Policy Matters Lectures



David Jolly and Patrick Murphy

Former Congressmen David Jolly and Patrick Murphy made a joint appearance at Jacksonville University to present Why Gridlock Rules Washington and How We Can Solve the Crisis, a discussion of opportunities for bipartisanship leadership and how to build political consensus, demonstrating that even in times of disagreement on solutions to our country’s most divisive issues, those disagreements need not divide us as a people.


James Wyckoff

The Public Policy Institute hosted Dr. James Wyckoff, Director of the University of Virginia’s Center on Education Policy and Workforce Competitiveness for an Education Policy workshop for MPP students and invited guests.



Policy Matters Lecture Series November 30

On November 30, 2015, the JU Public Policy Institute hosted an evening with Mr. James B. Smith and his spouse, Dr. Janet Breslin-Smith. ​Mr. Smith was U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from 2009 to 2013 and is also a retired brigadier general in the U.S. Air Force where he was an F-15 fighter pilot. Dr. Janet Breslin-Smith’s career has focused on higher education and outreach to women in the Middle East. She taught at the U.S. National War College and was the first woman to Chair the Department of National Security Strategy there.

The Smiths each gave a short presentation, and then audience members were given the opportunity to pose questions. This Q&A was moderated by Rick Mullaney, PPI director.

Watch the lecture video on YouTube.

Read more about Ambassador Smith and Dr. Breslin-Smith.

Ambassador James B. Smith Dr. Janet Breslin-Smith