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Hamline and TPT Present Public Policy Forum



The Honorable James Rosenbaum with Aretha Green-Rupert and Phil Krinkie at Hamline.

On September 17, the Hamline University School of Law Alumni Board, in partnership with Twin Cities Public Television, presented Cogito, a unique series on law and public policy. The first forum focused on The Economics and Ethics of Health Care.

"The forum is centered on the simple premise that responsible dialogue amongst thoughtful citizens is the shortest path to--first understanding and then--solving some of our most difficult personal and societal issues. Condensed, we will join 'Smart People on Tough Issues,' with the goal of creating relevant, thoughtful and intellectually accessible programming on the most pressing issues of law, public policy, morality, and their intersections in the everyday lives of Minnesotans," said Hamline Alumni Board Vice President A.L. Brown.

The enthusiastic audience expressed that Cogito achieved its goals, by presenting thought-provoking exploration of two Health Care scenarios, facilitated by The Honorable James Rosenbaum, U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota.  In addition to Judge Rosenbaum, thought-leaders participating in the discussion included:

Carol Falkowski, Director of the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division, MN Department of Human Services
Aretha Green-Rupert, Minnesota non-profit leader
Phil Krinkie, President of the Taxpayers League of Minnesota 
Dr. Arne Vainio, a physician who practices on the Fond du Lac Reservation in Northern Minnesota
Andrea Walsh, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Health Partners

Cogito: The Economics and Ethics of Health Care is scheduled to be broadcast on TPTMN Sunday, November 22, 8 p.m. and also on TPTLife Sunday, November 29 at 12 p.m. For TPT's complete broadcast channel information, please visit