The events, part of a partnership between Suffolk and the Globe, have brought Bay State government leaders to campus for some political talk with a twist. Globe political reporter Joshua Miller’s one-on-one interviews cover a range of topics, from the hard-hitting to the lighthearted.
Those interviews have produced a spate of banner headlines. Most recently, Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh chose the Political Happy Hour event at the Law School to share that he would run for re-election. U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren was coy about whether she might be considering a bid for higher office, though she did describe a recent conversation with Vice President Joe Biden. While sipping a beer, Gov. Charlie Baker covered a wide-range of issues including the opiate crisis, charter schools, affordable housing, taxes, and the MBTA woes.
Following Warren's appearance, Suffolk President Margaret McKenna said hosting events like Political Happy Hour are an essential part of Suffolk’s mission, noting that the institution is located between the State House and City Hall and educates many of the people who work in those buildings.
“It’s right in our sweet spot,” she said. “Public policy is so important to us, because it’s what we do and what we need to expose our students to.”
The next Political Happy Hour event will feature Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey Oct. 7 in the new 20 Somerset academic building.