Three expert panelists will discuss issues impacting the Great Lakes and field questions from the audience at a Great Lakes symposium on Friday, Oct. 3, at Northern Michigan University. The public is invited to attend this free event, which begins at 3 p.m. in Reynolds Recital Hall. Panelists scheduled to address the politics and policy of protecting the Great Lakes are David Dempsey, Ken Sikkema and Tom Baldini. Dempsey is a journalist and author of Great Lakes for Sale: From Whitecaps to Bottle Caps, policy adviser for Clean Water Action and former environmental adviser to Governor James Blanchard. Sikkema is a national expert on water and environmental issues, a policy expert with the Michigan-based think tank Public Sector Consultants and a former Senate majority leader. Baldini is district director for Congressman Bart Stupak and former chairman of the International Joint Commission. The IJC was created by an international treaty between the United States and Canada. Among its roles is assisting governments in finding solutions to problems in waters shared by the two countries. The symposium is sponsored by the NMU president’s office and the political science and public administration department.