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Saturday, November 01, 2014
The Centennial Reunion
All Day Event

Centennial Reunion (day two): Attend the Go Blue Homecoming Tailgate at the Oosterbaan Field House on State Street. The tailgate will feature food and fun, activities for kids, appearances by former football players and special guests, and music from the Michigan Marching Band. Then join your Ford School friends at the Big House, to watch the Wolverines take on the Hoosiers in a homecoming game to remember.

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Friday, October 31, 2014
The Ford School Centennial Lecture, featuring Steven D. Levitt
12:30 PM -  2:00 PM
Policy Talks @ the Ford School
Steven Levitt

Steven Levitt is the bestselling author of Freakonomics and Superfreakonomics, co-founder of Spin for Good, and the William B. Ogden Distinguished Service Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago.

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The Centennial Reunion
All Day Event
An alumni reunion 100 years in the making, you won't want to miss it!

Centennial Reunion (day one): Enjoy an alumni brunch and lecture with Steven D. Levitt, the bestselling author of Freakonomics and Superfreakonomics; attend a family-friendly open-house complete with trick-or-treating, student led building tours, opportunities to chat with faculty, a showcase of student work, and more; engage in a wide-ranging conversation with Ford School deans and directors about the first, and the next, one hundred years of policy education at Michigan; join us for a reception in Weill Hall; then come to a happy hour, hosted by student organizations, at nearby Dominick's.

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Friday, October 10, 2014
Steven LaTourette
1:00 PM -  2:30 PM
Policy Talks @ the Ford School

Join us for a lecture from former U.S. Representative Steven C. LaTourette (R-OH 10th District), currently President and CEO of the Main Street Partnership.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014
On the politics of historical injuries: Colombia's struggles for peace and memory
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM
A 2014 Josh Rosenthal Lecture from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
Alejandro Castillejo-Cuéllar

Lecture by human rights scholar Alejandro Castillejo-Cuéllar, associate professor and chair of Anthropology Department at the Universidad de los Andes, Colombia.

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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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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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Thursday, April 17, 2014
SpringFest - MUSIC Matters
10:00 AM -  6:00 PM
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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
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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Wednesday, December 04, 2013
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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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Monday, October 07, 2013
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.

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Friday, October 04, 2013
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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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Thursday, July 11, 2013
2013 Worldwide Ford School Spirit Day
All Day Event

There are at least 100 ways to show your Ford School spirit.

One fun way is to attend the third annual Worldwide Ford School Spirit Day, coming this July to a city near you. It's President Ford's centennial year, and we encourage you to come together and enjoy some Ford School fellowship.

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013
An evening with Henry Kissinger & Paul O'Neill
7:00 PM
A Citi Foundation Lecture from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy

The Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy is proud to honor President Ford's centennial in 2013. This event brings together two distinguished members of his administration for an evening of reflection on their work and friendship with President Ford, and a discussion of today's current events.

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Friday, May 17, 2013
The Evolution of Cooperation & the Framing of Peace
All Day Event
Hosted by the Center for the Study of Complex Systems, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and the Department of Political Science

The Center for the Study of Complex Systems, The Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, and the Department of Political Science will be hosting a two day conference on the Evolution of Cooperation and The Framing of Peace. This conference will focus on the past and current research of Robert Axelrod, who has made substantial contributions to all three units. Professor Axelrod is a MacArthur Fellow, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. His work on the evolution of cooperation, complexity, and on the framing of peace has had enormous impact.

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Thursday, May 16, 2013
The Evolution of Cooperation & the Framing of Peace
All Day Event
Hosted by the Center for the Study of Complex Systems, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and the Department of Political Science

The Center for the Study of Complex Systems, The Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, and the Department of Political Science will be hosting a two day conference on the Evolution of Cooperation and The Framing of Peace. This conference will focus on the past and current research of Robert Axelrod, who has made substantial contributions to all three units. Professor Axelrod is a MacArthur Fellow, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. His work on the evolution of cooperation, complexity, and on the framing of peace has had enormous impact.

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Saturday, May 04, 2013
Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy 2013 Commencement
5:00 PM -  6:45 PM

This year marks the 100th Anniversary of President Gerald R. Ford's birth. To honor President Ford's legacy, the Charge to the Class will be delivered by Paul H. O'Neill, 72nd U.S. Secretary of the Treasury and deputy director of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget under President Ford.

From the speaker's bio

Paul H. O'Neill was the 72nd Secretary of the U.S. Treasury, serving from 2001-2002.

Prior to his tenure at the Department of Treasury, O'Neill was chairman and CEO of Alcoa from 1987 to 1999, and retired as chairman at the end of 2000. Prior to joining Alcoa, O'Neill was president of International Paper Company from 1985 to 1987, where he was vice president from 1977 to 1985.

He worked as a computer systems analyst with the U.S. Veterans Administration from 1961 to 1966 and served on the staff of the Budget Bureau from 1967 to 1977. During this period, the Nixon administration reorganized the Budget Bureau into the Office of Management of Budget. President Gerald R. Ford nominated O'Neill to serve as deputy director of OMB from 1974 to 1977.

He received a bachelor's degree in Economics from Fresno State College in
California, and a master's degree in Public Administration from Indiana University.

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Friday, May 03, 2013
2013 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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Tuesday, April 16, 2013
President Ford's Statue Unveiling
4:30 PM -  5:30 PM
2013 Gerald R. Ford Centennial Event
J. Brett Grill (BFA '01), sculptor, with President Ford's statue

Please join us for a public reception on April 16th, when we welcome General Brent Scowcroft (ret.) to deliver remarks at the installation of a scaled model of the statue of President Ford from the U.S. Capitol Rotunda.

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Saturday, April 06, 2013
Charity Gala: The Roaring Twenties
5:00 PM - 12:00 AM

The Charity Auction team is selling tickets through 5:00 pm this Friday, March 29. To reserve a place, look for one of the team members or stop by the table in the Great Hall

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Thursday, March 28, 2013
Funding local government in Michigan: A broken system?
7:00 PM -  8:30 PM

The Ford School's Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP) will discuss findings from the Michigan Public Policy Survey, which asked leaders from 1,329 of Michigan's local governments to report on the future of public services in their jurisdictions in the aftermath of the Great Recession.

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013
6th Annual Gramlich Showcase of Student Work
4:00 PM -  6:00 PM
Annual Gramlich Showcase

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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Saturday, March 23, 2013
Fourth Annual United States-Canada Conference 2013
All Day Event
Coordinated Arctic Sea Policy

During the conference, students will discuss coordinating Canada-U.S. Arctic Sea policy through four lenses: natural resource extraction, international trade, environment and security.

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Friday, March 22, 2013
Fourth Annual United States-Canada Conference 2013
5:30 PM -  8:30 PM
Keynote Address: Dr. Henry Pollack and Tom Clynes

Dr. Henry Pollack, Professor Emeritus of Geophysics at the University of Michigan, and Tom Clynes, contributing editor at Popular Science, will deliver the keynote speech for the Fourth Annual U.S.-Canada Policy Conference, hosted by the Domestic Policy Corps and the International Policy Students Association. The 2013 conference, entitled "Planning for 2050: North American Policy for the Future of the Arctic," will focus on U.S. and Canadian Arctic policy, including issues related to the environment, national security, energy, and commerce. The keynote address will be followed by a panel discussion with faculty from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. Conference participation is by application only, however the keynote address is open to the public.

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Thursday, March 21, 2013
2013 Annual Motorola Lecture - "Building new majorities: Achieving racial and gender equity in life and politics"
7:00 PM
Rinku Sen, President & Executive Director of Applied Research Center
Rinku Sen

A leading figure in the racial justice movement, Rinku Sen has positioned the Applied Research Center as a national home for media, research and activism for social change.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Helene Gayle, president and CEO of CARE
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM
A 2013 Citigroup Foundation Lecture from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
Helene Gayle

Helene D. Gayle is president and CEO of CARE USA. An expert on humanitarian issues, Dr. Gayle previously held senior positions with the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Dr. Gayle serves on several boards, including the Rockefeller Foundation, Colgate-Palmolive, ONE and the U.S. Department of State's Foreign Affairs Policy Board. She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, chaired the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS, and currently serves on the President's Commission on White House Fellowships.

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Thursday, March 14, 2013
2013 Henry Russel Lecture
4:00 PM
James S. House discusses "Beyond Obamacare: Social Determinants and Disparities in Health and America's Paradoxical Crisis of Health Care and Health"

Considered the University's highest honor for a senior member of its active faculty, the Ford School's James House will deliver the 13th Henry Russell Lecture, titled: "Beyond Obamacare: Social Determinants and Disparities in Health and America's Paradoxical Crisis of Health Care and Health."

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Ford Policy Union: Debate on Cyber Security
5:30 PM -  7:00 PM

This Ford Policy Union event will feature a debate on the effectiveness of international agreements on cyber security. Professor John Steinbruner, a noted international security scholar, will argue that the U.S. interest in prohibiting destructive attack on critical infrastructure assets is evident and urgent, and that direct multilateral negotiations are necessary to pursue that objective. Dr. Steven Bucci, a former military officer and government official, will argue that only after the U.S. establishes how to best address cyber security from the standpoint of purely American interest, should the U.S. push for international agreements on cyber security.

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Monday, February 18, 2013
Fractious Federalism And The Future Of Medicaid
1:00 PM -  2:30 PM

Free and Open to the Public

Frank J. Thompson, Professor, School of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers University-Newark. Author of Medicaid Politics: Federalism, Policy Durability, and Health Reform

With Commentary provided by:
Scott L.Greer, Associate Professor of Health Management and Policy at the Univeristy of Michigan School of Public Health, and Senior Research Fellow at LSE Health, London School of Economics

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013
U.S.-China relations in the second Obama Administration
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM
Policy Talks @ the Ford School
Kenneth Lieberthal

Please join us as Kenneth Lieberthal returns to the University of Michigan for a lecture on current U.S-China relations under President Obama's new foreign policy team.

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Monday, February 11, 2013
Massachusetts Comes to Michigan: Lessons about Health Care Reform from Business Leaders
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Join us for an interactive panel discussion featuring Rick Lord, President and CEO of Associated Industries of Massachusetts; Michael Widmer, President of Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation; Thomas Buchmueller, Waldo O. Hildebrand Professor of Risk Management and Insurance, U-M Ross School of Business; and Helen Levy, Research Associate Professor, U-M Ford School of Public Policy

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Thursday, February 07, 2013
Global repercussions: The impact of today's U.S. economy
6:00 PM -  8:30 PM

A conversation with Ted Truman, Marina v.N. Whitman, and Susan M. Collins as part of the Ford School's annual DC event/reception on Feb. 7. Alums, RSVP by Feb. 5.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Black and Blue documentary film screening and panel discussion
4:00 PM -  6:00 PM

The Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy, the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and the Center for Public Policy in Diverse Societies will host a screening of the documentary titled Black and Blue: The Story of Gerald Ford, Willis Ward, and the 1934 Michigan-Georgia Tech Football Game, followed by a panel discussion featuring former Senator Buzz Thomas (grandson of Willis Ward) and Steve Ford (son of President Gerald R. Ford) on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 in conjunction with the Martin Luther King Day events.

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Monday, January 14, 2013
A Conversation with Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM
Policy Talks @ the Ford School
Ben Bernanke

Please join us as Chairman Bernanke visits the University of Michigan for a conversation with Ford School Dean Susan M. Collins on monetary policy, recovery from the global financial crisis, and long-term challenges facing the U.S. economy.

Chairman Bernanke will also take questions from the audience and from Twitter.

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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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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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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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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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Friday, October 19, 2012
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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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
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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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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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
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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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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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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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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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
DC Group Photo

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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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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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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Friday, December 02, 2011
SHARP Insights: How Title IX Changed the Game - the cultural impact of Title IX
12:00 PM -  1:30 PM
Lecture by Michael Messner, Professor and Chair of Sociology, Professor of Gender Studies, University of Southern California

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

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011
2011 V-BID Center Symposium
All Day Event

Senator Tom Daschle, former U.S. Senate Majority Leader and author of Getting it Done: How Obama and Congress Finally Broke the Stalemate to Make Way for Health Care Reform, will deliver the keynote address at the 2011 V-BID Center Symposium.

