Spotlights - Spring 2021

June 10, 2021

Working remotely has its perks

At Comerica Park, Detroit News photographer Robin Buckson spotted sociologist and Detroit historian Ren Farley keeping score as the Tigers beat the Kansas City Royals. “I teach the course on Detroit so I have to keep up with what is going on there,” he later told us. Photo by Robin Buckson / Detroit News


Zoom browser window featuring U.S. Representatives Meijer and Slotkin and Dean Barr

Conversations across time zones

Through a full slate of Policy Talks, the Ford School virtually hosted notable experts and drew in thousands of viewers across the world. Visitors included U.S. Representatives Elissa Slotkin (D-MI) and Peter Meijer (R-MI) (Conversations Across Differences), U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood (D-IL), Dr. Tressie McMillan Cottom, Coach John Beilein, former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, and more.

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MPA cohort at Allmenginder Park, May 2021

Fordies making community

From apple picking and pumpkin carving to virtual events and Zoom trivia—and, recently, to a joyful gathering at Allmendinger Park of our second Master of Public Affairs cohort, now fully vaccinated.

Students and student organizations have remained a lifeblood of our community this year, continuing to create space for each other and impact in their work.



Luke Shaefer talent show performance stills

A whole new world

Luke Shaefer’s efforts helped inspire an expanded child tax credit in the American Rescue Plan that will eliminate extreme child poverty.

He expresses his joy for “A whole new world” in Disney song during the Ford School’s talent show.



Below, find the full, formatted Spring 2021 edition of State & Hill.

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