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Wednesday, August 27, 2014
PhD Welcome Lunch
12:30 PM -  1:30 PM
For Ford School faculty and PhD students

Welcome Lunch for 2014 Incoming PhD Students.

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Thursday, July 10, 2014
Centennial Worldwide Ford School Spirit Day
All Day Event

100 years of policy at Michigan. 100 ways to show your Ford School spirit.

One fun way? Attend the fourth annual Worldwide Ford School Spirit Day, coming this July to a city near you.

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Friday, May 30, 2014
Honoring Ned Gramlich and the Importance of Policy Research
8:30 AM -  5:30 PM
By invitation only

A conference sponsored by the University of Michigan's Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy on its 100-year anniversary and hosted by the Federal Reserve Board. With generous support from the Trehan Foundation.

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Major League Fun
5:30 PM

A ballpark reception and Washington Nationals game (vs. Texas Rangers) for Ford School alumni and students

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Greater Chicagoland alumni and student reception
6:00 PM -  8:00 PM

Network, socialize, and connect with students, alumni, and friends in Chicago from both the Ford School and the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.

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Friday, May 09, 2014
Presidential Power in the United States: Emerging Research
8:30 AM -  5:00 PM

This conference brings together top presidential scholars from around the country to examine the limits on the president's ability to make policy effectively independent of other branches, as well as the president's ability to influence the decisions of other branches through appointments, bargaining, and persuasion.

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Saturday, May 03, 2014
Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy 2014 Commencement
5:00 PM -  6:45 PM

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. The Charge to the Class will be delivered by U.S. Senator Carl Levin (D-MI).

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Friday, May 02, 2014
2014 Graduation Open House
3:00 PM -  5:00 PM

Students, family, and friends are invited to meet the faculty and staff of the Ford School and tour the classrooms, public spaces, and suites of Weill Hall, which opened its doors in 2006!

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Monday, April 21, 2014
Khmer Rouge Trials: Serving to End or Compound Cambodia's Culture of Impunity?
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM
Policy Talks @ the Ford School

In a conversation moderated by Susan Waltz, Margo Picken and John Ciorciari will discuss the positive and negative effects of the UN-backed Khmer Rouge trials that began several years ago in "extraordinary chambers" of the courts of Cambodia. Will they bring "closure" to the country's dark past? What impact have they had on the situation of human rights in Cambodia today?

This event is co-sponsored by the International Institute at the University of Michigan.

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Friday, April 18, 2014
Crisis in South Sudan: Exploring the Role of Student Engagement in International Conflict
1:00 PM -  3:00 PM

Crisis in South Sudan: Exploring the Role of Student Engagement in International Conflict

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Ann Arbor 2014 Mayoral Candidates Town Hall
1:10 PM -  2:30 PM

The students of Ford School's Public Policy 456/756 class, along with their instructor and current Ann Arbor Mayor John Hieftje, have organized a Town Hall gathering of the four Ann Arbor 2014 Mayoral candidates.

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Monday, April 14, 2014
Armed with Expertise: The Militarization of American Social Research during the Cold War
4:00 PM
Book Talks @ the Ford School

Ford School professor Joy Rohde will remark on major points of her new book, Armed with Expertise: The Militarization of American Social Research during the Cold War, and answer questions from the audience.

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Friday, April 11, 2014
Poverty, Policy, and People: 25 Years of Research and Training at the University of Michigan
All Day Event

An academic conference in honor of The Research and Training Program on Poverty and Public Policy, which has been directed by Sheldon H. Danziger for a quarter century, sponsored by the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and the National Poverty Center, University of Michigan, with generous support from the Ford Foundation.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014
Inequality in America
4:00 PM
2014 Citi Foundation Lecture with Rebecca M. Blank, Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Rebecca Blank will deliver the Citi Foundation Policy Talks @ the Ford School keynote of the two-day Poverty, Policy, and People: 25 Years of Research and Training at the University of Michigan.

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Poverty, Policy, and People: 25 Years of Research and Training at the University of Michigan
All Day Event

An academic conference in honor of The Research and Training Program on Poverty and Public Policy, which has been directed by Sheldon H. Danziger for a quarter century, sponsored by the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and the National Poverty Center, University of Michigan, with generous support from the Ford Foundation.

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Wednesday, April 09, 2014
Winter 2014 Ford School Diversity Summit
5:30 PM -  7:30 PM
What Does it Take to Be a Policy Expert?

An interactive workshop about serving communities we do not represent.

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Tuesday, April 08, 2014
The aftermath of financial crises: It doesn't have to be that bad
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM
Policy Talks @ the Ford School
Christina Romer

Former Chair of President Obama's Council of Economic Advisers Christina Romer identifies economic recessions throughout world history, examining the implications of these experiences on future economic policies.

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Monday, April 07, 2014
Metropolitan areas, regionalism, and the politics of intergovernmental cooperation
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM
2014 Jack L. Walker, Jr. Lecture

The Ford School's distinguished Jack L. Walker, Jr. Professor of Public Policy Elisabeth R. Gerber will deliver a lecture as part of our school's centennial celebrations.

