Past Events


Apr 26, 2017
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
10:30am-12:30pm (refreshments served)The symposium begins promptly at 10:30am –not “Michigan Time Free and open to the public   About the symposium: Student panels will discuss the implications of their independent research projects on state and...
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Apr 12, 2017
11:30 am to 1:00 pm
11:30am-1:00pm (pizza lunch available to first 100 attendees) Free and open to the public About the lecture: While much attention has been focused on the threats that hydraulic fracturing poses to water systems—whether by its consumptive use of...
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Mar 06, 2017
11:30 am to 1:00 pm
THIS EVENT IS CANCELLED Free and open to the public (pizza lunch available to the first 100 attendees) About the lecture: Development of the Bakken formation represents a multitude of trade-offs. The region is one of the great granaries of the...
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Feb 08, 2017
11:30 am to 1:00 pm
About the lecture:  The most recent comprehensive state environmental index is over 25 years old. Hall & Kerr's 1991-1992 Green Index uses 256 indicators to gauge the environmental performance and policies of every state and it is still being...
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Nov 30, 2016
11:30 am to 1:00 pm
Free and open to the public (pizza lunch provided) About the lecture:  Place is more than just a location.  It is people, engagement, and community.   Our unique experiences and emotional connections to that place give us that “sense of place.”  ...
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Nov 09, 2016
11:30 am to 1:00 pm
Free and open to the public. ****View presentation**** Amber Arellano (MPP '03) is the executive director of The Education Trust-Midwest. She oversees the organization’s direction on Michigan education policy and research, public engagement,...
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Nov 02, 2016
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Free and open to the public. The 2016 general election will have enormous implications for energy and climate policy in the United States. While much attention will be paid to the positions of presidential candidates, congressional and state...
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Oct 31, 2016
11:30 am to 1:00 pm
Free and open to the public.(pizza lunch provided 11:25am for first 100 guests) Carol O'Cleireacain became Deputy Mayor for Economic Policy, Planning & Strategy in October 2014. She is a nationally recognized expert on fiscally troubled states...
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Oct 03, 2016
11:30 am to 1:00 pm
See video below   Free and open to the public. This talk explores a surprising new strategy for climate change policy that has emerged in the last 10 years: “reclaiming the atmospheric commons.”  The strategy combines the idea of making polluters...
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Sep 30, 2016
12:00 pm
Free and open to the public. Light lunch will be served. Join the conversation: #policytalks   Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council Cecilia Muñoz (AB '84) returns to the University of Michigan to chair a panel of public servants from...
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Sep 28, 2016
11:30 am to 1:00 pm
Free and open to the public. SUSAN J. DEMAS is the Editor and Publisher of Inside Michigan Politics. She has been a journalist for 15 years, covering politics for several national and regional publications. Susan is the only Michigan journalist to...
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Sep 26, 2016
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Free and open to the public. Marijuana reform has become a mainstream part of public policy over the last 20 years. However, the U.S. has had a rocky relationship with the cannabis plant since the Founding. In a new book, Marijuana: A Short History...
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Sep 13, 2016
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
CRC & CLOSUP Ask if Michigan's System of Funding Local Government is Broken Join us for a webinar on Sep 13, 2016 at 1:00 PM EDT. Register now!  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3376805094469781763 After registering, you will receive a...
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Apr 13, 2016
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Free and open to the public Join in the conversation using #fordschoolvotes. Students of PUBPOL 456/756 invite the public to join them for a debate featuring city council candidates from the following wards:   Ward 1:  Jason Frenzel, Will LeafWard 2...
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Mar 30, 2016
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Free and open to the public (see RSVP info below). The Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP) and the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy invite you to participate in an upcoming Community Conversation on MARCH 30, 4:00pm - 5:30pm, in...
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Mar 22, 2016
8:30 am to 12:00 pm
The “Michigan’s Municipal Water Infrastructure: Policy Choices and Issues” conference is being sponsored by a consortium of universities across the state, with the hope of bringing a voice of academic research and analysis to the topic of municipal...
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Mar 17, 2016
10:00 am to 11:30 am
Free and open to the public.  About the lecture:Mariam Noland, the president of the Southeast Michigan Community Foundation for more than 30 years. Under Ms. Noland, the foundation has distributed over $700 million in 53,000 grants to benefit...
