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Thursday, November 03, 2011
Washington, DC Alumni Reception at APPAM Annual Conference
6:30 PM -  8:00 PM

Please join Dean Susan M. Collins and fellow Ford School alumni for the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy's Washington DC Alumni Reception, hosted in connection with APPAM's annual fall conference APPAM's annual fall conference.

Monday, November 07, 2011
Lecture by Sisule Musungu, Access to Knowledge and the Global Intellectual Property Policy Debates
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Sisule Musungu is the president of IQ Sensato, not-for-profit research and communications organisation. They provide researchers from developing countries an international platform to inform and shape international policy-making on development-related issues. They undertake research, communicate results and stimulate debate through providing access to the work and perspectives of developing country researchers and experts in order to inform policy-making.

Wednesday, November 09, 2011
Reflections on the 'Undermatch' Phenomenon in College Choice: Implications for Students, Schools, and Public Policy
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM
Lecture by Michael S. McPherson, President of the Spencer Foundation

Abstract: The term 'undermatch' describes the problem of students failing to apply to the most selective colleges they qualify for. There is evidence that students who undermatch significantly reduce their chances of graduating. Because undermatching is substantially more prevalent among lower-income, minority, and first generation students, it raises immediate questions of fairness as well of resource waste. There is also a broader social and economic interest in getting students from these groups to take better advantage of educational opportunities, and policies to accomplish that aim need attention. However, fixing undermatch is not by itself going to make a very big dent in the nation's college completion problem -- it's just not a big enough phenomenon, and so it has to be seen as one element in a larger set of policy and operational challenges in higher education.

Thursday, November 10, 2011
Lecture by Charles E. Phelps - Our own worst enemies: How we and our government created, exacerbated, and extended the health care mess
4:30 PM -  6:00 PM
Lecture by Charles E. Phelps, University Professor and Provost Emeritus, University of Rochester
Charles E. Phelps

About the lecture: Compared with any other nation, the U.S. spends far more on medical care and seemingly gets far less in return than other nations (as measured by such things as infant mortality and longevity). We also have abundant evidence that much of our spending is wasteful, in the sense that regions within the U.S. differ by a factor of two or more (for example) in Medicare spending per enrollee, with no discernible differences in health outcomes.

SHARP Insights: How Title IX Changed the Game, Title IX and Public Policy
5:00 PM -  6:00 PM
Andrew Zimbalist, Robert A. Woods Professor of Economics, Smith College

Andrew Zimbalist is the Robert A. Woods Professor of Economics at Smith College. He is the co-author of the book Equal Play: Title IX and Social Change (with Nancy Hogshead-Makar), published by Temple University Press in October 2007.

Monday, November 14, 2011
Nuclear Nonproliferation & Safeguards: A history and perspective by Dr. Michael Rosenthal
11:45 AM -  1:00 PM

Dr. Michael D. Rosenthal joined Brookhaven National Laboratory in May 2007 as the Head of the Nonproliferation and Safeguards Division. Prior to that he served in the US Department of State and the US Arms Control and Disarmament Agency as a member of the Senior Executive Service.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Lecture by David Figlio: Intended and Unintended Consequences of School Accountability
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM
David Figlio, Orrington Lunt Professor of Education, Social Policy and Economics at Northwestern University
David Figlio

AbstractSchool accountability systems are intended to lead schools to educate children more efficiently and raise student performance. However, accountability systems also provide incentives for educators to attempt to manipulate the system so that they look as good as possible. This presentation provides evidence on the desired and unintended consequences of school accountability. I focus on how the design of school accountability system can affect these various consequences, and offer some lessons that states can take to heart as they plan their No Child Left Behind Act waiver proposals this winter.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011
2011 V-BID Center Symposium
All Day Event

Senator Tom Daschle, former U.S. Senate Majority Leader and author of Getting it Done: How Obama and Congress Finally Broke the Stalemate to Make Way for Health Care Reform, will deliver the keynote address at the 2011 V-BID Center Symposium.

Thursday, November 17, 2011
Fatherhood and Public Policies: Myths, Facts, Challenges, and Future Directions, lecture by Cleopatra Howard Caldwell, PhD
12:30 PM -  2:00 PM
Diversity Talks: A Seminar Series on Policy and Race
Cleopatra Howard Caldwell

Fatherhood is both a social role and legal status. The way in which fathers fulfill their fathering responsibilities is of interest to both researchers and policymakers because of the implications for fathers and their children. In general, contemporary policymakers aim to give fathers more parental rights and responsibilities than previous generations, with the primary emphasis being establishing paternity, providing child support, and participating in child custody issues. This presentation will highlight results from a recent study funded by the Center for Public Policy in Diverse Societies designed to review federal, state, and local policies intended to assist fathers with their fathering responsibilities beyond the typical provider role and those that consider diverse groups of resident and nonresident fathers.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Making Race Heard 2011 Summit Kick-off Event
7:00 PM
Lecture by Dr. Cornel West
Dr. Cornel West

Making Race Heard is a student-driven initiative at the University of Michigan School of Social Work that aims to bring race to the forefront of our experiences as professionals and future social workers. Despite primarily serving Detroit and surrounding areas, there was a general lack of acknowledgement around how race affects our work and so this monthly series was developed. It was our hope to foster an environment that would allow students, faculty, staff, and community members to come together and discuss how issues of race and other social identities impact our personal and professional lives.