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The fourth William S. Cohen Papers Forum
November 12, 2010

"In a democracy, public policy is made in public.  It is the product of open, competitive debate...the American people have a right to know what their government is doing and why."

Senators William S. Cohen and George J. Mitchell, Men of Zeal:
A Candid Inside Story of the Iran-Contra Hearings
, Penguin Books, 1988.

Photo Gallery with captions

Still Water Hyperblog archive:

During the conference, participants could submit questions, comments, and provide links to more information via this hyperblog created by Jon Ippolito of the UMaine New Media Department. 

Program Outline

Joyce Rumery, Dean of Libraries
Mike Hastings, Director of the Office of Sponsored Programs    Link to the transcript of the introductions

Cary Coglianese, Deputy Dean and Edward B. Shils Professor of Law and Professor of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania Law School.  In his presentation, The Politics of Open Government, Professor Coglianese delivered many of the of the points from his paper, "The Transparency President?  The Obama Administration and Open Government," originally published in Governance, volume 22, number 4, pages 529-544 (October 2009).  (Full text is available through the Worldwide Political Science Abstracts database.)

PANEL ONE : Meeting the Mandate -- National and Statewide Perspectives
Mark Woodard, former Editor-in-Chief, Bangor Daily News, moderator
Amanda Wood, Director of Governmental Affairs, the office of U.S. Senator Susan Collins
Kelly Hokkanen, General Manager, InforME, a partner of
Tarren Bragdon, Chief Executive Officer, The Maine Heritage Policy Center

Sunny Skye Hughes, Assistant Professor, UMaine Communication & Journalism Department, moderator
Jim Campbell, Board Member of the Maine Freedom of Information Coalition, Chair of the Intellectual Freedom Committee of the Maine Library Association, and host of Notes from the Electronic Cottage for WERU-FM Community Radio

PANEL TWO :  Transparency Trends -- Getting Beyond the Buzzword
Irwin Gratz, MPBN, moderator
Amy Fried, Associate Professor, UMaine Department of Political Science
Carolyn Ball, Associate Professor, University of Maine Department of Public Administration
Joline Blais and Jon Ippolito, Associate Professors, UMaine New Media Department

PANEL THREE : Trust and Truth in Documentary Filmmaking
Aron Gaudet, Director, Gita Pullapilly, Producer, and cast members Bill Knight, Joan Gaudet, and Jerry Mundy 
of the film,  THE WAY WE GET BY.
    Aron and Gita shared their perspectives on the subjectivity of journalism and filmmaking, and how they tried to balance respecting the privacy of those featured in THE WAY WE GET BY with capturing documentary film footage.  Bill, Joan, and Jerry let us know what it was like to make their lives relatively transparent.  Our discussion was informed by:
    Documentaries (in Name Only) of Every Stripe, by A.O. Scott, New York Times, October 13, 2010
    Documentary Filmmakers Decide How to Present Compelling Evidence, by Michael Rabiger, Nieman Reports, Fall 2001

Sample Documents from the Cohen Papers

The following .pdf document includes sample news releases, articles and notes from the Cohen Papers related to the topic of transparency.  For more information about the context of these items in the collection or to access additional materials, please contact the Cohen archivist.


Additional Resources Available through Fogler Library

  • Open government : [collaboration, transparency, and participation in practice] / edited by Daniel Lathrop and Laurel Ruma; Beijing; Cambridge [Mass.] : O'Reilly, 2010.  Fogler Library call number : JF1525 .A8 O64 2010  Link to URSUS record

  • "What Is Transparency?" Carolyn Ball, published in Public Integrity, 11.4 (Oct 2009): 293-308.  Full text available through the Worldwide Political Science Abstracts database.

  • Full disclosure : the perils and promise of transparency / Archon Fung, Mary Graham, David Weil; New York: Cambridge University Press, 2007.  Fogler call number : JC598 .F86 2007  Link to URSUS record.  The authors also direct The Transparency Policy Project at Harvard University.

  • The right to know : transparency for an open world / Ann Florini, editor; New York: Columbia University Press, 2007.  Fogler call number : JC598 .R547 2007  Link to URSUS record

  • Who needs to know? : the state of public access to Federal government information / Patrice McDermott; Lanham, Md. : Bernan Press, 2007  Fogler call number : KF5753 .M33 2007  Link to URSUS record

  • Blacked out : government secrecy in the information age / Alasdair Roberts; Cambridge ; New York: Cambridge University Press, 2006.  Fogler call number : JC598 .R62 2006  Link to URSUS record

Articles About the Event

This project was supported by:
Bangor Daily News logo Maine Humanities Council logo College of Liberal Arts and Sciences logo
UMaine Cultural Affairs/Distinguished Lecture Series
The Max Kagan Family Foundation
The William S. Cohen Center for International Policy and Commerce

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