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The 2017 Virginia Tech Center for Public Administration and Policy High Table keynote speaker is Christopher Foreman. This year's High Table celebration will be held on March 24 and 25, 2017, in conjunction with the Minnis E. Ridenour Faculty Fellowship Conference hosted by the VT School of Public and International Affairs.

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Christopher Foreman is professor and director of the social policy program at the University of Maryland 's School of Public Policy, where he teaches courses on political institutions and the politics of inequality. Professor Foreman came to the school in 2000 after more than a decade at the Brookings Institution, where he continues as a non-resident senior fellow in the governance studies program. His book Signals from the Hill: Congressional Oversight and the Challenge of Social Regulation (Yale University Press, 1988) won the 1989 D.B. Hardeman Prize for the best book on Congress. He is also the author of Plagues, Products and Politics: Emergent Public Health Hazards and National Policymaking (Brookings, 1994). In The Promise and Peril of Environmental Justice (Brookings, 1998) Professor Foreman addresses the opportunities and constraints facing advocates and policymakers in the search for environmental equity. He is also the editor of The African American Predicament (Brookings, 1999). His interests include the politics of health, race, regulation, and government reform. Professor Foreman taught previously at American University. He served on the board of governors of The Nature Conservancy from 1999 to 2005, and was a Fulbright Scholar in Armenia in 2008-2009.

Dr. Foreman's High Table keynote address will be: "Scholarship for Citizenship: A Public Affairs Research Odyssey." In this provocatively titled presentation, Dr. Foreman will reflect on the ways in which his books exploring regulatory oversight, management of emergent health hazards, and environmental justice all featured the issue of trust in government as a central concern, and were aimed at general as well as academic audiences. Dr. Foreman will explore how "research for public discourse" contributes to good governance, and why trust is a paramount concern for us today.