On April 21, 2018, the Center for Public Administration and Policy (CPAP) of Virginia Tech’s School of Public and International Affairs will host its annual High Table, an event that brings together faculty, Hokies, and invited guests in ceremonious fashion to promote good governance and the advancement of capable and ethical public service. For the first time its 33-year history, High Table will be held somewhere other than Virginia Tech’s main Blacksburg campus, but instead will take place at Virginia Tech’s campus in old town Alexandria, VA.
“No event better illustrates Virginia Tech’s Center for Public Administration and Policy’s commitment to both scholarship and community than our annual High Table celebration, especially during these challenging times on many fronts for public service professionals,” said Matthew Dull, associate professor.
In 1986, CPAP adopted the celebration, based on similar events held for centuries at Oxford and Cambridge universities, to bring together members of its scholar community from Virginia Tech’s locations in Richmond, Northern Virginia and Blacksburg to hear, reflect upon, and discuss the work of a distinguished scholar whose work speaks to critically important dimensions of public administration and policy.
This year’s guest of honor, Martha S. Feldman, the Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy, Management, Sociology, and Political Science; Johnson Chair for Civic Governance and Public Management at the University of California, Irvine, will deliver a keynote titled “Enacting Possibilities and the Practice of Public Administration.” Feldman’s current research on organizational routines explores the role of performance and agency in creating, maintaining and altering these fundamental organizational phenomena.
“We see High Table as a celebration of the life of the mind: an occasion for reflecting on the special nature of scholarly thought and a life dedicated to the pursuit and sharing of knowledge,” said Eunju Namkung, Masters in Public Administration candidate. “It truly is a festival to boot: bagpipes, regalia and a banquet!”
The luncheon is the culmination of the High Table activities, and will take place from 11:30 – 12:30 p.m. at The Lyceum, 201 South Washington Street. Preceding the luncheon, Mike Galu, a bag piper from the City of Alexandria Pipes and Drums, will lead the procession with participants in full regalia beginning at 11:00 a.m. at 1021 Prince Street. Other activities include a panel discussion and recognition of best academic work.
We invite you to attend High Table 2018. Registrations are free.
To register for the High Table, please visit https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe-r44HRgSRe-LCjzlJAUB1C_2AhxjWaS3WcRguSWK4CLx4Kw/viewform
If you have any questions, please contact Matt Dull (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Lorita Daniels (email@example.com).