmental Protection. In recognition of her work, she has
been listed twice on Time magazine's list of the "100 Most
Influential People in the World."
For more information, visit The Clarke
Forum for Contemporary Issues.
The panel discussion serves as the
kick-off event for the inauguration
of Dickinson's 28th president, Nancy A. Roseman.