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) for 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.

List of Events:

Tricia Jenkins










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

Speaker: Tricia Jenkins

Tuesday, April 12th 2022 at 11:00am, Rm 105 in the DM Smith Building and on Zoom

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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, November 18, 2021 at 11:00 am on BlueJeans

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Michelle Nunn


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

Speaker: Michelle Nunn

Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 12:00pm

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Millett-Crowley Flyer


"Community-Based Design Practices for Health Equity"

Speaker: Prof. Christina Harrington

Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 11:00am

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Millett-Crowley Flyer

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

Speakers: Greg Millett and Jeff Crowley

Thursday, September 24, 2020 at 11:00am

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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


Speaker: Beth Simone Noveck

Friday, March 6, 2020

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

Speaker: Prof. Richard Barke

Friday, February 21, 2020 at 4:30pm

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Muller Flyer


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

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

Monday, January 27, 2020

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Sainton Flyer


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

Speaker: John Saindon

Thursday, October 10, 2019

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