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Wednesday, April 04, 2012
Percent Plans, Automatic Admissions, and College Entry
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Presenter: Isaac McFarlin, Research Associate, Public Policy

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. Discourse between these schools and departments will create a more complete community of education scholars, and will provide a networking opportunity for students enrolled in a variety of academic programs who share common research interests.

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Our Most Important Policy Failure: Energy
7:30 PM -  9:00 PM
Frank Zarb

Frank Zarb, President Ford's "Energy Czar" during the 1970s energy crisis, discusses the country's tortured history developing effective energy policies.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Where Law and Politics Intersect
4:00 PM -  5:00 PM
Environmental Law and Policy Program lecture by Trip Van Noppen, President, Earthjustice
Trip Van Noppen

Environmental Law and Policy Program lecture by Trip Van Noppen, President, Earthjustice

As President of Earthjustice, the nation's premier public interest environmental law firm (www.earthjustice.org), Trip Van Noppen leads the organization's staff, board, and supporters to advance its mission of using the courts to protect our environment and people's health.

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Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Stratification Economics: The Role of Intergroup Inequality
11:30 AM -  1:00 PM

William A. (Sandy) Darity (Arts & Sciences Professor of Public Policy Studies and Professor of African and African American Studies and Economics at Duke University) gave a seminar on his research, titled: "Stratification Economics: The Role of Intergroup Inequality."

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Friday, April 13, 2012
Spring Preview Day 2012
All Day Event

Spring Preview is a weekend designed to give newly admitted students all the information they need to make a decision about pursing a Ford School master's degree. Admitted students have the opportunity to meet with Ford School faculty, students, staff, and alumni, and get a chance to visit the University of Michigan campus and city of Ann Arbor.

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Saturday, April 14, 2012
Spring Preview Day 2012
All Day Event

Spring Preview is a weekend designed to give newly admitted students all the information they need to make a decision about pursing a Ford School master's degree. Admitted students have the opportunity to meet with Ford School faculty, students, staff, and alumni, and get a chance to visit the University of Michigan campus and city of Ann Arbor.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012
The European Crisis: A View from Warsaw and Prague
4:00 PM -  6:00 PM

As the recent crises in Hungary, Greece, and other European countries demonstrate, democracy in Europe may be established, but it is not stable. The Czech Republic, Hungary, and Poland are widely recognized for their accomplishments in the transition to electoral democracy and to free market economies. With these successes come challenges. Both citizens and scholars have raised concerns about corruption, the moral fabric of society, abuse of government power, and the need to build further political institutions. Given their active role in transforming their countries, and the wealth of their experience, the invited guests will offer a unique perspective on the recent events in Europe in this context.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012
My Career and Title IX, Lecture by C. Vivian Stringer
3:00 PM -  4:30 PM
SHARP Insights: How Title IX Changed the Game
Vivian Stringer

SHARP Insights: How Title IX Changed the Game

C. Vivian Stringer is the Head Women's Basketball Coach at Rutgers University. With over 40 years of coaching experience, Coach Stringer's unique insights on how the world of sports continues to evolve, she'll share her history as a child growing up in Edenborn, PA, as a basketball/field hockey player at Slippery Rock University and as head women's basketball coach at three different Division I Universities (Cheyney State, University of Iowa and Rutgers University). Coach Stringer will discuss how Title IX impacted her during its early years through is effects on women in sports today.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Gender and the STEM Trajectory: Evidence from the NLSY97
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Presenter: Ophira Vishkin, Economics

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. Discourse between these schools and departments will create a more complete community of education scholars, and will provide a networking opportunity for students enrolled in a variety of academic programs who share common research interests.

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Friday, April 27, 2012
2012 Graduation Open House
3:00 PM -  5:00 PM

All students, family, and friends are cordially invited to meet the faculty and staff of the Ford School and tour the classrooms, public spaces, and suites of Weill Hall, which opened its doors just six years ago.

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Saturday, April 28, 2012
Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy 2012 Commencement
5:00 PM -  6:45 PM
Carol Bellamy

The Charge to the Class will be delivered by Carol Bellamy, Chair of the Global Partnership for Education Board of Directors.

From the speaker's bio: Carol Bellamy presently serves as the Chair of the Global Partnership for Education, whose goal is to help every child get a good education, particularly the poorest and most vulnerable. Prior to this, Ms. Bellamy served as President and CEO of World Learning, a private, non-profit organization promoting international understanding through education and development in over 70 countries. Bellamy previously served 10 years as Executive Director of UNICEF, the children's agency of the United Nations. She was also the first former volunteer to become Director of Peace Corps.

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