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Friday, September 06, 2013
Michael D. Cohen Symposium
1:30 PM -  5:00 PM

This symposium honors the scholarly legacy of the late Michael D. Cohen, who was the William D. Hamilton Collegiate Professor of Complex Systems, Information, and Public Policy at The University of Michigan.

Thursday, September 12, 2013
Managing global borders: In defense of big data
4:30 PM -  6:00 PM
A 2013 Josh Rosenthal Lecture from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
Alan Bersin

Lecture by Alan Bersin, Assistant Secretary of International Affairs and Chief Diplomatic Officer for the Department of Homeland Security

Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Justice before charity: everyone has the right to eat
7:00 PM -  9:00 PM

Longtime advocate for social and political change, Sister Simone will speak about poverty in America, the effect on women and children, and the path for progressive change.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013
U.S. foreign policy towards Israel and the Middle East
4:00 PM -  6:00 PM
A Policy Union Debate from the International Policy Center at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy

The International Policy Center is pleased to host University of Chicago Professor John Mearsheimer for a discussion about U.S. policy towards the Middle East and Israel with University of Michigan Professor and Director of Center for Middle East and North African Studies Juan Cole.
Following the debate we will open the floor to written questions from the audience.

Thursday, September 19, 2013
What's gone wrong in Washington, and why it doesn't have to be this way
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM
A 2013 Citi Foundation Lecture by former U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe
Olympia Snowe

With more than three decades of policy experience and knowing how Washington does – and doesn't – work, recently retired U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe has keen and contemporary insights on what Congressional initiatives to look for in the coming year.

Monday, September 23, 2013
Update on the Great Lakes Water Wars
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM
Peter Annin, Managing Director, Environmental Change Initiative at University of Notre Dame
Peter Annin

Public lecture featuring Peter Annin, Managing Director of the Environmental Change Initiative at the University of Notre Dame. Sponsored by the Department of Political Science and the Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP).

Wednesday, September 25, 2013
The political feasibility of a Revenue-Neutral Carbon Tax
11:30 AM -  1:00 PM

Join Former Congressman, Bob Inglis, along with the Program in the Environment Environmental Politics and Policy Course students in an informal discussion about carbon tax.

Burn Documentary Film Screening (private screening by invitation)
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

The University of Michigan's Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP), the Detroit School Series, and the Department of Urban Planning are sponsoring a private screening of the recent documentary about the challenges facing Detroit fire fighters.

At a time when the number of abandoned homes continues to increase along with the number of fires within the city, the number of fire fighters in Detroit continues to shrink. And while the population of the city has been declining over the years, Detroit fire fighters must still continue to cover the same 139-square mile area that could contain San Francisco, Boston, and Manhattan. This documentary shares the challenges facing Detroit fire fighters at a time when resources are declining and demand for their services is on the rise.

Thursday, September 26, 2013
Science Policy in the Afternoon Talks presents: Dr. Chuck Friedman, Director, Health Informatics Program, Schools of Information & Public Health
5:00 PM -  6:00 PM

Dr. Friedman will be speaking about the federal program to stimulate "meaningful use" of health information technology through the HITECH act which was embedded in the Recovery Act of 2009. The government is expected to invest as much as $30 Billion in this program. Dr. Friedman will give the historical background, describe the program itself primarily from a policy perspective, and then describe its current status. He will also contrast the Obama administration's approach with the approach of the previous administration.