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Great Minds Lecture Series for Spring Semester

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CreativeMind_blueSTATESBORO, Ga. — Patsy Kraeger, Ph.D., will continue the Great Minds Lecture Series tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. in the Fielding S. Russell Union, room 2048.

Kraeger is an Assistant Professor of Public Administration in Georgia Southern University’s Institute for Public and Nonprofit Studies and will present a lecture entitled “Socially Responsible Businesses: Introducing the Benefit Corporation, an Innovation or a Marketing Tool?”

In her lecture, she will explore the new benefit corporation, a new class of corporation that is legal in 31 states, and discuss its potential impact on the community.

These new social enterprises offer an opportunity for the private sector to be involved in solving community problems and provides an alternative to the government-nonprofit model. The benefit corporation also may provide companies access to additional capital and grant funding.

Kraeger and a colleague from China are actively conducting research to see if companies registered under this new law in California have provided any community benefits, and she will share some of this research.

About Patsy Kraeger
Patsy Kraeger is an Assistant Professor of Public Administration in the Institute for Public and Nonprofit Studies and joined Georgia Southern University in the fall. Her research focuses on social enterprise and innovation, performance management and governance in the public and nonprofit sectors, and the study of philanthropy and democracy. Kraeger received her Ph.D. in Public Administration from Arizona State University and holds a J.D. from Mercer University. She has published book chapters and pages and presented at conferences around the world.

2015-16 Great Minds Lecture Series
Jan. 20 – Patsy Kraeger, Ph.D., Institute for Public & Nonprofit Studies
Socially Responsible Businesses: Introducing the Benefit Corporation, an Innovation or a Marketing Tool?

Feb. 9 – Chad Posick, Ph.D., Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology
Exposed and Vulnerable: The Consequences of Violence and What Schools, Families, and Communities Can do to Keep Children Healthy

March 8 – Jason Hoelscher, M.F.A., Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art
Art, Information, and Complexity

March 22 – Juanjuan Peng, Ph.D., Department of History
Selling a Healthy Lifestyle in Late Qing China: Commercial Advertisements for Hygienic Products in the Dagong bao, 1902-1911

April 27 – Jacek Lubecki, Ph.D., Department of Political Science and International Studies
ISIS and al-Qaeda as Global Rebels: A Broader Historical Perspective

All Great Minds Lectures start at 5:30 p.m. in Russell Union room 2048

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