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Mar 14, 2016
11:30 am to 1:00 pm
Free and open to the public. Universal child care has been a longstanding goal of child care advocates in both Canada and the United States since the 1960s, yet in 2016 that goal remains stubbornly elusive in both federations despite decades of...
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Jan 25, 2016
11:30 am to 1:00 pm
Free and open to the public (pizza lunch provided 11:30am, lecture begins promptly at 11:45am) Description: On January 19th, Governor Snyder delivers his 6th State of the State address. And, for lawmakers, lobbyists, and interest groups, the annual...
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Nov 23, 2015
11:30 am to 1:00 pm
11:30am-1:00pm (Pizza lunch provided at 11:30am, lecture begins at 11:40am) Free and open to the public. How do Americans think about energy? Is the debate over fossil fuels, nuclear power, and renewable energy highly partisan and ideological? Are...
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Nov 10, 2015
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Free and open to the public. Reception to follow. Join the conversation: #policytalks From the speakers' bios: The Honorable Dave Camp is Senior Policy Advisor within PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Washington National Tax Services (WNTS) practice. In this...
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Nov 05, 2015
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
The League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area will host an educational Town Hall on redistricting. The presentation will explore how legislative lines are drawn in Michigan, who draws them and why it is a critically important question for those...
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Nov 02, 2015
11:30 am to 1:00 pm
11:30am-1:00pm (Pizza lunch provided at 11:30am, lecture begins at 11:40am) Free and open to the public. The Marcellus shale play in the northeastern corner of the United States is one of the most robust deposits of natural gas in North America. ...
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Oct 28, 2015
4:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Free and open to the public. Reception to follow.   Please join us for the next installment of the Environmental Law & Policy Program's Lecture Series. Patricia Beneke, North America Regional Director for the United Nations Environment Programme...
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Oct 21, 2015
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
This event is free and open to the public. Join the conversation: #policytalks In 2013, Detroit filed for bankruptcy, marking the largest municipal bankrupty in U.S. History. This case culminated in the creation and approval of the $194.8 million...
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Oct 15, 2015
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
David Houle, post-doctorate fellow at the Center for Local, State and Urban Policy (CLOSUP), will present a brief introduction to Canadian politics and an overview of the current 2015 federal election set to unfold on October 19, 2015. The...
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Oct 13, 2015
9:00 am to 11:00 am
Free and open to the public. Registration required. Registration required. The Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP) invites our Washington DC colleagues to attend a discussion hosted by the Wilson Center/Canada Institute featuring...
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Oct 01, 2015
5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Free and open to the public.   Mayor George Heartwell will talk about challenges and successes of implementing sustainable practices within the City of Grand Rapids.   This event is hosted by Program in the Environment (PitE) and co-sponsored by...
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Oct 01, 2015
2:00 pm
This webinar was presented on October 1, 2015.  It can be viewed online and the Powerpoint presentation can also be downloaded as a PDF file. Citizens Research Council of Micigan (CRC) and the University of Michigan Center for Local, State, and...
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Sep 28, 2015
11:30 am to 1:00 pm
Speaker:  Ian Rowlands, Professor, University of Waterloo Free and open to the public.(Pizza lunch available at 11:30am, lecture begins at 11:40am) Sponsored by: Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP) Co-Sponsors: MEnergy, Michigan’s...
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Apr 22, 2015
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Pizza lunch served at 11:50 AM  Book sigining with Margo Oge immediately following (books will be available for purchase).  In recognition of Earth Day, please join us for a very special lecture about what it takes to pass historic air quality...
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Apr 16, 2015
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Free and open to the public. Reception to follow. About the panel:Bad news: decaying streets, scarce parking, increased congestion make driving to work more and more frustrating.  On the other hand, more sophisticated hardware and software are...
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Apr 15, 2015
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Free and open to the public Join in the conversation using #fordschoolvotes. Featuring candidates from the following wards: Ward 1: Sabra Briere & Will LeafWard 3: Zach Ackerman Ward 4: Jack Eaton & Jaime MagieraWard 5: Mike Anglin &...