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Thursday, November 10, 2011
Lecture by Charles E. Phelps - Our own worst enemies: How we and our government created, exacerbated, and extended the health care mess
4:30 PM -  6:00 PM
Lecture by Charles E. Phelps, University Professor and Provost Emeritus, University of Rochester
Charles E. Phelps

About the lecture: Compared with any other nation, the U.S. spends far more on medical care and seemingly gets far less in return than other nations (as measured by such things as infant mortality and longevity). We also have abundant evidence that much of our spending is wasteful, in the sense that regions within the U.S. differ by a factor of two or more (for example) in Medicare spending per enrollee, with no discernible differences in health outcomes.

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SHARP Insights: How Title IX Changed the Game, Title IX and Public Policy
5:00 PM -  6:00 PM
Andrew Zimbalist, Robert A. Woods Professor of Economics, Smith College

Andrew Zimbalist is the Robert A. Woods Professor of Economics at Smith College. He is the co-author of the book Equal Play: Title IX and Social Change (with Nancy Hogshead-Makar), published by Temple University Press in October 2007.

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Thursday, November 03, 2011
Washington, DC Alumni Reception at APPAM Annual Conference
6:30 PM -  8:00 PM

Please join Dean Susan M. Collins and fellow Ford School alumni for the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy's Washington DC Alumni Reception, hosted in connection with APPAM's annual fall conference APPAM's annual fall conference.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Information Session - Ford School BA Program
6:30 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Friday, September 30, 2011
Detroit Bus Tour and Panel: Issues and Opportunities in Detroit
12:00 PM -  1:30 PM

Panelists:
Kurt Metzger
Director, Data Driven Detroit
'Demographic Changes and Opportunities in Detroit'

Kami Pothukuchi
Associate Professor, Wayne State University
'Food Systems in Detroit'

Michael Tenbusch
Vice President for Education Preparedness, United Way for Southeastern Michigan
'Education Reform in Detroit'


Moderator:
Reynolds 'Ren' Farley
Professor Emeritus of Sociology, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
University of Michigan Institute for Social Research

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Thursday, September 22, 2011
Understanding STEM Interventions: Evaluation and Emerging National Priorities
3:00 PM -  5:00 PM

Speakers:

Daryl Chubin, Director of the Center for Advancing Science & Engineering Capacity, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

Kellina Craig-Henderson, Program Director in Social Psychology, National Science Foundation (NSF)

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Sultan Al Qassemi, scholar, columnist, and influential Twitter commentator
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM
A 2011 Josh Rosenthal Education Fund Lecture from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
Sultan Al Qassemi

Sultan Al Qassemi is a 33-year-old scholar, columnist, and influential Twitter commentator. TIME magazine says he's 'shaping the conversation' on events unfolding in the Middle East. NPR says he 'wrote the first draft of Middle East history in short sentences tapped out on his computer and his cell phone.'

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011
U.S. High School Graduation Rates: Patterns and Explanations
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM
Richard J. Murnane, Economist, and Thompson Professor of Education and Society at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education

The U.S. high school graduation rate rose markedly during the first 70 years of the 20th century. This contributed to the human capital development that fueled economic growth and increases in standards of living. Since 1970, the U.S. high school graduation rate has stagnated, while those of other industrialized nations have risen. Do the patterns differ by gender, race, or ethnicity? Why should we care about these trends and patterns? Why did they occur? What is the evidence on strategies that are effective in increasing the high school graduation rate and the skills of American students? This talk addresses these questions, using evidence from several national and state data sets.

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SHARP Insights: How Title IX Changed the Game, History and the Impact of Title IX
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM
Susan Ware, author of Game, Set, Match: Billie Jean King and the Revolution in Women's Sports

Susan Ware, historian and author, is an acclaimed biographer of Amelia Earhart, Molly Dewson, Mary Margaret McBride and other significant figures in women's history. Ware introduces her new book, Game, Set, Match: Billie Jean King and the Revolution in Women's Sports, about Billie Jean King as a feminist sports icon and the catalyst of the women's sports revolution in the 1970s that fundamentally reshaped American society.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011
PPIA at 30 Years: The Ford School Celebrates
2:00 PM -  4:00 PM

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Public Policy & International Affairs program – a program designed to build diversity in public service. The University of Michigan's Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy has proudly supported PPIA since its inception in 1981 and has been one of just a handful of policy schools to host the educational initiative every summer. To celebrate the milestone and recognize the many people who have contributed to the program at the University of Michigan over the years, we'll host an anniversary celebration here at the Ford School on Friday, July 22.

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Thursday, July 14, 2011
Worldwide Ford School Spirit Day
All Day Event

Cheers, Ford School alumni and friends!

You are invited to attend the inaugural Worldwide Ford School Spirit Day on July 14 at a festive establishment in a city near you.

Just what is Worldwide Ford School Spirit Day?

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Saturday, June 18, 2011
4th Annual Political Networks Conference and Workshops
All Day Event

The University of Michigan is proud to welcome the political networks community to Ann Arbor for the 4th Annual Political Networks Conference and Workshops. The study of political networks serves a key role in understanding governance, as politics is largely driven by relationships between actors, agencies, and institutions.

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Friday, June 17, 2011
4th Annual Political Networks Conference and Workshops
All Day Event

The University of Michigan is proud to welcome the political networks community to Ann Arbor for the 4th Annual Political Networks Conference and Workshops. The study of political networks serves a key role in understanding governance, as politics is largely driven by relationships between actors, agencies, and institutions.

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Thursday, June 16, 2011
4th Annual Political Networks Conference and Workshops
All Day Event

The University of Michigan is proud to welcome the political networks community to Ann Arbor for the 4th Annual Political Networks Conference and Workshops. The study of political networks serves a key role in understanding governance, as politics is largely driven by relationships between actors, agencies, and institutions.

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011
4th Annual Political Networks Conference and Workshops
All Day Event

The University of Michigan is proud to welcome the political networks community to Ann Arbor for the 4th Annual Political Networks Conference and Workshops. The study of political networks serves a key role in understanding governance, as politics is largely driven by relationships between actors, agencies, and institutions.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2011
4th Annual Political Networks Conference and Workshops
All Day Event

The University of Michigan is proud to welcome the political networks community to Ann Arbor for the 4th Annual Political Networks Conference and Workshops. The study of political networks serves a key role in understanding governance, as politics is largely driven by relationships between actors, agencies, and institutions.

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Saturday, April 30, 2011
Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy 2011 Commencement
4:30 PM -  6:00 PM
Robin Wright

The Charge to the Class will be delivered by journalist, foreign policy analyst, and author Robin Wright. Wright currently has a joint senior fellow appointment at the United States Institute of Peace and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

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Friday, April 15, 2011
Understanding the Colors of Thai Politics Pasuk Phongpaichit and Chris Baker
12:00 PM -  1:30 PM

Thai politics has been in turmoil for five years. Politics has overflowed into the streets. Violence has increased. The army has regained a position of dominance. In this talk, Pasuk Phongpaichit and Chris Baker set these events into a context of long-run changes in Thai society.

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Thursday, April 14, 2011
The EPA & U.S. Environmental Policy: Three Serious Threats
4:30 PM -  5:30 PM
Paul Portney

Dr. Paul Portney is a Professor and Dean Emeritus at the University of Arizona's Eller College of Management, and President Emeritus of Resources for the Future, a non-profit and non-partisan organization dedicated to improving environmental and natural resources policymaking worldwide through objective social science research of the highest caliber. Dr. Portney is also the co-author of 'Public Policies for Environmental Protection.'

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Monday, April 11, 2011
An Environmental Agenda: The Task Before Us
7:30 PM -  8:30 PM
Environmental Law and Policy Program Distinguished Lecture featuring Professor Joseph Sax
Joseph Sax

Joseph Sax is the James H. House and Hiram H. Hurd Professor of Environmental Regulation, Emeritus, at the University of California-Berkeley. Sax began teaching law at the University of Colorado in 1962. In 1966, he moved to the University of Michigan, where he became the Philip A. Hart Distinguished University Professor. He joined the Boalt faculty in 1986. From 1994 to 1996, Sax served in President Clinton's administration as the counselor to the secretary of the interior and deputy assistant secretary for policy at the U.S. Department of the Interior.

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Saturday, April 09, 2011
Spring Preview Weekend
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 MPP degree. Admitted students have the opportunity to meet with Ford School faculty, students, staff, and alumni, and get a chance to tour the University of Michigan campus and city of Ann Arbor.

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Friday, April 08, 2011
Spring Preview Weekend
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 MPP degree. Admitted students have the opportunity to meet with Ford School faculty, students, staff, and alumni, and get a chance to tour the University of Michigan campus and city of Ann Arbor.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Realigning Incentives to Help Drive Change in Health Care
3:00 PM -  4:00 PM

About the speaker

Gail Wilensky is an economist and serves as the John M. Olin Senior Fellow at Project HOPE, where she analyzes and develops policies relating to health reform and ongoing changes in the medical marketplace. Dr. Wilensky testifies frequently before Congressional committees, acts as an advisor to members of Congress and other elected officials, and speaks nationally and internationally before professional, business, and consumer groups.

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Monday, March 21, 2011
The 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: States React. Courts Consider. Coverage Expands. What's Next?
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

The 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA) was enacted as a potential salve for the ailing U.S. health care system. It has quickly become a great challenge for states reacting to its provisions, and a target for legal objections likely to reach the Supreme Court. Join us as members of an expert panel share their views on logistic and legal realities of the ACA and answer your questions.

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Friday, March 18, 2011
Economic Leadership for Sustainable Growth
5:30 PM -  7:00 PM
Roy B. Norton, Consul General of Canada in Detroit
Roy B. Norton

This event is the public keynote lecture for a student-led, invitation-only conference organized by the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and the University of Toronto's School of Public Policy and Governance.

The U.S.-Canada Conference 2011, 'Looking to 2020: Eroding North America's Borders,' will bring together future policy leaders from Canada and the United States to encourage open dialogue on the similarities and differences among public policy in these bordering nations. Conference attendance is limited to members of the Ford School community and application is required.

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011
4th Annual Gramlich Showcase of Student Work
4:00 PM -  6:00 PM

An evaluation of the international diplomatic response to the Darfur crisis. An analysis of the outcomes of a state-imposed health care provider tax in Minnesota. An overview of the effects of demolishing public housing projects in Georgia. An appraisal of the challenges and opportunities of community mortgage programs in the Philippines.

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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Tuesday, March 08, 2011
The 2011 Henry Russel Lecture
4:00 PM - 12:00 AM

Three faculty members will receive the Henry Russel Award. This award is presented annually to recognize mid-career faculty who have demonstrated an impressive record of accomplishment in scholarship and/or creativity, as well as their conspicuous ability as a teacher. The Henry Russel Award is meant to acknowledge their accomplishments and encourage their potential for even more notable achievements in the future that benefit the university community.

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Dissent: Challenging U.S. Foreign Policies from Afghanistan to Gaza
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM
Ann Wright

Free and open to the public.

Ann Wright, retired U.S. Army Colonel and former U.S. Deputy Ambassador presents an examination of U.S. foreign policies in the Middle East from her point of view as a former military officer and government official, and peace activist. Further, drawing upon her recent travels, she will share her direct observations and personal experiences.

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Monday, February 21, 2011
Climate Change in the Great Lakes Basin: Policy Options and Public Opinion
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Leadership has changed in Michigan and many other jurisdictions in the Great Lakes Basin. One immediate challenge for incoming governors and premiers will be deciding how to proceed with existing state, provincial and regional commitments in climate and energy policy. This panel will review current policy commitments and provide an overview of public opinion on climate change and public policy options. This analysis will consider survey samples from national audiences in the United States and Canada as well as more localized audiences in Michigan and Ontario.

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Global Policy Perspectives Symposium The Middle East: U.S. Interests and Policies
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

This panel discussion focuses on how politics, conflict and oil affect U.S. interests and policies in the greater Middle East region. Current developments in Iraq, Iran and in the Israel-Palestinian peace process will be examined by present and former policy-level officials who have studied and dealt with these issues in both the U.S. Government and in academia.

