Events @ the Ford School

The Ford School makes Ann Arbor a destination for distinguished policymakers from around the world.
Upcoming events

In the past few years, we've hosted Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Secretary Hillary Clinton, FBI Director Christopher Wray, Secretary Condoleezza Rice, Secretary Jeh Johnson, Secretary Antony Blinken, Ambassador Susan Rice, Secretary Lawrence H. Summers, Secretary Denis McDonough; U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren and Chris Coons; Michigan U.S. Representatives Debbie Dingell, Fred Upton, Peter Meijer, Andy Levin, Rashida Tlaib, 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 public events, visiting policymakers typically 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.


Students are active participants in our public events, and they often 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.



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Sep 13 2024

Ford School Reunion

12:00-6:00 pm

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 Jeh Johnson

“The reality is that Dr. King was a man of action. He did more than dream. He was divisive. To many he was a troublemaker - or as John Lewis would put it, “good trouble” - to force the social change we now all celebrate. He challenged the social order of things and pushed people out of their comfort zones.”

2023 Martin Luther King, Jr. symposium event
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