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Date: May 24, 2004 (04-55)

Montgomery College to Host Public Policy Institute
Two-day Event, June 10-11, Will Discuss Health Care, Immigration, America 

The Center for Community Leadership Development and Public Policy at Montgomery College will host its third Public Policy Institute (PPI), “Communities Finding Common Ground for Action,” from June 10–11, at Montgomery College’s Gaithersburg Business Training Center.  

The town meeting-styled event will present discussions on three topics: “By the People--Americans’ Role in the World”; “Examining Health Care--What’s the Public’s Prescription?” and “The New Challenges of American Immigration--What Should We Do?” Teachers, students, civic groups, business leaders, community leaders, public officials, and members of faith communities are invited to share their views.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity for people to learn how to bring their community together to address complex problems,” said Center Director and Montgomery College Professor Nathan Starr. “The center supports democratic practice among diverse—and sometimes divergent—voices in a safe, open, neutral, non-partisan public space.” Since 2002, PPI forums have tackled tough topics—the economy, education, health care, and violent crime.

PPI facilitators include Dr. Harris Sokoloff, executive director of the Center for School Study Councils/Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania; Professor Nathan Starr, director of the Center for Community Leadership Development and Public Policy at Montgomery College, and recent Interim Associate Director Dr. Robert Walker, formerly public health education professor at West Virginia University and science, technology & society professor at Pennsylvania State University.

All sessions will be held at the Gaithersburg Business Training Center, 12 South Summit Avenue, 4th floor, Gaithersburg, Maryland. Registration and continental breakfast begins 8 a.m. Thursday, June 10, with morning sessions immediately following at 9 a.m. both days. Afternoon sessions end at 5 p.m. on Thursday, and 3:30 p.m. on Friday.

A registration fee of $195 per person includes all materials and meals. Discounted fees are available for organizations or groups sending more than one participant. Registration with payment must be received by Friday, May 28, 2004.  For registration forms, e-mail

            For more information, call or e-mail Nathan Starr at 240-567-7485,; Jacki Zappala or Michelle Scott at 240-567-5276,, or

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