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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. 

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.

Bridging the Health and Climate Financing Gaps: Africa's Strategic Role in Charting a New Economic and Policy Path

Mar 26, 2024, 4:00-5:30 pm EDT
1120 Annenberg Auditorium
In light of Dr Songwe's appointment to the High-Level Independent Panel on financing the global commons for pandemic preparedness and response, this session will focus on the complex linkages between health equity and economic resilience in Africa. The speaker will shed light on the pathways to achieving health equity as a cornerstone for sustainable development and economic security in Africa. This conversation will also center around Dr Songwe's perspectives on Africa's place in the midst of global power dynamics and the evolving world economy. Their discussion will explore strategies for African nations to assert their agency, enhance their competitiveness, and secure their interests in a rapidly changing global order, drawing on Dr Songwe's extensive experience in international finance and economic policy-making. 

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. 

Beyond the Digital Divide

Mar 13, 2024, 4:00-5:30 pm EDT
Weill Hall, The Betty Classroom (Rm 1110)
The Center for Racial Justice and Science, Technology, and Public Policy (STPP) are excited to host Alejandro Mayoral Baños for his talk Beyond the Digital Divide: Unpacking the Complexities of Development and Data Colonialism. Alejandro will be exploring the intricate and multifaceted realm of Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICT4D), and assessing its promising advantages and its significant downfalls.

Giving Blueday 2024: A decade of impact, driven by you.

Mar 13, 2024, 12:00 am-11:59 pm EDT
On Wednesday, March 13, celebrate Giving Blueday's 10th anniversary! From midnight through 11:59 p.m. EST, Fordies around the globe will have the opportunity to support what we love about the Ford School and University of Michigan! 

Black Maternal Rights: Voices and Visions

Mar 12, 2024, 6:00-8:00 pm EDT
Trotter Multicultural Center, Multipurpose Rooms 1-3
Join us for Black Maternal Rights: Voices & Visions, a compelling panel event focusing on the multifaceted issue of Black maternal reproductive rights.

Fiscal Challenges Facing the Next Administration

Mar 11, 2024, 4:00 pm EDT
Joan and Sanford Weill Hall Annenberg Auditorium (1120)
Marc Goldwein, Senior Vice President and Senior Policy Director for the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, discusses the fiscal challenges awaiting the next administration.

Masterclass in Activism with Chloë Cheyenne

Mar 5, 2024, 4:30-6:00 pm EST
The Betty Classroom (Rm 1110)
The Center for Racial Justice proudly welcomes Chloë Cheyenne for our 2024 Masterclass in Activism event: A Conversation on Social Justice Activism in the Digital Age. This event is free and open to all. 

Theorizing and Measuring Racism as a Multifaceted, Interconnected, and Fundamental Cause of Health Inequities

Feb 20, 2024, 4:30-6:00 pm EST
Weill Hall, Betty Ford Classroom, Rm 1110
Racism is a multifaceted, interconnected, and fundamental cause of racialized health inequities. As such, racism impacts who gets sick, who dies, and who is able to live healthy. In this talk Dr. Pirtle will overview interventions of her empirical research, informed by critical race theory, that utilizes multidimensional measures of race and structural measures of racism to explore health outcomes for Black, Latinx, and other populations of color. 

RxKids Launch Bash

Feb 14, 2024, 7:00 pm EST
Capitol Theater 140 E 2nd St, Flint, MI 48502
The lives of Flint pregnant moms and babies are about to change. Mark your calendar for the heartfelt Rx Kids launch event.
EPI Speaker Series

Researchers, Practitioners, and Funders: Perspectives on Strengthening Education Policy in Partnership Across Different Roles

Feb 8, 2024, 12:00-12:50 pm EST
1230 Weill Hall
In this presentation, Drs. McCormick and Sachs will discuss how their experiences as a researcher and practitioner working in partnership have prepared them for their new roles at the Overdeck Family Foundation and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. They will also share opportunities they see to use research and evaluation to make a positive impact on education policy and how these opportunities vary across roles.  

