The Guarini Institute for Public Affairs Renews Advisory Council

The Guarini Institute for Public Affairs has recently renewed its Advisory Council. According to Institute Director Professor Federigo Argentieri, this change will facilitate better coordination among JCU faculty, departments, students, and their clubs and organizations.

Professor Federigo Argentieri
Professor Federigo Argentieri

The Guarini Institute for Public Affairs was established 18 years ago thanks to a generous donation by Honorable Frank J. Guarini, Chair Emeritus of the JCU Board of Trustees. Its primary purpose was to promote understanding and discussion of key issues of global concern through an annual series of lectures, seminars, and encounters with experts. This semester, JCU President Franco Pavoncello suggested that the Advisory Council be reorganized in order to provide support, information, and expertise to the forthcoming M.A. in International Affairs and the Master in Business Administration.

About half of the members of the Advisory Council have changed and the new group is comprised of 23 people including JCU faculty, students, and alumni as well as outside experts in a variety of fields. JCU alumni Amy Rosenthal (journalist) and Eduardo Albrecht (academic), both established professionals, have renewed their commitment to the Institute. The new Council will also feature two students, Julia Day and Gavin Beckett, as representatives for the International Relations Society and Student Government clubs, respectively. They will be responsible for providing the Guarini Institute with student proposals and promoting its activities among the student body.

The goal of the new Council is to broaden the Institute’s approach to public affairs, to include cultural affairs as well as business and finance. For this reason, there will be greater collaboration with JCU’s Department of Business Administration, in light of the soon-to-be launched dual degree MBA, in partnership with prestigious Polytechnic University of Milan.

(Hayley Nowak)