Jatinda Marwaha    

      The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs is perhaps as well-prepared as any educational institution in the nation to help us understand the issues and tackle the challenges provoked by the stunning events of September 11. In pursuit of the school’s mission of “advancing citizenship, scholarship, and leadership around the world,” Maxwell’s faculty has created a unique training ground for political and social leadership at every level of society, from neighborhoods and cities to nation-states and international alliances.
      Though no less horrified, many of the school’s professors were not surprised by the terrorist attacks. “Anyone who is a serious student of history and world affairs knew that some sort of substantial terrorist activity on American soil was inevitable,” says Maxwell School Dean John L. Palmer. “It’s very hard, however, to get people to take seriously a threat that hasn’t been made real. You could fault us as a society, or perhaps fault our political leadership, for not having taken more seriously the fact that we knew we would have to deal with this sooner or later.”


The terrorist attack shook the United States like no other incident, but Maxwell scholars see the country emerging from the crisis by moving forward and coming to a new understanding of itself

     For generations, Maxwell faculty and alumni have played important roles in dealing with challenges to American democracy. The influence of ideas and ideals nurtured at the school is a tangible force in the modern world. Since its founding in 1924, the school has graduated more than 7,000 students, who hold graduate degrees in public administration, international relations, and the gamut of the social sciences. Many of these alumni have risen to positions of authority in governments, foundations, and educational institutions across the globe.
      During the past decade alone, the school saw its graduates rise to such positions as secretary of Health and Human Services, deputy secretary of Defense, secretary of the Navy, foreign minister of Jordan, and director of the African Development Bank. Two Maxwell faculty members, currently on leave, are serving in the Bush Administration: Trustee Professor Douglas Holtz-Eakin is the chief economist for the President’s Council of Economic Advisors; and Sean O’Keefe G’78, the Louis A. Bantle Professor of Business and Government Policy, is deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget.

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