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Distinguished Lecture Series Session 2
The OLLI Distinguished Lecture Series Session 2 consists of the second five lectures (February through June) in the ten lecture Distinguished Lecture Series. The lectures are held on Tuesday mornings from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m., once per month from February to June. The speakers are well-informed experts from town and gown who share their specialized knowledge in an engaging manner. Each lecture is just the beginning; a stimulating question-and-answer period follows most sessions, and frequently there is an opportunity to join the speaker at a dutch-treat lunch afterwards. This event includes the second five lectures in the Distinguished Lecture Series. These five lectures are also included in the All Lectures Package (10 Distinguished Lecture Series lectures + 30 Thursday Morning Lecture Series lectures + 3 Summer Lecture Series lectures). These five lectures are also included in the Distinguished Lecture Series (10 lectures, September through June). The five Session 2 lectures (February through June) are: February 12, 2019 A Half-Century of Michigan Memories…and Some Thoughts About Its Future Jim and Anne Duderstadt For the past 50 years the Duderstadts have served the University in many ways as partners in faculty activities, leadership roles, community building, and historians. In this discussion they will draw upon these past experiences to explore some of the challenges the University will face in the future. March 12, 2019 Macroeconomic Prospects for the US and the Globe Dr. Kathryn M. E. Dominguez After an unusually slow recovery from the global recession in 2008, macroeconomic conditions in the U.S. have improved markedly over the past few years. Economic growth has also improved in other countries, though the pace of that expansion has become increasingly uneven, and prospects for future growth have become increasingly uncertain. The lecture will consider how escalating trade tensions and policy shifts in the U.S. are likely to impact U.S. and global growth going forward. Kathryn Dominguez is Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the University of Michigan and Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. She teaches in the Ford school and the department of economics, where she also serves as the Director of the Honors Program. She received her Ph.D. in economics from Yale University, and taught at Harvard before joining the Michigan faculty in 1997. She currently serves on the panel of economic advisors at the Congressional Budget Office, and has previously served on advisory panels at the Federal Reserve Banks of Chicago and Cleveland, and as a research advisor for the Bank for International Settlements. April 9, 2019 Democracy, Dictatorship, and Development: In What Ways does the Type of Political Regime Matter? Dr. Jonathan Hanson Jonathan Hanson is a lecturer in statistics for public policy at the Ford School. As a specialist in comparative political economy and political development, he examines the ways in which, and the channels through which, political institutions affect economic performance and human development. In his recent projects, he has explored whether democracy and state capacity complement or substitute for each other when it comes to improving human development, why authoritarian regimes vary significantly in economic and social outcomes, how the spatial distribution of ethnic group populations interacts with political institutions to affect the supply of public services, and how to measure state capacity. Hanson holds an MA in economics and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Michigan. May 14, 2019 The Fall and Rise of Income Inequality in the United States Professor Charles L. Ballard Income inequality in the United States decreased dramatically between 1928 and 1944. This “Great Convergence” was driven primarily by changes in public policies. Many of these relatively egalitarian policies were reduced or reversed in the 1970s and 1980s. Largely as a result of these policy reversals, income inequality has increased dramatically during the “Great Divergence” of the last 40 years. Professor Ballard will discuss the economics and politics behind these changes. Charles L. Ballard is an author and award-winning Professor of Economics at Michigan State University. He has been a consultant to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and numerous other government agencies and research institutions, both in the United States and abroad. He has received a number of National Science Foundation grants and outstanding teaching awards. June 11, 2019 The Constitution at the Border: When Immigration Policy and Constitutional Norms Clash Margo Schlanger This presentation will examine some current controversies relating to immigration, border enforcement, and the Constitution. Margo Schlanger is the Wade H. and Dores M. McCree Collegiate Professor of Law at the University of Michigan, where she has taught since 2009. She teaches constitutional law, torts, and classes relating to civil rights and to prisons. She also founded and runs the Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse. Professor Schlanger earned her J.D. from Yale in 1993. She then served as law clerk for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the U.S. Supreme Court from 1993 to 1995. From 1995 to 1998, she was a trial attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, where she worked to remedy civil rights abuses by prison and police departments and earned two Division Special Achievement awards. Professor Schlanger is a leading authority on civil rights issues and civil and criminal detention. In addition to her research and writing, Professor Schlanger does substantial work in civil rights litigation and prison and immigration reform. She has been appointed class counsel in Hamama v. Adducci, a national class action to ensure due process for Iraqi nationals whom the Trump Administration seeks to deport. She is the court-appointed monitor for a statewide settlement dealing with deaf prisoners in Kentucky. She took a two-year leave from the University in 2010 and 2011, serving as the presidentially appointed Officer for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. As the head of civil rights and civil liberties for DHS, she was the Secretary’s lead advisor on civil rights and civil liberties issues. She also served on the Department of Homeland Security’s Advisory Committee on Family Residential Centers, which recommended abolishing family detention.
Event Type : Distinguished Lecture Series      
Date(s) : 02/12/2019 - 06/11/2019
Day of Week : Tuesday
Time : 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Location : Washtenaw Community College/ Morris Lawrence Building
Address : Towsley Auditorium,
4800 E. Huron River Dr.,
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Fee : $25.00
Event Status : OPEN