Meg & Sam Flax Lecture Series on Public Policy

The Meg & Sam Flax Lecture Series invites top scholars, policymakers, and practitioners to speak to a wide audience of Georgia Tech students and faculty on issues of urgent importance in public policy. Our goal is not just a better understanding of current issues, but to get diverse perspectives on the proper role(s) of government in solving crucial problems. Because they practice at the cutting edge of their fields, or on the front lines of government policy, the Flax Lecturers speak not from philosophy or theory, but from facts, data, and experience. Topics range from science & technology policy to energy and the environment, from pandemic threats to sustainable development, from artificial intelligence and cyber-security to monetary policy, and even outer space. All Flax lectures are free of charge. Members of the broader Georgia Tech and Atlanta community are welcome to attend. Started in the Fall of 2019, the series is still ongoing.

Previous Events

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Governing Disease Amidst Plagues in the Nation

Polly Price

Speaker: Polly Price

Thursday, Sept. 1, 2022, 5 p.m.

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"Superhero Movies and the State: Understanding the "Marvel"ous Government-Entertainment Complex"

Tricia Jenkins

Speaker: Tricia Jenkins

Tuesday, April 12, 2022, at 11 a.m.

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"Research to Action: Three Climate Solutions for Georgia"


Georgia Tech Student Speakers: Valentina Sanmiguel, Vincent Gu, & Oliver Chapman

Business Discussants: Ken Duvall, Sterling Energy, LLC; James Marlow, Velo Solar; and Ronny Just, Georgia Power

Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021, at 11 a.m. on BlueJeans

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"How to Save the World: Understanding Non-Profits and How Tech Students Can Help"


Speaker: Michelle Nunn

Thursday, April 22, 2021, at noon

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"Community-Based Design Practices for Health Equity"


Speaker: Prof. Christina Harrington

Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 11 a.m.

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"Public Health and Racial Inequality: The links between Covid-19 and the Summer BLM Protests"


Speakers: Greg Millett and Jeff Crowley

Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, at 11 a.m.

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A Masterclass on Solving Public Problems and Policy Engineering & Technology and the Future of Work: How AI and Big Data are Changing the Job Market

Beth Simone Noveck

Speaker: Beth Simone Noveck

Friday, March 6, 2020

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"How Can Scientists & Engineers Influence Public Policy?: Lessons Learned from the Field

Professor Richard Barke

Speaker: Prof. Richard Barke

Friday, Feb. 21, 2020, at 4:30 p.m.

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"Iran-US Cyberattack: What is the Risk?"


​Speakers: Prof. Milton Muller, Prof. Hans. Klein, and Prof. Mark Zachary Taylor

Monday, Jan. 27, 2020

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"The Art of the Ebola Response: Lessons Learned from the Field"


Speaker: John Saindon

Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019

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