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John Kasich on Democracy and Civic Discourse

Oct 9, 2024, 4:00 pm EDT
Joan and Sanford Weill Hall, Annenberg Auditorium (Room 1120)
Former Ohio Governor John Kasich will address the threats to American democracy, and the need for civic discourse across party lines and around the country.

Special Ford School Community event at UMS presentation of "Fight Night"

Sep 26, 2024, 7:30 pm EDT
Power Center
The Ford School community will have access to tickets of the UMS production of Fight Night, an interactive drama experience that gives a new perspective about the democratic process. An exclusive discussion with the show's director and cast members will follow the performance.  On the brink of a presidential election that people on both sides have called the most consequential in history, Belgium’s extraordinary Ontroerend Goed offers a fun and thought-provoking, examination of free will and politics that puts electronic voting devices — and the candidates’ fates — directly into the hands of audience members.

An assessment of the Nixon pardon

Sep 13, 2024, 4:00 pm EDT
Joan and Sanford Weill Hall Annenberg Auditorium (1120)
On the 50th anniversary of Gerald R. Ford's pardon of Richard Nixon, a re-assessment of the relevance of that action in today's political landscape. After being vilified, and then lionized as a great act of patriotism, in this era of seeming impunity, what is the significance of that unique, historical pardon? 

Nixon resignation anniversary

Aug 8, 2024, 12:00 pm EDT
Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation
The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation will host a panel discussion looking back on the resignation announcement by President Richard Nixon. 

Gerald R. Ford wreath-laying

Jul 14, 2024, 12:00 pm EDT
Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum
Annual wreath-laying ceremony at the Ford Presidential Museum 

Recognizing and Responding to Racial Gaslighting

Jun 19, 2024, 10:00 am-1:00 pm EDT
In honor of Juneteenth, please join the Ford School's Center for Racial Justice and DEI team for a virtual workshop facilitated by Professor Angelique M. Davis and Dr. Rose Ernst on racial gaslighting.

Dean's Symposium - American Democracy at the Crossroads

Apr 12, 2024, 3:15 pm EDT
Joan and Sanford Weill Hall Annenberg Auditorium (1120)
Voting rights activist Stacey Abrams will address the challenges to American democracy, her work to guarantee voter access, and other civil rights battles facing the United States in 2024. 
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Dean's Symposium - Communicating Climate Change: Policymakers, Advocates, and Public Opinion

Apr 12, 2024, 9:00 am EDT
Betty Ford Classroom (1110)
Climate change is often described as a wicked problem, one with many interdependent, changing, and thorny factors to solve. For policymakers, this often means balancing complex and sometimes competing preferences from a range of stakeholders, both responding to those voices and communicating about policies in ways that will resonate with a wide range of audiences. 
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Conversations Across Differences

Dean's Symposium - The State of Democracy around the World

Apr 12, 2024, 1:00 pm EDT
Betty Ford Classroom (1110)
Democracy around the world is both robust -- two billion people will be able to cast a ballot in 2924 -- and fragile, as threats to the voting process, to the structures of democratic society, and to the voters themselves afflict many nations. 
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Dean's Symposium - The AI Bill of Rights and the Future of Technology Policy

Apr 11, 2024, 3:15 pm EDT
Joan and Sanford Weill Hall Annenberg Auditorium (1120)
A wide-ranging discussion with technologist Alondra Nelson, reflecting on her time in the White House, her role as a social scientist involved in shaping science and technology (and particularly AI), her insights into the policy process, and specifically her work on the open access and AI Bill of Rights initiatives. 
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Dean's Symposium - New Policy in Support of Families and Kids

Apr 11, 2024, 1:30 pm EDT
Joan and Sanford Weill Hall Annenberg Auditorium (1120)
This session will examine innovative policies that promote direct cash transfers and tax credits to low-income families, new mothers, and other sectors of society. 
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Dean's Symposium - Social Policy in the 21st Century

Apr 11, 2024, 11:00 am EDT
Joan and Sanford Weill Hall Annenberg Auditorium (1120)
The opening session of the inaugural Dean's Symposium  -- Policy Innovations for Today -- with a welcome from Dean Celeste Watkins-Hayes and a keynote address from Cecilia Munoz, national public policy leader and former director of the White House Domestic Policy Council.  
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Dean's Symposium - Public Policy in the 21st Century: Charting the Course

Apr 11, 2024, 11:00 am EDT
Joan and Sanford Weill Hall Annenberg Auditorium (1120)
Cecilia Muñoz will reflect on her long career in social activism and policymaking, and on the challenges the U.S. continues to face regarding immigration and refugee affairs, social inclusion, and the role of public interest technology.   
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The Future of US Intelligence 20 years after 9/11

