Can Development Be “Sustainable”?

“Sustainable development” has become a key phrase in policy discussions about economic, social, and democratic development. But is “sustainability” really a feasible goal, or is it a mere buzzword divorced from reality, especially in the context of developing countries? Dr. Melnick discusses the key principles of sustainable development, key questions surrounding the term, and the inherent trade-offs in political and policy decision-making thereof.


Human Resource Management in the Public and Private Sector – Age Old Challenges in Modern TimesProf. Roddrick

Colvin’s presentation on ancient and contemporary applications of human resource management theory. Scholars disagree on whether or not human resource management differs between the private and the public sectors, but it is clear that some of the essential principles of the field are remarkably constant. Using the Egyptian pyramids, the Great Wall of China, and the international space station as examples, Prof. Colvin explains how and why human resource management at its core has remained the same for 4,000 years.

Roddrick Colvin is an Associate Professor of Public Administration at John Jay College of Criminal Justice at the City University of New York (CUNY). He has published numerous articles on employment policy, minority rights, hate crimes, and international human rights policies in peer-reviewed journals, including the International Journal of Public Administration and the Journal of Public Management and Social Policy. At CUNY, Prof. Colvin currently teaches courses in public administration, human resource management, and policy analysis. He has also served on the board of the New York State Political Science Association and is a member of the American Political Science Association. Prof. Colvin holds an MPA in Public Administration from Seattle University and a PhD in Public Administration from the State University of New York in Albany.


Public Lecture: The US Fiscal Cliff by Dr. Marilyn Rubin

The fiscal cliff has generated much discussion and concern among economists throughout the world in recent months. Many predictions about its impact are grave, with some speculating it could lead to another global recession or worse. But what exactly is the fiscal cliff, and why might it have such negative consequences? More importantly, what can be done to avoid these dire outcomes? What needs to happen for U.S. political parties to negotiate a solution in time? As Prof. Rubin explains, the answers to these questions can be found in the U.S. budget process.

Marilyn M. Rubinis a Professor of Economics and Public Administration at John Jay College of the City of New York, where she teaches courses in Research Methods and Fiscal Policy, and is Director of the College’s MPA Program. Dr. Rubin worked as a consultant to the New York City Office of Management and Budget for several years during which time she directed a public-private sector task force on New York City’s taxes and was responsible for preparing numerous reports on the City’s tax policies. Dr. Rubin has also served as a consultant to other public sector agencies and to private sector companies in fiscal policy, revenue forecasting, economic development and strategic planning. Current and past clients include the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). She has also published in professional journals including the Public Administration Review and Public Budgeting and Finance. She is a former Chairperson of The Association for Budgeting and Financial Management (ABFM) – based budgeting to the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission. Dr. Rubin has been an elected fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) since 2005.