Ford School of Public Policy, Betty Ford Classroom (1110)
735 S. State Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Free and open to the public. Pizza will be provided.
Michelle Pautz, Associate Professor, Director of the Master of Public Administration Program, University of Dayton
Description: The modern environmental regulatory state in the U.S. has been dictated by statutes that are more than four decades old and is in need of updating. However, in the face of a gridlocked Congress and growing partisanship nationwide, it is unlikely those changes will come from our elected leaders; therefore, we have to turn elsewhere. The often-unnoticed actor in environmental policy is the state regulator—the Lilliputian. Together, these Lilliputians comprise the foundation of environmental regulation and the future regulatory state should increasingly rely on these little giants of environmental protection.
Co-sponsored by: the Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP) and the Erb Institute
Erb Alumni: We hope to see you at Erb Returns in October. Register here!
Ross Colloquium (6th Floor)
The symposium will cover the challenges of ensuring social responsibility in the globally dispersed supply chains of today, historical approaches universities have taken, current industry best practices and challenges and brainstorm what ought to be the role of a university and how could they fulfill that role more effectively. The audience for the conference will include faculty/students/licensees/and members of labor standard committees from other schools.
President Schlissel will deliver the welcome address. Professor Michael H. Posner, co-Director of the Center for Business and Human Rights and Clinical Professor of Business and Society, Stern School of Business (former Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL) of the United States) will deliver a keynote address on the “Evolution of Global Manufacturing and New Challenges”.
The day’s events include plenary, panel and moderated break-out sessions. Panel topics / speakers include:
- Professor Richard Locke, Howard Swearer Director, Thomas J. Watson Jr. Institute for International Studies, Brown University.
- A panel session on Leading Industry Practices on Supply Chain Engagement Strategies for Social Responsibility; (tentative) panelists include Nike, Barnes & Noble, and Colosseum Athletics.
- A panel session on University’s Role in Labor Standards and Human Rights; Panelists include: Marsha Dickson (U. of Delaware); Siobán Harlow (U of Michigan), Scott Nova (WRC), Claudia Coenjaerts (FLA)
- Elizabeth Kennedy, Vice President for Corporate Responsibility, The Collegiate Licensing Company – an IMG Company, will lead a discussion on Building Responsible Supply Chains in Small & Medium Companies
- Breakout and report out on next steps for Universities
Open to Erb EAB members
Open to Erb EAB members, alumni, students, faculty and staff
Rackham Auditorium, Michigan League, and Alumni Center
Register now for the MCubed Symposium, which last year’s participants described as an “innovation accelerator in and of itself.”
Be inspired by a keynote from President Mark Schlissel, who will share his vision for research and scholarship at the University of Michigan. Enjoy fascinating TED-like talks from faculty and students on autism, the health impacts of global trade, Facebook, environmental justice in Detroit, and more. Experience MCubed’s massive poster session and identify potential collaborators on the spot. Learn from session presentations on informatics, cancer therapies, and water and environment. Get ready to be energized by updates from over 200 cubes!
Learn more about MCubed, a real-time seed funding program that empowers multi-unit faculty teams to advance immediately with novel ideas. MCubed is proudly based in the University of Michigan Office of Research (UMOR) and is part of the Third Century Initiative, launched by the offices of the President and Provost.
Open to the University Community
Lecture Title: “Reflections on the politics of food”
John Vandermeer is the Asa Gray Distinguished University Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Michigan. His research interests focus on the ecology of agroecosystems, especially in the tropics where he has been working on tropical rainforest dynamics and ecological complexity in the coffee ecosystem for the past 20 years. He teaches courses in ecology and agroecology. He has authored or edited 15 books and over 200 scientific articles, as well as many popular articles in various venues. He is especially focused on structural aspects of the world food system and the inequality that surrounds it.
Rackham Building, University of Michigan
915 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor, MI 48109
TE3 is a one-day conference that will discuss and highlight recent research on Transportation, Economics, Energy, and the Environment.
Co-sponsored by: University of Michigan Energy Institute, Michigan Institute for Teaching and Research in Economics (MITRE) and the Erb Institute.
To learn more, and to register, visit the conference site
Co-sponsored by: Ross, Management & Organizations
Andy Hoffman, Holcim (US) Professor of Sustainable Enterprise, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan
Title: “Academic Engagement in Public and Political Discourse”
Abstract: What is the role of the academic scholar within the discussions of the global challenges that are relevant to society, such as sustainability, health care, gun control, fiscal policy, international affairs, etc.? How do scholars engage in a world in which knowledge is becoming democratized through social media and the proliferation of knowledge sources (both credible and biased) clouds public debate? What are the social, professional and institutional obstacles to such engagement? Andy will lead a discussion on these questions and explain the goals of the 2015 Michigan Meeting, the culmination of an 18 month dialogue on an issue of interdisciplinary and global importance: the engagement of the academy in creating informed decision-making with the public and political realms. In particular, we are interested in stimulating a dialogue on faculty attitudes and best practices that cover a span of external engagement activities, including but not limited to: Congressional testimony, assistance to government agencies, board service, public presentations, media interviews, K-12 education, blogging, editorial writing, social media and political activism — all activities that lie outside the “standard” notions of scholarly pursuits. In addressing these questions, this meeting builds upon two preliminary activities that provide its foundation: (1) A survey of attitudes among University of Michigan faculty around academic engagement in public and political discussion that was conducted in the fall of 2013; (2) A series of three brownbag lunches for faculty to discuss their experiences, desires, and/or fears in engaging in public and political discussion were conducted in the winter of 2014. With these preliminary activities completed, we are now convening a national conference on the role and rules of engagement for academics to enter public and political discussion.
Susan Hedman is the administrator for EPA’s Region 5 Office in Chicago. Her discussion will focus on the EPA’s Clean Power Plan proposal.
Co-sponsored by the U-M Energy Institute, the Erb Institute, and the Graham Sustainability Institute