Public Affairs Conference

Missouri State University

A former first daughter will headline Missouri State University’s 2018 Public Affairs Conference.  Jenna Bush Hager will serve as keynote speaker September 25 at 7:30 p.m. at the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts. 

Claire Kidwell

Dr. Robert Ballard is living his childhood dream.  The 75-year-old oceanographer, perhaps most widely known for his discovery of the Titanic wreckage in 1985, knew as a youngster that he wanted to be Captain Nemo. 

He shared his story during the Missouri State University Public Affairs Conference last week. 

Ballard’s life has been full of adventure and research including the discovery of hydrothermal vents and how life came to be on Earth as well as black smokers.

Sustainability – that’s the focus of Missouri State University’s spring 2018 Public Affairs Conference.

Free and open to the public, the conference will take place April 10-12 on campus. Presenters will share their views on the theme of “Sustainability in Practice: Consensus and Consequences.” 

The first self-evident truth in the Declaration of Independence is the inspiration for this year's public affairs conference at Missouri State University. Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness: Reflections on Self Government (April 4-7, 2017). I'm Nicki Donnelson and today my guest is Dr. Kevin Pybas. He is an associate professor of political science and this year's Provost Fellow for public affairs.  

Purple WINGS

Sex trafficking is a bigger issue than you think, says Toshia Shaw, a behavioral health professional who has been working with victims of the crime for several years.

“We all have a responsibility as citizens – ethical citizens – to open our eyes, see what’s going on, report things that just out of place that doesn’t seem right.”

And Shaw knows all too well the devastating effects sex trafficking can have on victims.

“It can from school of hard knocks. I am myself a survivor of sex trafficking. But it happened to me as an adult,” she says.

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