In light of Dr Songwe's appointment to the High-Level Independent Panel on financing the global commons for pandemic preparedness and response, this session will focus on the complex linkages between health equity and economic resilience in Africa. The speaker will shed light on the pathways to achieving health equity as a cornerstone for sustainable development and economic security in Africa. This conversation will also center around Dr Songwe's perspectives on Africa's place in the midst of global power dynamics and the evolving world economy. Their discussion will explore strategies for African nations to assert their agency, enhance their competitiveness, and secure their interests in a rapidly changing global order, drawing on Dr Songwe's extensive experience in international finance and economic policy-making.
The Weiser Diplomacy Center is thrilled to welcome Dr. Vera Songwe. With a wealth of experience spanning prestigious institutions such as the World Bank, International Finance Corporation, United Nations, Federal Reserve Bank of Minnesota, and the Brookings Institution, Dr. Songwe brings unparalleled expertise to the Ford School. Her accolades include being honored as the African Icon of the Year in 2022 by the African Bankers Association, recognition among the '100 Most Influential Africans' by Jeune Afrique in 2021, and inclusion in Forbes Magazine's list of the top 50 most influential African Women in 2019. Additionally, she was recognized by the Financial Times as one of the 25 Africans to watch.
The Center for Racial Justice and Science, Technology, and Public Policy (STPP) are excited to host Alejandro Mayoral Baños for his talk Beyond the Digital Divide: Unpacking the Complexities of Development and Data Colonialism. Alejandro will be exploring the intricate and multifaceted realm of Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICT4D), and assessing its promising advantages and its significant downfalls.
Join for a conversation with former New York City mayor, Bill de Blasio. In conversation with STPP Director Professor Shobita Parthasarathy, the discussion will explore how urban tech is shaping social policy in “smart cities” like New York and beyond. How can we ensure that emerging technology serves the public interest, and what role can local, state, national, and even international policy play?
Join Dr. Abdul El-Sayed - physician, epidemiologist, and newly appointed Director of the Wayne County Health, Human & Veterans Services Department, and a Ford School Towsley Policymaker in Residence - for a conversation with policymakers at the intersection of social justice and environmental concerns. Dr. El-Sayed will be joined by Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib and Michigan Senator Stephanie Chang (MPP/MSW '14) to reflect on their work to address environmental injustice in Michigan and beyond, and the challenges and opportunities ahead.
Do you want to learn how science and technology policy is made? Are you interested in the social and ethical implications of developments like facial recognition, gene editing, or autonomous vehicles? Are you concerned about the increased politicization of science and research funding?
Join Net Impact Undergrad and co-sponsors in welcoming Gerry Anderson (MBA/MPP ‘88), former Chairman and CEO of DTE Energy to share about his journey from being a driven undergrad engineer to becoming a highly influential leader in sustainability as the CEO of DTE Energy.
STPP hosts a conversation with Michelle Brechtelsbauer (MPP '16 and STPP '16). Michelle is Director of Stakeholder Relations at the Energy Impact Center, a DC-based think tank working to spur a nuclear energy revolution to combat climate change.
Lindsay Smith, Andrea Quinlan, Cristina Mejia Visperas, and Melissa Burch will comprise the first panel of the Behind Walls, Beyond Discipline: Science, Technology, and the Carceral State webinar series.
Join us for a casual conversation with Naomi Klein that will touch upon the pivotal moment we are in as we work to address the climate crisis, fight for climate justice, and examine the detrimental impacts that colonialism and capitalism have had on our planet and society.
This panel discussion will feature climate policy experts as they provide insights on the current and future status of American climate action, steps needed to secure environmental justice, and the issues that need your advocacy.
Following opening remarks by President Mark Schlissel, U.N. Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa Vera Songwe and U-M Provost Susan M. Collins will kick off U-M Africa Week with a fireside chat.
Please join us for a virtual seminar with Dr. Babajide Ololajulo, Senior Lecturer at the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Ibadan, Nigeria and Dr. Patrick Cobbinah, Urban Planning Academic in the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, The University of Melbourne, in conversation with Justine M. Davis, LSA Collegiate Fellow in the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies (DAAS) at the University of Michigan.
A lecture and audience Q&A event where Dr. Bauman will share his perspectives and insights regarding climate change policies at the state level through the lens of economics. Open to the public and lunch will be provided!
Priti Krishtel is a 15-year veteran of the global access to medicines movement. In 2006, she co-founded I-MAK, a nonprofit that works to combat the rising cost of prescription drugs by re-imagining the patent system so that people can get the lifesaving medicine they need.
Christopher Calabrese, Vice President for Policy at the Center for Democracy & Technology will discuss the pros and cons of facial recognition technology, how it is changing many aspects of our lives, and how policymakers should address it.