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Wednesday, December 04, 2013
Using information disclosure to achieve policy goals: How experience with the Toxics Release Inventory can inform action on shale gas fracking
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Kraft's research interests focus on U.S. environmental policy and politics, and his most recent project dealt with the impact of information disclosure programs on corporate environmental performance in the United States. This research was funded by the National Science Foundation and was the focus of the book, Coming Clean, co-authored with Mark Stephan and Troy Abel; the book won the 2012 Lynton K. Caldwell Award from the American Political Science Association.

Graduate Information Session
6:00 PM -  8:00 PM

The Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy invites you to an information session about our graduate programs and opportunities for you to make a difference in your community. Come learn about all we have to offer, including the David Bohnett Foundation Leadership and Public Service Fellowship - a prestigious, competitive fellowship that will provide two years of tuition support and a paid summer internship in the Mayor's Office of the City of Detroit.

Monday, December 02, 2013
Cuba in the new millennium: Reforming orthodoxy and generational change
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM
Policy Talks @ the Ford School
Alberto Trejos

Alberto Trejos examines ongoing changes within Cuba's government and society and their implications for the future Cuban economy.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Family Business or Social Problem? The Cost of Unreported Domestic Violence: Examining Social and Judicial Interventions and In-School Peer Effects
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM
EPI Speaker Series 2013-2014
Scott Carrell

Social interest in problems such as domestic violence is typically motivated by concerns regarding equity, rather than efficiency. However, we document that taking steps to reduce domestic violence by reporting it yields substantial benefits to external parties. Specifically, we find that while children exposed to as-yet-unreported domestic violence reduce the achievement of their classroom peers, these costs disappear completely once the parent reports the violence to the court. This suggests the public has an interest in helping families overcome their problems in general, and to report domestic violence in particular. It also suggests that social and judicial interventions may help combat negative peer effects in schools.

Monday, November 18, 2013
Faith, the White House, and the Public Square
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM
Policy Talks @ the Ford School

Joshua DuBois, former Special Assistant to President Obama and Executive Director of the White House Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships discusses the federal government's current approach to governing these partnerships.

Monday, November 11, 2013
Winona LaDuke- "Building a green economy: Indigenous strategies for a sustainable future"
6:00 PM -  8:00 PM
Native American Heritage Month 2013

A leader on the issues of culturally-based sustainable development strategies, renewable energy, and food systems, Winona LaDuke offers alternatives and a vision for the future.

Friday, November 08, 2013
Washington, DC Alumni Reception at APPAM Annual Conference
6:30 PM -  8:00 PM

Please join us for an alumni reception in Washington, DC, hosted in connection with APPAM's annual fall conference.

Wednesday, November 06, 2013
Knocking on the door to the teaching profession: Understanding the front-end of the teacher pipeline
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM
An EPI lecture by Dan Goldhaber
Dan Goldhaber

There is great interest in the relationship between pre-service experiences and teacher effectiveness and labor market outcomes. Dan Goldhaber's presentation focuses on new evidence connecting pre-service experiences and training on workforce entry and initial job placement, exploring whether student teaching experiences appear to influence the likelihood of employment, the time to obtaining a first teaching job, and the type (e.g. demographics, achievement level of students teachers) of classrooms to which teachers are assigned.

Monday, October 28, 2013
The need for commonsense immigration reform
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM
Policy Talks @ the Ford School
Cecilia Muñoz

A lecture from Cecilia Muñoz (AB '84), director of the White House Domestic Policy Council

Saturday, October 26, 2013
Conference on Student Loans
8:00 AM -  3:00 PM

Day 2 of the 2.5-day conference on student loans and growing debt burdens.

Friday, October 25, 2013
Conference on Student Loans
9:00 AM -  5:15 PM

A 2.5-day conference on student loans and growing debt burdens providing a focal point for understanding what is arguably the student of higher education's greatest challenge today: financing college.

Thursday, October 24, 2013
Conference on student loans: Opening plenary session
4:30 PM
Featuring a Policy Talks @ the Ford School lecture by Roberto Rodríguez (AB '97), Special Assistant to the President for Education Policy
Roberto J. Rodríguez

The keynote event and reception will launch the 2.5-day conference on student loans and growing debt burdens. This conference will be a focal point for understanding what is arguably the student of higher education's greatest challenge today: financing college.

Friday, October 11, 2013
2013 U-M Social Innovation Summit: Exploring social funding models
9:30 AM -  4:00 PM

Join leaders from across sectors including keynote Matt Flannery, Co-founder and CEO of Kiva, at the 2013 U-M Social Innovation Summit as we debate and discuss the following:

  • What funding avenues exist for an idea, organization, or business with an explicit goal of enhancing the social good?

  • How do emerging social funding models compare to established practices?

  • What are effective funding methods in Michigan and which global trends should we consider?

Wednesday, October 09, 2013
Ford Policy Union: International drug treaties
4:00 PM -  6:00 PM

A debate on international drug policy with leading experts Jeffrey Miron, senior lecturer and director of undergraduate studies in the Department of Economics at Harvard University, and Kevin Sabet, director of the Drug Policy Institute and assistant professor at the University of Florida.

The post-Katrina New Orleans school reforms: Implications for national school reform & the role of government
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM
EPI Speaker Series: Douglas N. Harris
Douglas N. Harris

What can we learn from the New Orleans experience? Given the unique circumstances the precipitated it, what does this reform effort mean for the national school reform agenda?

