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Khmer Rouge Trials: Serving to End or Compound Cambodia's Culture of Impunity?

Thursday, April 10, 2014

In a conversation moderated by Susan Waltz, Margo Picken and John Ciorciari will discuss the positive and negative effects of the UN-backed Khmer Rouge trials that began several years ago in "extraordinary chambers" of the courts of Cambodia. Will they bring "closure" to the country's dark past? What impact have they had on the situation of human rights in Cambodia today?

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Ford School mourns Margaret Ann (Ranny) Riecker (HLLD '05)

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Margaret Ann (Ranny) Riecker (HLLD '05), who passed away in Midland, Mich., on April 7, was among the Ford School's most generous volunteers and supporters. Her philanthropy through the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation (where she was president), the Harry A. and Margaret D. Towsley Foundation (where she was chair), and personal giving with her late husband John Riecker (AB '52, JD '54), has been instrumental in the Ford School's advancement over the years.

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Public less supportive of state fossil fuel taxes, says CLOSUP, still strong for renewable electricity

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

CLOSUP's March report from the National Surveys on Energy and the Environment reveals declining support for state fossil fuel taxes levied to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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Inequality in America

Thursday, April 3, 2014

This talk will investigate the problem of rising economic inequality in the United States and the various options for addressing it. The unique history of the U.S. has meant that the U.S. political discussion has historically been unconcerned with income inequality; however, rising inequality during the past three decades is attracting increased attention and concern. Growing economic inequality is also closely correlated with rising inequality in a variety of other social domains. This includes evidence of growing differences by economic status in education, housing, health, and marital/fertility choices. Many of the major causes of this rising inequality are not easily addressed in any direct way. In fact, some of these causes have produced other substantial benefits. Within the political economy of the U.S., there are only a limited number of areas where inequality can be addressed in ways that might garner widespread support, including efforts aimed at greater opportunity for low-income families in educat

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The aftermath of financial crises: It doesn't have to be that bad

Thursday, April 3, 2014

In the wake of the 2008 crisis, many have concluded that financial crises inevitably lead to prolonged, terrible recessions. But in fact, there have been a wide range of experiences throughout history. How much countries suffer depends crucially on the policies governments adopt. This examination of history has implications for what Europe and other areas should do today, and for what policies should be used in future crises.

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Metropolitan areas, regionalism, and the politics of intergovernmental cooperation

Thursday, April 3, 2014

The Ford School's distinguished Jack L. Walker, Jr. Professor of Public Policy Elisabeth R. Gerber will deliver a lecture as part of our school's centennial celebrations.

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Armed with Expertise: The Militarization of American Social Research during the Cold War

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Joy Rohde will remark on major points of her book Armed with Expertise and answer questions from the audience. The event includes remarks from Alan Deardorff and Gabrielle Hecht.

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Ford School survey informs leaders on fiscal health and economic development

Friday, March 28, 2014

Five years ago, the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy launched an ongoing survey of the chief elected and appointed officials in every one of Michigan's 1,856 counties, cities, townships and villages, large and small. Among the survey's goals? Identifying their most pressing governance problems, including the impact of cuts in state revenue-sharing, tax-revenue losses, and troublesome barriers to economic development, as well as the innovative steps local leaders are taking to effectively overcome them.

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20 years after the Rwandan Genocide - with Paul Rusesabagina

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

This Keynote lecture is part of the IPC commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide. Rwandan Event Registration.

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Kevyn Orr speaks at the Ford School

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Over 400 people turned out on March 25th to hear Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr deliver a lecture as part of the Policy Talks @ the Ford School series.

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Peace Corps in the 21st Century

Friday, March 21, 2014

Carrie Hessler-Radelet is acting Director of the Peace Corps as of July 2013. She was initially appointed deputy director of the Peace Corps on June 23, 2010. She is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Western Samoa, 1981–83) with more than two decades of experience in public health focused on HIV/AIDS and maternal and child health.

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Obamacare and Beyond: How To Reform the U.S. Health System

Friday, March 14, 2014

Avik Roy, opinion editor at Forbes, Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, and former health policy adviser to then presidential candidate Mitt Romney, will debate senior editor at the New Republic and author of Sick, Jonathan Cohn over the viability of the Affordable Care Act.

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7th Annual Gramlich Showcase of Student Work

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Each spring, Ford School faculty and staff nominate dozens of outstanding student research and service projects for recognition at the Gramlich Showcase of Student Work. Established in 2008 to honor internationally renowned economist and former Ford School dean, Ned Gramlich, this event features exceptional student work on a broad range of local, national, and international policy challenges.

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Ambassador Richard Boucher and Margo Picken to teach two new public policy courses

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Announcing TWO exciting half-semester public policy courses taught by our Winter 2014 Towsley Foundation Policymakers in Residence, Ambassador Richard Boucher and Margo Picken!

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A conversation on leadership and foreign policy

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The focus of this Ford Policy Union will be on leadership and on specific examples from Ambassador Negroponte's experience. What makes a good leader and how do leaders make decisions? How do leaders handle dissent and divergent views? What lessons have we learned from successes and failures in national security and foreign policy? Has traditional American diplomacy been sidelined because of dominance by our military in post-Cold War conflict and in counter-terrorism since 9/11? The Ford School's Professor of International Policy and Practice, Ambassador (ret) Melvyn Levitsky will conduct the discussion with Ambassador Negroponte and moderate a question and answer session with the audience.

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Quick online survey open for one week: please provide your input

Thursday, February 13, 2014

The Ford School of Public Policy has engaged Hile Creative and The Linux Box to undertake a major project that is critical for the school's continued success: a complete redesign of the school's web presence. The school is focused on creating a site with a design and functionality that best meets the needs of all users, from current and prospective students to alumni, faculty, staff, potential employers, policymakers, and more. Your input is critical to this process.

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Victors for Michigan: the Ford School launches its next century with a bold vision

Monday, February 10, 2014

On November 7, 2013 the Ford School joined with schools and colleges at the University of Michigan to kick off the Victors for Michigan campaign.

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University of Michigan poll: Detroit bankruptcy was the right decision

Monday, February 3, 2014

Despite concerns about Detroit's bankruptcy, 56 percent of local government officials in Michigan said it was the right thing to do, according to a poll by the University of Michigan's Ford School of Public Policy.

More than half of local leaders said the bankruptcy would hurt the state's reputation, 43 percent expected costs to rise for other local governments 
to borrow money, and 32 percent predicted a negative impact on tourism in the state.

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'Ford School feed'—DC alumni event with Justin Wolfers, Towsley Foundation Policymaker in Residence Ambassador Richard Boucher, students' testimony on equity crowdfunding legislation, and more

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The latest edition of the Ford School feed, an email news source for alumni and friends of the school, arrived in inboxes today. 

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New video features a Ford School visit from the Honorable Paul O'Neill

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

2013 marked the 100th anniversary of President Gerald R. Ford's birth. To honor our namesake's legacy, the Ford School hosted several of President Ford's lifelong colleagues and friends. These distinguished visitors included "Energy Czar" Frank Zarb, General Brent Scowcroft, Ambassador Carla Hills, 56th Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, and 72nd U.S. Secretary of the Treasury and member of the Ford administration, Paul O'Neill.

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