Upcoming Events: Scholars Strategy Network sponors local development forum and writing workshop

SSN-FBThe Oklahoma chapter of the Scholars Strategy Network is excited to be co-sponsoring two upcoming events.

On Wednesday, November 13th, Oklahoma SSN and the OU Economics Club will host a public forum, “Nurturing Local Economic Growth: What can we learn from people in the know?” The forum, which will run from 7:00 – 8:30 pm in Rm. 130 of Gould Hall on the OU Norman campus, will address competing approaches to land use policy by bringing together professionals with first-hand experience with land use and economic growth. Panelists will include Norman Mayor Cindy Simon Rosenthal, developer Richard McKown, and OU professors Gregory Burge and Stephen Ellis. Oklahoma SSN co-chair Dr. Cynthia Rogers will be the moderator. The event is free and open to the general public, and will be followed by a wine and dessert reception. Click here for the event flyer or visit the event Facebook page.

On Thursday, November 14th, Oklahoma SSN and the University of Tulsa Faculty Writing Program will host a workshop, “Going Public: Writing Research-based Op-Eds”, intended to encourage and assist scholars have an impact on policy debates.   The workshop, which will be from 2:00 – 4:30 pm on the 3rd floor of Tyrell Hall at the University of Tulsa, will provide hands-on instruction in writing brief, compelling opinion essays and building relationships with reporters and opinion leaders. It will be led by Avi Green, SSN’s national director of Civic Outreach, Tulsa World editorial page editor Wayne Greene, TU professor Joli Jensen and OK Policy Director David Blatt. The workshop is intended for faculty and graduate students in all academic disciplines from any Oklahoma college or university. To register for this free event, go to: http://tinyurl.com/SSNworkshopTU  For full information, see the event flyer or visit the Facebook page.

The Scholars Strategy Network is a a national initiative aimed at getting scholars more actively engaged in public policy issues and debates.  OK Policy Director is co-Chair of Oklahoma SSN, along with Dr. Cynthia Rogers of the University of Oklahoma and Dr. Riley Dunlap of Oklahoma State University. You can see a list of Oklahoma members of SSN and their research here.


Former Executive Director David Blatt joined OK Policy in 2008 and served as its Executive Director from 2010 to 2019. He previously served as Director of Public Policy for Community Action Project of Tulsa County and as a budget analyst for the Oklahoma State Senate. He has a Ph.D. in political science from Cornell University and a B.A. from the University of Alberta. David has been selected as Political Scientist of the Year by the Oklahoma Political Science Association, Local Social Justice Champion by the Dan Allen Center for Social Justice, and Public Citizen of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers.

2 thoughts on “Upcoming Events: Scholars Strategy Network sponors local development forum and writing workshop

  1. It would be really great if you could do an iPod blast of this, so that it would be available to folks who can’t come to Tulsa.

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