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Wednesday, December 05, 2012
How do schools respond to differences in teacher effectiveness?
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Teachers are the most important in-school contributors to student achievement, but there is widespread concern that the rigidities of the public school system make it unresponsive to teacher quality. In this lecture Dr. Chingos will discuss three studies of how schools respond to differences in teacher effectiveness (as measured by value-added to student achievement), all of which are based on administrative data from the state of Florida.

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Monday, December 03, 2012
Shale Gas and Fracking: Issues for State and Local Governance
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Free and Open to the Public

Panelists:
Christopher Borick, Director, Muhlenberg College Institute of Public Opinion
Jacquelyn Pless, Energy Policy Associate, National Conference of State Legislatures
Erich Schwartzel, Editor of Pipeline, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Moderator:
Barry Rabe, Director, Center for Local, State and Urban Policy

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012
It's even worse than it looks: a conversation with Tom Mann and Norm Ornstein
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM
Policy Talks @ the Ford School

Free and open to the public.

Thomas Mann (MA '68, PhD '77) and Norman Ornstein (PhD '74) will discuss their most recent book, the New York Times bestseller, It's Even Worse than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided with the New Politics of Extremism. The book takes a comprehensive approach to understanding the current dysfunction in Congress, and provides pragmatic recommendations to remedy it.

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Monday, November 19, 2012
University seminar with Thomas Hager
12:00 PM -  1:00 PM

Thomas Hager, is the author of The Alchemy of Air: A Jewish Genius, a Doomed Tycoon, and the Scientific Discovery That Fed the World but Fueled the Rise of Hitler.

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Michigan's recession and recovery: Opportunities for the research, non-profit, and civic engagement communities
1:30 PM -  3:30 PM

This event will bring together a variety of stakeholders to discuss what we know, what we are doing, and what can be done to address the continued hardships faced by many Michigan residents in the wake of the Great Recession and the current slow economic recovery.

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"How I Write" seminar with Thomas Hager
7:00 PM

Thomas Hager, author of The Alchemy of Air: A Jewish Genius, a Doomed Tycoon, and the Scientific Discovery That Fed the World but Fueled the Rise of Hitler will present a talk about his writing process.

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Friday, November 16, 2012
Lecture by Dick Costolo (BS '85), CEO of Twitter
1:00 PM -  2:30 PM
Policy Talks @ the Ford School
Dick Costolo (BS '85)

From the speaker's bio: A University of Michigan alumnus with an early career in improvisational comedy, Dick Costolo (BS '85) is the the chief executive officer of Twitter. Costolo first gained renown in the web development world in 2004, when he co-founded FeedBurner, a web feed management provider eventually acquired by Google. Since he took the helm at Twitter, the online social networking service has amassed over 140 million users across the globe, has grown the company to over double the size than when he came in, and recently completed a move into the new company headquarters.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Graduate Internships with the UN
4:00 PM -  5:15 PM

Each summer graduate students from a wide range of U-M programs accept unpaid internships with UN agencies in New York and around the world. Hear from a panel of interns about the nature of their UN work, as well as their tips for identifying, securing, and funding UN internships.

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Young scholars: Making science policy
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

A panel of four former students in the Science, Technology, and Public Policy program will share insights they gained working at real science policy jobs. Three students received the prestigious AAAS Fellowships of Science and Policy, while the fourth was a professional lobbyist who now works in the office of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Anyone interested in the AAAS program, including STPP and science students, faculty, and advisors, is encouraged to attend.

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Monday, November 12, 2012
Ford Policy Union: Responsibility to protect
5:30 PM -  7:00 PM

This Ford Policy Union, a public debate event, will feature Edward Luck and Brad Roth discussing the 'Responsibility to Protect' (R2P) doctrine, and its application in difficult and politically sensitive cases.

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Tuesday, November 06, 2012
Issues & ale: election night viewing party
8:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Join Michigan Radio, The Center for Michigan, and the University of Michigan Ford School of Public Policy for a special "Issues & Ale" event, as we watch the election results roll in from across Michigan and the nation. Host Lester Graham will be joined by experts and pundits who will handicap the races, and tell us what the results mean...for our state and the U.S. Test your knowledge and win prizes by playing election trivia.

