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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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Thursday, June 21, 2012
The Activists: War, Peace, and Politics in the Streets
7:00 PM -  8:30 PM
A special screening

The Ford School of Public Policy will host a special showing of The Activists: War, Peace, and Politics in the Streets. Producer Michael Heaney will lead a post-film discussion, looking for feedback to assist in the development of the film.

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Tuesday, May 01, 2012
"Single-Sex Schools, Student Achievement, and Course Selection: Evidence from Rule-Based Student Assignments in Trinidad and Tobago."
3:00 PM -  4:00 PM
Kirabo Jackson, Assistant Professor of Economics at Northwestern University

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. Discourse between these schools and departments will create a more complete community of education scholars, and will provide a networking opportunity for students enrolled in a variety of academic programs who share common research interests.

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Saturday, April 28, 2012
Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy 2012 Commencement
5:00 PM -  6:45 PM
Carol Bellamy

The Charge to the Class will be delivered by Carol Bellamy, Chair of the Global Partnership for Education Board of Directors.

From the speaker's bio: Carol Bellamy presently serves as the Chair of the Global Partnership for Education, whose goal is to help every child get a good education, particularly the poorest and most vulnerable. Prior to this, Ms. Bellamy served as President and CEO of World Learning, a private, non-profit organization promoting international understanding through education and development in over 70 countries. Bellamy previously served 10 years as Executive Director of UNICEF, the children's agency of the United Nations. She was also the first former volunteer to become Director of Peace Corps.

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Friday, April 27, 2012
2012 Graduation Open House
3:00 PM -  5:00 PM

All students, family, and friends are cordially 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 just six years ago.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Gender and the STEM Trajectory: Evidence from the NLSY97
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Presenter: Ophira Vishkin, Economics

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. Discourse between these schools and departments will create a more complete community of education scholars, and will provide a networking opportunity for students enrolled in a variety of academic programs who share common research interests.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012
My Career and Title IX, Lecture by C. Vivian Stringer
3:00 PM -  4:30 PM
SHARP Insights: How Title IX Changed the Game
Vivian Stringer

SHARP Insights: How Title IX Changed the Game

C. Vivian Stringer is the Head Women's Basketball Coach at Rutgers University. With over 40 years of coaching experience, Coach Stringer's unique insights on how the world of sports continues to evolve, she'll share her history as a child growing up in Edenborn, PA, as a basketball/field hockey player at Slippery Rock University and as head women's basketball coach at three different Division I Universities (Cheyney State, University of Iowa and Rutgers University). Coach Stringer will discuss how Title IX impacted her during its early years through is effects on women in sports today.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012
The European Crisis: A View from Warsaw and Prague
4:00 PM -  6:00 PM

As the recent crises in Hungary, Greece, and other European countries demonstrate, democracy in Europe may be established, but it is not stable. The Czech Republic, Hungary, and Poland are widely recognized for their accomplishments in the transition to electoral democracy and to free market economies. With these successes come challenges. Both citizens and scholars have raised concerns about corruption, the moral fabric of society, abuse of government power, and the need to build further political institutions. Given their active role in transforming their countries, and the wealth of their experience, the invited guests will offer a unique perspective on the recent events in Europe in this context.

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Saturday, April 14, 2012
Spring Preview Day 2012
All Day Event

Spring Preview is a weekend designed to give newly admitted 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 13, 2012
Spring Preview Day 2012
All Day Event

Spring Preview is a weekend designed to give newly admitted 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 11, 2012
Stratification Economics: The Role of Intergroup Inequality
11:30 AM -  1:00 PM

William A. (Sandy) Darity (Arts & Sciences Professor of Public Policy Studies and Professor of African and African American Studies and Economics at Duke University) gave a seminar on his research, titled: "Stratification Economics: The Role of Intergroup Inequality."

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Where Law and Politics Intersect
4:00 PM -  5:00 PM
Environmental Law and Policy Program lecture by Trip Van Noppen, President, Earthjustice
Trip Van Noppen

Environmental Law and Policy Program lecture by Trip Van Noppen, President, Earthjustice

As President of Earthjustice, the nation's premier public interest environmental law firm (www.earthjustice.org), Trip Van Noppen leads the organization's staff, board, and supporters to advance its mission of using the courts to protect our environment and people's health.

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Wednesday, April 04, 2012
Percent Plans, Automatic Admissions, and College Entry
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Presenter: Isaac McFarlin, Research Associate, Public Policy

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. Discourse between these schools and departments will create a more complete community of education scholars, and will provide a networking opportunity for students enrolled in a variety of academic programs who share common research interests.

