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Celebrating Public Service

Honoring Dr. Craig W. Shinn | Featured Speaker Kathleen Kennedy Townsend | Dan Balmer Jazz Trio

The Center for Public Service aspires to enhance the legitimacy of - and citizen trust in - public service institutions and the people who work in them.


PSU's Center for Public Service (CPS) in the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government will host its 3rd Annual Celebrating Public Service event Saturday, May 13, 2017. The 2017 dinner program will be Honoring Dr. Craig Shinn's Lifetime Contributions to Conciliatory Governance.


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Date: Saturday, May 13, 2017  5:00–8:00pm

Location: University Place, Portland State University

About the Symposium


The 2017 Center for Public Service “Conciliatory Practices and Environmental Governance” Symposium was held from 9 AM to 4:30 PM on May 13th, 2017. The symposium honored Dr. Craig W. Shinn and reflected his intellectual interests. You were invited to participate and present in what was a collegial atmosphere of spirited debate. Colleagues, current and former doctoral students, professional masters students, and practitioners gathered in seminar like sessions where topical discussions were led by a paper, a panel or a key discussion leader. You, your ideas and interests, were key to the content. Rapporteurs gathered intellectual threads throughout the day and reported what they wove in the closing session. Assuming the content warrants it, the goal is to follow up with a writing project producing an edited volume. The symposium was provided at a minimal cost to participants. It included a plenary opening session, thematic break-out sessions during the day, and a plenary closing session. Light breakfast and lunch included. Email Dr. Shinn directly for questions of content (


About the Event

This annual event was established to recognize and celebrate the remarkable work and achievements of our many alumni and supporters who have made our many academic programs and practitioner-centered initiatives so successful across a wide range of local, national, and international venues. Explore new ways our community can stay engaged in helping revitalize and promote innovation and excellence. Read More about the symposium held earlier in the day >






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Previous Years


2017 Honoring Dr. Craig Shinn's Lifetime Contributions to Conciliatory Governance

2016 Inspire the Future

2015 40 Years of Public Service