High Table 2012 - March 30-31, 2012 -Thomas Conner House -  Squires Student Center - Owens Hall - Blacksburg, Virginia


On behalf of CPAP's student organization, Public Administrators of Virginia Tech (PAVT), and the faculty and staff of the Center for Public Administration and Policy (CPAP), we welcome your participation in High Table 2012. We are proud to announce that this year's event features Dr. James C. Scott, whose notable works include:

  • "Seeing Like a State: How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed", Yale University Press, 1997
  • "Geographies of Trust: Geographies of Hierarchy" in Democracy and Trust, 1998
  • "State Simplifications and Practical Knowledge" in People's Economy, People's Ecology, 1998
  • "The Art of Not Being Governed: An Anarchist History of Upland Southeast Asia", Yale University Press, 2009.

Keynote Speaker

Photo of Dr. Scott

Dr. James C. Scott
Yale University

Dr. James C. Scott, the Sterling Professor of Political Science and Professor of Anthropology at Yale University, where he also serves as the Director of the Agrarian Studies Program. Dr. Scott is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, has held grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Guggenheim Foundation, and has been a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Science, Science, Technology and Society Program at M.I.T., and the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. His research concerns political economy, comparative agrarian societies, theories of hegemony and resistance, peasant politics, revolution, Southeast Asia, theories of class relations and anarchism.

Procession to Owens

History of High Table

In 1986, the Center for Public Administration and Policy (CPAP) adopted a tradition originating centuries ago at Oxford and Cambridge Universities, where faculty and students would come together in ceremonious fashion to share a meal together and listen to an honored faculty member speaking on a topic of importance for their field.

For CPAP, the purpose of this annual ceremony is to bring together faculty, students, alumni, alumnae, and invited guests to celebrate the life of the mind. High Table represents a time to contemplate the thoughts of the academy in the fields of public administration and policy. Moreover, is an occasion to reflect on the special nature of scholarly thought - a life dedicated to the pursuit and sharing of knowledge.

For More Information Contact:
Aaron Smith-Walter
High Table Committee Chair
Email: aaronsw1@vt.edu

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