Type: Public event
Host: Ford School

Dean's Symposium - American Democracy at the Crossroads

Remote video URL


Stacey Abrams, Celeste Watkins-Hayes

Date & time

Apr 12, 2024, 3:15 pm EDT


Joan and Sanford Weill Hall Annenberg Auditorium (1120)
735 South State Street Ann Arbor, MI 48109

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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. 

How to attend/tune-in

  • Ford School community: Current Ford School students, faculty, and staff can attend in-person through a ticketed process. See emails for detail.


  • Public: The livestream of the event will be available to the public from this webpage. 

This talk is co-sponsored by the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan. 

This event is part of the Dean's Symposium. For more information about the other panels and keynotes, please click here.

From the speakers' bios:

Stacey Abrams is a political leader, business owner and bestselling author. A tax attorney by training, she served as Minority Leader of the Georgia House of Representatives and was the Democratic nominee for governor of Georgia in 2018 and 2022. She has launched multiple nonprofit organizations devoted to democracy protection, national and local voter engagement, tackling social issues, and building a more equitable future in the South. She currently serves as the Ronald W. Walters Endowed Chair for Race and Black Politics at Howard University and is senior counsel to Rewiring America.

Celeste Watkins-Hayes is the Joan and Sanford Weill Dean of Public Policy at the University of Michigan's Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and founding director of the school's Center for Racial Justice. Watkins-Hayes is also the Jean E. Fairfax Collegiate Professor of Public Policy, University Diversity and Social Transformation Professor, professor of sociology, and an Anti-Racism Collaborative research and community impact fellow. She is an internationally-recognized scholar and expert widely credited for her research at the intersection of inequality, public policy, and institutions, with a special focus on urban poverty and race, class, and gender studies.