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Monday, November 05, 2012
Information Session - Ford School BA Program
5:00 PM

Are you interested in a degree in public policy? If so, please consider attending our information session on the BA in Public Policy.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Lecture by Daniel Lurie, CEO & Founder of Tipping Point
7:00 PM -  8:30 PM
Daniel Lurie

Daniel Lurie is an emerging voice for philanthropy and has started an organization called Tipping Point — named after the book by Malcolm Gladwell about how a small group of people can make a big difference.

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Monday, October 29, 2012
Race, incarceration, and American values
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM
Lecture by Glenn Loury Merton P. Stoltz Professor of the Social Sciences and Professor of Economics at Brown University.
Glenn Loury

Policy Talks @ the Ford School

From the speaker's bio: Glenn C. Loury is a distinguished academic economist who has contributed to a variety of areas in applied microeconomic theory. He has written over 200 essays and reviews on racial inequality and social policy that have appeared in dozens of influential journals of public affairs in the U.S. and abroad.

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Saturday, October 27, 2012
The Twenty-third BREAD Conference on Development Economics
All Day Event

By invitation only.

About BREAD and BREAD Conferences
Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development, BREAD, is a non-profit organization, founded in 2002, dedicated to encourage research and scholarship in development economics. BREAD organizes conferences on development economics with a focus on mirco-economic issues.

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Friday, October 26, 2012
The Twenty-third BREAD Conference on Development Economics
All Day Event

By invitation only.

About BREAD and BREAD Conferences
Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development, BREAD, is a non-profit organization, founded in 2002, dedicated to encourage research and scholarship in development economics. BREAD organizes conferences on development economics with a focus on mirco-economic issues.

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Monday, October 22, 2012
College going in Michigan: A first Look at impacts of the Michigan Merit Curriculum
8:00 AM -  4:30 PM

The Michigan Consortium for Educational Research (MCER) will present early impact analyses for the first graduating cohort to experience the Michigan Merit Curriculum (MMC). This first-look at results will address what has happened to student achievement, graduation and dropout rates, and college enrollment and persistence as a result of MMC implementation. In addition, representatives from the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) and the Center for Educational Performance and Information (CEPI) will discuss Michigan's efforts to adopt new College and Career Ready standards. The conference is geared towards engaging participants in a discussion of achievement and college-going trends in Michigan - in order to consider how evidence-based practices can support educational improvement efforts at the state and local levels.

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Friday, October 19, 2012
Land Abandonment, Land Development: The Future of Detroit - Bus Tour and Panel Discussion
12:00 PM -  1:30 PM

Bios
Reynolds Farley, after teaching at Duke, came to the University of Michigan in 1967where he has held appointments at the Population Studies Center and the Institute for Social Research. His teaching and research focused upon demographic trends in the United States with an emphasize upon racial issues. For more than a dozen years, he taught the course: The History and Future of Detroit. Along with Sheldon Danziger and Harry Holzer, he wrote Detroit Divided and maintains the website: www.Detroit1701,org.

John Gallagher is a veteran journalist and author whose latest book, 'Reimagining Detroit: Opportunities for Redefining an American City,' was named by the Huffington Post as among the best social and political books of 2010. John is a native of New York City. He joined the Detroit Free Press in 1987 to cover urban and economic redevelopment efforts in Detroit and Michigan, a post which he still holds. His other books include 'Great Architecture of Michigan' and, as co-author, 'AIA Detroit: The American Institute of Architects Guide to Detroit Architecture.' John and his wife, Sheu-Jane, live along Detroit's east riverfront.

Avis C. Vidal, Professor of Urban Planning at Wayne State University, analyzes alternative approaches to strengthening poor neighborhoods. She is best known for her seminal research on community development corporations (CDCs), but has also analyzed the potential of such varied approaches as the federal Empowerment Zone and Enterprise Community program and university-community partnerships. Her current research examines the efforts of anchor institutions and others to revitalize the Midtown neighborhood of Detroit. Prior to joining Wayne State, she served as Principal Research Associate at the Urban Institute; Director of the Community Development Research Center at the New School for Social Research; Senior Analysts on the Legislative and Urban Policy Staff at HUD; and Associate Professor at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.

