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Policy Talks @ the Ford School, STPP Lecture Series

Are smart cities smart enough?

Oct 30, 2023, 4:00 pm EDT
Weill Hall, Annenberg Auditorium
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?    
Policy Talks @ the Ford School

Governing for environmental justice

Mar 6, 2023, 4:30-6:00 pm EST
Weill Hall #1110 (Betty Ford Classroom)
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.

United States general election 2022

Nov 8, 2022, 7:00 am-8:00 pm EST
At your polling location or local clerk's office, or by absentee ballot
Key dates and deadlines for the November 8 election, plus how to register and vote.

Michigan primary election

Aug 2, 2022, 7:00 am-8:00 pm EDT
At your polling location or local clerk's office, or by absentee ballot
Michigan will hold its primary election on Tuesday, August 2, 2022, and the Ford School strongly encourages all eligible voters to make their voices heard.

Michigan May 2022 regular election

May 3, 2022, 7:00 am-8:00 pm EDT
At your polling location or local clerk's office, or by absentee ballot
Michigan will hold a regular election on Tuesday, May 3, 2022, and voters may have measures or candidates on their local ballots. The Ford School strongly encourages all eligible voters to make their voices heard.

2022 Ford School Commencement

Apr 30, 2022, 4:30-6:15 pm EDT
Elbel Field
The Ford School is proud to celebrate the achievements of the graduating classes of 2022!
STPP Lecture Series, Policy Talks @ the Ford School

Science for the people: Innovation policy in the United States

Jan 26, 2022, 4:00-5:00 pm EST
Join us for a conversation on deploying science, technology, and data for the public good, with Kumar Garg, senior managing director at Schmidt Futures and former assistant director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and Professor Shobita Parthasarathy.
STPP Lecture Series, Harry A. and Margaret D. Towsley Foundation Lecture Series

Fatima Hassan on global vaccine equity and health justice

Dec 6, 2021, 11:00 am-12:00 pm EST
Join us for a talk on global vaccine equity and health justice with Fatima Hassan, human rights lawyer, social justice activist, and the founder of the Health Justice Initiative in South Africa; and Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, Towsley Policymaker in Residence at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.

Michigan November elections

Nov 2, 2021, 7:00 am-8:00 pm EDT
At your polling location or by absentee ballot
Michigan will hold elections on Tuesday, November 2, 2021, and the Ford School strongly encourages all eligible voters to make their voices heard.
Policy Talks @ the Ford School

Lisa D. Cook on diversity and innovation

Feb 18, 2021, 4:00-5:00 pm EST
A conversation with Dr. Lisa D. Cook, professor of economics and international relations at Michigan State University, on the connections between economics, diversity, and innovation. 

2020 presidential election

Nov 3, 2020, 7:00 am-8:00 pm EST
At your polling location or by absentee ballot
The 2020 United States presidential election will be held Tuesday, November 3, 2020. (Polling location times vary by state)
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. 
CLOSUP Lecture Series, Policy Talks @ the Ford School

Opportunities and challenges of autonomous vehicles: Role of governments?

Feb 10, 2020, 4:00-5:20 pm EST
Weill Hall, Annenberg Auditorium (1120)
Join us to hear Christopher Hart, former Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board discuss opportunities of autonomous vehicles and the challenges they present to federal, state and local governments.
STPP Lecture Series

Graduate STEM Education for the 21st Century

Jan 22, 2020, 4:00-5:20 pm EST
Betty Ford Auditorium, 1110 Weill Hall
Layne Scherer is a senior program officer with the Board of Higher Education and Workforce at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.
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Ford School Reunion

Oct 4-5, 2019, 12:00-6:00 pm EDT
Joan and Sanford Weill Hall
We'll be celebrating this fall! Save the date and join us for the Ford School Reunion!
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2019 Ford School Commencement

May 4, 2019, 4:30-6:30 pm EDT
Rackham Auditorium
The Ford School is proud to celebrate the achievements of the graduating classes of 2019!

2019 Graduation Open House

May 3, 2019, 3:00-5:00 pm EDT
Weill Hall
Enjoy delicious food and live music as you tour the classrooms, spaces and suites of Weill Hall.
Citi Foundation Lecture, Policy Talks @ the Ford School

U.S. Science and Technology Policy: Past, Present and Future

Feb 15, 2019, 11:30 am-12:50 pm EST
Weill Hall, Betty Ford Classroom
*Stream* Kalil will discuss some of the S&T policy priorities of President Obama as well as “lessons learned” from his service at the White House, and address future challenges for U.S. S&T policy.
Policy Talks @ the Ford School, STPP Lecture Series

FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel on Network Neutrality

Sep 17, 2018, 4:00-5:20 pm EDT
Weill Hall, Betty Ford Classroom
FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, a fierce dissenter from the FCC's May 2018 decision to end network neutraility, will have a conversation about the issues with the U-M's associate general counsel, Jack Bernard.