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Thursday, October 06, 2011
Panel on the Palestinian Application for Statehood at the United Nations
7:00 PM

Professor Steven Ratner, School of Law
Professor Aaron Ahuvia, Marketing
Professor Hani Bawardi, Social Sciences and Center for Arab American Studies

This event is co-sponsored by Interfaith Council on Peace and Justice

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.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011
The Supply of Alternative Schooling: Measures of Access in the U.S. from 1989 - 2007
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

CIERS Mission:The objective of the Causal Inference in Education Research Seminar (CIERS) is to engage students and faculty from across the university in conversations around education research using quantitative research methods.This seminar provides a space for doctoral students and faculty from the School of Education, Ford School of Public Policy, and the Departments of Economics, Sociology, Statistics, and Political Science to discuss current research and receive feedback on works-in-progress.

Thursday, October 13, 2011
Entrepreneurship in Emerging Markets: Managing and Financing Growth Strategies
5:00 PM -  6:00 PM

Emil Tedeschi is the founder and CEO of Atlantic Grupa, a Zagreb, Crotia-based company which has done the largest IPO of any private company in South East Europe. Mr. Tedeschi was named Manager of the Year by the Croatia Manager's Association and CEO of the year by the Croatian business paper Poslovni Vjesnik. He is also a member of the Parliamentary Committee overseeing Croatian negotiating processes with the EU and the Croatian Social and Economic Council.

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.

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.

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.

Leadership in Politics and Science within the Antarctic Treaty
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM
An STPP Lecture Series Event with John Dudeney
Photo credit: Matt Schaar

For over 50 years the Antarctic has been governed through the Antarctic Treaty, an international agreement between 46 nations of whom 28 Consultative Parties undertake a management role. These Parties have qualified for their position on scientific grounds. The presentation will examine both the scientific and political outputs of all the Consultative Parties over the last 20 years and demonstrate that a small number of original Parties not only provide most of the science but also set the political agenda for the continent. Generally those countries producing the most science papers have the greatest political output as well. None of the most recent signatories to the Treaty appear to play a major role in managing Antarctica. The Treaty prides itself on its scientific credentials, but while nations have to demonstrate a substantial science programme to gain consultative status, there is no process to review science quality or commitment thereafter. The presentation will conclude by highlighting the reputational risk of this policy lacuna and will suggest a way in which it could be addressed.

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.

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.

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.

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!

Sunday, October 30, 2011
Erb Speaker Series: The Irrationality of Sustainability
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Are decisions that attempt to balance people, planet and profits made rationally? Can they be? Our economic models are built on the ideal that people are maximizers of utility and that we have access to all the information and thus can make necessary choices on a rational basis. Rationality is everything, or is it?How can the decision making of individuals and organizations be influenced and improved? Dan Ariely will be talking about self-control, lack of self-control and how an understanding of human weaknesses can help make the world a better place.

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.