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Tuesday, January 12, 2010
U.S.-Russia Relations: Status of the 'Reset'
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM
Ambassador John Beyrle

The University of Michigan is pleased to announce the upcoming visit of John Beyrle, U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation. Ambassador Beyrle will deliver a public lecture titled 'U.S.-Russia Relations: Status of the 'Reset',' at the University of Michigan Alumni Center.

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.'

'Are High Quality Schools Enough to Close the Achievement Gap? Evidence from a Bold Social Experiment in Harlem'
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM
EPI Seminar Series Roland Fryer, Professor of Economics, Harvard University Abstract for January 20, 2010 Presentation

Harlem Children's Zone (HCZ), which combines community investments with reform minded charter schools, is one of the most ambitious social experiments to alleviate poverty of our time. This presentation will discuss the first empirical test of the causal impact of HCZ on educational outcomes, with an eye toward informing the long-standing debate whether schools alone can eliminate the achievement gap or whether the issues that poor children bring to school are too much for educators alone to overcome. Both lottery and instrumental variable identification strategies led to the same story: Harlem Children's Zone is effective at increasing the achievement of the poorest minority children. Taken at face value, the effects in middle school are enough to close the black-white achievement gap in mathematics and reduce it by nearly half in English Language Arts. The effects in elementary school close the racial achievement gap in both subjects. The research demonstrates four pieces of evidence that high-quality schools or high-quality schools coupled with community investments generate the achievement gains. Community investments alone cannot explain the results.

Are High-Quality Schools Enough to Close the Achievement Gap?: Evidence from a Bold Social Experiment in Harlem
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM
Roland Fryer

Free and open to the public.

Roland Fryer is the Robert M. Beren Professor of Economics at Harvard University, a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and the CEO of the Education Innovation Laboratory at Harvard University.

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.