ACC welcomes former Atlanta mayor for student-led debates

Shirley Franklin, Ethics in Government guest speaker

Shirley Franklin, Ethics in Government guest speaker

ACC will host student-led debates of current ethical issues in government with former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin at “Ethics in Government” from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 8, at Eastview Campus (3401 Webberville Road, Room 8500).

“This is a unique and powerful opportunity for our students,” says Peck Young, director of ACC’s Center for Public Policy and Political Studies (CPPPS). “They will be learning from one of modern government’s most influential figures.”

Franklin was elected Atlanta’s first female mayor and served from 2002 to 2010. She was named one of the five best big-city mayors in America by Time magazine and received the Profile in Courage Award in 2005. She also was named one of the Women to Watch by Newsweek in 2007 and was appointed to the Department of Homeland Security special task force in 2009. Franklin is currently a Barbara Jordan visiting professor of ethics and political values at the University of Texas at Austin LBJ School of Public Affairs.

During the free event, students will gather in small groups to debate a case study and learn about and gain an understanding of ethics.

The event is sponsored by ACC’s CPPPS, the Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences, the Center for Student Political Studies Group, ACC Student Government Association, and Jason’s Deli.

The event is open to all students. Students should check with their instructor for extra credit eligibility. Refreshments will be provided. Register at For more information, contact Maxine Kaplan at 512-223-7050 or [email protected].

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