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Monday, February 14, 2011
The North Campus Research Complex, Technology Transfer, and the Public Interest
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

For the past thirty years, significant policy attention has been given to improving the transfer of technology from universities to private industry in an effort to improve U.S. global competitiveness. These policies have changed the academic model from one of passive knowledge production into one of aggressive participation in the innovation ecosystem. The University of Michigan's new venture accelerator, the North Campus Research Complex, is one example of this trend. However, we must continue to scrutinize the effects of this new alignment of university and industrial interests on public interest research-or non-commercializable research done solely to benefit the public. Is public interest research waning? Can we bolster public interest research in academia by improving the transfer of non-commercial knowledge to nonprofit or public organizations? This paper discusses the history of university-industry interaction, explores several models of successful non-commercial technology transfer mechanisms, and suggests an expanded purview for the North Campus Research Complex.

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Tuesday, February 08, 2011
Nanotechnology – Unplugged
2:00 PM -  3:00 PM

Nanotechnology has been touted variously as the next industrial revolution and the next asbestos. But where does the hype end and reality begin? And what does this mean for public health? Three leading experts discuss the health risks and opportunities of engineering matter at the nanometer scale.

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Monday, February 07, 2011
Struggle Against Authoritarian Rule in the Middle East
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Round Table Discussion

The University of Michigan International Institute will hold a round table discussion to analyze the underlying tensions in the Middle East that have led to widespread unrest and political instability. The round table will feature six leading U-M scholars in a candid, informal discussion about how protests in Egypt, Tunisia, and other countries have led to a shakeup of the existing governments.

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Thursday, February 03, 2011
A Ford School Conversation with The Honorable Rebecca M. Blank
6:00 PM -  7:00 PM

Join former Ford School dean and current Acting Deputy Secretary of the Department of Commerce Rebecca Blank for her personal reflections on management at senior levels of government and on the relevance of public policy education for leadership in the public sector.

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Wednesday, February 02, 2011
Congressman Eric Cantor, House Majority Leader, 112th Congress
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM
Update as of 9/22: This event has been rescheduled for Monday, October 31, 2011. Click here for more information.
Eric Cantor

Free and open to the public.
Reception to follow.


About the speaker
Congressman Eric Cantor is the Majority Leader for the 112th Congress and has represented Virginia's 7th district in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2001. Cantor is chair of the Congressional Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare and previously served as Minority Whip and on the House Committee on Ways and Means.

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Monday, January 31, 2011
Does Size Matter? The Role of Small High Schools in Reforming Public Education
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Over the past two decades, many urban school districts have restructured large, traditional high schools into smaller learning communities. The idea behind this movement is that small schools provide a more personalized learning environment that allows teachers to more effectively address the multi-faceted needs of disadvantaged students. Despite mixed evidence on the efficacy of such reforms in practice, Detroit and other high-poverty districts have pressed forward with the creation of smaller high schools. A recent study of small high schools in NYC shows positive results, but also raises additional questions about small schools. In this panel, speakers will discuss the new results of the NYC study as well as the ongoing efforts among the small school community in the Detroit area.

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Thursday, January 27, 2011
Global Policy Perspectives Symposium
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM
Understanding International Terrorism: Root Causes and Policy Responses

Terrorism is an inherently social phenomenon. While it is commonly assumed that terrorists kill and die for a cause, they are motivated and strengthened by social connections. This colloquium brings together researchers in this area to discuss terrorism's root causes in the interpersonal relationships between terrorists, competition between terrorist groups within societies, and strategic alliances between organizations.

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Wednesday, December 08, 2010
Rights, respect, resistance, and righteousness: Understanding the new power equations throughout the Middle East
4:00 PM -  6:00 PM

Rami Khouri is the Director of the Issam Fares Institute of Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut as well as editor-at-large of the Beirut-based Daily Star newspaper. He is an internationally syndicated political columnist and author.

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Thursday, December 02, 2010
The impact of state-led immigration reform: Labor market evidence from Arizona
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM
Steven Raphael

With the federal government on the sidelines of immigration reform, several states have passed legislation meant to control and deter unauthorized immigration. Arguably the most restrictive of such efforts is Arizona's 2007 Legal Arizona Workers Act (LAWA), which in part holds employers accountable for verifying worker eligibility. Dr. Raphael's lecture will assess the labor market effects of LAWA and whether LAWA has changed the demographic composition of Arizona's resident population.

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Wednesday, December 01, 2010
Now What? Education Policy in Michigan 3.0
7:00 PM -  8:30 PM
Politics and Governance in Michigan: Ford School Seminars on the 2010 Elections

Panelists:
Tonya Allen
Vice President, Skillman Foundation

Dan DeGrow
Superintendent, St. Clair County RESA and former Majority Leader, Michigan Senate

Lou Glazer
President, Michigan Future, Inc.

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Monday, November 29, 2010
Jeffrey D. Sachs, Director of The Earth Institute, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development and Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM
A 2010 Citigroup Foundation Lecture from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and the International Policy Center
Jeffrey D. Sachs

The United States and Global Sustainable Development: Politics, Policy, and Priorities

Jeffrey Sachs is one of the world's most influential development economists. He is the author of 'Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet' (2008) and 'The End of Poverty,' his seminal 2005 prescription for ending extreme poverty in the world by 2025.

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Monday, November 22, 2010
Threading a Very Fine Needle: Race, Gender, and the Public Policy of Reproductive Genetic Policies
4:00 PM -  5:30 AM

Sujatha Jesudason is the founder and Executive Director of Generations Ahead (http://www.generations- ahead.org/), an organization that seeks to advance a social justice perspective in the public policy debates on genetic technologies. She began working at the intersection of race, reproduction, and genetics at the Center for Genetics and Society in 2004, and has been active as an organizer, advocate, and researcher in communities of color and on women's liberation issues for over 19 years. Her recent projects include developing a national collaborative campaign against sex selection, making the connections between past, present, and future eugenic technologies, and framing genetic justice as a human right. She serves on the Board of Directors of the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum, and earned her PhD in sociology at the University of California at Berkeley.

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Monday, November 15, 2010
The Limits of Alignment: Southeast Asia and the Great Powers since 1975
11:30 AM -  1:00 PM
John D. Ciorciari

John D. Ciorciari, Assistant Professor of Public Policy will discuss his book, published September, 2010 by the Georgetown University Press. His research interests are international politics, law, and finance. From 2004-07, he served as a policy official in the U.S. Treasury Department's Office of International Affairs. Since 1999, he has been a legal advisor to the Documentation Center of Cambodia, which promotes historical memory and justice for the atrocities of the Pol Pot regime. He holds an A.B. and J.D. from Harvard and an M.Phil. and D.Phil. from Oxford, where he was a Fulbright Scholar.

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Friday, November 12, 2010
From Ann Arbor to the White House – White House Fellows Program
2:00 PM -  3:30 PM

Panelists:
Martha Darling
Commission on Presidential Scholars; Class of 1977-1978 White House Fellow
Annie Maxwell
Ford School MPP '99; Class of 2009–2010 White House Fellow
Regent Katherine E. White
U-M Board of Regents; Class of 2001-2002 White House Fellow

Founded in 1964, the White House Fellows program is one of America's most prestigious programs for leadership and public service. The program gives promising young leaders 'first-hand, high-level experience in the workings of the Federal Government and increases their sense of participation in national affairs.' A panel of former White House Fellows will provide an overview of the program, share their experiences and discuss the application and selection process.

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Dr. Jessica Tuchman Mathews, President of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM
A 2010 Citigroup Foundation Lecture from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and the International Policy Center
Dr. Jessica Tuchman Mathews

America's unmet challenges are huge: from energy policy to nuclear weapons, climate, health care (yes, still), a sagging infrastructure and a soaring deficit. Yet every one of them is eminently solvable. The answers are well known. So what explains, for example, thirty-five years of inaction on energy policy and even longer on health care? Why do we still approach nuclear weapons as though the Cold War continues when it ended 20 years ago? Is the policy gridlock that afflicts us the symptom of a vibrant and engaged - if polarized - society? Or is it the sign of an aging power that has lost the will to combat its problems? What can be done to recapture the will to act?

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Monday, November 08, 2010
Humanitarian Work in a Changing Climate: How can the Ford School and the Red Cross help each other?
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Pablo Suarez is the Associate Director of Programs, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and a consultant to the Environment Finance Group, United Nations Development Programme. His work as researcher and consultant investigates the integration of climate information into decision making for reducing vulnerability, both at community level and through national and global policies. He has consulted about climate change at Oxfam America; World Food Programme (WFP); Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO); World Bank; ProVention Consortium; Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs; and United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

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Thursday, November 04, 2010
Boston Area Alumni Reception
6:00 PM -  7:30 PM

Susan M. Collins, Joan and Sanford Weill Dean of Public Policy, cordially invites you and your fellow alumni to a Ford School alumni reception in conjunction with the annual conference of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM).

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Wednesday, November 03, 2010
Waiting for Superman – A special community screening followed by a panel discussion
7:00 PM -  9:30 PM

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

Michael Flanagan
Superintendent of Public Instruction, Michigan Department of Education

Brian Rowan
Burke A. Hinsdale Collegiate Professor, School of Education; Research Professor, Institute for Social Research

Tyrone Winfrey
Director, U-M Office of Undergraduate Admissions - Detroit Admissions Office and Vice-President, Detroit Board of Education

Deborah Loewenberg Ball
Dean of the School of Education, will be moderating the panel discussion

This community-wide event is co-sponsored by the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, CLOSUP, the Institute for Social Research, the Center for the Study of Complex Systems, and the School of Education.

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010
The DeMarco Factor: Transforming Public Will into Political Power
1:00 PM -  2:30 PM

From the Publisher:

Vinny DeMarco might be a latter-day Don Quixote except that he tilts his lance at real obstacles to social justice: lobby-locked state legislatures and Congress, stonewalling the public will. And he makes impossible dreams come true. In twenty years of organizing campaigns in Maryland, he has led successful efforts to pass gun control laws (against National Rifle Association opposition), to hike cigarette taxes to prevent youth smoking, and to extend health care to hundreds of thousands of low-income workers. He has also built a unique alliance of mainstream and conservative faith groups, which helped secure rare bipartisan votes in Congress for the enactment in July 2009 of landmark FDA regulation of tobacco manufacture and marketing.

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Monday, October 25, 2010
The Climate Fix: A Pragmatic Future for Climate Policy
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

The world's response to climate change is deeply flawed. The conventional wisdom on how to deal with climate change has failed and it's time to change course. To date, climate policies have been guided by targets and timetables for emissions reduction derived from various academic exercises. Such methods are both oblivious to and in violation of on-the-ground political and technological realities that serve as practical 'boundary conditions' for effective policy making. Until climate policies are designed with respect for these boundary conditions, failure is certain. Using nothing more than arithmetic and logical explanation, this talk provides a comprehensive exploration of the problem and its resolution - such as investing to create a more carbon-efficient economy and cost-efficient carbon-capture technologies.

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Friday, October 22, 2010
Our Patchwork Nation: The Surprising Truth About the 'Real' America
4:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Dante Chinni

'Our Patchwork Nation' is a comprehensive look at who we are as a country and where we are going using Patchwork Nation's 12 community types and examining what they mean for the the nation's Economic,
Political and Cultural future.

Our Patchwork Nation has been called, 'a captivating and at times surprising analysis, both rigorous and accessible' by Kirkus Reviews. The PBS NewsHour's Jim Lehrer, says Our Patchwork Nation is 'a book to keep always at your side and in your mind.' And the Washington Post's E.J. Dionne calls it 'a wonderful book that takes us way beyond red and blue - while also explaining the social, regional and economic roots of our partisan and ideological color wars.'

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Reflections from the Human Services side of Health and Human Services: evidence, challenges, and public perceptions
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM
A 2010 Distinguished Lecture sponsored by the Center for Public Policy in Diverse Societies
David R. Harris

David R. Harris is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Human Services Policy at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He leads the Office of Human Services Policy in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE).