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Race, inequality, cultural deficiency narratives, and schooling
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM
A Rackham Centennial Lecture
Angel Harris

A Rackham Centennial Lecture featuring Angel Harris, Princeton University Associate Professor of Sociology and African American Studies, University of Michigan Ford School of Public Policy Alumnus.

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Thursday, October 18, 2012
Eurozone Crisis from an Italian Perspective
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Lucia Tajoli, a visiting professor at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, and a Professor of Economics at the Politecnico di Milano, will give a 'Conversations on Europe' lecture.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012
25% by 2025: Michigan's renewable energy ballot proposition
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Free and Open to the Public

Panelists:
Eric Lupher, Director of Local Affairs, Citizens Research Council of Michigan
Sanya Carley, Assistant Professor, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University
Thomas P. Lyon, Professor, Ross School of Business and School of Natural Resources
and Environment, University of Michigan

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Friday, October 12, 2012
50th Reunion Weekend: Class of 1962
All Day Event
Weill Hall

The University of Michigan and the Ford School are planning a series of activities to welcome the class of 1962 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!

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Thursday, October 11, 2012
The University of Michigan tribute to Mrs. Betty Ford
3:00 PM -  4:30 PM


A trailblazing First Lady who brought candor and integrity to our national conversation. A passionate advocate of women's rights, Mrs. Ford engaged challenging social issues at great political risk and with a rare personal vulnerability. Her considerable impact on American life and culture has only deepened with time.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012
The U.S. and the ocean: Policy, politics, and the public by Jerry R. Schubel
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

The U.S. has largest Exclusive Economic Zone of all nations, and in 2010 got our first ever National Ocean Policy, but have failed to ratify the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and the ocean is rarely mentioned as a source of jobs and new economic activity in the current debate. Ocean scientists seek ocean policies based on sound science, but are limited by lack of experience in the policy arena and by the lack of appropriate institutional structures to engage them and their expertise. Jerry R. Schubel, PhD, President and CEO, Aquarium of the Pacific will offer some observations on disruptive strategies.

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Monday, October 08, 2012
How money corrupts Congress
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM
Lecture by Lawrence Lessig, Harvard professor of law and leadership
Lawrence Lessig

Policy Talks @ the Ford School

Lecture by Lawrence Lessig, Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School, and director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University.

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Wednesday, October 03, 2012
Korea Days (Ann Arbor) - A Discussion of political security, business and cultural affairs
4:00 PM -  6:00 PM

The Nam Center for Korean Studies hosts the Korea Society leadership for a presentation on The Korea-U.S. Partnership, a discussion of political security challenges, business opportunities and cultural affairs. Speakers to include Ambassador Thomas C. Hubbard, Ambassador Mark Minton, and Professor Alan V. Deardorff; with remarks from Susan Collins, Dean of the Gerald R. Ford School, and Nojin Kwak, Director of the Nam Center for Korean Studies.

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The battle over climate change
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Tom Clynes is a contributing editor at Popular Science, and a 2010 U-M Knight Wallace Fellow. He also writes and photographs for National Geographic, Men's Journal, GQ, and other publications. See current article.Tom works with organizations that want to stimulate action and involvement. His high-intrigue, high-energy programs catalyze creativity and challenge participants to open up their thinking.

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Tuesday, October 02, 2012
"The Martian's Daughter" by Marina von Neumann Whitman
5:30 PM -  7:00 PM
Marina v.N. Whitman

Marina Whitman, Professor of Business Administration and Public Policy at the University of Michigan, will read from and discuss her new memoir, The Martian's Daughter (University of Michigan Press, available in September), at an event hosted by the University Library and co-sponsored by the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, the Center for the Education of Women, and the University of Michigan Press.

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Friday, September 28, 2012
Innovations in Development Strategy by USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah
12:00 PM -  1:00 PM

You are invited to attend a campus lecture delivered by

Dr. Rajiv Shah

Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)

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Thursday, September 27, 2012
America's retirement crisis
4:30 PM -  6:00 PM
Policy Talks @ the Ford School
Roger Ferguson

Despite our sluggish economy and the global economic uncertainty, building lifelong financial security is not a pipe dream in 21st century America. But for most Americans, it's become a do-it-yourself proposition, as a result of the decline of traditional pension plans in the private sector.

TIAA-CREF's CEO Roger Ferguson will look at the current retirement landscape, discuss how it has changed over time, and consider some of the challenges we now face as a nation in funding retirement.

