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Thursday, March 04, 2010
Los Angeles Area Alumni Happy Hour
6:00 PM -  8:00 PM

Los Angeles area alumni gathered for a networking happy hour at BottleRock in downtown L.A.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Will U.S. Schools Drag Us Down?
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM
Eric Hanushek, Paul and Jean Hanna Senior Fellow Hoover Institution of Stanford University

Eric Hanushek is the Paul and Jean Hanna Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution of Stanford University. He has been a leader in the development of economic analysis of educational issues, and his work has frequently entered into the design of both national and international educational policy. His research includes the impacts of teacher quality, high stakes accountability, and class size reduction on achievement and the role of cognitive skills in international growth and development. His pioneering analysis measuring teacher quality through student achievement forms the basis for current research into the value-added of teachers and schools.

Monday, March 15, 2010
Health Care Reform at the State vs National Level: Tradeoffs and Tipping Points
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Free and open to the public.

Thomas Buchmueller, Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy, University of Michigan Stephen M. Ross School of Business
John J. H. (Joe) Schwarz, Former U.S. Representative and Visiting Lecturer, University of Michigan Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
Marianne Udow-Phillips, Director, Center for Healthcare Research and Transformation (CHRT), located at the University of Michigan

Sponsored by the Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP) and the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.

Neighborhood as Sustainability Laboratory: Agency and agendas in the green rebuilding of the lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Barbara Allen, Associate Professor and Director
Graduate Program in Science & Technology Studies
Virginia Tech's National Capitol region Campus

With commentary by Margaret Dewar, Professor of Urban and Regional Planning and Faculty Director of the Edward Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning

Co-Sponsored by the University of Michigan Center for Local State and Urban Policy

The Role of Islamic International Organizations in the Realm of International Politics
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Dr. Abdulaziz Othman Al-Twaijri, the Director General of the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), a part of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, will present a public lecture on the topic of Islamic International Institutions.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010
3rd Annual Gramlich Showcase of Student Work
4:00 PM -  6:00 PM

Refreshments served.

Join us as we highlight and celebrate the intellectual achievements of graduate and undergraduate students at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.

Ford School faculty will nominate students for inclusion, and the posters on display will represent a wide range of student work: from local issues to foreign policy, from social welfare policy to health care reform, from undergraduate work to dissertation research. Students will be on hand to describe their projects and answer questions.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Politics, Public Policy, Latino Communities and the 2010 Census
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Free and open to the public.

John A. Garcia is Professor of Political Science at the University of Arizona and Visiting Research Professor and Director of the Resource Center for Minority Data at ICPSR. Professor Garcia's research interests include the acquisition and utilization of social capital for political engagement, coalition formation among minority communities; and the social construction of ethnic and racial identity and political involvement. His research has resulted in the participation in the National Chicano Survey (1979), the Latino National Political Survey (1989-90), and Latino National Survey (LNS) (2005-06).

Thursday, March 25, 2010
Earth Day Teach-In
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

U-M will mark the 40th anniversary of Earth Day with a Teach-In to address critical issues affecting the planet and give voice to the university's new sustainability initiative.

'Our 40th Anniversary Earth Day Teach-In provides a good example of the University of Michigan's strong commitment to sustainability,' says Don Scavia, special counsel to the president on sustainability. 'Engaging the community and building public awareness at a local level is essential for positive progress toward sustainability on a global scale.'

Monday, March 29, 2010
The Policy and Politics of the Michigan Prisoner ReEntry Initiative
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

It is stunningly difficult to transform the way a state government carries out a major function, but that is precisely what the Michigan Prisoner ReEntry Initiative (MPRI) has set out to do. The MPRI is an ambitious effort to improve public safety by reducing the likelihood that prisoners returning to communities will commit crimes. Based on two decades of national research, it focuses on identifying prisoner characteristics that predict recidivism and then addressing those risks both during and after incarceration. The initiative is transforming the Michigan Department of Corrections and the way in which it connects with communities. Widely regarded as one of the most effective reentry initiatives in the country, the MPRI is entering its seventh year of development and implementation and is operating statewide.