Challenges of Leading in Crisis with Lori Lightfoot

Feb 5, 2024, 4:00 pm EST
Joan and Sanford Weill Hall Annenberg Auditorium (1120)
The Honorable Lori Lightfoot, 56th mayor of Chicago, reflects on her background and preparation for public service, the challenges she faced as mayor, and lessons about leading in crises, in conversation with Ford School Dean Celeste Watkins-Hayes.
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Ford School BA Student Panel Session

Jan 31, 2024, 5:30-6:30 pm EST
*This event has been moved from in-person to Zoom as of 1/30/24*Are you considering an undergraduate degree in public policy? Join us for an opportunity to connect with current Ford School BA students!

The legacy of Watergate

Jan 24, 2024, 7:00 pm EST
Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library 1000 Beal Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Join the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library & Museum, Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation, and Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy as we explore the legacy of Watergate fifty years on. 

The AR-15 - The Gun that Divides a Nation

Jan 24, 2024, 4:00 pm EST
Sanford and Joan Weill Hall (Annenberg Auditorium)
Join Washington Post journalists and editors as they discuss their investigative series, "The gun that divides a nation," which examines the devastation caused by AR-15 assault rifles as well as the weapon's allure in segments of American society. Presented in collaboration with Wallace House Center for Journalists.
University of Michigan Martin Luther King, Jr. Symposium

Slavery and the U.S. Catholic Church: Confronting History and the Case for Reparations

Jan 18, 2024, 4:00 pm EST
Rackham Amphitheatre, 4th floor
Join New York Times journalist and author Rachel Swarns as she discusses her book The 272: The Families Who Were Enslaved and Sold To Build the American Catholic Church, a story of servitude and slavery spanning nearly two centuries and detailing the beginnings of Georgetown University and the U.S. Catholic Church. Swarns's journalism started a national conversation about universities with ties to slavery.
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University of Michigan Martin Luther King, Jr. Symposium

MLK Day lecture - Montgomery, AL, Mayor Steven Reed

Jan 16, 2024, 4:30 pm EST
Joan and Sanford Weill Hall, Annenberg Auditorium (Room 1120)
The Ford School will welcome Montgomery, AL, Mayor Steven Reed to Weill Hall for an event on Tuesday, Jan. 16, in honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.   
Racial Justice in Practice

Administrative Justice: Policy Design for the Inclusion of Marginalized Groups

Jan 16, 2024, 12:00-1:30 pm EST
This is a Virtual Event
Join the Center for Racial Justice in welcoming Dr. Angela S García, immigration scholar and associate professor of Sociology at the University of Chicago, for a virtual workshop on administrative justice. This event is the first of the CRJ's winter 2024 Racial Justice in Practice workshop series. 

Dream Town: Shaker Heights and the Quest for Racial Equity

Nov 29, 2023, 6:30-8:00 pm EST
Literati Bookstore 124 E. Washington St. Ann Abor MI 48104
Literati Bookstore is proud to welcome Laura Meckler to present and discuss her book Dream Town: Shaker Heights and the Quest for Racial Equity. This event is presented in collaboration with Wallace House Center for Journalists, Education Policy Initiative, Center for Racial Justice, Youth Policy Lab, and The Department of English Language and Literature at The University of Michigan.

Ford School BA Student Panel Session

Nov 28, 2023, 5:30-6:30 pm EST
Weill Hall - Room 1110
Are you considering an undergraduate degree in public policy? Join us for an opportunity to connect with current Ford School BA students!
Racial Foundations of Public Policy

Work in Black & White: Striving for the American Dream

Nov 27, 2023, 5:00-6:00 pm EST
Weill Hall, Room 1220
Join the Center for Racial Justice in welcoming Dr. Enobong (Anna) Branch, senior vice president for equity at Rutgers University, to discuss her latest publication, Work in Black & White: Striving for the American Dream.