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Tuesday, December 06, 2011
From Developmental to Prevention Science: Integrating Social-Emotional and Academic Learning to Reduce Educational Inequality
11:40 AM -  1:00 PM
Lecture by Stephanie Jones, Assistant Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Stephanie Jones is an assistant professor of education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her basic developmental research focuses on the longitudinal effects of poverty and exposure to violence on social and emotional development in early childhood and adolescence. In addition, she conducts evaluation research focusing on the developmental impact of school-based interventions targeting children's social-emotional skills and aggressive behavior, as well as their basic academic skills.

Friday, December 02, 2011
Making Race Heard 2011 Summit
10:30 AM -  2:00 PM

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.

SHARP Insights: How Title IX Changed the Game - the cultural impact of Title IX
12:00 PM -  1:30 PM
Lecture by Michael Messner, Professor and Chair of Sociology, Professor of Gender Studies, University of Southern California

Title IX is widely known and has become synonymous in many Americans' minds with gender equity in sport. Yet, like any law, it is limited. Inequities continue inside and outside of sport--inequities that are beyond the direct legal reach of Title IX. Misunderstanding the limits of Title IX has an ironic effect. On the one hand, it can fuel a backlash that blames Title IX for problems associated with some men's sports. On the other hand, it can lead to advocates of women's and girls' sports to overemphasize Title IX as the pivotal site for gender equity strategies. Drawing in part from recent research on youth sports, Messner will shed light on the cultural impact, limits, and possibilities of Title IX.

Making Race Heard 2011 Summit Keynote Address
3:00 PM -  5:00 PM
Dr. Michael Eric Dyson

Lecture by Dr. Michael Eric Dyson

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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, October 31, 2011
Congressman Eric Cantor, House Majority Leader, 112th Congress
1:00 PM -  2:15 PM
Eric Cantor

About the speaker: Congressman Eric Cantor is the Majority Leader for the 112th Congress and has represented Virginia's 7th district in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2001. During his first term, Cantor was Chairman of the Congressional Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare. He has also served on the House Financial Services Committee and on the House International Relations Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee.

Sunday, October 30, 2011
Erb Speaker Series: The Irrationality of Sustainability
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Are decisions that attempt to balance people, planet and profits made rationally? Can they be? Our economic models are built on the ideal that people are maximizers of utility and that we have access to all the information and thus can make necessary choices on a rational basis. Rationality is everything, or is it?How can the decision making of individuals and organizations be influenced and improved? Dan Ariely will be talking about self-control, lack of self-control and how an understanding of human weaknesses can help make the world a better place.

Thursday, October 27, 2011
50th Reunion Weekend: Class of 1961
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Weill Hall

The University of Michigan and the Ford School are planning a series of activities to welcome the class of 1961 back to Ann Arbor. The Reunion Weekend will offer alumni the chance to reconnect with old classmates and visit campus. Though much has changed since its time as the Institute for Public Administration, the Ford School of Public Policy is still committed to public policy research and education-come visit us and see how!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011
The Future of Europe
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM
Leszek Balcerowicz - Polish economist, former Finance Minister and Deputy Prime Minister of Poland, and former President of the National Bank of Poland
Leszek Balcerowicz

Leszek Balcerowicz graduated with distinction from the Foreign Trade Faculty at the Central School of Planning and Statistics in Warsaw, earned an M.B.A. at St. John's University in New York, and a Ph.D. in economics from the Warsaw School of Economics. Having served as both finance minister and deputy prime minister of Poland during key transitional years, as well as president of the Polish National Bank, he oversaw a sweeping program of economic reform as his country successfully transitioned to a market economy. In 2005, President Aleksander Kwaśniewski awarded Balcerowicz with the country's highest decoration, the Order of the White Eagle, for his contribution to Poland's economic transformation. He is currently a member of the group of trustees of the Institute of International Finance and professor of economics at the Warsaw School of Economics.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Lecture by Wendy Abrams: Advocating for Environmental Change
5:00 PM -  6:30 PM
Photo Credit: Robert Neubecker

Wendy Abrams is the founder of Cool Globes, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness of climate change.

In this talk, Wendy Abrams will share how her concern of climate change affecting her children's future kick-started her journey from career businesswoman to environmental advocate, a journey on which U-M students can model their own paths as they combine their academic knowledge, networking skills, and passion for the environment to bring about change. She will discuss the challenges she overcame in establishing her non-profit organization and raising awareness, and what happened when business leaders, policy makers, and even Presidential candidates took notice of her success.