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Our Most Important Policy Failure: Energy
7:30 PM -  9:00 PM
Frank Zarb

Frank Zarb, President Ford's "Energy Czar" during the 1970s energy crisis, discusses the country's tortured history developing effective energy policies.

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Saturday, March 31, 2012
2012 Ford School Charity Auction
5:30 PM - 11:30 PM

"The Magic of Motown"

Alumni Ticket Prices:

Dinner with open bar: $45

Dinner without open bar $40

The event will include silent and live auctions including items such as a vacation getaway to the Ford Plantation in Georgia, dinner with current Ford School faculty members David Thacher and Mel Levitsky, and much more!

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012
A Survival Model of Student Loan Defaults
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Presenter: Katharina Ley, Engineering

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. Discourse between these schools and departments will create a more complete community of education scholars, and will provide a networking opportunity for students enrolled in a variety of academic programs who share common research interests.

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War in Afghanistan: Costs of Failure and Costs of Success
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM
Ronald E. Neumann
President of The American Academy of Diplomacy

The war in Afghanistan is entering its eleventh year with the debate over continuing or withdrawing often reduced to little more than bumper sticker phrases. Former US ambassador to Afghanistan Ronald Neumann will discuss what is at stake, what may be possible and the political and strategic costs of both continuation and withdrawal.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012
American Inequality: A University of Michigan conversation on the growing income and education gaps in America
7:00 PM -  8:30 PM

Activism Among Us: The Michigan Tradition of Social Change Lecture Series

Moderator:
Paul N. Courant, University Librarian and Dean of Libraries; Harold T. Shapiro Collegiate Professor of Public Policy; Arthur F. Thurnau Professor; Professor of Economics; and Professor of Information

Panelists:
Sheldon H. Danziger, Henry J. Meyer Distinguished University Professor of Public Policy, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy; Research Professor, Population Studies Center; Director, National Poverty Center

Susan M. Dynarski, Associate Professor of Public Policy, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy; Associate Professor of Education, School of Education

Joel B. Slemrod, Paul W McCracken Professor of Business Economics, Professor of Business Economics & Public Policy, Stephen M Ross School of Business; Professor of Economics and Chair, College of LSA

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Monday, March 26, 2012
Kids v. Adults: How Politics and Policy Conspire to Leave Children Behind
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM
Policy Talks @ the Ford School
Margaret Spellings

Lecture by the Honorable Margaret Spellings, Former U.S. Secretary of Education (2005-2009)

The seminal education law known as No Child Left Behind put critical pressure on our schools to dramatically improve education in America. Through accountability, testing, and consequences for failure, a more targeted focus on our neediest students has translated into measurable success for them. Since the law's passage ten years ago, we've learned much, including that more progress won't be made until we, as a nation, tackle the toughest issues: the use of people, time and valuable taxpayer dollars in more strategic and effective ways. Therein, lies the rub; will adults—policymakers, educators and parents—put the needs of students before their own? You be the judge as we discuss these urgent policy matters and the political dynamics at play.

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Sunday, March 25, 2012
Third Annual United States-Canada Conference 2012
All Day Event
Prosperity and Partnership in the Great Lakes

Twenty Ford School students will participate in the 2012 U.S.-Canada conference, which will consist of a case competition designed to allow student-led teams to apply their analytical capabilities. In efforts to create an environment conducive to the exchange of ideas, teams will be composed of a mix of U.S. and Canadian students.

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Saturday, March 24, 2012
Sustainable Connections and Collaborations for Health & Human Rights
8:30 AM -  6:00 PM
University of Michigan Sujal Parikh Memorial Symposium for Health & Social Justice and the Physicians for Human Rights National Conference

A joint conference of the 2nd annual University of Michigan Sujal Parikh Memorial Symposium for Health & Social Justice and the Physicians for Human Rights National Conference

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Pakistan: A State in Crisis?
11:00 AM -  5:30 PM

The Pakistani Students' Association at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor is hosting a day-long conference on Pakistan with focus on United States-Pakistan relations, countering terror in Pakistan, and domestic political developments.

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Third Annual United States-Canada Conference 2012
All Day Event
Prosperity and Partnership in the Great Lakes

Twenty Ford School students will participate in the 2012 U.S.-Canada conference, which will consist of a case competition designed to allow student-led teams to apply their analytical capabilities. In efforts to create an environment conducive to the exchange of ideas, teams will be composed of a mix of U.S. and Canadian students.

