Past Events


Nov 01, 2019
11:30 am to 1:00 pm
Women represent just 15% of Michigan's local chief administrative officers. Although women continue to be underrepresented as municipal managers, there is a growing contingent of dedicated women serving their communities and challenging the status...
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Oct 23, 2019
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Free and open to the public. Reception to follow. Description: Our Democracy suffers from a lack of listening and an overabundance of people not feeling heard. In her talk, Dr. Cramer will explain what she heard while inviting herself into the...
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Oct 04, 2019
12:00 pm to 6:00 pm
It's been 10 years since our first BA students graduated. It's been 20 years since we were named for President Gerald R. Ford. And it's been 50 years since our first Master of Public Policy students entered the Institute of Public Policy Studies. We...
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Sep 27, 2019
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Want to learn more about how a successful campaign becomes a gubernatorial administration following an election? How Michigan government has evolved over a generation of leadership? Join Domestic Policy Corps (DPC) and the Center for Local, State...
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Sep 26, 2019
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm
Please join the Law School's Environmental Law and Policy Program as we host our first lecture of the 2019-2020 academic year- "A Conversation with Former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick." This extraordinarily timely event will include ...
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May 04, 2019
4:30 pm to 6:30 pm
The Ford School is proud to celebrate the achievements of the graduating classes of 2019! The Charge to the Class will be delivered by Peabody Award-winning journalist, author, and innovator Michele Norris. You can read more about Michele Norris...
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May 03, 2019
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Enjoy delicious food and live music as you tour the classrooms, spaces and suites of Weill Hall. Pose for a silly selfie with friends, faculty, and staff at the photo booth. And don't forget to pick up some gear from the Spirit Store so you can wear...
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Apr 29, 2019
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Free and open to the public - refreshments provided About the symposium: Students will share their research on the web of state and local policies facilitating and hindering renewable energy deployment in California, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota,...
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Mar 20, 2019
11:30 am to 1:00 pm
Free and open to the public - pizza lunch provided About the Lecture:We use longitudinal administrative tax data from Washington DC (DC) to study how Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) expansions undertaken by the Washington DC affect income and...
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Mar 14, 2019
2:30 pm to 3:30 pm
The Program in Practical Policy Engagement (P3E) and the Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP) invite you to join us for an informal roundtable conversation with Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz (Ford MPP '96)  who will share his experience...
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Jan 29, 2019
9:30 am to 11:00 am
This webinar on January 29, 2019 was jointly hosted by CLOSUP and the Michigan Municipal League.  The webinar features Professor Manny Teodoro from Texas A&M University, speaking on water and sewer system finance and policy, including how to...
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Jan 28, 2019
11:30 am to 12:50 pm
Free and open to the public About the Lecture:Please join us in a Conversation Across Difference, as Professor Teodoro discusses alternative ownership and management models for water and sewer utilities, as well as the political dimensions of public...
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Nov 14, 2018
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Free and open to the public.  Reception and book signing to follow.  Book sales and signing hosted by Bookbound. Sports remains a fascination to millions of Americans but also presents a great range of challenging public policy issues at both the...
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Nov 12, 2018
3:00 pm to 3:50 pm
The Ford School’s Michigan Politics and Policy class (PubPol 475/750) will be joined by Randy Liepa, Superintendent of Wayne Regional Educational Service Agency for a discussion about public education on Monday November 12, 3:00pm. We have moved...
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Oct 31, 2018
2:30 pm to 3:50 pm
Free and open to the public. The Ford School’s Michigan Politics and Policy class (PubPol 475/750) will be joined by Chase Cantrell, Executive Director and Founder of Building Community Value for a discussion about the future of Detroit on Weds Oct...
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Oct 30, 2018
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Please join us for a special screening of Michigan Divided, a 48 minute documentary exploring political divisions in the state.  A 30 minute interactive audience conversation will follow.  The event is part of the Michigan Truth Tour provided by...
