Calendar of Events

  (There are no lectures planned for Winter Semester 2012)

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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-, 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.

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.

Monday, October 25, 2010
The Climate Fix: A Pragmatic Future for Climate Change
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, Dr. Pielke offers a comprehensive exploration of the problem and suggests a more practical resolution, including investment to create a more carbon-efficient economy and cost-efficient carbon-capture technologies.

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

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.

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.