Bush School To Begin New “What’s Next?” Series With Hurricane Harvey Discussion

In this NASA handout image, Hurricane Harvey is photographed aboard the International Space Station as it intensified on its way toward the Texas coast on August 25, 2017. (Photo by NASA via Getty Images)

In this NASA handout image, Hurricane Harvey is photographed aboard the International Space Station as it intensified on its way toward the Texas coast on August 25, 2017. (Photo by NASA via Getty Images)

By Texas A&M University Bush School

When news breaks about a major world event, whether it is the Syrian government’s decision to conduct gas attacks on its citizens or a natural disaster impacting thousands of lives in South Texas, one of the first questions leaders and citizens alike ask is, “Okay, so what’s next?”

“This idea came from a conversation I had with President Michael Young, and I’m delighted we have the opportunity to make it a reality,” said Dean Welsh. “Our faculty members can be a tremendous resource as people try to evaluate what has happened and how we can move forward after a major event such as Hurricane Harvey. This new series will enable us to provide timely information from experts who have unique experience and expertise that will help people understand a particular event and what the future holds for those impacted by it.”

Presented by the Texas A&M University Bush School of Government and Public Service, a new series called “What’s Next?” aims to answer that question by addressing the major events and issues that grab our attention. The first program in this series will be “Hurricane Harvey: The Road to Recovery” which will be held Thursday, Sept. 14 at the Memorial Student Center, Room 2401, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Three Bush School professors, Danny Davis, Dave McIntyre, and Ron Sievert, will discuss the road forward for Houston and the surrounding communities at the event. Bush School professor Justin Bullock will moderate.

There is no set schedule for presentations in the series, as the timing and topics will be completely driven by headlines. This type of rapid-response series is designed to address events in real time as they occur, with faculty from the Bush School discussing policy issues and options that are available to decision makers.

Bush School Dean Mark Welsh noted that the Bush School has experts in many areas of government policy who can help people understand what options are possible after a major news event. Depending on the event, there are also remarkable scholars from other colleges on campus who can contribute to a multi-faceted discussion of “What’s Next?”

The series is open to the public and no registration is required. Visit the Bush School website for more information.

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Media contact: Susan L. Robertson, Director, Communications and External Relations, Bush School of Government and Public Service, 979.862.8845, srobertson@tamu.edu


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