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Thursday, October 14, 2010
50th Reunion Weekend: Class of 1960
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The University of Michigan and the Ford School are planning a series of activities to welcome the class of 1960 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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Wednesday, October 13, 2010
National Symposium: The Future of International Service
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

One of the U-M's major Peace Corps anniversary events will be a national symposium on the future of international service. The purposes of the day-long symposium are to propose and discuss new programmatic and policy initiatives; present research related to international volunteerism; share best practices in international volunteering programs; learn from voices, ideas and experiences from abroad; and, in the words of JFK, inspire students 'to serve the cause of peace' by volunteering overseas.

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010
European Dimension of the Global Crisis
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Marek Belka is President of the National Bank of Poland and former Director of the IMF's European Department. He was previously Under-Secretary General at the United Nations and Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Europe. Belka served as the Prime Minister of Poland from 2004-05, and was Poland's Deputy Prime Minister in 1997 and Minister of Finance from 2001-02.

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Wednesday, October 06, 2010
Gerrymandering: The Movie
7:00 PM - 12:00 AM
A special screening

Admission is free.

The Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan will host a special showing of Gerrymandering: The Movie. Writer/director Jeff Reichert will be present to talk about the film and answer questions. The movie addresses the issue of gerrymandering of political districts and the effects it has on the American political scene.

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Tuesday, October 05, 2010
BA Information Session
6:00 PM -  7:00 PM

Prospective students interested in applying to the BA program (admit term Fall 2010) should plan to attend this information session. The BA Program Faculty Director, John Chamberlin, and the Ford School Admissions Staff will walk students through the application process and give an overview of the program.

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Friday, October 01, 2010
Moral and Political Reconstruction in Post-conflict Societies
1:00 PM -  2:30 PM

José Zalaquett is one of Latin America's leading authorities on human rights. He is an international human rights lawyer, Professor at the University of Chile School of Law, and co-Director of its Human Rights Center.

He will speak about accountability for human rights abuses, drawing significantly on his own experiences in a wide range of countries, including Chile.

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Celebrate the Past and Chart the Future: The U-M celebrates the Peace Corps' 50th Anniversary
All Day Event
Peace Corps at the University of Michigan

At 2:00 a.m. on October 14, 1960 Senator John F. Kennedy delivered an impromptu speech on the steps of the Michigan Union that sparked our students to action, launched the program that JFK referred to as one of his proudest achievements, and defined international service for the past 50 years. This historical event is a point of pride for us at Michigan, and one that continues to inspire Americans of all generations to accept Kennedy's challenge to work for peace and social justice in developing nations.

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Challenges of Managing Conflict in Today's World
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Ambassador Richard Solomon is President of the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) and has held this position since 1993. USIP provides the analysis, training, and tools to prevent and end conflicts; promotes stability; and professionalizes the field of peacebuilding. It is an independent, nonpartisan, national institution established and funded by Congress.

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Education Policy in the Next Michigan: What the Think Tanks Think
7:00 PM -  8:30 PM
Politics and Governance in Michigan: Ford School Seminars on the 2010 Elections

Free and open to the public.

Panelists:
John Bebow - The Center for Michigan

Lynn Jondahl - Michigan Prospect

Michael Van Beek - Mackinac Center for Public Policy

Organized by: Chuck Wilbur

Sponsored by: the Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP); the Ford School of Public Policy; and the Association for Public Policy About Learning and Education (APPLE)

For more information: 734-647-4091

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Monday, September 27, 2010
First of the Month: Grocers, Shoppers and Purchasing Power
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM
A 2010 Distinguished Lecture sponsored by the Center for Public Policy in Diverse Societies
Ebonya Washington

Ebonya Washington is the Henry Kohn Associate Professor of Economics at Yale University. She specializes in public finance and political economy with research interests in the interplay of race, gender and political representation; the behavioral motivations and consequences of political participation; and the processes through which low-income Americans meet their financial needs. Her work has appeared in journals including the American Economic Review and Quarterly Journal of Economics. She received her Ph.D. in Economics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Teacher Pay for Performance: Experimental Evidence from Nashville's Project on Incentives in Teaching
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Matthew Springer, Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Education, Director of the National Center on Performance Incentives Vanderbilt University.

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Monday, September 20, 2010
Reinventing Technology Assessment in the US: A 21st Century Model
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Richard Sclove, Founder and Senior Fellow of the Loka Institute

Commentator: Andrew Maynard, Professor of Environmental Health Sciences and Director of the Risk Science Center, University of Michigan

Co-Sponsors: Risk Science Center and the College of Engineering, University of Michigan

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Michigan's Foremost Political Pundit Sets the Stage
7:00 PM -  8:30 PM
Politics and Governance in Michigan: Ford School Seminars on the 2010 Elections

Free and open to the public.

Bill Ballenger - Editor and Publisher, Inside Michigan Politics

Organized by: Chuck Wilbur

Sponsored by: the Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP); the Ford School of Public Policy; and the Association for Public Policy About Learning and Education (APPLE)

For more information: 734-647-4091

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Rediscovering the Caribbean: An Overview of economic, social and public health issues in the region
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Panelists:
Alan Deardorff, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and Department of Economics, University of Michigan
Susan M. Collins, Joan and Sanford Weill Dean of Public Policy, University of Michigan
Mark B. Padilla, School of Public Health, University of Michigan
Susan Waltz, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan

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Monday, September 13, 2010
If Ireland can find Peace, what chance for Israel?
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM
A 2010 Josh Rosenthal Education Fund Lecture from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
Lord John Alderdice

Lord John Alderdice is an appointed life Member of the British House of Lords of the British Parliament at Westminster. Recently the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Party in the House of Lords elected him as its new Convener (Chair) and in this position Lord Alderdice will provide an essential link between backbench Liberal Democrat peers and Liberal Democrats in Government. He is also a Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist at the Centre for Psychotherapy which he established in Belfast, United Kingdom. He is a Visiting Professor in Psychiatry and Joint Chairman of the Critical Incident Analysis Group at the University of Virginia.

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Wednesday, June 09, 2010
The Wolverine Caucus Presents: John Chamberlin
11:30 AM -  1:00 PM
Is It Too Much to Expect - Promoting Ethical Behavior in Organizations and Politics

Professor Chamberlin will discuss the MBA Oath, begun last year by students at the Harvard Business School, who hope that it might someday play the same role in business that the Hippocratic Oath plays in medicine. He will explore with us why it is more difficult to 'professionalize' politics and business, and offer some thoughts on how optimistic we ought to be about ongoing efforts to promote ethical behavior by policy makers and business executives.

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Thursday, May 13, 2010
New York City Alumni Reception
6:00 PM -  8:00 PM

Over 40 alumni and friends joined Susan M. Collins, Joan and Sanford Weill Dean of Public Policy, in New York City for a Ford School alumni reception.

Dean Collins and Susan E. McLaughlin (MPP '93, Senior Vice President at the Federal Reserve Bank of NY) kicked off the event with a presentation about the current financial crisis.

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Saturday, May 01, 2010
Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy 2010 Commencement
6:00 PM -  7:30 PM

The Charge to the Class will be delivered by Michael Pan (MPP '99), Senior Policy Advisor to the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Susan E. Rice. As a member of the Ambassador's personal staff, he is responsible for providing advice on U.S. policies at the United Nations on human rights, peacekeeping, development, and management issues. During last year's meeting of the UN General Assembly, he served as the control officer for President Obama's first visit to the United Nations.

Prior to joining the Administration, he served on the Obama-Biden Transition Team and was the Deputy Director of the Washington Office of Human Rights Watch. From 2005 to 2008, he served as the First Officer for Human Rights in the Executive Office of the Secretary- General at the United Nations, where he was the primary staff aide to Secretary-General Kofi Annan for issues pertaining to human rights, transitional justice, and the rule of law. Also during his tenure at the United Nations, he served on the transition team for Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and was a Political Advisor in the Office of Legal Affairs, specializing on the UN's assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials in Cambodia.

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Monday, April 12, 2010
Social Science, Counterinsurgency, and American National Security: Policy Lessons from History
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

In 2007, the U.S. Army introduced its newest counterinsurgency weapon into Iraq and Afghanistan: civilian social scientists. As members of the Human Terrain System (HTS), the social scientists are embedded in combat brigades, where they provide commanders with research and advice. HTS has been controversial from the start; many social scientists attack it for melding academia and national security and for violating research ethics codes. In this talk, I historicize HTS within the broader context of the relationship between social science and national security policy since the 1950s. By examining the cases of the Special Operations Research Office and Project Camelot, I argue that HTS is simply the most recent example of the national security state's decades-old effort to use social knowledge to bureaucratically and technically manage complex problems of foreign and military policy.

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Saturday, April 10, 2010
Spring Preview Weekend
All Day Event

Spring Preview is designed to give newly admitted students all the information they need to make a decision about pursuing a Masters in Public Policy here at the Ford School. Admitted students will meet with our faculty, staff, students, and alumni and get a chance to tour the campus and the city of Ann Arbor. Admitted students will receive specific event details with the decision letters they receive from the school in March.

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Friday, April 09, 2010
Spring Preview Weekend
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Spring Preview is designed to give newly admitted students all the information they need to make a decision about pursuing a Masters in Public Policy here at the Ford School. Admitted students will meet with our faculty, staff, students, and alumni and get a chance to tour the campus and the city of Ann Arbor. Admitted students will receive specific event details with the decision letters they receive from the school in March.

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Spring Preview Weekend
All Day Event

Spring Preview is designed to give newly admitted students all the information they need to make a decision about pursuing a Masters in Public Policy here at the Ford School. Admitted students will meet with our faculty, staff, students, and alumni and get a chance to tour the campus and the city of Ann Arbor. Admitted students will receive specific event details with the decision letters they receive from the school in March.

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Wednesday, April 07, 2010
Harold E. Ford, Jr.
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM
Harold Ford, Jr.<br> Photo credit: John Chiasson/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images

Harold Ford, Jr. is Executive Vice Chairman of Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

From his bio:

Previously, Ford served Tennessee in the United States Congress for 10 years. Described by President Bill Clinton as 'the walking, living embodiment of where America ought to go in the 21st century,' Ford is now chairman of the Democratic Leadership Council, a news analyst for NBC and MSNBC, and a distinguished practitioner in residence at the Wagner School of Public Service at NYU.

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Informal San Francisco alumni gathering
6:00 PM -  8:00 PM

San Francisco area alumni gathered for a networking happy hour at InFusion Lounge in downtown San Francisco.

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Monday, March 29, 2010
The Policy and Politics of the Michigan Prisoner ReEntry Initiative
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

It is stunningly difficult to transform the way a state government carries out a major function, but that is precisely what the Michigan Prisoner ReEntry Initiative (MPRI) has set out to do. The MPRI is an ambitious effort to improve public safety by reducing the likelihood that prisoners returning to communities will commit crimes. Based on two decades of national research, it focuses on identifying prisoner characteristics that predict recidivism and then addressing those risks both during and after incarceration. The initiative is transforming the Michigan Department of Corrections and the way in which it connects with communities. Widely regarded as one of the most effective reentry initiatives in the country, the MPRI is entering its seventh year of development and implementation and is operating statewide.

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Thursday, March 25, 2010
Earth Day Teach-In
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

U-M will mark the 40th anniversary of Earth Day with a Teach-In to address critical issues affecting the planet and give voice to the university's new sustainability initiative.

'Our 40th Anniversary Earth Day Teach-In provides a good example of the University of Michigan's strong commitment to sustainability,' says Don Scavia, special counsel to the president on sustainability. 'Engaging the community and building public awareness at a local level is essential for positive progress toward sustainability on a global scale.'

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Politics, Public Policy, Latino Communities and the 2010 Census
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Free and open to the public.

John A. Garcia is Professor of Political Science at the University of Arizona and Visiting Research Professor and Director of the Resource Center for Minority Data at ICPSR. Professor Garcia's research interests include the acquisition and utilization of social capital for political engagement, coalition formation among minority communities; and the social construction of ethnic and racial identity and political involvement. His research has resulted in the participation in the National Chicano Survey (1979), the Latino National Political Survey (1989-90), and Latino National Survey (LNS) (2005-06).

