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CLOSUP Lecture Series

Getting to net-zero: Climate challenges and solutions

Feb 21, 2020, 11:30 am-12:50 pm EST
Weill Hall, Betty Ford Classroom (1110)
Join Karl Hausker, Senior Fellow at World Resources Institute Energy and Climate Program as he discusses climate challenges and solutions of getting to net-zero emissions.
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CLOSUP Lecture Series, Conversations Across Difference, Policy Talks @ the Ford School

Listening to Strengthen Democracy

Oct 23, 2019, 4:00-5:30 pm EDT
Weill Hall, Annenberg Auditorium (1120)
The Local Voices Network is a community-driven listening network which aims to improve our understanding of one another through communication.  Kathy Cramer, one of the groups' founders, will talk about how it works and what 's coming out of  the chapters in Wisconsin, New York, Massachusetts, and Alabama.  
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Ford School Reunion

Oct 4-5, 2019, 12:00-6:00 pm EDT
Joan and Sanford Weill Hall
We'll be celebrating this fall! Save the date and join us for the Ford School Reunion!
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Governor Transition Leaders Panel

Sep 27, 2019, 4:00-5:30 pm EDT
Weill Hall, Annenberg Auditorium (1120)
Join Domestic Policy Corps (DPC) and the Center for Local, State and Urban Policy (CLOSUP) for a panel discussion with a generation of Michigan governor transition leaders from 1991 to today.
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A Conversation with former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick

Sep 26, 2019, 4:30-5:45 pm EDT
Jeffries Hall, Room 1225
Please join the Law School's Environmental Law and Policy Program as we host our first lecture of the 2019-2020 academic year- "A Conversation with Former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick."This extraordinarily timely event will include discussion of regional greenhouse gas initiatives, the clean energy revolution, corporate sustainability efforts, and the impact of the 2020 election on climate change and environmental protection efforts.  
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2019 Graduation Open House

May 3, 2019, 3:00-5:00 pm EDT
Weill Hall
Enjoy delicious food and live music as you tour the classrooms, spaces and suites of Weill Hall.
CLOSUP Lecture Series

Student Symposium on State & Local Renewable Energy Policy

Apr 29, 2019, 4:00-6:00 pm EDT
Weill Hall, O'Neill Classroom (1230)
Join the students of PUBPOL 750: Renewable Energy Policy at the State & Local Level for a Student Symposium on State & Local Renewable Energy Policy.  Students will share their research on the web of state and local policies facilitating and hindering renewable energy deployment in California, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Oregon, Texas, and Wyoming.
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CLOSUP Lecture Series

EITC Expansions, Earnings Growth, and Inequality: Evidence from Washington, DC

Mar 20, 2019, 11:30 am-1:00 pm EDT
Weill Hall, Betty Ford Classroom 1110
Does Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) expansion have a positive or negative effect on labor market outcomes and household well being in Washington DC?  Hear Dr. Hardy discuss research on how EITC expansions undertaken by the Washington DC affect income and inequality in the city. 
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Student Roundtable with Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz

Mar 14, 2019, 2:30-3:30 pm EDT
3240 Weill Hall
An informal roundtable conversation with Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz (Ford MPP '96)  who will share his experience from Ford School student to current Mayor of the City of Toledo.
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CLOSUP Lecture Series

Working Together to Achieve Detroit’s Future

Oct 31, 2018, 2:30-3:50 pm EDT
Weill Hall, Annenberg Auditorium (1120)
The Ford School’s Michigan Politics and Policy class (PubPol 475/750) will be joined by Chase Cantrell, Executive Director and Founder of Building Community Value for a discussion about the future of Detroit on Weds Oct 31, 2:30pm. We have moved this class session to the larger Ford School Annenberg Auditorium (1120) so this lecture can be open to the public -- we hope to see you there!
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CLOSUP Lecture Series

Policy Change as Political Strategy: America’s Health Reform Mosaics in Comparative Perspective

