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Seeking asylum rights during the pandemic

Aug 20, 2020
In February 2019, Hardy Vieux (MPP/JD '97) traveled to Tijuana, Mexico, to better understand the needs of asylum seekers at the United States’ southern border. That trip laid the foundation for a program to help people navigate the process, at the...

Javed Ali draws parallels between 9/11 and COVID-19 responses

Apr 2, 2020
As the United States grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic, many people are looking to recent historical crises to provide insights into the challenges we currently face. Javed Ali, Towsley Policymaker in Residence at the Ford School, wrote an opinion...
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Towsley courses offer unique learning experience

Mar 28, 2019
The Harry A. and Margaret D. Towsley Foundation Policymaker in Residence Program, established in 2002, pops the academic bubble in its promotion of student, faculty, and policymaker exchange by bringing individuals with significant national and...

Bringing the Science of Reading to Policy and Practice

Nov 19, 2020, 2:30-4:00 pm EST
Come learn from four stakeholders renowned for their experience and expertise in improving literacy rates in local districts, states, and throughout the country; two professors in education, a reporter, and the head of one of Michigan's school administrator associations.
Harry A. and Margaret D. Towsley Foundation Lecture Series, Policy Talks @ the Ford School

Managing presidential campaigns: Lessons learned in 2020

Nov 18, 2020, 12:00-1:00 pm EST
Join us for a discussion on elections and campaigns, in 2020 and beyond. The discussion will include Katie Packer Beeson, former deputy campaign manager for the Romney/Ryan campaign in 2012 and founding partner of Burning Glass Consulting, and Greg Schultz, general election strategist and senior advisor for the 2020 Biden campaign. Broderick Johnson, Towsley Policymaker in Residence, will moderate. 
Harry A. and Margaret D. Towsley Foundation Lecture Series, Policy Talks @ the Ford School, STPP Lecture Series

Cybersecurity: Threats, policy, and responses

Sep 30, 2020, 4:00-5:00 pm EDT
In this conversation, Paul Abbate, Associate Deputy Director of the FBI, and David Levy, Vice President of Amazon Web Services, will discuss some of the challenges in addressing current cybersecurity threats, formulating policy, and calibrating responses. 
Harry A. and Margaret D. Towsley Foundation Lecture Series, Weiser Diplomacy Center Series

Integrating and Enforcing Labor Rights in Trade

Feb 19, 2020, 4:00-5:20 pm EST
Annenberg Auditorium, 1120 Weill Hall
This Harry A. and Margaret D. Towsley Foundation Lecture will examine the nexus between labor rights and trade—a crucial topic as U.S. and global trade arrangements are being renegotiated. It will feature a conversation between two experts who have long worked to advance worker’s rights in the context of global trade—Dr. Bama Athreya, a visiting policy expert at the Weiser Diplomacy Center, and Ford School Professor of Practice Sander Levin. 
Harry A. and Margaret D. Towsley Foundation Lecture Series, Policy Talks @ the Ford School

Community development finance: Responding to community needs

Nov 30, 2017, 4:00-5:30 pm EST
Weill Hall, Annenberg Auditorium
The panelists will discuss their work in helping to deliver capital to America’s communities, the growth and transformation of the industry,  headwinds the field faces and what’s in store for the next 40 years of community development finance.
Gilbert S. Omenn and Martha A. Darling Health Policy Fund, Harry A. and Margaret D. Towsley Foundation Lecture Series, Policy Talks @ the Ford School

"Credible messengers, critical trust: Community health empowerment" with Ruth Browne (MPP/MPH '83), CEO of the Arthur Ashe Institute

Jan 28, 2015, 4:00-5:30 pm EST
Weill Hall, Annenberg Auditorium
Join the Ford School in welcoming back Dr. Ruth Browne, CEO of Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health and the 2015 Towsley Foundation Policymaker in Residence. This event is part of the University of Michigan's 29th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Symposium.
Harry A. and Margaret D. Towsley Foundation Lecture Series, Policy Talks @ the Ford School

Khmer Rouge Trials: Serving to End or Compound Cambodia's Culture of Impunity?

Apr 21, 2014, 4:00-5:30 pm EDT
Weill Hall
About the event In a conversation moderated by Susan Waltz, Margo Picken and John Ciorciari will discuss the positive and negative effects of the UN-backed Khmer Rouge trials that began several years ago in "extraordinary chambers" of the courts of Cambodia. Will they bring "closure" to the country's dark past?
Ford School
Harry A. and Margaret D. Towsley Foundation Lecture Series, Policy Talks @ the Ford School

Networked Diplomacy: Exercising Influence in a Modern World

Mar 31, 2014, 4:00-5:30 pm EDT
Weill Hall
Free and open to the public. Reception to follow. Follow the conversation on Twitter: #policytalks From the speaker's bio: Richard Boucher comes to us following his tenure as Deputy Secretary-General of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Prior to joining OECD, Richard enjoyed an extremely successful career with the State Department, becoming the longest-serving Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs and serving as Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs (2006-2009).
Harry A. and Margaret D. Towsley Foundation Lecture Series

Budgeting for National Security: How Much Should We Spend?

Nov 2, 2009, 4:00-5:30 pm EST
Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy Annenberg Auditorium, 1120 Weill Hall 735 S. State Street, Ann Arbor 48109 Reception to follow. Free and open to the public.
Douglas A. Brook, former Acting Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller)/Chief Financial Officer, is a distinguished graduate of the Ford School (MPA '67) and will be the 2009 Harry A. and Margaret D. Towsley Foundation Policymaker in Residence at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.
Harry A. and Margaret D. Towsley Foundation Lecture Series

Costa Rica and CAFTA: Policy, Politics and Strategy of a New Era in Costa Rican Trade.

Nov 10, 2008, 4:00-5:30 pm EST
Weill Hall
Alberto Trejos, the Harry A. and Margaret D. Towsley Foundation Policymaker in Residence at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, will focus his presentation on the evolution of Costa Rica's decision to join the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA). In addition to addressing the implications of a Costa Rica-United States free trade agreement, Dr.
Ford School
Harry A. and Margaret D. Towsley Foundation Lecture Series

The Cost of Forgiveness: After South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Apr 4, 2007, 4:00-5:30 pm EDT
Weill Hall
Yazier Henry, Director, Direct Action Centre for Peace and Memory, Capetown, South Africa; Harry A. and Margaret D. Towsley Foundation Policymaker in Residence, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. Yazier Henry is a former anti-Apartheid activist who, as a teenager, became an officer in Umkhonto We Sizwe, the military wing of the African National Congress. He is a poet, writer, and peace activist.
Ford School