Dick Thornburgh Forum for Law and Public Policy

Chancellor Emeritus Mark Nordenberg and Duquesne University President Ken Gormley
A new series from Pitt’s Institute of Politics and the Dick Thornburgh Forum for Law and Public Policy will feature discussions to better understand governance issues in restoring the economy and operating during the COVID-19 pandemic. The first installment covers historical mistakes and overreach made by governments during times of crisis.
Lauren Ban talking with a panelist in a dark jacket
In Pennsylvania, efforts are underway to redraw electoral maps, but it’s a complicated process—and one that that other states are watching closely. A group called Draw the Lines PA invited students like Pitt’s Lauren Ban to offer their solutions.
Former Pennsylvania governors Ed Rendell and Tom Ridge. Rendell's head is toward Ridge, and Ridge is smiling
Former Pennsylvania governors Tom Ridge and Ed Rendell have differed ideologically over the years, but also are like-minded on other matters, including the value of civility and compromise in politics today. The two spoke at the University of Pittsburgh’s 2019 American Experience Distinguished Lecture Series, where another former Pennsylvania governor, Dick Thornburgh, was presented with the Elsie Hilliard Hillman Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Public Service.
headshot of Jon Duvall
Jonathan Duvall has used a wheelchair since a sledding accident in 2007. His work, including creating sidewalk roughness standards and a simpler way for people who use wheelchairs to weigh themselves, aims to help those with disabilities.