October 9th Speaking Event about the Government Shutdown

Hello Everyone,

I am pleased to announce an impromptu speaking event that will take place on October 9th from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Eastern (see below).  We’ll talk about the government shutdown.  This event is open to the public, so feel free to share this announcement with as many people as possible (http://tinyurl.com/ppgetoj).  It will be an interesting conversation!

Dr. M

Memi Miscally, DrPH, MPH

Academic Program Director

Master of Arts in Communication


The Government Shutdown: What Is It and What Does It Mean?

We’re facing a government shutdown that will have a domestic and global impact on many levels.  What do we do next?  Without a guidebook, we must make up the rules as we go along.  Join a conversation with Professor Scott Schmidt and Professor Melissa Schwartz on Wednesday, October 9, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Eastern.  Professor Susan Allen will moderate.

The event will take place at 1717 Massachusetts Ave., NW, in Room LL7.  Light refreshments will be served.  Those who cannot attend onsite can join online by clicking on the following hyperlink:


This event is free and open to the general public.  It is relevant to anyone in the communication arena.  It is sponsored by the Johns Hopkins University, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, Advanced Academic Programs, MA in Communication program.

To RSVP, please email Memi Miscally at mmiscal1@jhu.edu.  Indicate whether you will attend onsite or online. 

Scott Schmidt, MPP, currently serves the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform as the Deputy Director of Digital Strategy.  During the 2008-2009 housing crisis, Mr. Schmidt served as a speechwriter for the Assistant Secretary of Housing at HUD where he managed editorial oversight for major industry speeches.  In 2007, Mr. Schmidt joined the George W. Bush Administration where he served as Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Navy.  Prior to this he was a policy assistant at the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce.  Mr. Schmidt began his career in Washington, D.C. at the U.S. Senate working in communication.  He holds a B.A. from the University at Buffalo and an M.P.P from the George Mason University School of Public Policy.  He currently resides in Washington, D.C.  

Melissa Schwartz, MA, is the Vice President for Strategy and External Affairs at The Bromwich Group, a strategic consulting firm in Washington, D.C.  She has more than a decade of strategic and crisis communications experience in government, the private sector, and at nonprofit organizations.  She has developed and implemented strategic communications planning on local, state, federal and international levels.  Ms. Schwartz was tapped by the Obama administration to manage crisis communications for the federal agency responsible for the regulation and oversight of offshore drilling in U.S. federal waters following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.  Other federal government experience includes serving as the Senior Public Affairs Officer at the Department of Justice, where she served as communications advisor and spokesperson for the Associate Attorney General, acted as primary public affairs liaison to the 94 U.S. Attorneys’ offices, and managed public affairs for agency-wide initiatives including the 15th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act and the department’s tribal justice initiative.  Ms. Schwartz spent more than three years as Communications Director to U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski, serving as chief spokesperson and media strategist for the senior woman in the U.S. Senate.  An alumnus of Johns Hopkins University, Ms. Schwartz was among the first students to enter and earn her M.A. in Political Communication from this program.  She graduated summa cum laude from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.A. in American Studies and a minor in Dramatic Arts.

Susan Allen, MA, is the Assistant Director of the Advanced Academic Programs Communication program at the Johns Hopkins University.  Currently, she is completing her dissertation research at the University of Maryland on conflict resolution in public relations.  Her other research projects have involved intercultural negotiation, persuasion in terrorist media messages, public relations activities of civil rights organizations, personal arguments among employees, and perceptions of American Muslims on their acceptance within the larger American culture.  Ms. Allen has studied and taught in Madagascar, Ireland, and Algeria as a way of understanding how people communicate across cultures.  In addition to teaching at JHU, she is President-elect of the Central Chesapeake Chapter of PRSA and is actively involved in the Mid-Atlantic Region programs of that organization as well.  


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