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Income inequality and educational outcomes
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Income inequality among the families of school-age children in the US has grown sharply in the last 40 years. In this talk Sean F. Reardon, Professor of Education at Stanford University, will describe his research findings from three studies that examine the relationship of income and income inequality to educational outcomes. The first focuses on trends in the 'income achievement gap' (the test score gap between children from high- and low-income families) over the last 50 years, using data from 13 nationally representative studies conducted between 1959-2009. The second investigates the relationships among income, achievement, and the selectivity of the colleges in which students enroll, using data from the high school classes of 1982, 1992, and 2004. The third study investigates the association between national income inequality levels and a country's income achievement gap, using data from 19 OECD countries in 2001-2009. Dr. Reardon will conclude the talk with some discussion of the causes and implications of patterns and trends identified in the research.

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Monday, September 24, 2012
Ford Policy Union - US-China Relations: Cooperation or Conflict?
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

This Ford Policy Union, a public debate event, will feature Peter Navarro and Phil Potter discussing US-Chinese trade and security issues.

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Thursday, September 20, 2012
Choices for federal spending and taxes
1:00 PM -  2:30 PM
Doug Elmendorf

Policy Talks @ the Ford School

Doug Elmendorf is the eighth director of the Congressional Budget Office. Before he came to CBO in January 2009, he was a senior fellow in the Economic Studies program at the Brookings Institution. As the Edward M. Bernstein Scholar, he served as co-editor of the Brookings Papers on Economic Activity and the director of the Hamilton Project, an initiative to promote broadly shared economic growth.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012
No slack: The financial lives of low income Americans
5:30 PM -  7:00 PM
A Conversation with Michael Barr and Sheldon Danziger

The financial crisis lay bare how the financial system failed the nation but left hidden the many ways in which that system still fails the most vulnerable Americans. In No Slack, Michael S. Barr explores how low- and moderate-income households cope with financial stress, use financial services to make ends meet, and often come up short.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012
The Other America: Then and Now - Increasing global competitiveness through informal science education
2:15 PM -  3:45 PM

Students in the U.S. currently rank 25th in math and 17th in science among their peers in other industrialized countries. Yet research shows that 80 percent of future jobs will require literacy and skills in these areas. To meet future workforce needs and maintain our global competitiveness, we must improve science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills among students and increase access to STEM careers particularly among underrepresented populations. Afterschool programs have begun to play a significant role in developing new informal science education approaches for students across the country. This panel will explore future workforce demands in STEM fields, provide statewide examples of how STEM afterschool initiatives are developing college and career-ready students, and discuss the importance of informal science education initiatives for student success.

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The Other America: Then and Now - The future of workforce development: Employment challenges and the skill needs of companies and communities
2:15 PM -  3:45 PM

The recent recession and weak economic recovery have been characterized by historically high rates of long-term unemployment. Workers confronted with persistent unemployment face a number of challenges, including the threat of skills atrophy and becoming less attractive to prospective employers. Moreover, the dichotomy between workers continues to expand, as those with high levels of education and skills can command high wages, and those with little education and low skill levels can command only low wages in the service industry. Workforce development efforts are responding to these challenges with different approaches, many with an emphasis on business and industry sector-based approaches. This session will explore the employment and skill-building challenges and opportunities in different communities around the state and describe successful efforts to increase employment and satisfy the demand of local businesses.

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The Other America: Then and Now - One nation, (in)divisible: The future of inequality in America
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

How big is the current cultural, economic, and social divide? How does it differ from the divide Michael Harrington brought to light 50 years ago in his book, The Other America? What is the role of government as inequality rises? What can be done to close the gap? Syndicated columnist, Clarence Page, will moderate this debate between Jared Bernstein and Charles Murray on the future of inequality in America.

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Friday, September 07, 2012
Law, policy, and the war on al-Qaida: An emerging consensus?
1:00 PM -  2:30 PM
A 2012 Josh Rosenthal Education Fund Lecture from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
General Michael Hayden

Policy Talks @ the Ford School

A 2012 Josh Rosenthal Education Fund Lecture

Lecture by General Michael Hayden, retired United States Air Force four-star general and former Director of the CIA and NSA. View the Web stream

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