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Oct 24, 2018
11:30 am to 12:50 pm
Free and open to the public. Pizza lunch provided. Carolyn Hughes Tuohy will speak about her new book, Remaking Policy: Scale, Pace and Political Strategy in Health Care Reform (University of Toronto Press 2018). The book presents a new...
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Oct 08, 2018
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Free and open to the public. Reception to follow. Join the conversation: #policytalks The panel will look at two initiatives on the November 2018 ballot: the Voters Not Politicians initiative to reform redistricting (Proposal 2), and the Promote the...
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Oct 01, 2018
11:30 am to 1:00 pm
Free and open to the public. Refreshments provided. Join the conversation: #policytalks   Barry Rabe discusses his book Can We Price Carbon? Moderated by John Milewski, Director of Digital Programming; Host and Managing Editor, Wilson Center NOW.  ...
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Apr 25, 2018
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Refreshments served Free and open to the public About the symposium: Student panels will discuss the implications of their independent research projects on state and local environmental policy on issues including water, energy, climate change, and...
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Apr 12, 2018
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Free and open to the public. Students of PUBPOL 456/756 invite the public to join them for a debate featuring candidates for the offices of mayor and city council in Ann Arbor.  This event takes place as a product of PUBPOL 456/756. It originated...
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Mar 27, 2018
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Free and open to the public. State government in Michigan is a $56B a year enterprise.  During the last decade, tax and spending priorities have changed.  After a high-level overview of these changes, Khouri will discuss what it means for the...
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Mar 07, 2018
11:30 am to 1:00 pm
Pizza lunch provided. Free and open to the public About the lecture:The U.S. is in the midst of an energy transition. This path toward decarbonization of the energy sector promises many societal benefits such as reduced greenhouse gas emissions,...
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Feb 05, 2018
11:30 am to 1:00 pm
Free and open to the public Pizza lunch provided About the lecture:  The United States has seen dramatic growth in energy development with much of it occurring on privately owned lands, creating a unique raft of opportunity and risk for landowners....
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Jan 24, 2018
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Free and open to the public. Reception to follow. Join the conversation: #policytalks About the book: The Fracking Debate directly addresses the most common questions and concerns associated with fracking, including: What is fracking? Does fracking...
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Nov 13, 2017
11:30 am to 1:00 pm
Free and open to the public. Lunch provided. Join the conversation with @SCPP_FordSchool using #SCPPTalks Presented by the Students of Color in Public Policy, Vann R. Newkirk, II, Staff Writer at The Atlantic, will highlight the ways in which...
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Nov 06, 2017
11:30 am to 1:00 pm
Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, Betty Ford Classroom (1110)735 S. State Street, Ann Arbor 48109-3091 11:30am-1:00pm (pizza lunch provided) Free and open to the public About the lecture:Since the November 2016 elections, issues surrounding...
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Nov 01, 2017
10:00 am to 11:30 am
Free and open to the public About the lecture: Vivian Thomson will offer an insider’s account of how power is wielded in environmental policy making at the state level. Drawing on her experience as a former member of Virginia’s State Air Pollution...
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Oct 04, 2017
11:30 am to 1:00 pm
  Free and open to the public (pizza lunch provided) About the lecture: Can a carbon price survive in a highly decentralized, fossil-fuel producing nation that is tightly integrated with the economy of the United States? Against the backdrop of...
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Sep 13, 2017
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Free and open to the public About the lecture: With Republicans controlling Congress and the White House following the 2016 elections, Democrats have turned to the states to spur challenges to President Trump’s agenda. Among the most prominent of...
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Jun 12, 2017
8:30 am to 4:15 pm
Free and open to the public – but you must register to attend (see below)Space is limited to 50 participants – so register early! Registration/Check-in 8:30am-9:00am Program begins at 9:00am and adjourns at 4:15pm Agenda  http://closup.umich.edu/...
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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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