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010
3rd Annual Gramlich Showcase of Student Work
4:00 PM -  6:00 PM

Refreshments served.

Join us as we highlight and celebrate the intellectual achievements of graduate and undergraduate students at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.

Ford School faculty will nominate students for inclusion, and the posters on display will represent a wide range of student work: from local issues to foreign policy, from social welfare policy to health care reform, from undergraduate work to dissertation research. Students will be on hand to describe their projects and answer questions.

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Monday, March 15, 2010
Health Care Reform at the State vs National Level: Tradeoffs and Tipping Points
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Free and open to the public.

Panelists:
Thomas Buchmueller, Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy, University of Michigan Stephen M. Ross School of Business
John J. H. (Joe) Schwarz, Former U.S. Representative and Visiting Lecturer, University of Michigan Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
Marianne Udow-Phillips, Director, Center for Healthcare Research and Transformation (CHRT), located at the University of Michigan

Sponsored by the Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP) and the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.

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Neighborhood as Sustainability Laboratory: Agency and agendas in the green rebuilding of the lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Barbara Allen, Associate Professor and Director
Graduate Program in Science & Technology Studies
Virginia Tech's National Capitol region Campus

With commentary by Margaret Dewar, Professor of Urban and Regional Planning and Faculty Director of the Edward Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning

Co-Sponsored by the University of Michigan Center for Local State and Urban Policy

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The Role of Islamic International Organizations in the Realm of International Politics
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Dr. Abdulaziz Othman Al-Twaijri, the Director General of the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), a part of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, will present a public lecture on the topic of Islamic International Institutions.

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Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Will U.S. Schools Drag Us Down?
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM
Eric Hanushek, Paul and Jean Hanna Senior Fellow Hoover Institution of Stanford University

Eric Hanushek is the Paul and Jean Hanna Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution of Stanford University. He has been a leader in the development of economic analysis of educational issues, and his work has frequently entered into the design of both national and international educational policy. His research includes the impacts of teacher quality, high stakes accountability, and class size reduction on achievement and the role of cognitive skills in international growth and development. His pioneering analysis measuring teacher quality through student achievement forms the basis for current research into the value-added of teachers and schools.

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Thursday, March 04, 2010
Los Angeles Area Alumni Happy Hour
6:00 PM -  8:00 PM

Los Angeles area alumni gathered for a networking happy hour at BottleRock in downtown L.A.

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Monday, February 22, 2010
The Emerging Revolution in Emissions Trading Policy
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Emissions trading policies initially relied on 'squatter's rights' principles granting emissions allowances to existing polluters for free. Recently, however, policy designers have largely abandoned this approach, requiring polluters to buy allowances from the public through auctions. Given the high financial stakes, this is a momentous shift. Given how skeptical experts and decision makers have been of the political viability of allowance auctions, and the opposition of powerful economic interests, it is also a remarkable political development. This presentation will document the surprising emergence of a new paradigm of public resource ownership, as well as offering some thoughts on why this paradigm suddenly gained political traction. The presentation will also explore an ongoing tension between two competing visions of public ownership. How this tension may be resolved remains a vital question for future emissions trading policies.

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Thursday, February 04, 2010
Energy & Environmental Policy: Faculty Perspectives
5:30 PM -  6:30 PM

The Ford School is bringing three faculty members to DC to share their insights on the latest developments in energy and environmental policy and to participate in the annual DC Trip Alumni Networking Reception.

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Monday, February 01, 2010
Financing Development of Drugs and Vaccines for Neglected Diseases
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

New drugs and vaccines could save millions of lives in the developing world. But drug and vaccine development is expensive, and many of these badly needed health technologies promise markets too small to interest the for-profit pharmaceutical industry.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010
The Experience of Innumerable Minds: Diversity in Policy Making
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Scott E. Page is Professor of Complex Systems, Political Science and Economics and the Director of the Center for the Study of Complex Systems at the University of Michigan.

Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote that 'our knowledge is the amassed thought and experience of innumerable minds.' That insight rings especially true in the context of policy making, where diverse thoughts, experiences, beliefs and models prove critical to the process of constructing good policy. As policy problems grow more difficult and as the coupling of policy interactions produces greater complexity, the benefits of diversity become even more pronounced, provided that we agree on fundamental ends.

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Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Spectres of Forgiveness
1:00 PM -  2:00 PM

Yazier Henry of the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and the Center for Afro-American and African Studies (CAAS) will present as part of a week-long conference hosted by the student organization, Ubuntu Alliance. The conference coincides with the University's Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Symposium and is called 'Examining Ubuntu: an African Lens on Community, Reconciliation, and Human Rights.'

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Thursday, December 10, 2009
Higher Education and Economic Growth in Michigan: Looking Back and Looking Ahead on the Fifth Anniversary of the Cherry Commission
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

In 2004, Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm charged the Lieutenant Governor's Commission on Higher Education and Economic Growth with identifying strategies to improve postsecondary attainment and completion in Michigan.

To mark the five-year anniversary of the Cherry Commission, leaders of the education and business communities in Michigan will address the past, present, and future of higher education and economic growth in Michigan.

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Tuesday, December 08, 2009
Segregation Anew? The Rise of Pharmacogenomics and the Implications for Race in America
4:30 PM -  6:00 PM
This event is part of the Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications of Personal Genomics Seminar Series.

Pharmacogenomic research offers the potential benefits of personalized medicine and targeted therapies, but it also raises the risk of reinforcing racial differences and stereotypes. Will pharmacogenomics increase the importance of race in American society? This panel explores how racial concepts and categories are influencing scientific, medical, and industrial development in this arena. It will also investigate how policy interventions may allow us to exploit the potential of pharmacogenomics, while avoiding its pitfalls.

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Thursday, November 19, 2009
Immigration, Public Policy, and the Skills Debate
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Immigration is increasingly changing the composition of the American population. From 1970 to 2003, the foreign-born share of the U.S. population increased from less than 5% to more than 12%. Though this dramatic increase has occurred disproportionately in a few regions, the effects of immigration are increasingly felt across the country. Alongside this rapid increase, debate regarding the effects of immigration has also ramped up. Key issues in this debate include the possible economic impacts of low-skill immigration on the low-skill native population, and the potential benefits of selective or high-skill immigration to fill key employment gaps.

Experts differ markedly in their beliefs regarding the effects of immigration (economically and culturally) and the appropriate goals of U.S. immigration policy. In Immigration, Public Policy and the Skills Debate two distinguished scholars will present work addressing this important topic. The Ford School engages in this conversation with the goal of furthering a balanced and thoughtful U.S. immigration policy.

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Saturday, October 03, 2009
Friday, October 02, 2009
Paul Krugman, Princeton University and The New York Times
3:00 PM -  4:30 PM
A 2009 Citigroup Foundation Lecture from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and the International Policy Center

Keynote speaker for the Festschrift in Honor of Alan Deardorff.
Paul Krugman

Paul Krugman is an economist and prolific writer who divides his energies among many pursuits: he is professor of economics and international affairs at Princeton University, a centenary professor at the London School of Economics, and, perhaps, his best-known job, an op-ed columnist for The New York Times.

Krugman was recently honored for his work on global trade patterns by winning the 2008 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences. In recognition of his influence The Washington Monthly called him 'the most important political columnist in America.'

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Comparative Advantage, Economic Growth, and the Gains from Trade and Globalization: a Festschrift in Honor of Alan V. Deardorff
All Day Event

The Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and Department of Economics will host a Festschrift titled 'Comparative Advantage, Economic Growth, and the Gains from Trade and Globalization' in honor of Alan Deardorff on Friday and Saturday, October 2-3, 2009.

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Thursday, September 10, 2009
The Foreign Policy Agenda of the Obama Administration: The Practitioner's Perspective
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Ambassador Thomas Miller, U.S. Ambassador Bosnia and Herzegovina, 1999-2001, Greece, 2001-2004, and President of the United Nations Association. More about Ambassador Miller.

Co-sponsored by Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies, the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, and the International Policy Center.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009
The Economy, Public Policy and Poverty in the U.S.: What Changes Can President Obama Make?
4:00 PM -  5:00 PM

Professor Danziger is the Henry J. Meyer Distinguished University Professor of Public Policy, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and Research Professor at the Population Studies Center. His research focuses on social welfare policies and on the effects of economic, demographic, and public policy changes on trends in poverty and inequality. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellow, Director of the National Poverty Center, and Director of the Research and Training Program on Poverty and Public Policy. Professor Danziger received his Ph.D. in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Monday, June 15, 2009
Summer Institute on Empirical Implications of Theoretical Models (EITM)
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

The University of Michigan will host the eighth annual Summer Institute on EITM: Empirical Implications of Theoretical Models this summer, June 15 through July 10, 2009. Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), this program seeks to leverage the complementarity between formal models and empirical methods.

EITM is training a new generation of scholars to integrate theoretical models more closely, effectively, and productively with empirical evaluation of those models. The Summer Institutes are highly interactive training programs for advanced graduate students and junior faculty. They are led by teams of scholars from across the discipline who are working at the forefront of such empirical-theoretical integration.

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Thursday, June 04, 2009
Chicago Alumni Reception with Dean Susan Collins
5:30 PM -  7:00 PM

Chicago area alumni gathered to meet Dean Susan Collins and connect with other Ford School alumni.

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Saturday, May 02, 2009
Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy 2009 Commencement
5:30 PM -  7:00 PM

The Charge to the Class will be delivered by Bryan Stevenson, founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative. His representation of poor people and death row prisoners in the deep south has won him national recognition. He and his staff have been successful in overturning dozens of capital murder cases and death sentences where poor people have been unconstitutionally convicted or sentenced. His efforts to confront bias against the poor and people of color in the criminal justice system have earned him many national awards including the National Public Interest Lawyer of the Year, the ABA Wisdom Award for Public Service, the ACLU National Medal of Liberty, the Reebok Human Rights Award, the Olaf Palme Prize for International Human Rights and the prestigious MacArthur Foundation Fellowship Award.

Stevenson is on the Board of Directors of several organizations, including Partners in Health, Open Society Institute & Soros Foundations Network, Winrock International U.S. Programs, and Penal Reform International. He is a defense attorney and a Professor at New York University School of Law.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Europe's Political and Economic Challenges
12:00 PM -  1:30 PM

Jan Svejnar, Director of the International Policy Center at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy; Everett E. Berg Professor of Business Administration; and Professor of Economics and Public Policy; and former candidate for president of the Czech Republic. He is also a founder and Chairman of CERGE-EI in Prague (an American-style Ph.D. program in economics that educates the new generation of economists for Central-East Europe and the Newly Independent States). He serves as the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of CSOB Bank and Co-Editor of the Economics of Transition. He is also a Fellow of the European Economic Association and Research Fellow of the Center for Economic Policy Research (London) and Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA, Bonn).

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Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Next Steps in Domestic Climate Policy: Issues and Innovations
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Dallas Burtraw is Senior Fellow at Resources for the Future, a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization that conducts independent research - rooted primarily in economics and other social sciences - on environmental, energy, and natural resource issues. He is a 1986 alumnus of the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and received his BS in 1980 in community economic development from the University of California-Davis. Burtraw earned his PhD in economics at the University of Michigan in 1989.

Burtraw's research interests include the design of environmental regulation, the costs and benefits of environmental regulation, and the regulation and restructuring of the electricity industry. Recently, Burtraw investigated the effects on the value of assets of electricity generation companies of alternative approaches to implementing emissions permit trading programs. He is evaluating the use of emission trading to achieve carbon emission reductions in the EU. He also has helped to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of trading programs for nitrogen dioxide in the eastern United States and sulfur dioxide trading programs under the Clean Air Act Amendments. He also contributed to the valuation of the benefits of ecological improvements due to reduced acidification in the Adirondacks.

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Monday, March 16, 2009
Europe's economy plays large role in global crisis
12:00 PM -  1:30 PM

Jan Svejnar was interviewed by U-M New Services about the financial health of Europe in a piece called 'Europe's economy plays large role in global crisis.

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Thursday, March 12, 2009
2nd Annual Gramlich Showcase of Student Work
4:00 PM -  6:00 PM

Join us as we highlight and celebrate the intellectual achievements of graduate and undergraduate students at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.