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Apr 08, 2015
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
This event has been CANCELED. About the lecture:The development of shale gas, especially through hydraulic fracturing (or 'fracking') has become increasingly important and contested. While much as been written on shale extraction policy in the US,...
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Mar 18, 2015
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Free and open to the public.  Click HERE to read the full text of Michael Pagano's presentation. Description:To effectively address the fiscal challenges confronting cities, we cannot assume that that there is a mythical ‘average’ city or ‘best...
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Mar 12, 2015
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Free and open to the public. Join the conversation: #policytalks More details to be announced. From Mayor Mike Duggan's bio: Mike Duggan was elected as Detroit’s new Mayor on November 5, 2013 and took office on January 1, 2014.   As Mayor, he will...
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Feb 16, 2015
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Click HERE to read the full text of Dr. Metzenbaum's remarks. Free and open to the public. Shelley Metzenbaum, President, The Volcker Alliance (former Associate Director for Performance and Personnel Management at the White House Office of...
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Nov 05, 2014
11:30 am
Free and open to the public. Daniel Raimi, Associate in Research, Duke University Energy Institute Sponsored by:Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP) Co-Sponsors: Program in the Environment; Erb Institute; Environmental Law Policy...
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Oct 20, 2014
11:30 am
About the lecture:The modern environmental regulatory state in the U.S. has been dictated by statutes that are more than four decades old and is in need of updating. However, in the face of a gridlocked Congress and growing partisanship nationwide,...
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Oct 06, 2014
12:00 pm
A presentation by the Michigan Public Policy Survey Program Managers, Tom Ivacko and Debra Horner.   Click here for the powerpoint presentation. Click here for the related policy report. About the Michigan Public Policy Survey: The Michigan Public...
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Sep 24, 2014
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
About the Film "Black and Blue"When Georgia Tech came to Michigan in 1934, the Wolverines were forced to bench their best player, Willis Ward, because he was an African-American. The incident infuriated Ward’s best friend on the team, a future...
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Sep 24, 2014
11:30 am to 1:00 pm
About the lecture:The Obama Administration’s EPA created a stir when it recently proposed widely varying state carbon-intensity targets to be achieved by 2020 and permanently by 2030. Dr. Engel will discuss a recent paper that examines the bases for...
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Apr 17, 2014
9:00 am to 12:15 pm
This event is being hosted by the Wilson Center in Washington, DC. Please contact them for more information. Read the reports related to this event: Environmental Policy in the Great Lakes Region: Current Issues and Public Opinion Shale Gas and...
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Apr 16, 2014
1:15 pm to 2:30 pm
The event is free and open to the public. Scroll to the bottom of this page for the event video. About the eventThe students of Ford School's Public Policy 456/756 class, along with their instructor and current Ann Arbor Mayor John Hieftje, have...
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Mar 26, 2014
7:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Reception and book signing following the program.Free and open to the public. Panelists:Scott Cannon, son of author James CannonCaptain James M. Cannon IV, son of author James Cannon Moderator:Barry Rabe, J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Professor of...
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Mar 25, 2014
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Free and open to the public.Reception to follow. Continue the conversation on social media: #policytalks From the speaker's bio:Kevyn Orr (J.D. '83) has practiced law in the areas of business restructuring, financial institution regulation, and...
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Mar 19, 2014
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Free and open to the public. Reception to follow. Discussants: Ian Beniston, Deputy Director, Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation Hunter Morrison, Director, Northeast Ohio Sustainable Communities Consortium Initiative John Russo,...
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Feb 12, 2014
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Free and open to the public. Read the working paper See the presentation slides Speaker: George Fulton, Director, Research Seminar in Quantitative Economics, Department of Economics, Research Professor, Institute for Research on Labor, Employment,...
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Jan 13, 2014
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Free and open to the public. Lunch provided. Speaker: Susan Christopherson, Professor, Department of City and Regional Planning, Cornell University See the presentation from the event: A Distinctive US Approach to Shale Gas Development? Abstract:...
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Dec 04, 2013
10:00 am to 11:30 am
****Watch the video**** Free and open to the public. Abstract The federal Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) is the premier national example of a non-regulatory environmental policy, and it illustrates well both the potential and limitations of using...
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