Faculty Friday: The Power of Story A Conversation with Dean Mayer

September 24

12:00pm - 1:00pm


Audience: Alumni,  Current Student,  Faculty,  Families,  Neighbor or Friend,  Prospective Student,  Staff

Faculty Fridays are Back!

How do individuals come together to act collectively in their common interest and why is it that those who promote collective action so often turn to stories?

In our first Faculty Friday of the school year, Professor Rachel Epstein, Senior Associate Dean, turns the tables and interviews Fritz Mayer, Dean of the Korbel School, an expert in the role of storytelling in politics and collective action. In what is sure to be a lively conversation, we will explore the role of narratives in politics, how narratives capture our minds, and why storytelling and narrative matters in shaping our understanding and response to critical topics ranging from international affairs to climate change.

About Fritz Mayer

Frederick "Fritz" Mayer is Dean of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. His research addresses globalization and its effects, with particular emphasis on the labor and environmental impacts of economic integration. His book Interpreting NAFTA: The Art and Science of Political Analysis explored the political processes that created NAFTA. His more recent work has focused on the international development policy implications of a global economy dominated by global value chains, in which a relatively few large firms enjoy considerable power in defining the terms of trade.

Mayer also has a long interest in the role of stories in politics and society. His book Narrative Politics: Stories and Collective Action makes the case that shared stories are essential tools for enabling communities to overcome free riding and other obstacles to collective action.

Previously, Mayer was Professor of Public Policy, Political Science, and Environment and Associate Dean for Strategy and Engagement at Duke University’s Terry Sanford School of Public Policy. In addition to his academic experience, he served as senior international trade and foreign policy advisor to former U. S. Senator Bill Bradley and as an aide to Congressman Sander Levin, as a policy analyst at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and as editor at the Close Up Foundation, an educational non-profit organization.

Mayer received an A.B. in history and literature from Harvard College, and an M.P.P. and a Ph.D. in public policy, both from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

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