Public Voices Call for Symposia Topics and Issue Editors

Public Voices is a unique journal that focuses on historical, artistic and reflective expression concerning public administrators and the public service. Unlike traditional social science journals, Public Voices publishes unorthodox, controversial perspectives on bureaucracy in particular and the public sector in general.

In seeking ideas for special issues, we especially encourage topics related to ancient philosophers and texts, classic and modern literature, poetry, movies and the arts as well as topics that explore ethical dilemmas and public controversies, discuss value conflicts, or generate new ideas for improving public service and public organizations. Those interested in guest-editing a symposium are welcome to suggest their own topics or choose one from the list:

Public Administration and the Movies

Public Service in Poems

Public Service Motivation in the Age of Governance

Depictions of Public Administrators through Times: From Biblical Texts to Modern Espionage Novels

American Public Administration History

The Evolution of Public Leadership

Management Lessons from Great Authors of All Times

What Musicals Can Teach Us about Public Service

Opera/Ballet Lovers’ Guide to Public Service

Public Servants through the Artists’ Eyes

World Literature’s Lessons in Comparative Public Administration

Response to Terror: Insights from the Arts

Swept away or Standing: Portrayals of Government Responses to Emergencies, Catastrophes, and Natural Disasters in Novels, Movies, and TV Series

Public Sector Values and Ethics Lessons in Blue Bloods and NCIS 

Changing Role of Government in the Digital Age

We also seek dedicated and knowledgeable editors to “host” issues that would be thematically linked to the “galleries” of the Virtual Museum of Public Service, such as Civic Architecture and Public Works, Science in the Public Service, or Delivering Public Service as Promised (for more information, please visit

To “host” a symposium or to suggest an idea for a special issue, send your proposal to:

Dr. Marc Holzer, Editor-in-Chief, and Dr. Iryna Illiash, Managing Editor.