Featherman Lecture Series

Sandra and Bernard Featherman Lecture in Public Policy
Department of Political Science
Temple University, Philadelphia

How societies cope with and resolve major policy problems stands at the center of the Sandra and Bernard Featherman Lecture Series.  Made possible by generous benefactors, the Series brings to the Temple community the voice of eminent political scientists who address timely and timeless challenges confronting the United States.  Sandra Featherman is a former member of the Temple Political Science Department and University of New England president.  With a particular scholarly interest in urban politics, Sandra Featherman has been actively involved in the boards of over forty community and charitable organizations within the Philadelphia area.  Bernard Featherman is an alumnus of the Temple School of Business and attended Temple Law School.  A former business executive, Bernard Featherman has been an active voice in public policy, serving on many boards for urban enterprise zones and community health organizations.


1991   Cornel West, Princeton University
Class of 1943 University Professor in the Center for African American Studies
The Color Line and American Democracy: The Ongoing Dilemma

1993   Mancur Olson , University of Maryland
Professor of Economics
Revisiting The Logic of Collective Action

1996   Theda Skocpol*, Harvard University
Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology
Civic Associations and American Democracy

1998   Frances Fox Piven, City University of New York
Distinguished Professor
Social Meanness, Welfare Reform, and the Transformation of Electoral Politics

2002   Michael Walzer, Princeton University
Professor Emeritus of Social Science, Institute for Advanced Study
Just War Theory Revisited

2004   Rogers Smith, University of Pennsylvania
Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Political Science
The Anatomy of the American Racial State

2006   Margaret Levi*, University of Washington
Jere L. Bachrach Professor of International Studies
Achieving Good Government – and Perhaps Legitimacy – in Third World States

2007   Jane Mansbridge*, Harvard University
Adams Professor Political Leadership and Democratic Values
What do We Want from Our Representatives, and Can We Get it?

2010   Ira Katznelson*, Columbia University
Ruggles Professor of Political Science and History
Shaded by Fear: The New Deal and Its Legacies

2013   Jacob Hacker, Yale University
Stanley B. Resor Professor of Political Science
Is American Politics Undermining the American Dream?

2015  Edward G. Rendell
Pennsylvania Governor (2003-2011)
Philadelphia Mayor (1992-2000)
Chairman, Democratic National Committee (2000)
The Direction of National Politics and Policy

2017 Peter Dreier
E.P. Clapp Distinguished Professor of Politics and
Chair of the Urban & Environmental Policy Department at Occidental College
Is a New Progressive Movement on the Horizon? Thinking and Organizing Beyond Trump

Affiliations at the time of Lecture.

* Former President of American Political Science Association.