Prairie Talks welcomed the Theater of Public Policy, along with panelists Dr. Paul E. Sum from the University of North Dakota, Dr. Chad Litton from the University of Mary, and Nathan Steffen from Bismarck State College on September 13, 2015 at the Prairie Village Museum.
The Theater of Public Policy (T2P2) combines public policy analysis with improvisational comedy. The show opens with an on-stage panel discussion among thought leaders on a given subject. Based on this interview, the cast improvises scenes that illuminate the topic in new and entertaining ways. During the second half of the show, the panelists take questions from the audience, engaging everyone in the process, and the show is concluded with a final series of improv humor based on all the events of the program. The Minneapolis Star Tribune wrote: “Imagine C-SPAN being swarmed by the cast of SNL and you’ve got The Theater of Public Policy.”
At Prairie Talks, T2P2 addressed the ethics of corporate contributions to political campaigns and lobbying. Expert panelists included Dr. Paul E. Sum from the University of North Dakota, Dr. Chad Litton from the University of Mary, and Nathan Steffen from Bismarck State College. Each brought to the discussion significant scholarly research on ethics, political science, and the social sciences. Their insights, combined with the energy of the performers, made for a dynamic program!
This event was supported in part by the North Dakota Humanities Council.