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Supplying Disadvantaged Schools with Effective Teachers: Experimental Evidence on Secondary Math Teachers from Teach For America
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM
EPI Speaker Series: Melissa Clark, Mathematica Policy Research

Teach For America (TFA) is an important but controversial source of teachers for hard-to-staff subjects in high-poverty U.S. schools. We present findings from the first large-scale experimental study of secondary math teachers from TFA. We find that TFA teachers are more effective than other math teachers in the same schools, increasing student math achievement by 0.07 standard deviations over one school year. Addressing concerns about the fact that TFA requires only a two-year commitment, we find that TFA teachers in their first two years of teaching are more effective than more experienced non-TFA teachers in the same schools.

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Saturday, April 05, 2014
Spring Preview Weekend
All Day Event

Spring Preview is a weekend designed to give newly admitted master's students all the information they need to make a decision about pursing a Ford School master's degree. Admitted students have the opportunity to meet with Ford School faculty, students, staff, and alumni, and get a chance to visit the University of Michigan campus and city of Ann Arbor.

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Friday, April 04, 2014
Spring Preview Weekend
All Day Event

Spring Preview is a weekend designed to give newly admitted master's students all the information they need to make a decision about pursing a Ford School master's degree. Admitted students have the opportunity to meet with Ford School faculty, students, staff, and alumni, and get a chance to visit the University of Michigan campus and city of Ann Arbor.

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Wednesday, April 02, 2014
Exit, Voice and Loyalty: Accountability in Public Institutions
4:30 PM -  6:00 PM
Ford Policy Union

This Ford Policy Union will focus on accountability in the U.S. military and other public institutions.

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Tuesday, April 01, 2014
Monday, March 31, 2014
Networked Diplomacy: Exercising Influence in a Modern World
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM
Policy Talks @ the Ford School
Richard Boucher

Winter 2014 Towsley Foundation Policymaker in Residence and longest serving spokesman of the U.S. Department of State Richard Boucher will deliver a lecture on the shifting dynamics of global power in the 21st century.

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Saturday, March 29, 2014
2014 Ford School Charity Auction
6:30 PM - 11:59 PM

Come join us and enjoy a glamorous event of jazz music, delicious food, live and silent auctions and great fun and surprises!

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Thursday, March 27, 2014
20 years after the Rwandan Genocide - with Paul Rusesabagina
4:30 PM -  6:00 PM
Paul Rusesabagina

In 1994 Paul Rusesabagina, a Hutu manager of a luxury hotel in Rwanda, sheltered over 1,200 people, including his own Tutsi wife and children, saving their lives at a time when extremists massacred more than 800,000 members of the Tutsi and moderate Hutu tribes in just 100 days.

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Peace Corps in the 21st Century
4:00 PM
Policy Talks @ the Ford School
Carrie Hessler-Radelet

Join us for a Policy Talks @ the Ford School lecture featuring Acting Director of the U.S. Peace Corps, Carrie Hessler-Radelet.

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The honorable lives of Gerald R. Ford and James Cannon
7:30 PM -  8:30 PM
A conversation about Gerald R. Ford an Honorable Life by James Cannon; featuring Jim and Scott Cannon

James Cannon's new book, Gerald R. Ford: An Honorable Life, was released posthumously in May 2013 during President Ford's centennial year. Cannon, who served as Ford's White House domestic policy adviser, presents a comprehensive narrative account of the life of Gerald Ford, from Ford's humble background in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to his career in Congress and his short but astonishing presidency.

Join us as we welcome James Cannon's sons, Scott--who contributed an Afterword to the book--and Jim in a conversation moderated by Ford School of Public Policy Professor Barry Rabe on Gerald R. Ford: An Honorable Life.

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014
The Future of Detroit Urban Governance
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM
Policy Talks @ the Ford School with Kevyn Orr
Kevyn Orr

Join CLOSUP and the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy for a Policy Talks @ the Ford School lecture featuring Kevyn Orr, one year after the start of his appointment as Emergency Manager of the City of Detroit.

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Monday, March 24, 2014
Hotel Rwanda Screening
7:00 PM -  9:15 PM

Free and open to the public.
Light refreshments provided.


This film is based on the true story of Paul Rusesabagina, a hotel manager who housed over a thousand Tutsi refugees during their struggle against the Hutu militia in Rwanda.

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Friday, March 21, 2014
Book talk and book signing: Ain't No Trust
12:00 PM -  1:30 PM

Judith Levine, Ph.D. of Temple University will speak about her new book, Ain't No Trust.

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Lessons from Youngstown – Planning for a Smaller, Greener City
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM
Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP) Lecture Series

A panel presentation moderated by Margaret Dewar, Professor, Urban and Regional Planning, University of Michigan.

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Monday, March 17, 2014
Obamacare and Beyond: How To Reform the U.S. Health System
2:30 PM -  4:00 PM
Policy Talks @ the Ford School
Jonathan Cohn & Avik Roy

Avik Roy, opinion editor at Forbes, Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, and former health policy adviser to then presidential candidate Mitt Romney, will debate Jonathan Cohn, senior editor at the New Republic and author of Sick, over the viability of the Affordable Care Act.