Oct 24, 2018, 11:30 am-12:50 pm EDT
Weill Hall, Betty Ford Classroom 1110
Professor Tuohy will speak about her new book, Remaking Policy: Scale, Pace and Political Strategy in Health Care Reform (University of Toronto Press 2018). The book presents a new theoretical framework for addressing perennial questions about the drivers of policy change. It argues that the scale and pace of major policy change - change that alters the balance of power, the methods of control or the organizing principles of a policy arena – are fundamentally driven by political calculations at the centre of government, as political actors assess their ability to overcome vetoes not only in the present but also over time. The book develops this argument by drawing on ten cases of health policy change across seven decades (1945-2017) and four nations (the United States, Britain, the Netherlands and Canada). In her talk Prof. Tuohy will pay particular attention to the American cases, showing why the US is especially prone to “mosaic” bursts of simultaneous small-scale changes, and why both “big-bang” (large scale, fast paced) and “blueprint” (large scale, slow paced) strategies have proved elusive.
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CLOSUP Lecture Series, Conversations Across Difference, Policy Talks @ the Ford School

Electoral Reform via Ballot Initiatives: Redistricting, Voter Registration, and Voter Rights in Michigan

Oct 8, 2018, 4:00-5:30 pm EDT
Weill Hall, Annenberg Auditorium (1120)
The panel will look at two initiatives on the November 2018 ballot: the Voters Not Politicians initiative to reform redistricting (Proposal 2), and the Promote the Vote initiative to expand voting and registration opportunities (Proposal 3).
CLOSUP Lecture Series

Student Symposium on Energy and Environmental Policy Research

Apr 25, 2018, 4:00-6:00 pm EDT
Weill Hall Betty Ford Classroom (1110)
Student panels will discuss the implications of their independent research projects on state and local environmental policy on issues including water, energy, climate change, and land use.This event showcases the work of Ford School BA students enrolled in a section of PubPol 495 that is part of the CLOSUP in the Classroom Initiative. 
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CLOSUP Lecture Series

Ann Arbor Mayor and City Council Candidate Forum

Apr 12, 2018, 4:00-5:30 pm EDT
Weill Hall, Annenberg Auditorium (1120)
Free and open to the public.Students of PUBPOL 456/756 invite the public to join them for a debate featuring candidates for the offices of mayor and city council in Ann Arbor. This event takes place as a product of PUBPOL 456/756. It originated and is planned, organized, and moderated by the students of the Ford School’s Public Policy Course 456/756 under the supervision of their instructor, former Mayor of Ann Arbor John Hieftje. Final details are pending on which candidates will participate, and will be announced here as soon as possible.
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CLOSUP Lecture Series

The U.S. Energy Transition and Vulnerable Populations

Mar 7, 2018, 11:30 am-1:00 pm EST
Weill Hall, Betty Ford Classroom (1110)
The U.S. is in the midst of an energy transition. This path toward decarbonization of the energy sector promises many societal benefits such as reduced greenhouse gas emissions, technological innovation, and reduced air pollution. The costs of this transition such as price spikes or job displacement, however, are not evenly spread across the population, since some individuals and communities are more vulnerable to the adverse impacts than others. In this presentation, I will introduce a framework for conceptualizing vulnerability and then provide an illustration of its potential application using the case of the renewable portfolio standard. I will also present findings from interviews and focus groups with individuals that reside or work within more vulnerable populations. These findings provide insights about the manner in which communities perceive of the energy transition, and how they cope with changes introduced by the transition.
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CLOSUP Lecture Series

Private Landowners, Public Policy, and the Energy Revolution

Feb 5, 2018, 11:30 am-1:00 pm EST
Betty Ford Classroom 1110
The United States has seen dramatic growth in energy development with much of it occurring on privately owned lands, creating a unique raft of opportunity and risk for landowners. The presentation reviews research on the nexus of property ownership rights and regulatory policy, with a focus on Shale and Wind Energy. It introduces the concept of 'Private Participation' in the planning and siting of energy projects and discusses how private property ownership will continue to influence the energy revolution. 
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