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Governor M. Jodi Rell Center for Public Service

<b>Governor M. Jodi Rell</b> </br>image courtesy of the </br>Museum of Connecticut History

The Governor M. Jodi Rell Center for Public Service was established at the University of Hartford in 2011. The purpose of the Rell Center is to promote the values exemplified by the life and career of the 87th Governor of Connecticut M. Jodi Rell— specifically the values of integrity in government and public service and responsible participation in public life.

The mission of the Governor M. Jodi Rell Center for Public Service at the University of Hartford is to provide a community and academic forum for the discussion of:

  • Ethics in government

  • The importance of civil discourse in politics

  • Citizen involvement in public service and government

The Center also seeks to encourage students and others to pursue careers in public service and to assist in providing a clearinghouse for student public service internships.

To date, the Rell Center’s programming includes:

  • “Civil Discourse in Politics” featuring panelists: Rep. Joe Aresimowicz (D), Connecticut House Speaker; Len Fasano, Senate Republican President Pro Tempore; Christine Stuart, CTNewsJunkie Managing Editor, Chris Powell, Journal Inquirer Managing Editor; and moderator, Max Reiss, political reporter for NBC Connecticut

  • “Where Are the Women? Opportunities and Challenges for Women in Politics Today” featuring panelists: Martha Carlson, Deputy State Comptroller, State of Connecticut; Moira Lyons, Speaker of the House of Representatives Connecticut General Assembly 1999-2004; Erin Stewart, Mayor, City of New Britain Connecticut. Moderated by Laura Pence, Professor of Chemistry, University of Hartford, American Chemical Society/American Society for the Advancement of Science Congressional Policy Fellow, 2012-13

  • “If I Only Knew: Lessons from Campaigning to Holding Office” featuring a panel of Connecticut General Assembly members in their first term.

  • “Isabella Beecher Hooker and Women’s Suffrage in Connecticut” presented by writer Susan Campbell.

  • “Where Do We Go from Here?” featuring a panel of leaders from politics and journalism and moderated by Gov. Rell.

  • “Religion and Politics in the 2012 Election” featuring a panel of political leaders and journalists and co-sponsored with the University’s Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies.