UMass Amherst Center for Public Policy and Administration Celebrates 10th Anniversary with Events Oct. 3-4

AMHERST Mass. – The Center for Public Policy and Administration (CPPA) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is celebrating a decade of accomplishments with weekend events Oct. 3-4 that include panels, receptions and a photo exhibit opening.

UMass Amherst alumna Gail Collins, a columnist for the New York Times, will cap the weekend with a keynote address at a dinner for CPPA faculty and alumni on Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. on the 10th floor of the Campus Center.

Five panels on Friday, Oct. 3, will focus on recent issues in public policy and feature faculty, alumni and policymakers. Panelists include Massachusetts Secretary of Education Paul Reville discussing issues related to educational accountability; alumnus Larry Kocot of the Brookings Institution on health care reform and alumnus Senator Stan Rosenberg on legislation concerning same-sex marriage.

A campus-wide reception on Friday evening will include the opening of “PhotoVoice: Engaging Communities in Public Policy Research Through Photography,” an exhibit mounted by Krista Harper, assistant professor of anthropology and public policy and CPPA student Catherine Sands.

“We’re thrilled by the opportunity to honor the center’s achievements, and to welcome back CPPA alumni who have distinguished themselves in service to the Commonwealth and the nation,” says M.V. Lee Badgett, CPPA director. “This event also offers the campus and local communities a window into the quality of our program and its public service mission.”

Most weekend events are free and open to the public. A complete weekend schedule and additional program details are available at