On Saturday, April 26, Brookdale Community College will the setting for a special educational forum, dedicated to discussing ways to restore trust in government, promote transparency, and explore avenues to ensure accountability.
Presented by the League of Women Voters of New Jersey, the forum will take place between the hours of 9 am and 2 pm, inside the Navesink Room of the Warner Student Life Center on the Lincroft campus.
Guest panelists will include Paula Franzese of Seton Hall Law School, one of the country’s leading experts in government ethics. She has spearheaded ethics reform initiatives on behalf of three governors, and as ethics advisor to state and local governments across the country. She’ll be joined by Walter Luers, President of New Jersey Foundation for Open Government (NJFOG), and a professional with experience in litigation regarding the Open Public Records Act (OPRA) and the Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA).
Jody Calendar, former Deputy Executive Editor of the Asbury Park Press and president of Jody Calendar Communications, will offer her perspective on the crucial role the media plays in promoting transparency and speak about opportunities and challenges journalists face in holding governments accountable.
In addition, performance artist Lorraine Stone will appear as Sojourner Truth, delivering the 19th century activist’s famous speech, “Aren’t I a Woman?”
A registration fee of $35 includes all sessions, materials, and lunch. Scholarships are available for students interested in attending. Please visit www.lwvnj.org to register, or call the League of Women Voters of New Jersey at 609-394-3303 for more information.