In addition to the usual conferences and seminars held at the Institute, special events are hosted which bring local and national media to the University.
Gubernatorial and Mayoral Candidate Debates: The Institute and the Office of Marketing and External Affairs hosted the first post-primary gubernatorial debate of 2002, between now-governor W. Mitt Romney and Commonwealth Treasurer Shannon O'Brien. The event drew members of the bar, civic leaders, and the public. These two groups also sponsored a candidate's debate prior to the 2001, 2003, and 2005 Springfield mayoral elections.
A Conversation with Senator John Kerry: In 2003, the Institute presented a conversation with U.S. Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) over the congressional resolution authorizing the President to take appropriate steps to address the crisis in Iraq. Sen. Kerry explained his stance on the issue and took questions from constituents.
50th Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education: The School of Law commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision in Brown v. Board of Education with programs that emphasized the contemporary relevance of this historic decision and the continuing struggle for racial justice. Distinguished presenters included keynote speaker Congressman Richard Neal (D-MA), School Committee member Marjorie Hurst '85, Attorney Robert Fleischner, and Charles Ogletree, the Jesse Climenko Professor of Law at Harvard Law School focused on his book, All Deliberate Speed: Reflections on the First Half-Century of Brown v. Board of Education.
For detailed information on these events and others, please visit our archives.