Boisi Center to Host Bush Advisor on Faith-Based Social Initiatives

Boisi Center to Host Bush Advisor on Faith-Based Social Initiatives

Former Indianapolis Mayor Stephen Goldsmith, special advisor to President Bush on faith-based and not-for-profit initiatives, keynotes a Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life discussion on "The Role of Religion and Faith-Based Initiatives in Urban Communities," on Tuesday, Oct. 21 at 7:30 p.m. in Gasson 100.

Panelists will be Lynch School Interim Dean Joseph O'Keefe, SJ, Prof. Marc Landy (Political Science) and Assoc. Prof. Thomas Massaro, SJ, of the Weston School of Theology. Boisi Center Director Prof. Alan Wolfe (Political Science) will act as moderator.

"With the next presidential election approaching, the question of faith-based initiatives will once again be discussed and debated," said Wolfe. "No other person can speak more authoritatively on the issue than Stephen Goldsmith, and it is an honor to have him at Boston College."

Goldsmith currently teaches at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, where he is professor of the practice of public management and faculty chairman for the Institute for Government Innovation. He also serves as chairman of the Corporation for National and Community Service and as Chairman for Civic Innovation at the Manhattan Institute.

From 1992 to 1997, Goldsmith served two terms as mayor of Indianapolis. He has been credited with reducing government spending, cutting the city's bureaucracy and eliminating counter-productive regulations, while reinvesting more than $400 million in savings to transform downtown Indianapolis into a national model for US cities.

The Manhattan Institute think-tank with which Goldsmith is affiliated has posted online a number of articles he has written. Two that may be seen as particularly germane to the Boisi Center discussion are: "The Compassion Factor," Wall Street Journal (1/29/03) and "A Little Help From Above: What Faith-Based Programs Can Do (and What They Can't)," Wall Street Journal (1/30/01).

-Mark Sullivan


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