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Distinguished Lecture Series
The OLLI Distinguished Lecture Series consists of ten lectures. Lectures are held on Tuesday mornings from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m., once per month from September through 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. This event includes all ten lectures in the Distinguished Lecture Series. These ten 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 ten lectures are also included in the All Lectures Package plus The Futurescape of Medicine (10 Distinguished Lecture Series lectures + 30 Thursday Morning Lecture Series lectures + 3 Summer Lecture Series lectures + 5 Futurescape of Medicine lectures). The Distinguished Lecture Series lectures may also be purchased in packages of five lectures each: Session 1, September through January and Session 2, February through June. The speakers for the five Session 1 lectures (September through January) are: Bringing Equity to Innovation Policy Professor Shobita Parthasarathy Sept 14, 10:00 – 11:30 am There is growing concern that our innovation ecosystem may reinforce structural inequalities. It concentrates great wealth among a few companies. Meanwhile, already marginalized people struggle to access crucial technology, and the technologies that are most readily available to struggling communities may disproportionately surveil and punish them. In this talk, Professor Parthasarathy will examine how these problems may be rooted in our innovation policies, and what we can do about it to promote social equity and justice. Shobita Parthasarathy is Professor of Public Policy and director of the Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program at University of Michigan. She has written numerous articles and two books: Building Genetic Medicine: Breast Cancer, Technology, and the Comparative Politics of Health Care and Patent Politics: Life Forms, Markets, and the Public Interest in the United States and Europe. She co-hosts The Received Wisdom podcast, about the intersection of technology, science, equity, society, and public policy. Financing Schools in Michigan: Can We Do Better? Charles Ballard. MA, PhD October 12, 10:00-11:30am The history of how schools are funded in Michigan along with the role of the lottery will be examined. Can we do better? Charles Ballard has been on the economics faculty at Michigan State University since 1983. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Princeton and got his MA and PhD from Stanford. During his time at Michigan State, Dr. Ballard won many awards including outstanding teacher, outstanding faculty, outstanding teacher scholar, and the list goes on. He has consulted with the US Department of Agriculture, Health and Human Services as well as research institutes in Australia, Denmark, and Finland. His many books and research articles include Michigan at the Millennium and Michigan’s Economic Future. Navigating My Own Journey, from Ann Arbor to Three Continents and Back Ambassador Susan D. Page November 9, 10:00-11:30am Ambassador Susan D. Page first encountered the University of Michigan during the Art Fair in the summer of 1981 and was hooked. She matriculated in September 1982 and a few days later celebrated her 18th birthday. Between that first visit to Ann Arbor and today, forty years have somehow elapsed. She now finds herself as a professor of practice assisting other students navigating their own paths, as she did. Ambassador Page will discuss some of her personal and professional insights- from attending St. Andrews to graduating from Harvard Law School. She was a key member of the Mediating Team that ended Africa’s longest running civil war and was the United State’s first ambassador to South Sudan. She also served as a Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General in Haiti, and also served as an election observer of the Carter Center and other compass points along the way. Susan Page is a professor of practice in international diplomacy at the Gerard R. Ford of Public Policy Weiser Diplomacy Center and a professor of practice at the University of Michigan Law School. She has expertise in international relations particularly in Africa. She is an elected member of the American Academy of Diplomacy, a board member of Rhodes Scholarship, and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Carter Center, and a member of the Association of Black American Ambassadors. Time Horizons and Politics Kevin Deegan-Krause-PhD December 14, 10:00-11:30am It is no solution that the biggest problems of today require us to take the long view, to look years, even decades into the future and create plans that will take sustained long-term efforts. But our systems of communication and governance seem to focus ever more on the near future, the next week or even the next minute. In this presentation we will look at the concept of the “time-horizon” and how we can use it to make decisions about what polices to pursue and how to pursue them. Kevin Deegan-Krause is a professor of political science at Wayne State University who researches and teaches about political parties and elections. He received his B. A. in Economics and History from Georgetown University and his Ph.D. in Government and International Relations from the University of Notre Dame. He has served on the library and school boards in his home town of Ferndale, Michigan, and has spoken to numerous audiences on local questions of democracy including ranked-choice voting and gerrymandering. The Democratization of Venture Capital is Good for Michigan… David Brophy, PhD Tuesday, January 11, 2022, 10:00-11:30 AM Michigan's transition from a one-time leadership position in the industrial economy to a strong position in the knowledge economy is incomplete. The state of Michigan ranks 35th out of 50 states in attracting and retaining highly degreed people. At one point Michigan was 49th out of 50 states in attracting venture capital to our state. This presentation will provide data regarding emerging trends of venture capital crossing state and regional boundaries with investments coming to Michigan startups which will carry us into a promising future. Professor Brophy is the Director of the Office for the Study of Private Equity Finance Professor of Finance, Ross School of Business (Emeritus). His credentials include: PhD The Ohio State University 1965, MBA University of Detroit 1959, BC St Francis Xavier University 1957, BA St Francis Xavier University 1956.
Event Type : Distinguished Lecture Series      
Date(s) : 09/14/2021 - 06/14/2022
Day of Week : Tuesday
Time : 10:00 - 11:30 AM
Location : Online
Fee : $55.00
Event Status : OPEN