Monday, October 07, 2013
Til death do us part: Seeking an end to America's turbulent love affair with the cigarette
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM
Kenneth E. Warner

The anti-smoking campaign has been arguably the most effective public health initiative in the U.S. in the past half century. Still, smoking remains the nation's leading cause of preventable disease and premature death. This presentation will review the policy measures that have contributed to the successes of tobacco control, noting the central role of state and local policies.

Information Session - Ford School BA Program
6:00 PM -  7:00 PM

Calling all U-M freshman and sophomore undergrads! If you have any interest in Public Policy – or just want to know what it is – we invite you to come join us for an Information Session about our BA program in Public Policy on Monday, October 7 from 6 - 7PM in the Annenberg Auditorium where we will talk about the admissions procedures, curriculum and answer your questions.

Friday, October 04, 2013
Alumni Open House
1:00 PM -  4:00 PM

Coming back to Ann Arbor for Homecoming? Plan to stop by the Ford School Alumni Open House! All Ford School alumni are invited to enjoy snacks and socialize in the Graduate Career Services and Alumni Relations suite on Friday, October 4, anytime between 1 and 4 p.m. We look forward to seeing you!

Reunion Weekend: Classes of 1963 and 2003
All Day Event

The University of Michigan and the Ford School are planning a series of activities to welcome the class of 1963 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!

Thursday, October 03, 2013
Ann Arbor Idealist Grad Fair
5:00 PM -  8:00 PM

Learn about admissions requirements and application deadlines for graduate programs in social work, public policy, nonprofit management, international affairs, public interest law, social entrepreneurship, and many more.

Wednesday, October 02, 2013
Equal Work, Equal Pay
7:00 PM -  9:00 PM
Vivian R. Shaw Lecture

Equal pay advocate Lilly Ledbetter will recount her story of discrimination at the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company and the subsequent legal battle that resulted in the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. Her experience resonates with women everywhere who continue to struggle for equity in the workplace. A question-and-answer period with the audience and a book signing will follow the lecture.

Thursday, September 26, 2013
Science Policy in the Afternoon Talks presents: Dr. Chuck Friedman, Director, Health Informatics Program, Schools of Information & Public Health
5:00 PM -  6:00 PM

Dr. Friedman will be speaking about the federal program to stimulate "meaningful use" of health information technology through the HITECH act which was embedded in the Recovery Act of 2009. The government is expected to invest as much as $30 Billion in this program. Dr. Friedman will give the historical background, describe the program itself primarily from a policy perspective, and then describe its current status. He will also contrast the Obama administration's approach with the approach of the previous administration.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013
The political feasibility of a Revenue-Neutral Carbon Tax
11:30 AM -  1:00 PM

Join Former Congressman, Bob Inglis, along with the Program in the Environment Environmental Politics and Policy Course students in an informal discussion about carbon tax.

Burn Documentary Film Screening (private screening by invitation)
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

The University of Michigan's Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP), the Detroit School Series, and the Department of Urban Planning are sponsoring a private screening of the recent documentary about the challenges facing Detroit fire fighters.

At a time when the number of abandoned homes continues to increase along with the number of fires within the city, the number of fire fighters in Detroit continues to shrink. And while the population of the city has been declining over the years, Detroit fire fighters must still continue to cover the same 139-square mile area that could contain San Francisco, Boston, and Manhattan. This documentary shares the challenges facing Detroit fire fighters at a time when resources are declining and demand for their services is on the rise.

Monday, September 23, 2013
Update on the Great Lakes Water Wars
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM
Peter Annin, Managing Director, Environmental Change Initiative at University of Notre Dame
Peter Annin

Public lecture featuring Peter Annin, Managing Director of the Environmental Change Initiative at the University of Notre Dame. Sponsored by the Department of Political Science and the Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP).

Thursday, September 19, 2013
What's gone wrong in Washington, and why it doesn't have to be this way
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM
A 2013 Citi Foundation Lecture by former U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe
Olympia Snowe

With more than three decades of policy experience and knowing how Washington does – and doesn't – work, recently retired U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe has keen and contemporary insights on what Congressional initiatives to look for in the coming year.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013
U.S. foreign policy towards Israel and the Middle East
4:00 PM -  6:00 PM
A Policy Union Debate from the International Policy Center at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy

The International Policy Center is pleased to host University of Chicago Professor John Mearsheimer for a discussion about U.S. policy towards the Middle East and Israel with University of Michigan Professor and Director of Center for Middle East and North African Studies Juan Cole.
Following the debate we will open the floor to written questions from the audience.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Justice before charity: everyone has the right to eat
7:00 PM -  9:00 PM

Longtime advocate for social and political change, Sister Simone will speak about poverty in America, the effect on women and children, and the path for progressive change.

Thursday, September 12, 2013
Managing global borders: In defense of big data
4:30 PM -  6:00 PM
A 2013 Josh Rosenthal Lecture from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
Alan Bersin

Lecture by Alan Bersin, Assistant Secretary of International Affairs and Chief Diplomatic Officer for the Department of Homeland Security

Friday, September 06, 2013
Michael D. Cohen Symposium
1:30 PM -  5:00 PM

This symposium honors the scholarly legacy of the late Michael D. Cohen, who was the William D. Hamilton Collegiate Professor of Complex Systems, Information, and Public Policy at The University of Michigan.

Monday, August 26, 2013
Welcome Week & Orientation at the Ford School
All Day Event

Welcome new students! The official start of the school year, Welcome Week and Orientation (August 26–August 30) at the Ford School gives new students the opportunity to meet and engage with peers, faculty, and staff, and begin the process of preparing for the academic year.