Ford School faculty will nominate students for inclusion, and the posters on display will represent a wide range of student work: from local issues to foreign policy, from social welfare policy to health care reform, from undergraduate work to dissertation research. Students will be on hand to describe their projects and answer questions.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Terrorists and Their Supporters: Who They Are, What They Think and How To Deal With Them
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Part 4 of the International Policy Center's Global Policy Perspectives Symposium

Scott Atran, Research Scientist, Center for Group Dynamics, U-M and Center on Terrorism, John Jay College, City University of New York.

Robert Axelrod, Walgreen Professor for the Study of Human Understanding, U-M and consultant to the Office of the U.S. Secretary of Defense and the United Nations.

Ambassador (Ret.) Melvyn Levitsky, Professor of International Policy and Practice, U-M and 35-year veteran of the U.S. State Department.

Center for European Studies-European Union Center (CES-EUC), International Policy Students Association (IPSA), and the Emerging Markets Club (EMC).

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Friday, March 06, 2009
More than Just Race: Being Black and Poor in the Inner City
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

featuring William Julius Wilson, Harvard University

Keynote speaker for the Interdisciplinary Group on Poverty and Inequality conference 'Emerging Issues in Poverty and Inequality'

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Coming to a New Understanding of the 1994 Rwanda Genocide
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Reception to follow.

Allan Stam, U-M Professor of Political Science and Faculty Associate at the Center for Political Studies, will discuss the genocide, civil war, vendetta killings and random violence that took place in Rwanda in 1994.

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Monday, February 16, 2009
Health Care Reform in the 111th Congress
1:00 PM -  2:30 PM

Please join U.S. Representative John Dingell to Discuss Health Care Reform in the 111th Congress

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Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Working after Welfare: How Women Balance Jobs and Family in the Wake of Welfare Reform
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Reception and booksigning to follow.

Kristin Seefeldt, a Research Investigator at the Ford School and Assistant Director of the National Poverty Center, will speak from her new book, published December, 2008 by the W.E. Upjohn Institute.

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Monday, February 09, 2009
Michigan's Economy in 2009 and Beyond: a Panel Discussion of Economic Experts
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Panelists: John C. Austin, Director, New Economy Initiative & Vice President, Michigan Board of Education, State of Michigan.
Charles L. Ballard, Professor of Economics, Michigan State University & Director of the MSU State of the State Survey
Kim Hill, Director, Automotive Communities Program and Associate Director, Economics and Business Group, Center for Automotive Research.
Christopher Hayter, Program Director, Economic Development Program, National Governor's Association
Moderator: Paul Courant, Dean of Libraries and Harold T. Shapiro Collegiate Professor of Public Policy at the University of Michigan

Hosted by the Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy. Co-sponsored by the Ford School of Public Policy. [Details]

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Thursday, January 29, 2009
Policy Priorities for the New Administration: Ford School Alumni Perspectives
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Several alumni and former deans, Paul Courant and Becky Blank, participated in an active conversation about several key policy areas, and reconnected with old friends at the networking reception following the panel. A large group of current Ford School MPP students who were in DC for the school's annual recruiting trip also attended.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Charting a Course for the Next Generation: Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president of the Children's Defense Fund
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM
A 2009 Citigroup Foundation Lecture from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy

Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president of the Children's Defense Fund

The Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy's 2009 Citigroup Foundation Lecture. Co-sponsored by the National Poverty Center and the Students of Color in Public Policy.

Hosted as part of the University of Michiga's 2009 Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr. Symposium.

Marian Wright Edelman will speak from her new book, The Sea Is So Wide and My Boat Is So Small: Charting a Course for the Next Generation, which she wrote as a call to action for all Americans to address the urgent needs of our country's youth.

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Wednesday, January 14, 2009
BA Information Session
6:00 PM -  7:00 PM

Prospective students interested in applying to the BA program (admit term Fall 2009) should plan to attend this information session. The BA Program Faculty Director, John Chamberlin, and the Ford School Admissions Staff will walk students through the application process, answer questions about the admissions timeline and speak to the degree requirements.

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Wednesday, December 03, 2008
Global Policy Perspectives Symposium: How Should the New Administration Approach Trade with Latin America?
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Global Policy Perspectives Symposium: How Should the New Administration Approach Trade with Latin America?

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Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Breakfast with David Broder
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

David Broder, national political columnist for the Washington Post, will be speaking at the Ford Library on north campus on Tuesday, 11/18. Details: http://www.ford.utexas.edu/events.asp. Broder will discuss the political landscape following last week's elections. He will stop by the Ford School the next morning for breakfast and a small-group discussion about the same topic with any interested faculty, students, and staff.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Women in Leadership
6:45 PM -  8:30 PM

A panel discussion hosted by the student organization Women and Gender in Public Policy (WGPP). Panelists will discuss their career paths.

Panelists: State Representative Rebekah Warren (D-53); Sharon Rothwell, former Governor Engler's Chief of Staff; The Honorable Nancy C. Francis, an elected Washtenaw County circuit judge.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Global Policy Perspectives Syimposium: Effects of the US Election on the European Union
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Global Policy Perspectives Syimposium: Effects of the US Election on the European Union

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Monday, November 10, 2008
Ford School Brown Bag – Second Life Edition: Technology and the 2008 Election
12:00 PM -  1:00 AM

Join Shobita Parthasarathy and other community members to talk about technology and the election in 2008. This will be an informal conversation to discuss how technology shaped the 2008 Presidential election process as well as how the election influenced technology; come and share your thoughts. The event will be hosted by Ford School Webmaster Chris Myers. An RSVP is encouraged - fspp-secondlife@umich.edu
Not already 'In world'? Second Life, a virtual world, has almost 15 million users and it is free to join and explore. Many large companies and organizations have a presence and even the University of Michigan has an island in the virtual world. You can view system requirements, as well as register and download the software at:
http://secondlife.com

A list of links and quickstart guides can be found at:
http://www.fordschool.umich.edu/secondlife/

Note: It is recommended that you create your account, install the software and familiarize yourself with the world before the event. You will need to beable to teleport, text chat and do basic movements in Second Life to successfully attend this event.

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Costa Rica and CAFTA: Policy, Politics and Strategy of a New Era in Costa Rican Trade.
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM
2008 Harry A. and Margaret D. Towsley Foundation Lecture Series

Alberto Trejos, the Harry A. and Margaret D. Towsley Foundation Policymaker in Residence at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, will focus his presentation on the evolution of Costa Rica's decision to join the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA). In addition to addressing the implications of a Costa Rica-United States free trade agreement, Dr. Trejos will share his insight on how political strategy and drama influenced Costa Rica's adoption into CAFTA, which followed a national referendum.

Co-sponsored by LACS and the International Policy Center at the Ford School of Public Policy.

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Monday, October 27, 2008
The Challenge of Freedom After Apartheid in South Africa, with Yazier Henry
7:30 PM -  9:00 PM

This event is sponsored by The Wallenberg Endowment at the University of Michigan. Visit their website for more information and related events.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Election '08's Impact on Michigan: The candidates' positions on energy, the environment, and the economy
7:00 PM -  8:30 PM

This panel discussion will feature experts in the environment, energy, and economics for a discussion on how the policies of the presidential candidates will impact Michigan. They will be joined by advocates for both the Obama and McCain campaigns. Listen to the discussion, and ask your questions. Click here to read more and register to attend.

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Monday, October 06, 2008
B.A. Degree Information Session
6:00 PM -  7:00 PM

We invite you to attend an upcoming information session about the Ford School B.A. Professor John Chamberlin, faculty director of the undergraduate program, will describe the degree program and will be available to answer questions. The Ford School B.A. Is a junior/senior program. The application deadline for the next class is February 1, 2009.

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Tuesday, September 30, 2008
CICS 2008 Human Rights Lecture: When does a problem become a human rights issue? Personal reflection on the evolution of the Human Rights Movement
3:00 PM -  4:30 PM

Susan Waltz, professor of Public Policy, is a 2008-2009 Human Rights Fellow at University of Michigan.

Sponsored by CICS and the Institute for the Humanities.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Disparities and Prejudice: An Economic Analysis
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Kerwin Kofi Charles Lectures
Steans Family Professor at the Harris School, University of Chicago
Scholar in Residence at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy

Lectures are co-sponsored by the National Poverty Center.

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Monday, September 15, 2008
Black-White Differences in Economic Well-being
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Kerwin Kofi Charles Lectures
Steans Family Professor at the Harris School, University of Chicago
Scholar in Residence at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy

Lectures are co-sponsored by the National Poverty Center.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2008
The Medium Is Not the Message
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM
A 2008 Josh Rosenthal Education Fund Lecture from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy

David Marash has nearly 50 years of experience in broadcast journalism. Most recently, he anchored news from Washington for the global news channel, Al Jazeera English and he served for 16 years as the chief international correspondent for ABC News Nightline.

Read an April 2008 Columbia Journalism Review interview with David Marash about his experiences at Al Jazeera.

A Josh Rosenthal Education Fund Lecture

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Wednesday, July 09, 2008
Mini-conference: Empirical Evaluation of Complexity & Network Models
12:00 PM -  5:00 PM

This mini-conference is part of the 25th Annual Summer Conference of the Society for Political Methodology.

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Monday, June 23, 2008
Student/Alumni Networking Event at Nationals Park
5:30 PM - 12:00 AM

Ford School alumni in DC enjoyed food, conversation, and baseball with other alumni and Ford School students at Nationals Park during a reception and the Nationals/L.A. Angels game.

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Thursday, May 08, 2008
Systemic Implications of Transatlantic Regulatory Cooperation and Competition
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

The purpose of the conference is to explore a number of regulatory issues involving trade and related policies that cut across the economies of the United States and European Union and that have wider ramifications for the global trading system as a whole. An indication of the scope of the conference and the papers being commissioned is available via the links in the agenda, below.

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Saturday, April 26, 2008
Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy 2008 Commencement
5:30 PM - 12:00 AM

Ford School students receiving M.P.P., M.P.A., or Ph.D. degrees are eligible to participate. In addition, students enrolled in joint degree programs who wish to participate in graduation with their entering class may do so.

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Thursday, April 10, 2008
Strategies for Change: An Interdisciplinary Discussion
2:00 PM - 12:00 AM

Sponsored by Ford School Queers & Allies and the Ford School.

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Friday, April 04, 2008
Spring Preview Weekend for Admitted Students
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Spring Preview is designed to help you make the most informed decision about our school. With this in mind, we have organized a program that will allow you structured time with our faculty, staff, and students. You will also have ample time to meet and mingle with us informally.

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Wednesday, March 19, 2008
The Role of the Private Sector in K-12 Public Education
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

CLOSUP's new education policy seminar series, a core component of the Education Policy Initiative, continues with a panel session entitled 'The Role of the Private Sector in K-12 Public Education.'

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Monday, March 17, 2008
Renewable Energy and Competition
5:00 PM -  6:30 PM

Marc Spitzer, Rob Gramlich, Barry Rabe, Meredith Fowlie, and David Uhlmann. Co-sponsored by the School of Natural Resources and Environment and the Law School.

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Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Running for the Czech Presidency
5:00 PM -  6:00 PM

An informal conversation with Jan Svejnar, who was narrowly defeated by the incumbent, Victor Klaus, in the recent election for the presidency of the Czech Republic.

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Tuesday, March 11, 2008
1st Annual Gramlich Showcase of Student Work
4:00 PM -  6:00 PM

Join us as we highlight and celebrate the intellectual achievements of graduate and undergraduate students at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.

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Thursday, February 21, 2008
The Supreme Court and Its Impact on You
7:00 PM -  8:00 PM

Nina Totenberg. Co-sponsored with Center for the Education of Women Frances and Sydney Lewis Visiting Leaders Fund, IRWG, Law School, the Women's Studies Department and others.

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Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Why Botswana is Africa's Ace of Diamonds
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Stephen R. Lewis, Jr. Chairman of the Boards of RiverSource Funds, President Emeritus and Professor of Economics, Carleton College.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
The Czech Republic in the Beginning of the 21st Century
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM
2008 Harry A. and Margaret D. Towsley Foundation Lecture Series

Martin Palous, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Czech Republic to the United Nations; Towsley Foundation Policymaker in Residence, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.

