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November 2019 - Who's Responsible for Affordable Housing?

Affordable housing. Everyone talks about it, but why is it so hard to do anything about it? Subsidies? Developer incentives? Private-public partnerships? Ideas abound about how to create reasonable opportunities for those who can’t afford southwest Montana’s sky-high housing market. Still, comprehensive policies remain elusive. Join with our panelists in exploring the role the public sector should play and the challenges it faces in solving the affordable housing crisis.

Dr. Corianne Payton Scally - Principal research associate in the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center at the Urban Institute

Andrew Jakabovics - Vice President of policy development at Enterprise Community Partners

Phil Rotherham - President of Rotherham Construction Inc.

Carmen McSpadden - Director of Montana State University’s Leadership Institute


September 2019 - How Smart is Too Smart? Exploring the pros and cons of Artificial Intelligence

From Siri to robotic surgery, from media and music streaming to Google Maps, artificial intelligence (AI) has a significant impact on our lives. But, what are the implications of AI on human development and personal autonomy? What effect will AI have on jobs in the future? What ethical concerns must we address as AI systems are deployed? Join in on the discussion as our panel explores the benefits and drawbacks of AI and its rapidly evolving technology.

Dr. Sarah Myers West - Postdoctoral researcher, AI Now Institute, NYU

Joe Flood - Reporter, historian, founder & CEO, N2 Communications

Jason Taylor - Chief Technology Officer, Security Innovation

Les Craig - Partner, Next Frontier Capital

April 2019 - The Economics of Immigration: Boon or Bust

DACA, migrant caravans, undocumented workers, merit-based immigration. Few issues are more divisive in the United States today than immigration reform. Even though key businesses and industries – some right here in Montana – depend upon an immigrant workforce to be successful, opponents of immigration hold that our economy suffers when legal and non-legal individuals make the United States their home. How does one cut through all the partisan “noise” to understand how immigration impacts our economic well-being? Is immigration a boon or a bust for our economy? What are the myths, and what are the facts? Listen to and consider various viewpoints and offer your questions to our panelists in a follow-up question and answer session.

Nancy Chen - Women’s Leadership Coach and Founder, Power To The Queen!

George Borjas - Robert W. Scrivner Professor of Economics and Social Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School

Bridget Kevane - Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs in the College of Letters & Science, Montana State University

Andrew Greenfield - Managing partner of the firm’s Washington, DC office and a member of Fragomen's Executive Committee, Fragomen

October 2018 - Fake News or Free Speech

"Fake news" has always been part of the communication landscape. The difference now is that we are inundated with social media that makes it possible to disseminate "fake news” quickly and easily. In the past "fake news" was used as propaganda to isolate individuals or groups of people, destabilize governments, and foment anarchy. "Fake news" may be inaccurate, dishonest, misleading, intentionally untrue, and even intended to damage the paradigm of factual information. But is it illegal? Is it protected by the First Amendment? Can "fake news" -- or suppressing it -- undermine our democratic way of life? This event is free, however, if you would please register above, we will have a better idea of what to expect.

Franke Wilmer - Professor and Department Head of Political Science at MSU

Les AuCoin - Former journalist, professor of government, and nine-term U.S. congressman from Oregon

Dr. Jeff Reed - Technology Executive

Will Dobson - Chief international editor at National Public Radio