Muskie School to offer 'Lunch and Learn' series in Augusta

Public Policy and Management Classroom

This summer, the Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine will hold a ‘Lunch and Learn’ series on critical social issues. The first, “What’s the Problem with Minimum Wage?” with Dr. Lisa Morris, associate professor of public policy and management at the Muskie School, will be held on Wednesday, July 10, from noon to 1 pm in room 400, Burton M. Cross State Office Building, Augusta. The event will include a discussion of the topic and time for audience questions. The ‘Lunch and Learn’ series is free and open to the public.

Morris, who recently testified to the state legislature on minimum wage, teaches a range of courses on economics and public policy at the Muskie School and is published in areas of welfare reform and work and family dynamics and outcomes. She coordinates the public policy analysis track of the school’s Master's in Public Policy and Management program and coordinates the graduate certificate in social policy analysis.

The Muskie School now offers several public policy and management courses in Augusta or via distance learning. This fall, the school will be offering a course in state administration and policy for the first time in Augusta and in Portland via videoconferencing.  For those unable to attend the afternoon ‘Lunch and Learn,’ faculty will also be available on July 10 from 3:30 to 4:30 pm at the Department of Environmental Protection, Ray Building, Ray Lobby Room, 28 Tyson Drive, Augusta.  For more information, contact Carolyn Ball, associate professor of public policy and management, at  

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Ciolfi, M. L., Griffin, E., Pratt, J., Richards, M., Gildard, S., & Byrne, B. (2016). Living with a brain injury in Maine: Individual experiences, perceptions, and need.  Portland, ME: University of Southern Maine, Muskie School of Public Service.

Lenardson, J. D., Gale, J. A., & Ziller, E. C. (2016). Rural opioid abuse: Prevalence and user characteristics. (PB 63-1). Portland, ME: University of Southern Maine, Muskie School of Public Service, Maine Rural Health Research Center.

Snow, K. I., Gressani, T., Olsen, L., McGuire, C., Bratesman, S., Mauney, K., & Theriault, J. (2016). Adults using long term services and supports: Population and service use trends in Maine, SFY 2014. (Chartbook). Portland, ME: University of Southern Maine, Muskie School of Public Service.

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