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2021 Open House

Apr 30, 2021, 3:00-5:00 pm EDT
Join us for a virtual Open House—part of our 2021 commencement celebrations! This informal gathering is an opportunity for graduates to introduce their families and friends to Ford School faculty, staff, and fellow students. 

Safe swag pick-up and photo op for graduating Fordies

Apr 30, 2021, 9:00 am-2:30 pm EDT
Weill Hall back parking lot (off Oakland Ave)
Graduating Fordies: Come by for your commencement party in a bag, including yard signs, pompoms, balloons, and more! Appointments required. See details for registration information and health and safety expectations. 

General Jim Mattis on "Call Sign Chaos"

Apr 21, 2021, 7:00 pm EDT
The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation, Library and Museum invites you to a virtual book talk with General Jim Mattis on his recent memoir, Call Sign Chaos. 

P3E Winter 2021 Student Showcase

Apr 21, 2021, 4:00-5:20 pm EDT
Join P3E for Winter 2021 Practical Community Learning Project (PCLP) and research assistant student presentations.
North American Colloquium Climate Series

Siting renewable energy in North America

Apr 20, 2021, 12:00-1:00 pm EDT
Join us to discuss the political challenges and opportunities associated with siting and building renewable energy projects in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Big House/Ford School Community 5k

Apr 16-18, 2021, All Day
Each year, The U-M Athletics Department holds a Big House 5k. Due to the virtual nature of this year’s 5k, we thought that this could be an excellent time to come together as a community to get moving together April 16-18!

Making the case for Liberal education

Apr 14, 2021, 2:00-3:00 pm EDT
A panel of academic leaders will consider how a focus on the lives students lead beyond college, and on the outcomes of Liberal Arts education.

70th Annual UMDC Congressional Breakfast

Apr 14, 2021, 8:30-9:45 am EDT
Join UMDC virtually in the nation’s capital as we come together to celebrate the University of Michigan’s legacy of influential alumni in government.

2021 Earth Day Teach-In

Apr 13, 2021, 12:00-1:00 pm EDT
Join the Environmental Policy Association for an event in honor of the 51st Anniversary of Earth Day! 
Weiser Diplomacy Center Series

Why Nations Rise

Apr 12, 2021, 11:30 am-12:30 pm EDT
In Why Nations Rise, Manjari Miller argues that elites in some states actively reframe their image when their economic and military power increases, applies lessons from historical cases, and reshapes our understanding of rising power.

14th Annual Gramlich Showcase of Student Work

Apr 9, 2021, 4:00-5:00 pm EDT
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.

Talent show

Apr 8, 2021, 7:00-8:00 pm EDT
Everyone has a talent, often hidden. Let them be hidden no more! Join the Ford School community for an all-school talent show. 
North American Colloquium Climate Series

Urban climate governance in North America

Apr 8, 2021, 1:00-2:00 pm EDT
Join us for a conversation with leading scholars of urban climate governance. Find out what some of the largest North American cities have been doing to address climate change.
Economic Development Seminar

Poor and rational: Decision-making under scarcity

Apr 1, 2021, 4:00-5:30 pm EDT
A growing literature associates poverty with anomalies in decision-making. Researchers investigate this link in a sample of over 3,000 small-scale farmers in Zambia, who were given the opportunity to exchange randomly assigned household items for alternative items of similar value.

COVID-19: Reflections and vision for the future

Mar 31, 2021, 5:30-7:00 pm EDT
Join the Trotter Multicultural Center as they host Dr. Paula Lantz and Nicholas St. Fleur in a Trotter Distinguished Leadership Series discussion that reflects on the impact of the pandemic on local community health and policy and explores what comes next.