Monday, October 24, 2011
SHARP Insights: How Title IX Changed the Game, History of Title IX at the University of Michigan
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Carol Hutchins, Women's Softball Head Coach, University of Michigan

Wolverine head coach Carol Hutchins recently completed her 27th season as head softball coach at the University of Michigan, where she has molded the Wolverines into one of the elite programs in college softball. On December 8, 2006, Hutchins was inducted into the NFCA Hall of Fame in recognition of her coaching success and the indelible mark she has left on both Michigan and collegiate softball.

Leadership in Politics and Science within the Antarctic Treaty
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM
An STPP Lecture Series Event with John Dudeney
Photo credit: Matt Schaar

For over 50 years the Antarctic has been governed through the Antarctic Treaty, an international agreement between 46 nations of whom 28 Consultative Parties undertake a management role. These Parties have qualified for their position on scientific grounds. The presentation will examine both the scientific and political outputs of all the Consultative Parties over the last 20 years and demonstrate that a small number of original Parties not only provide most of the science but also set the political agenda for the continent. Generally those countries producing the most science papers have the greatest political output as well. None of the most recent signatories to the Treaty appear to play a major role in managing Antarctica. The Treaty prides itself on its scientific credentials, but while nations have to demonstrate a substantial science programme to gain consultative status, there is no process to review science quality or commitment thereafter. The presentation will conclude by highlighting the reputational risk of this policy lacuna and will suggest a way in which it could be addressed.

Information Session - Ford School BA Program
6:30 PM

We invite you to attend our upcoming information session about the Ford School BA Program. Professor Edie Goldenberg, faculty director of the undergraduate program, will describe the degree program and will be available to answer questions.

Thursday, October 20, 2011
Black/Land: Women's Voices Program, documentary short by Mistinguette Smith
5:30 PM -  7:00 PM
Mistinguette Smith

Mistinguette Smith describes the Black/Land Project as a complex nation-wide research and education initiative established 'to identify and amplify conversations happening inside black communities about the relationship between black people, land, and place in order to share their powerful traditions of resourcefulness, resilience and regeneration.' The Black/Land Project interviews individuals and groups, and identifies key environmental, cultural, economic and social justice issues in their stories about land and place.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Robert B. Zoellick, President and CEO of The World Bank Group
3:00 PM -  4:30 PM
A 2011 Citigroup Foundation Lecture from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and the International Policy Center
Robert B. Zoellick

About the speaker: Robert B. Zoellick became the 11th president of The World Bank Group on July 1, 2007. Prior to joining the Bank, Zoellick served as Vice Chairman, International of the Goldman Sachs Group. He served in the President's Cabinet as the 13th U.S. Trade Representative from 2001 to 2005 and as Deputy Secretary of State from 2005 to 2006. From 1985-1993, Zoellick served at the Treasury and State Departments, as well as briefly in the White House.

Thursday, October 13, 2011
Entrepreneurship in Emerging Markets: Managing and Financing Growth Strategies
5:00 PM -  6:00 PM

Emil Tedeschi is the founder and CEO of Atlantic Grupa, a Zagreb, Crotia-based company which has done the largest IPO of any private company in South East Europe. Mr. Tedeschi was named Manager of the Year by the Croatia Manager's Association and CEO of the year by the Croatian business paper Poslovni Vjesnik. He is also a member of the Parliamentary Committee overseeing Croatian negotiating processes with the EU and the Croatian Social and Economic Council.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011
The Supply of Alternative Schooling: Measures of Access in the U.S. from 1989 - 2007
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

CIERS Mission:The objective of the Causal Inference in Education Research Seminar (CIERS) is to engage students and faculty from across the university in conversations around education research using quantitative research methods.This seminar provides a space for doctoral students and faculty from the School of Education, Ford School of Public Policy, and the Departments of Economics, Sociology, Statistics, and Political Science to discuss current research and receive feedback on works-in-progress.

Monday, October 10, 2011
Afghanistan and Beyond – A discussion of the current situation in Afghanistan and the challenges for U.S. foreign policy in 2011-12
3:00 PM -  4:30 PM
Mark R. Jacobson

About the Speaker: Mark R. Jacobson recently left the NATO International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan where served from August 2009-July 2011 as the Deputy NATO Senior Civilian Representative, and ISAF Director of International Affairs. In this capacity, Jacobson represented ISAF as part of the international diplomatic community in Kabul, helped to bring cohesion to a coalition of over 50 nations and international organizations, and served as the principal foreign policy advisor to the Commander, ISAF.

Thursday, October 06, 2011
Panel on the Palestinian Application for Statehood at the United Nations
7:00 PM

Professor Steven Ratner, School of Law
Professor Aaron Ahuvia, Marketing
Professor Hani Bawardi, Social Sciences and Center for Arab American Studies

This event is co-sponsored by Interfaith Council on Peace and Justice