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
Location: Ross School of Business
8:30am – 7:00pm
Ross School of Business
Speakers from around the world attend this conference and discuss topics relevant for all students with an interest in global business. This year, panels composed of renowned leaders from global organizations, government, and academia will address the 4 Trends Impacting Global Business that Every Leader Needs to Know: Business Education in India, Managing Indian Talent, Base of the Pyramid Lessons and Opportunities, and Multinational Corporate Strategy in India.
Location: Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, Weill Hall, Betty Ford Classroom
735 S. State Street, Ann Arbor 48109-3091
Kirsten Engel is the Charles E. Ares Professor of Law at the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona where she teaches and researches in the areas of environmental and administrative law with a particular emphasis upon federalism and the role of the courts in fostering policy responses to climate change. Dr. Engel will discuss a recent paper that examines the bases for federal allocation, among the various states, of the greenhouse gas emissions reductions needed to meet federal air pollution standards under the Clean Air Act. Event details
Pizza will be provided and this event is free and open to the public.
Co-sponsored by: Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy, Erb Institute, Environmental Law Policy Program, Energy Institute, and Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program
Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
Weill Hall, Annenberg Auditorium
735 S. State Street Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Location: Gladwin Barn