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Thursday, February 07, 2008
Wednesday, February 06, 2008
The Missing Class: Portraits of the Near Poor in America
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Katherine Newman, Princeton University. Co-sponsored with the National Poverty Center

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Wednesday, January 30, 2008
What's at Stake in the Torture Debate?
4:00 PM -  5:00 PM

Susan Waltz, Professor of Public Policy. Co-sponsored with Inter-Humanitarians Council, Institute for the Humanities and the Center for International and Comparative Studies.

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Monday, January 28, 2008
War, Politics and Ethics: Choices for the Country and the Citizenry in an Election Year
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Rev. J. Bryan Hehir is the Secretary for Social Services and the President of Catholic Charities in the Archdiocese of Boston. He is also the Parker Gilbert Montgomery Professor of the Practice of Religion and Public Life at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Looking for Al Qaeda: The Evolution of Terror Networks
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

In Scott Atran's most recent book, The Native Mind and the Cultural Construction of Nature (MIT Press, March 2008) Scott Atran and Douglas Medin trace the cognitive consequences of many people's diminishing sense of human contact with nature. Reception to follow. Free and open to the public.

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Monday, January 21, 2008
Jobs and Housing: Trust, Distrust, and Social Class in the Black Community
3:00 PM -  5:00 PM

Hosted as part of the University of Michigan's 2008 Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr. Symposium.

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Thursday, December 06, 2007
Loving Science to Death?: Why Politicians Embrace and Attack Science in Environmental Debates
5:00 PM -  6:30 PM

David Goldston is a Visiting Lecturer in the Science, Technology and Environment Program at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and he writes the monthly column 'Party of One' on Congress and science policy for the journal Nature.

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Friday, November 16, 2007
Iraq: Beyond Benchmarks - A Regional Perspective
4:00 PM -  5:00 PM

Ambassador Lawrence Butler is charged with overseeing U.S. policy creation and implementation efforts in Iraq, as well as staffing, financing, and management issues related to the U.S. Secretary of State Department's presence in Iraq.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2007
A Tribute to Ned Gramlich
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Please join the Ford School and the Department of Economics as we gather to remember and celebrate Ned Gramlich's many contributions to economics, policymaking, higher education, and the lives of his colleagues, students, and friends.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Reframing Sacred Values in Seemingly Intractable Conflicts
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Robert Axelrod, Walgreen Professor for the Study of Human Understanding, Professor of Public Policy and Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan.

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Thursday, November 08, 2007
Washington, DC Alumni Get-Together
6:30 PM -  8:00 PM

The Alumni Board of the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy hosted an Alumni Get-Together.

Alumni, faculty and friends met the Ford School's new Joan and Sanford Weill Dean of Public Policy, Susan M. Collins.

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Monday, October 22, 2007
Nothing But Nets Malaria Boot Camp
4:30 PM -  6:30 PM

Nothing But Nets is a global, grassroots campaign to save lives by preventing malaria, a leading killer of children in Africa.

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Friday, October 19, 2007
Religious Perspectives on Climate Change: Turning Faith into Action
8:45 AM -  4:00 PM

A one day conference with beginning and ending keynotes, and two intermediate panel discussions.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007
U.S.-Russia Relations: Present Realities - Future Prospects
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Ambassador Collins is an expert on Russia, Eastern Europe and Eurasia.

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Friday, October 12, 2007
Ann Arbor Alumni Reception Introduction of Dean Susan M. Collins
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Alumni, faculty and friends got together at Pizza House in Ann Arbor for a casual dinner and to meet the Ford School's new Joan and Sanford Weill Dean of Public Policy, Susan M. Collins.

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Wednesday, October 03, 2007
Public Goods and the Public Good: Economics, the University, and the Library
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Reception to follow. Free and open to the public.

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Friday, September 28, 2007
The University of Michigan Remembers President Gerald R. Ford (Part 2)
1:00 PM -  6:00 PM

The Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy will host an afternoon of activities celebrating the life and legacy of the University of Michigan's most famous alumnus.

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The University of Michigan Remembers President Gerald R. Ford (Part 3)
1:00 PM -  6:00 PM

The Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy will host an afternoon of activities celebrating the life and legacy of the University of Michigan's most famous alumnus.

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The University of Michigan Remembers President Gerald R. Ford. (Part 1)
1:00 PM -  6:00 PM

The Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy will host an afternoon of activities celebrating the life and legacy of the University of Michigan's most famous alumnus.

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Thursday, September 27, 2007
Europe as a Global Actor
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Zaki Laïdi, senior research fellow, Centre d'Etudes et de Recherches Internationales (CERI); professor, Sciences Po and the College of Europe (Bruges); and special advisor to former EU Trade Commissioner for Trade.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Human Rights in the Post-September 11 World
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM
A 2007 Josh Rosenthal Education Fund Lecture from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy

Larry Cox, Executive Director of Amnesty International USA.

Co-sponsored by the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and the International Policy Center.

Interviews with and articles by Larry Cox are available via the Amnesty
International website.

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Saturday, April 28, 2007
Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy 2007 Commencement
5:30 PM -  7:00 PM

The Charge to the Class will be delivered by Dan Glickman, President and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA).

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Monday, April 16, 2007
Building Genetic Medicine: Breast Cancer, Technology, and the Comparative Politics of Health Care
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Professor Shobita Parthasarathy will be speaking from her forthcoming book, to be published by MIT press in April, 2007. Reception to follow.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Queering Development: Genders, Sexualities and Global Power
1:00 PM -  3:00 PM

Sponsored by the Institute for Research on Women and Gender (IRWG)

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Wednesday, April 04, 2007
The Cost of Forgiveness: After South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM
2007 Harry A. and Margaret D. Towsley Foundation Lecture Series

Yazier Henry, Director, Direct Action Centre for Peace and Memory, Capetown, South Africa; Harry A. and Margaret D. Towsley Foundation Policymaker in Residence, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.

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Friday, March 30, 2007
U.S. Policy in the Middle East: The Democracy Agenda
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Edward S. Walker, former U.S. Ambassador to Israel, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates.

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Thursday, March 29, 2007
Edward S. Walker
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Edward S. Walker is one of the foremost U.S. experts on the politics of the Middle East. He served as Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs under both Madeleine Albright and Colin Powell (2000-2001), US Ambassador to Israel (1997-1999), US Ambassador to the Arab Republic of Egypt (1994-1997), U.S. Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates (1989-1992) and as Deputy Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations (1992-1993). 

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Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Latinos, immigration policy and the national interest
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM
2007 Harry A. and Margaret D. Towsley Foundation Lecture Series

Cecilia Muñoz, Vice President, Office of Research, Advocacy, and Legislation, National Council of La Raza; Harry A. and Margaret D. Towsley Foundation Policymaker in Residence, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.

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Monday, March 26, 2007
Radically Rethinking Climate Policy
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Steve Rayner, James Martin Professor of Science & Civilization, and the Director of the James Martin Institute, Said Business School, University of Oxford

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Thursday, February 22, 2007
Why should low-wage work bother me?: The cost of undervaluing and underpaying women's work
11:30 AM -  1:00 PM

The Center for the Education of Women 2007 Twink Frey Visiting Social Activist - Anne Ladky

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Monday, February 05, 2007
Humanitarian Action: Saving Lives, Facilitating Change, Working Toward Peace
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Catherine Bertini, Professor of Practice in Public Administration, Syracuse University Maxwell School of Public Affairs; former Under-Secretary General for Management, United Nations and Executive Director, World Food Program; former Harry A. and Margaret D. Towsley Foundation Policymaker in Residence, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.

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Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Monday, January 08, 2007
Covering the New Secrecy: The Press and Public Policy Public Access to Public Records
1:00 PM -  5:00 PM

The Knight-Wallace Fellows at Michigan invite you to join nationally recognized journalists and experts as they examine restricted access to public information in an age of terrorism.

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Wednesday, November 08, 2006
The 2006 Midterm Elections: Interpreting the Results
3:30 PM - 12:00 AM

A panel discussing the 2006 midterm election results.

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Monday, October 30, 2006
The Real Challenges of Latin America
TBA

José Miguel Insulza, Secretary General, Organization of American States.

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Friday, October 27, 2006
Weill Hall Community Open House
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Brief program at 5pm on the architecture and interior design of Weill Hall with remarks from Rebecca Blank, Dean of the Ford School, and Sue Gott, University Planner.

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Wednesday, October 25, 2006
The Challenge of Multilateralism: Political and Economic Needs
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM
A 2006 Citigroup Foundation Lecture from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy

Kemal Dervis, Administrator, United Nations Development Programme.

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Saturday, October 14, 2006
Joan and Sanford Weill Hall Building Dedication - Additional Alumni Activities
All Day Event

Several alumni activities are scheduled to take place October 13 - October 14 in conjunction with the Joan and Sanford Weill Hall Building Dedication.

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Friday, October 13, 2006
Personal Ethics and Public Decision-Making
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Co-sponsored by the U-M Ethics in Public Life Initiative.

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Joan and Sanford Weill Hall Building Dedication - Alumni Dinner at Pizza House
8:30 PM -  5:15 PM

After the day long dedication of Weill Hall festivities, the Ford School hosted nearly 100 alumni and their guests at a nearby restaurant for a casual dinner of pizza and salad.

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Joan and Sanford Weill Hall Building Dedication - Additional Alumni Activities
All Day Event

Several alumni activities are scheduled to take place October 13 - October 14 in conjunction with the Joan and Sanford Weill Hall Building Dedication.

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Thursday, September 28, 2006
Weathering the Storm: The Role of Local Nonprofits in the Hurricane Katrina Relief Effort
4:00 PM

Panelists included: Tony Pipa, Founding Member, Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation, and author of the Aspen Institute report, Weathering the Storm; Bernadette Orr, Gulf Coast Emergency Program Manager, Oxfam America; and Lynn McGee, Senior Program Officer, Foundation of the Mid South.

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Wednesday, September 27, 2006
The Potential Impact of the MCRI
12:00 PM -  2:00 PM

Presenter: Susan Kaufmann, Associate Director for Advocacy, Center for the Education of Women

Panelists: Carol Hollenshead, CEW Director; Patricia Gurin, Nancy Cantor Distinguished University Professor Emerita of Psychology and Women's Studies; Faculty Associate, Research Center for Group Dynamics, Institute for Social Research, Research Director for The Program on Intergroup Relations, College of LS&A; John Matlock, Associate Vice Provost and Director, Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives

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Monday, September 11, 2006
Are we Winning the Fight against al-Qaeda? Reflections Five Years Later
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM
A 2006 Josh Rosenthal Education Fund Lecture from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy

Juan R.I. Cole, Professor of Middle East and South Asian History, University of Michigan, has written extensively about modern Islamic movements in Egypt, the Persian Gulf, and South Asia. Since the 2002 launch of his weblog, 'Informed Comment: Thoughts on the Middle East, History, and Religion,' Cole has become a prominent media commentator and has published political writings in The Guardian, the San Jose Mercury News, Salon.com, the San Francisco Chronicle, and The Nation. His books include 'Sacred Space and Holy War: The Politics, Culture and History of Shi`ite Islam' (I.B. Tauris, 2002.)

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Saturday, April 29, 2006
Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy 2006 Commencement Ceremony
3:00 PM -  4:30 PM

Charge to the Graduating Class presented by Dr. Douglas Holtz-Eakin. Dr. Holtz-Eakin is the director of the Maurice R. Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies and the Paul A. Volcker Chair in International Economics at the Council on Foreign Relations. He most recently served as the sixth director of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), where he was appointed for a four-year term beginning February 4, 2003.

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Thursday, March 23, 2006
Observations from Soldiering in Iraq
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM
A 2006 Citigroup Foundation Lecture from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy

Lieutenant General David Petraeus, Commander of the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth. General Petraeus served in Iraq as the first commander of the Multinational Security Transition Command – Iraq from June 2004 to September 2005, during which he was responsible for helping organize, train, and equip Iraq 's security forces. He previously commanded the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) in the first year of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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Thursday, March 16, 2006
Designing Better Microfinance
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

A symposium designed to explore the latest thinking from microfinance practitioners and academics on improving microfinance programs.

