Events Archive

October 2014

Oct 27 – Business and Sustainability: Markets, Policy and Country Context

Dana, Room 1028

Jorge Rivera, Professor of Strategic Management and Public Policy, George Washington University

Free and open to the public

Oct 20 – The Lilliputians and the Future of Environmental Regulation / Michelle Pautz

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

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Oct 20 – Cultivate Hope: Found, Not Lost / Positive Links Speaker Series

Ross, Colloquium
Free and open to the public

“Cultivate Hope: Found, Not Lost”

Oana Branzei is an Associate Professor of Strategy at the Richard Ivey School of Business, Western University; and Visiting Professor with the Center for Positive Organizations and the Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise at Michigan Ross.

Neil Hetherington is the Chief Executive Officer of Habitat for Humanity New York City.

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Oct 16 – Aspen Institute Business Education: Meeting our Highest Aspirations for Capitalism

Ford Foundation, New York

Hosted by: The Aspen Institute Business & Society Program

Erb Faculty Director, Andy Hoffman presented on the Globalens case study “Coke in the Cross Hairs: Water, India and the University of Michigan“. The case explores the relationship between the University and Coca-Cola in the face of demands of activists concerned with the company’s environmental and labor policies.

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Oct 9-12 – Erb Returns: Alumni reunion

Erb Alumni: We hope to see you at Erb Returns in October. Register here!

Oct 10 – Global Human Rights & Labor Standards Symposium

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

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Oct 9 – EAB Meeting and Dinner


Open to Erb EAB members



Open to Erb EAB members, alumni, students, faculty and staff

Oct 9 – MCubed Symposium

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.

Oct 6 – “Reflections on the politics of food” / Erb Colloquium

Dana, 2024
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.

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Oct 3 – Transportation, Economics, Energy, and the Environment (TE3) Conference

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