Civic Engagement/Social Action

Politics, Policy, and a New Economic Strategy for Rural North Carolina

Fostering economic development and revitalization in rural communities represents one of the most important challenges facing North Carolina and the nation. Join scholars, practitioners, and advocates to take stock of the current economic and political landscape, to consider what a new economic strategy for rural North Carolina could look like, and to consider the policy changes necessary to provide national leadership on rural economic renewal. Themes highlighted include rural identity, access to broadband, political organization and the local example of Wilson, North Carolina.

FIRG Seminar with Eli Hurvitz: "A Startup Nation Prepared: The Role of Catalytic Philanthropy in Israel's Quest for Excellence"

Israel experienced a sharp decline in the number of its high achievers in mathematics in high schools between 2006 and 2012. The steep falloff placed the "start-up nation" at risk and was cause for public alarm. This talk tells the story of how Israel awoke to this trouble and articulates the strategy that enabled it to reverse and restore its performance. The talk will emphasize the role played within this strategy by catalytic philanthropy.