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Friday, March 23, 2012
Third Annual United States-Canada Conference 2012
All Day Event
Prosperity and Partnership in the Great Lakes

Twenty Ford School students will participate in the 2012 U.S.-Canada conference, which will consist of a case competition designed to allow student-led teams to apply their analytical capabilities. In efforts to create an environment conducive to the exchange of ideas, teams will be composed of a mix of U.S. and Canadian students.

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Thursday, March 22, 2012
The Escape Artists: How Obama's Team Fumbled the Recovery
2:30 PM -  4:00 PM
Public lecture and book signing with author Noam Scheiber
Noam Scheiber

From the publisher: "Facing the worst economy since the 1930s, President Obama hired a crack team of escape artists: financial wizards who had pulled off numerous white-knuckle getaways during the Clinton era and who were ready to do it again. To their credit, they prevented a depression. But, after three years of stagnation and grinding unemployment, it's clear that the escape fell short. This is the inside story of what happened.

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Teachers vs the Public? Mapping the Fault Lines in the Politics of American Education
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM
Education Policy Initiative Seminar

The EdNext-PEPG Survey, conducted annually since 2007, provides unparalleled evidence on the public's understanding of and support for a range of prominent education policy proposals. Americans' evaluations of the nation's public schools are at an all-time low, but they continue to assign high ratings to the schools in their local community. Citizens tend to have more accurate information about school performance than about spending levels, and providing them with accurate information about current spending reduces their support for spending increases. Pluralities of the public support a range of current reform proposals related to teacher tenure and compensation, school choice and test-based accountability, but many of these ideas have less support among public school teachers. The overall cleavage between teachers and nonteachers is larger than that between other relevant subgroups, including members of the Democratic and Republican parties.

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Teachers vs. the Public? Mapping the Fault Lines in the Politics of American Education
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM
Presenter: Professor Martin West, Harvard University

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. Discourse between these schools and departments will create a more complete community of education scholars, and will provide a networking opportunity for students enrolled in a variety of academic programs who share common research interests.

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Monday, March 19, 2012
Michigan's Controversial Emergency Manager Law: A panel discussion on fundamental issues of governance
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM
Policy Talks @ the Ford School

Michigan's new "Emergency Manager" law (Public Act 4 of 2011, the Local Government and School District Fiscal Accountability Act) has garnered national attention and ignited debate on fundamental issues of democratic governance. Among the law's most controversial aspects is the transfer of power from local elected officials to unelected Emergency Managers, providing them the ability to make sweeping changes to local government, including the power to terminate collective bargaining agreements. Proponents of the law argue that it encourages local actors to make difficult decisions themselves, negotiating local agreements in order to avoid a state take-over. In cases where that fails, proponents argue that the law provides critical alternatives to municipal bankruptcy. Opponents argue that the law is undemocratic and unconstitutional, and they have launched efforts to overturn the Act.

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Thursday, March 15, 2012
SHARP Insights: The impact of journalistic norms on the framing of Title IX and women's sports
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM
Lecture by Marie Hardin, Associate Professor and Associate Director of the Curley Center for Sports Journalism

Lecture by Marie Hardin, Associate Professor and Associate Director of the Curley Center for Sports Journalism

Marie Hardin teaches classes that focus on sports and society at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Her research concentrates on diversity, ethics and professional practices in mediated sports.

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Aligning Teacher Improvement Strategies: A Mixed-Method Study of Teacher Reform in Minnesota
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Presenter: Nathaniel Schwartz, Education

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. Discourse between these schools and departments will create a more complete community of education scholars, and will provide a networking opportunity for students enrolled in a variety of academic programs who share common research interests.

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Diversity Talks: Federal Border Policy, Migration, and the Desert Landscape
11:30 AM -  1:00 PM
Diversity Talks: A Seminar Series on Policy and Race

Glenn Loury (Merton P. Stoltz Professor of the Social Sciences at Brown University) gave a seminar on his research, titled: "The Simple Economics of Affirmative Action Policies."

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5th Annual Gramlich Showcase of Student Work
4:00 PM -  6:00 PM

An evaluation of the Affordable Care Act and its effects for the poor. An analysis of carbon taxation using the case study of British Columbia. A study of the risks that divorce poses to women's ability to afford health insurance. An analysis of efforts to contain Somali-based pirates. An appraisal of Grenada's waste management systems.