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Wednesday, March 15, 2006
Is Arab-Israeli Peace Possible? Lessons Learned from 25 Years of Negotiations
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM
A 2006 Citigroup Foundation Lecture from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy

Aaron David Miller is currently a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington DC, where he is writing a book about America and the Arab-Israeli conflict.Between 2003 and 2006 he served as president of Seeds of Peace, a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering young leaders from regions of conflict with the leadership skills required to advance coexistence and reconciliation.

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Tuesday, March 14, 2006
Where Do We Go From Here: An Agenda Setting Conference for the Economic Issues Facing Michigan
All Day Event

It is clear that Michigan is in the midst of serious structural economic trouble, perhaps the worst since the Great Depression.Northwest Airlines and Delphi Corp. are already in Chapter 11. There are rumors and real concern about the stability of General Motors, Ford and much of the auto parts industry. There is a real possibility of descent into receivership for both the City of Detroit and the Detroit school system. Many county and local governments around the state are facing severe fiscal difficulties.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2006
America's Persisting Poverty: What Research Says About How to Reduce It
TBA

Sheldon H. Danziger, Henry J. Meyer Distinguished University Professor of Public Policy at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and Research Professor, Population Studies Center at the Institute for Social Research, discusses why poverty persists in the U.S. and what policy reforms can reduce the incidence of poverty. Danziger, who is also co-director of the National Poverty Center and director of the Research and Training Program on Poverty and Public Policy, is nationally recognized for his research on the causes and consequences of poverty.

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Thursday, February 16, 2006
Jean Lemierre, President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM
A 2006 Citigroup Foundation Lecture from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy

Prior to his position at the EBRD, President Lemierre was Head of the French Private Office of the Minister of Economy and Finance and Director of France's Treasury. This Citigroup lecture was presented in conjunction with the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and the International Policy Center.

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Monday, February 06, 2006
Head Start Turns 40: Historical Perspectives and Recent Research
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Ronna Cook, Associate Director of the Human Services Research Group, Westat, Inc. and Maris Vinovskis, A. M. and H. P. Bentley Professor of History and Professor of Public Policy, University of Michigan, moderated by Edward Gramlich, Interim Provost, University of Michigan; Richard A. Musgrave Professor at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. The program is sponsored by National Poverty Center and the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.

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Wednesday, February 01, 2006
Merck & Co.'s Botswana HIV/AIDS Program: the Pricing of Essential Medicines in Developing Markets
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Tom Bombelles, Director of International Government Relations at Merck & Co., Inc. speaks on Merck's HIV/AIDS program in Botswana and the pricing of essential medicines in developing markets, more specifically on what sort of business challenges exist in these markets – establishing prices, logistical constraints, pushback/support from governments, the WTO/intellectual property rights, other corporations, NGOs, etc.

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Thursday, January 26, 2006
Health Care Financing, Access, and Equity in the Developing World
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Margaret Kruk, MD, MPH School of Public Health, will speak on health care financing in the developing world.

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Tuesday, December 06, 2005
Institutions, Governability and Illegal Drugs in Colombia and Afghanistan: Why Traditional Policies Are Not Enough'
7:00 AM -  8:30 AM

Francisco Thoumi, Professor of Economics and Director and Founder, Research and Monitoring Center on Drugs and Crime, Universidad del Rosario, Bogotá will speak on 'Institutions, Governability and Illegal Drugs in Colombia and Afghanistan: Why Traditional Policies Are Not Enough.'

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Tuesday, November 29, 2005
The Framework Convention on Tobacco Control
4:00 PM -  6:00 PM

A public symposium featuring Derek Yach, Professor of Global Health at Yale University, speaking on 'The Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.' A reception for Professor Yach to follow the lecture.

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Monday, November 28, 2005
The Annual EBRD Transition Report 2005: Business in Transition 'State of the Union'
12:00 PM -  1:00 PM

The International Policy Center and the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, jointly with International Policy Students Association (IPSA) and Emerging Markets Club (EMC), present Alan Rousso, Lead Counsellor, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and Jan Svejnar, Director of the International Policy Center, Everett E. Berg Professor of Business, Professor of Economics and Public Policy

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Tuesday, November 22, 2005
Elections and Campaigns Class to Host Former Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

The elections and campaigns class at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, taught by Rusty Hills, to host former Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer. All students, faculty and staff of the Ford School are invited to attend and ask questions. The session is part of an ongoing segment of the course that invites members of the political community to participate in the class.

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Friday, November 18, 2005
International Macroeconomics and Finance Seminar
9:00 PM -  1:00 PM

This is the first seminar in the 2005-2006 International Colloquia series.

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Friday, November 11, 2005
EDTS: Trading Partners and Trading Volumes
10:00 AM

Presentation of paper 'Trading Partners and Trading Volumes' for EDTS by Professor Marc Melitz of Harvard University.

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Thursday, November 10, 2005
Human Rights and Politics: An Asian Perspective
4:30 PM

Lecture by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Former Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia, Distinguished Visiting Professor, Georgetown University

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Tuesday, November 08, 2005
Debate between the State Chairmen of the Michigan Democratic and Republican parties
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Democrat Chairman Mark Brewer and Republican Chairman Saul Anuzis will participate in a debate. The session will begin with both chairmen assessing their party's strength in the upcoming 2006 Michigan gubernatorial and U. S. Senate campaigns.

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Friday, October 28, 2005
Conference on the Political Economy of International Finance (PEIF) - Agenda
8:30 PM -  5:15 PM

Sponsored by the University of Michigan's Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, Center for Political Studies, International Institute, and Department of Political Science

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Friday, October 21, 2005
Perspectives on the WTO Doha Development Agenda Multilateral Trade Negotiations
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

The purpose of the conference was to provide a forum to discuss the most important issues to be addressed during the December 2005 Ministerial Meeting of the WTO in Hong Kong.

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Wednesday, October 12, 2005
Improving the U.S. Intelligence Community - Lessons from Iraq, Libya, and Elsewhere
3:30 PM
2005 Harry A. and Margaret D. Towsley Foundation Lecture Series

Former President of MIT Charles M. Vest will deliver the Harry A. and Margaret D. Towsley Foundation lecture, 'Improving the U.S. Intelligence Community – Lessons from Iraq, Libya, and Elsewhere.' The lecture is part of Dr. Vest's visit to the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, where he is the Towsley Policymaker in Residence.

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Saturday, October 08, 2005
Homecoming Game and Tailgate Party
All Day Event

What do hot dogs, policy wonks, and the Michigan Marching Band have in common? All will be out in full force at the Ford School's first-ever Homecoming Game & Tailgate Party. We reserved a special section for Ford School alumni at the football game (Wolverines vs. Minnesota) and the enormously popular UM Alumni Association's 'M-Go-Blue Tailgate Party' before the game.

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Thursday, September 29, 2005
Debating Social Security Reform
3:30 PM

As the Debate on Social Security reform goes forward the focus on private accounts remains at its forefront. We invite you to join the discussion with keynote speaker Edward Gramlich. Edward Gramlich is the Interim Provost at U-M and the Richard A. Musgrave Professor at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.

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Friday, September 16, 2005
New Directions in National Security
3:30 PM
A 2005 Josh Rosenthal Education Fund Lecture from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy

Senator Carl Levin, (D-Mich.) discusses 'New Directions in National Security' at the 2005-06 Josh Rosenthal Education Fund Lecture. This lecture commemorates the life and work of Josh Rosenthal, a 1979 University of Michigan graduate who died in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and seeks to encourage public discussion of the changes in the world since 9/11.

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Friday, September 09, 2005
First Response to the Hurricane Katrina Disaster
3:30 PM

A panel will review what happened in the Gulf and why it has resulted in the largest natural disaster in U.S. history. This panel aims to provide a forum for forthright discussion of the public policy issues and questions inherent in this terrible tragedy. The long-term effects of this disaster and the effectiveness of our response will affect the well-being of many thousands of people and influence both economic and political outcomes.

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Saturday, April 30, 2005
Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy 2005 Commencement
3:00 PM

The Charge to the Class will be delivered by Former Slovak Republic Ambassador Ronald N. Weiser. More than 80 graduates will receive a Masters Degrees in Public Policy or Public Administration; seven graduates will receive joint degrees in areas such as law and business; and, an additional four graduates will receive a PhD degree.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2005
The Politics of Cost Containment in the U.S. Health Care System
12:00 PM -  1:00 PM

Joseph White will talk about the politics of cost containment in the U.S. health care system. Joe is famous for his insightful and sharply expressed views on health care and other social policy issues, as well as on budget politics.

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Thursday, April 07, 2005
European Union Social Policy in a Global Context
4:00 PM
A 2005 Citigroup Foundation Lecture from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy

This lecture was the keynote address for the conference, 'Changing Social Policies for Low-Income Families and Less-Skilled Workers in the EU and the U.S.,' jointly sponsored by the National Poverty Center and the European Union Center, University of Michigan.

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Tuesday, April 05, 2005
One Nation Under God: The Role of Religion in Public Life
4:00 PM

Washington Post Columnist E. J. Dionne writes about the strengths and weaknesses of competing political philosophies. His analysis of American politics and trends of public sentiment is recognized by the public and private sectors as among the most reliable in the business.

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Wednesday, March 09, 2005
America and the Mideast: A Half Century of Change.
7:30 PM -  8:30 PM

For years John K. Cooley has been a staff correspondent successively for the Christian Science Monitor and ABC News, and has written widely on the Middle East and North Africa.

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Thursday, February 17, 2005
James Garrison, President, State of the World Forum
4:00 PM

Jim Garrison is a policy entrepreneur who has written widely about culture, politics, and social change. He is founder and President of State of the World Forum, a group that Jimmy Carter convenes, to establish a global network of leaders, citizens and institutions dedicated to action on key global problems.

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Tuesday, February 15, 2005
The Global Economy
4:00 PM

Professor of Economics at Columbia University and Nobel Laureate for Economics in 2001, Joseph Stiglitz is internationally recognized as one of the leading economic educators of our time. Stiglitz is credited in creating a new branch of economics, 'The Economics of Information,' and his work has dealt extensively with growth and development in the Third World.

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Friday, February 11, 2005
Community Engagement in a Changing America
4:00 PM

Robert Putnam, Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University and founder of the Saguaro Seminar: Civic Engagement in America, spoke on two of his critically acclaimed books, Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community and more recently Better Together: Restoring the American Community.

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Thursday, January 27, 2005
Listening to Terrorists
4:00 PM
A 2005 Josh Rosenthal Education Fund Lecture from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy

Jessica Stern is a nationally recognized expert on the motivations and causes behind terrorist movements. She is the author of Terror in the Name of God: Why Religious Militants Kill , based on years of interviews with members of extremist organizations around the world.

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Friday, November 12, 2004
Groundbreaking ceremony for Joan and Sanford Weill Hall (Part 2)
11:00 AM

On November 12, 2004, alumni, friends and donors attended the ceremonial groundbreaking for the new home of the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, Joan and Sanford Weill Hall (see photo). Construction of the $34 million building is now officially underway– and the promise of a magnificent academic facility is literally coming to life.

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Saturday, May 01, 2004
Rebecca Blank interview with President Ford
9:00 AM

Rebecca Blank interview with President Ford.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2003
Affirmative Action and Its Discontents: Lessons from the Texas Top Ten Percent Plan
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Marta Tienda, Princeton University with comment from Patricia Gurin, University of Michigan.

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Monday, September 08, 2003
Middle East Challenge: Coming to Grips with Islam, Democracy and Terrorism
4:00 PM
A 2003 Josh Rosenthal Education Fund Lecture from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy

Robin Wright, a five-time Pulitzer Prize nominee, is a global affairs correspondent for The Los Angeles Times. She has had extended tours of duty outside the United States, reporting from more than 130 countries. Ms. Wright has spent more than five years in the Middle East, two years in Europe, and seven years in Africa, as well as stints in Latin America and Asia.

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