This event is made possible through the generous support of the Gilbert S. Omenn and Martha Darling Health Policy Fund.

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014
7th Annual Gramlich Showcase of Student Work
4:00 PM -  6:00 PM

Each spring, Ford School faculty and staff nominate dozens of outstanding student research and service projects for recognition at the Gramlich Showcase of Student Work. Established in 2008 to honor internationally renowned economist and former Ford School dean, Ned Gramlich, this event features exceptional student work on a broad range of local, national, and international policy challenges.

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Thursday, February 27, 2014
A conversation on leadership and foreign policy
4:30 PM
Ford Policy Union
John D. Negroponte

John D. Negroponte, a United States career diplomat and national security official, held government positions abroad and in Washington between 1960 and 1997 and again from 2001 to 2008. He has been ambassador to Honduras, Mexico, the Philippines, the United Nations, and Iraq. In Washington he served twice on the National Security Council staff, first as director for Vietnam in the Nixon Administration and then as deputy national security advisor under President Reagan. He has also held a cabinet level position as the first director of national intelligence under President George W. Bush. His most recent position in government was as Deputy Secretary of State, where he served as the State Department's chief operating officer. As a more junior diplomat, Mr. Negroponte also had assignments in Hong Kong, Vietnam, France, Ecuador and Greece.

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Friday, February 21, 2014
The U.S. Rebalance to Asia: The Importance of U.S. Engagement with ASEAN and Southeast Asia
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Christian M. Castro
Director, Office of Multilateral Affairs, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Department of State

Co-sponsored with the Center for Southeast Asian Studies

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Thursday, February 20, 2014
Social Impact Challenge Finals
5:00 PM -  7:00 PM

The NPM Social Impact Challenge is an opportunity for graduate students to collaborate on solving real issues for an organization that focuses on social impact.

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Transformation of America's metropolitan area economies: Lessons from four decades
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM
George Fulton

A CLOSUP lecture by George Fulton, Director, Research Seminar in Quantitative Economics, Department of Economics and Research Professor at the Institute for Research on Labor, Employment, and the Economy at the University of Michigan.

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Social Impact Challenge Kickoff
5:00 PM -  7:00 PM

The 2014 Social Impact Challenge focuses on systems transformation strategies for equitable growth in Detroit. NPM has partnered with Detroit Future City (DFC), which is leading implementation of the DFC Strategic Framework, a comprehensive plan to achieve fiscal sustainability and improve quality of life for all Detroiters.

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Thursday, February 06, 2014
Economics and Happiness
6:00 PM -  8:30 PM
Annual DC Trip Networking Reception and Policy Event

The 2014 annual DC trip and networking reception and policy event features speaker will be Ford School/Brookings/New York Times-affiliated economist, Justin Wolfers, discussing economics and happiness.

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Monday, February 03, 2014
The real problem with Citizens United: Campaign finance, dark money, and shadow parties
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Few cases have generated as much controversy as Citizens United. The story told by reformers and reporters is that Citizens United ushered in a new era of dark money, with wealthy corporations spending wildly, saturating the airwaves, and taking over American politics. Most of that story is wrong, and some of it is nonsense. There is a bigger story about the relationship between Citizens United and American politics; it's just not the one we've been told.

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Social Impact Challenge preview and team matching
7:00 PM -  8:30 PM

The NPM Social Impact Challenge is an opportunity for graduate students to collaborate on solving real issues for an organization that focuses on social impact.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014
STPP information session
6:30 PM -  7:30 PM

The Science, Technology, and Public Policy Graduate Certificate program will help you develop and gain methods and tools for science and technology policy analysis.

Come join us and find out more about the STPP Program!

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Monday, January 20, 2014
Causes, consequences & potential solutions to the problem of educational disparities in the US: Perspectives from psychology, sociology & economics
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM
A University of Michigan 28th Annual MLK Symposium event
Kerwin Charles, Stephanie Rowley, and Angel Harris

This roundtable discussion is designed to highlight how the various disciplines view and approach the problem of educational disparities and the advantages and/or limitations that these approaches have for finding potential solutions to the problem.

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Monday, January 13, 2014
A vote of 'No Confidence'?
12:00 PM -  1:00 PM
Why Local Governments Take Action in Response to Shale Gas Development

Susan Christopherson is a Professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning at Cornell University. She is a geographer whose career has been based on commitment to the integration of scholarly work and public engagement. Her research interests are diverse, but focus on political-economic policy, especially its spatial dimensions. Much of her research is comparative and she has published a series of articles and a book on how different market governance regimes influence regional development and labor market policies.

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What does it mean to work in a system that fails you and your kids?: A beginning teacher's journey through the Chicago Public Schools
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM
A University of Michigan 28th Annual MLK Symposium event

This ethnodramatic performance tells the story of a beginning teacher's first year in the Chicago Public Schools and her efforts to make a difference in a third grade classroom.

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Wednesday, January 08, 2014
Legacies of the war on poverty, lessons for the future
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Join us for a forum that will offer diverse perspectives on the effects of anti-poverty policies in the U.S. in areas such as educational attainment, employment, earnings and living standards and health over the past five decades and in the years to come.

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