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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Friday, March 09, 2012
Making Science Policy Panel Discussion
2:30 PM -  4:30 PM
Making Science Policy

Many of the decisions facing legislators require a level of scientific or technical expertise that very few have. Examples of such decisions in the field of health include: stem cell research, vaccination programs, biotechnology funding, and soil and water contamination.

This workshop will focus on the underlying decision processes that Michigan policy-makers use to protect the public health of Michigan's citizens

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Thursday, March 08, 2012
10th Annual Depression on College Campuses Conference
8:00 AM -  4:00 PM

Many protective factors can help individuals at risk of depressive illnesses to maintain wellness and prevent relapse, including resilience, social connections, mindfulness, and positive thinking. How can we reframe the campus mental health mission to include prevention of depression through a focus on student strengths?

Join us for the 10th Annual Depression on College Campuses Conference to learn about new research findings and innovative strategies to help college campuses integrate prevention, resilience, and positive mental health into their ongoing efforts for students.

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Wednesday, March 07, 2012
10th Annual Depression on College Campuses Conference
12:00 PM -  6:00 PM

Many protective factors can help individuals at risk of depressive illnesses to maintain wellness and prevent relapse, including resilience, social connections, mindfulness, and positive thinking. How can we reframe the campus mental health mission to include prevention of depression through a focus on student strengths?

Join us for the 10th Annual Depression on College Campuses Conference to learn about new research findings and innovative strategies to help college campuses integrate prevention, resilience, and positive mental health into their ongoing efforts for students.

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Value-Added with Multidimensional Teacher Ability
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM
Education Policy Initiative Seminar

We examine the theoretical and practical implications of ranking teachers according to a one dimensional value-added metric when teacher effectiveness is multi-dimensional. In particular, we consider the cases in which teachers teach multiple subjects or multiple student types. We outline the assumptions under which a standard value-added estimator correctly ranks teachers according to their social value. We demonstrate that these assumptions fail to hold empirically. This causes value-added based pairwise rankings of teachers to be often misleading, though the consequences of these ranking errors for students is small. We demonstrate that when teachers vary in ability across student types or subjects, student outcomes can be improved by matching teachers to students or subjects according to their comparative advantage. Our calibration suggests that these gains exceed those associated with firing the bottom 10 percent of teachers.

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Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Childhood Educational Interventions: Experimental Evidence on Postsecondary Outcomes
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Presenter: Steve Hemelt, Postdoctoral Fellow, Public Policy

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 various research methodies.

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. Discourse between these schools and departments will create a more complete community of education scholars, and will provide a networking opportunity for students enrolled in a variety of academic programs who share common research interests.

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Thursday, February 23, 2012
SHARP Insights: How Title IX Changed the Game
5:00 PM -  6:30 PM
Lecture by Don Sabo, Women's Sports Foundation, D'Youville College

Lecture by Don Sabo, Women's Sports Foundation, D'Youville College

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012
What has gone so wrong with Congress?
4:00 PM -  5:00 PM
A Ford School conversation with U.S. Congressman John D. Dingell
John D. Dingell

John D. Dingell proudly represents Michigan's Fifteenth Congressional District, which includes parts of Wayne and Washtenaw County and all of Monroe County

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Polish-Russian Reconciliation: Implications for Europe
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM
Lecture by Adam Daniel Rotfeld, professor of humanities, Warsaw University; and former Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs

The current state of Polish-Russian relations carries the burden of history, such as the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact under which the Soviet Union and Germany secretly agreed to divide and invade Poland in 1939 and the Katyn Massacre for which the Soviets falsely blamed the Germans for killing thousands of Polish officers in 1940. Dialogue between Polish and Russian intellectuals, researchers and experts on this matter initiated in 2008, opened the new stage in Polish-Russian relations. As the result the common Polish-Russian Group on Difficult Matters was established.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Admissions Policies and Standardized Testing: The Case for Extremes
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Presenter: Dan Leeds, Economics

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 various research methodies.

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. Discourse between these schools and departments will create a more complete community of education scholars, and will provide a networking opportunity for students enrolled in a variety of academic programs who share common research interests.

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Monday, February 13, 2012
Health Care Reform Panel Discussion: Federal, State and Local Perspectives
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

The Affordable Care Act, enacted in 2010, is reshaping how insurance and health care are provided in this country. This Federal law includes a critical role for states in expanding coverage and for local health systems in transforming the delivery of care. The panel will discuss health care reform from Federal, state and local perspectives.

