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The Evolution of Cooperation & the Framing of Peace

Date & time

May 16, 2013-Jun 19, 2024, 12:00 am-1:41 pm EDT


Weill Hall

The Center for the Study of Complex Systems, The Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, and the Department of Political Science will be hosting a two day conference on the Evolution of Cooperation and The Framing of Peace. This conference will focus on the past and current research of Robert Axelrod, who has made substantial contributions to all three units. Professor Axelrod is a MacArthur Fellow, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. His work on the evolution of cooperation, complexity, and on the framing of peace has had enormous impact.

The two-day event will consist of short talks by leading scholars as well as panel discussions on topics related to cooperation, complexity, framing and peace. Participants will reflect on the broader impact of Axelrod's work and on how to move forward. The event is open to faculty and students at the University of Michigan.


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May 16: Cooperation and Complexity

9:45 am: Welcome
Susan M. Collins, Dean, Ford School of Public Policy
Scott E. Page, Director, Center for the Study of Complex Systems

10-12: The Importance of Cooperation

Framing: Carl P. Simon, University of Michigan

Robert Putnam, Harvard University
Bobbi Low, University of Michigan
Ken Kollman, University of Michigan
David Lazer, Northeastern University

1:30-3:00: Complexity
Adaptation, Agent Based Models, and Harnessing Complexity

Framing: Stephanie Forrest, University of New Mexico and the Santa Fe Institute

John Holland, University of Michigan
Carl Simon, University of Michigan
Doug Hofstadter, Indiana University
Elizabeth Bruch, University of Michigan

3:00–3:30 Break

3:30-5:00: The Culture Model and Its Descendants

Framing: Ross Hammond, Brookings

Jenna Bednar, University of Michigan
Andrea Jones-Rooy, Carnegie-Mellon University
Henry Wright, University of Michigan
Scott E. Page, University of Michigan

5:00 pm: Adjourn

May 17: The Framing of Peace

9:15 am: Welcome
Chuck Shipan, Chair, Department of Political Science, University of Michigan

9:30-11:30: Peace, War, and International Relations

Framing: D. Scott Bennett, Pennsylvania State University and Lars Erik Cedarman, ETH Zurich

Ravi Bhavnani, Graduate Institute Geneva
Jim Morrow, University of Michigan

1:00–3:00: Framing Peace and Effecting Policy

Framing: Scott Atran, College de France

Scott Atran, College de France
Dan Corstange, Columbia University
Larissa Forster, University of Michigan

3:30-4:30: Axelrod2 (Bob on Bob)
Robert Axelrod, University of Michigan

4:30-5:30: Reception at Ford School