Apr 10, 2024, 4:00-5:00 pm EDT
Betty Ford Classroom (Room 1110) Joan & Sanford Weill Hall
Join us for a fireside chat with Charles Luftig, Deputy Director for National Intelligence Policy and Capabilities, as we commemorate the 20-year anniversary of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act (IRTPA). Moderated by Javed Ali, this conversation will explore current intelligence and envision a future shaped by advances in technology like open source intelligence, social media, artificial intelligence, and language learning models.
EPI Speaker Series

Why Substitute Teachers Matter and How Policy and Working Conditions Shape Their Decisions

Apr 4, 2024, 12:00-12:50 pm EDT
1230 Weill Hall
Educator staffing shortages have drawn considerable attention from policymakers and the public in recent years. While much attention is directed towards K-12 teachers, there is growing concern about shortages of substitute teachers because of the negative impact on teachers and administrators when schools regularly have insufficient staff to cover teacher absences and vacancies. 

Voices of Impact

Apr 4, 2024, 4:00-5:30 pm EDT
Weill Hall, Rm 1110
Join the Center for Racial Justice for an inspiring night of conversation with our '23-'24 Visiting Fellows. 
Policy Talks @ the Ford School, Conversations Across Differences

The Middle East crisis: a policy discussion

Apr 3, 2024, 4:00 pm EDT
Joan and Sanford Weill Hall Annenberg Auditorium (1120)
Two experts with long experience in Middle East policymaking discuss the violence in Palestine and Israel and its broader implications. This event is open to Ford School students, faculty, and staff, and will be streamed live and on-demand.
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Racial Justice in Practice

Misogynoir in Education

Apr 3, 2024, 11:30 am-12:50 pm EDT
Weill Hall, Room 1210
Join the Center for Racial Justice and the Institute for Research on Women & Gender (IRWG) in welcoming Dr. Moya Z. Bailey, Associate Professor at Northwestern University, founder of the Digital Apothecary, and co-founder of the Black Feminist Health Science Studies Collective for a workshop on misogynoir in education.

Strange Culture - Ann Arbor Film Festival

Mar 31, 2024, 3:00 pm EDT
233 S State St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
The Ford School is sponsoring a film at this year's Ann Arbor Film Festival, which runs through March 31.The film, Strange Culture, is showing at the State Theater at 3pm on Sunday, March 31. Tickets available at the Michigan Theater.

Getting things done in the Interagency: doing what's best for America

Mar 27, 2024, 4:00 pm EDT
Joan and Sanford Weill Hall, Annenberg Auditorium (Room 1120)
Former Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security John Tien discusses how homeland and national security policy gets done and implemented based on his experience across four Administrations: Clinton, Bush, Obama, and Biden.
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Africa's Strategic Role in Charting a New Economic and Policy Path

Mar 26, 2024, 1:00-2:30 pm EDT
Betty Ford Classroom (Room 1110)
Former United Nations Under-Secretary General and the Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), will join us to discuss the intricate relationship between health equity and economic resilience in Africa. Dr. Songwe's insights will highlight Africa's role in global power dynamics and strategies for asserting its agency amid evolving economic landscapes.

The China Initiative and Its Aftermath: The impact on science and the academic and intellectual freedom on campus

Mar 25, 2024, 6:00 pm EDT
Room 1010
Although the China Initiative has officially ended in 2022, the hostile climate has not dissipated and scientists of Chinese backgrounds still feel the pressure especially as a proposed House spending bill wants to bring the initiative back. Put in place in 2018 under the Trump administration the China Initiative led to the arrest, intimidation, and forced resignation of faculty on American University campuses. This panel discussion brings together a group of experts who will discuss their personal experiences, the legal dimensions, the costs of the initiative in the realm of scientific and technological advancements, the effects on prospective and current students, and diversity of campus.  

17th annual Gramlich Showcase of Student Work

Mar 22, 2024, 3:00 pm EDT
Weill Hall, Rebecca M. Blank Great Hall
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.

A View from the Fed

Mar 21, 2024, 12:00 pm EDT
Joan and Sanford Weill Hall Annenberg Auditorium (1120)
Federal Reserve Bank Vice Chair for Supervision Michael S. Barr, former dean of the Ford School, will discuss the workings of the Fed, his work on banking reform, and the lessons of leadership he has learned in his career in and out of government service. 
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Racial Justice in Practice

Delivering Equity

Mar 18, 2024, 12:00-1:30 pm EDT
Join the Center for Racial Justice in welcoming Dr. Clarence Wardell III, Senior Program Officer on the Economic Mobility and Opportunity team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, for a virtual workshop on the importance of service design in ensuring equitable access to key government programs. 

Second Look Legislation - A Policy Briefing

Mar 18, 2024, 12:00 pm EDT
East Room
This policy briefing is the culmination of a project carried out by five Masters of Public Policy students who worked with the American Friends Service Committee’s Michigan Criminal Justice Program in the Strategic Public Policy Consulting course at the Ford School of Public Policy. The students gathered current data on the MDOC prisoner population and modeled the potential cost savings that could be realized under the proposed Second Look legislation in Michigan.