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2016 Zale Lecture Summary

By Amanda Lu, MA/MPP ‘17

The Stanford Public Policy Program hosted Professor Tom Campbell for the 2016 Zale Lecture. The Morris B. and Edna Zale Lectureship, initially made possible by a gift from the The Morris B. and Edna Zale Foundation, was established in 1980 and seeks to bring to Stanford leading figures from a broad spectrum of public and private life for a lecture open to the Stanford Public Policy community.  Since its inception, the Lectureship has hosted such distinguished speakers as George Shultz, Lewis Branscomb, Mark McClellan, Robert Reischauer, and Christina Romer. 

Professor Campbell gave an engaging lecture about the current political climate in California and the United States. Although Professor Campbell is a loyal Republican, he stressed the need for bipartisan cooperation and increasing the strength of both parties to create better policy outcomes. He spoke candidly about his own experiences in public service and how he continues to push for bipartisan policies which lead to better outcomes for all of American society. Given both his practical experience and academic expertise, Professor Campbell also gave his predictions for the upcoming election cycle and how certain results may impact the strength of our governmental institutions.

Tom Campbell embodies the spirit of the Zale lectureship because of his diverse experiences in academia and politics, and his devotion to public service. He is currently a Professor of Law and a Professor of Economics at Chapman University. Prior to this, he also served as dean of the Fowler School of Law at Chapman, and, before that, dean of the Haas School of Business at Berkeley. He was a United States Congressman for five terms, a California State Senator, Director of Finance for the State of California, Director of the Bureau of Competition of the Federal Trade Commission, a tenured law professor at Stanford, a White House Fellow in the office of the Chief of Staff at the White House, law clerk to US Supreme Court Justice Byron R. White, and US Court of Appeals Judge George MacKinnon.

It was a privilege for the Stanford Public Policy students to have the opportunity to hear Tom Campbell speak as this year’s Zale Lecturer. His words inspired us to seek out the more difficult, but more beneficial policy solutions, to build relationships and collaborate with our ideological counterparts, and to lead with our values. He serves as an exemplar of how one can contribute meaningfully in multiple spheres of politics, academic, and public service.

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