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Wednesday, February 08, 2012
Choosing a Bandwidth for Regression-Discontinuity Designs: The Case of Academic Probation
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Presenter: Adam Sales, Statistics

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 various research methodies.

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. Discourse between these schools and departments will create a more complete community of education scholars, and will provide a networking opportunity for students enrolled in a variety of academic programs who share common research interests.

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Wednesday, February 01, 2012
Research Partnership with Michigan's Community Colleges
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Presenter: Professor Susan Dynarski, Economics, Ed, and Public Policy

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 various research methodies.

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. Discourse between these schools and departments will create a more complete community of education scholars, and will provide a networking opportunity for students enrolled in a variety of academic programs who share common research interests.

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Monday, January 30, 2012
The Non-Profit Role in Urban Revitalization
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM
Richard R. Buery, Jr
President and Chief Executive Officer
The Children's Aid Society

Richard Buery is President/CEO of The Children's Aid Society. Founded in 1853, CAS serves 80,000 children at 45 locations in New York City and Westchester, and its Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program and National Center for Community Schools serve thousands more nationally.

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Thursday, January 26, 2012
America the Unequal: A Ford School conversation on the growing gaps in American incomes, educational attainment, and more
6:00 PM -  8:30 PM
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America the Unequal: A Ford School conversation on the growing gaps in American incomes, educational attainment, and more

With Gary Burtless , Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution and the Ford School's Susan M. Dynarski, Associate Professor of Public Policy and Education.

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Monday, January 23, 2012
Muslims as Moving Targets: External Scrutiny and Internal Critique in Detroit's Mosques
11:30 AM -  1:00 PM
Diversity Talks: A Seminar Series on Policy and Race

The FBI's use, or attempted use, of informants, agent provocateurs, and agent intimidation in Detroit's mosques is shaping the representation of Arabs, and Muslims in the city in distinctive ways. This essay will look at the dialogical processes this focus has set in motion between the city's mosques and other institutions of Muslim (self) representation and evolving structures of public scrutiny and federal power. It is in its close, working relationships with Arab/Muslim American organizations that the U.S. government reveals its most phobic assumptions about its Arab/Muslim citizens.

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Thursday, January 19, 2012
Lecture by Wendy Kopp, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Teach For America
6:30 PM -  7:30 PM
Wendy Kopp

Wendy Kopp proposed the creation of Teach For America in her undergraduate senior thesis and has spent the last 22 years working to grow the organization's impact. Under her leadership, Teach For America's nearly 33,000 participants have reached more than 3 million children during their two-year teaching commitments nationwide to ensure educational excellence and equity for all children.

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Lecture by Reverend Gregory Boyle, Working with Inner City Youth in Los Angeles toward 'Jobs not Jails'
7:00 PM
A University of Michigan MLK Symposium Speaker
Reverend Gregory Boyle

Fr. Boyle is a Jesuit priest and the founder of Homeboy Industries, an organization that assists at-risk and gang-involved youth in Los Angeles. Fr. Boyle will speak on his experiences working with Inner city Youth toward 'Jobs not Jails', followed by a book signing arranged by Nicola's Books.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012
The Connection Between Policy and Practice, Lessons Learned by an Urban Superintendent on the Road to the Broad Prize for Urban Education
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM
Peter Gorman, Senior Vice President of Education Services for News Corporation

In 2006, with the goal of increasing student achievement, the Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) Board of Education passed policies related to effective teachers and school administrators. The leadership of the District put the Board's work in action and made increasing staff effectiveness the focus of their work. In the process, staff worked to establish new benchmarks in measuring effective performance.

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Monday, January 16, 2012
Panel Discussion of the Michigan Sex Offender Registry
1:00 PM -  3:00 PM
25th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Symposium

Over 45,000 people are listed on the Michigan Sex Offender Registry. In 2010 Michigan ranked third in the nation for the highest number of registered sex offenders per population. The Prison Creative Arts Project (PCAP) presents a panel of experts who will speak and then lead a discussion on this difficult, painful, and very complicated subject.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012
UNROOTED: Repairing the Divides Among Scholars and Activists, Lecture by R. L'Heureux Lewis, Ph.D.
4:00 PM -  6:00 PM
25th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Symposium
Dr. R. L'Heureux Lewis

This conversation will address the divides that traditionally separate activists and scholars as well as separate different communities of color. Drawing on examples of collaboration the event will go beyond diagnosis of differences by identifying strategies for moving ahead towards social justice.

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