Events @ the Ford School

The Ford School makes Ann Arbor a destination for distinguished policymakers from around the world.
Upcoming events
Javed Ali, LTG James Clapper, LTG Michael Nagata, and Representative Elissa Slotkin

In the past few years, we've hosted Secretary Hillary Clinton, Secretary Condoleezza Rice, Ambassador Samantha Power, Ambassador Susan Rice, Secretary Lawrence H. Summers, Deputy Secretary of State Steve Biegun, former U.K. Foreign Secretary David Miliband, Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, former National Security Adviser Lt. General James Clapper, Secretary Denis McDonough, Michigan U.S. Representatives Debbie Dingell, Fred Upton, Peter Meijer, and Elissa Slotkin; and many more.

The Ford School hosts dozens of events every year with the goal of providing students, faculty, alumni and the public with insight into key policy discussion on a range of topics.

In addition to livestreamed public events, our visitors meet in small groups with students and faculty, going in-depth on critical policy and political issues, or exploring and coaching for career development and leadership lessons.

Student asks a question of a visiting speaker

Students are active participants in our public events. Students are often the source of connections with prospective visitors. And they lead the question and answer sessions that close each event. 

Our public events are presented with generous support from partners and friends of the Ford School. Learn more about our named lecture series.



Secretary Hillary Clinton

"We've got to get back to listening to each other and working with each other. We've got to start showing that democracy can work again. We've got to have debates that actually lead to decisions being made and action being taken. It's the next generation of leaders who are going to have to model the best way to do that."

October 11, 2019
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Secretary Condoleezza Rice

“The goal of diversity is not to remind us how we’re all different. It’s to take people from different experiences and backgrounds and help us find a common future, and I think we are failing at it, and it’s beginning to cause rifts.”

October 4, 2019
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