Shifting Landscapes April 11

4/11/22: Postponed due to speaker illness. Watch for a reschedule of this event!

Mason County District Library and Abondia Center continue to explore Economics in the public lecture series Shifting Landscapes on Monday April 11, 7:00 pm at the Ludington Area Center for the Arts, with Innovation and Government, presented by Amy Lerman.

Amy E. Lerman is Professor of Public Policy and Political Science, co-director of the People Lab, and Associate Dean of the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. On April 11, Professor Lerman will explore how “good enough for government” moved from being a statement of excellence to disparagement.

Professor Lerman writes widely on issues related to public opinion, political engagement, and public policy. She is the author of two books on criminal justice, The Modern Prison Paradox, and Arresting Citizenship. Her latest book, Good Enough for Government Work, explores the stereotype of government as wasteful and inefficient, and studies the consequences of these beliefs.

In the third and final session on April 18, political scientist Paul Pierson will trace the economic and political history of the United States over the last century. He’ll show how a viable mixed economy—where both government and business each have their own roles while also working collaboratively—has long been the dominant force of America’s prosperity.

Shifting Landscape events are free, live or by Zoom. Tickets are not necessary but registration is helpful. To register: To simply join the Zoom presentation, go to The link will be live about 6:45 pm on the day of the presentation. For information check the Mason County District Library website: or contact Thomas Trahey, Mason County District Library at or Brooke Portmann, director of Abondia Center, at

This 2021-2022 series is exploring six areas of our lives that have been reshaped during the Covid-19 epidemic and the many events that have occurred in the past 2 years. Economics is the sixth and final topic in the Shifting Landscapes series.

In asking questions about the nature and purpose of politics, and freedom of expression, the Shifting Landscapes series seeks to address questions on people’s minds. It also hopes the information helps people get more from news sources, as well as professionals and others about social issues and news that matters to them.

This project has been funded by grants from Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and Michigan Humanities, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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