Public Affairs Forum

MCAP welcomes Phil English as inaugural guest of its 2011-2012 Public Affairs Forum

The Mercyhurst Center for Applied Politics (MCAP) kicks off its Public Affairs Forum for the 2011-2012 academic year with a presentation by former Congressman Phil English on Friday, Sept. 16, at 4 p.m. in Taylor Little Theatre. English’s visit is part of the college’s annual Constitution Day (Sept. 17) observance and is free and open to the public.

English, who served as a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1995 to 2009 representing Pennsylvania’s Third Congressional District, will discuss “Constitutional Challenges in a Time of Crisis.” He will speak for approximately 30 minutes, with another half hour reserved for questions and answers from the audience.

MCAP was founded in 2010 as an arm of Mercyhurst’s political science department. As such it provides an opportunity for students to partake of challenging experiential learning opportunities while promoting discourse about contemporary public issues among residents and community leaders of northwestern Pennsylvania. Directed by Dr. Joseph Morris, MCAP is comprised of a public opinion polling center and a public affairs forum. Dr. Brian Ripley heads the latter. Dr. Rolfe Peterson serves as MCAP associate director and methodologist.

Currently, English is a senior government relations adviser at the Washington, D.C., law firm of Arent Fox.

While in Congress, he developed an interest and expertise in trade, health care, and tax and energy policy and assists clients in these areas, plus state and municipal government. He served on the Ways and Means Committee and was the first Republican freshman appointed to that committee since George H. W. Bush in 1967. In the 110th Congress, he served as the Ranking Member on the Subcommittee of Select Revenue Measures.

After leaving office, English was appointed to the United States National Commission for the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), which advises the State Department on educational, scientific, cultural and communications issues.

He is a former Controller of the City of Erie.

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