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Distinguished Lecture Series - Session 2
2/8 - What Has the Pandemic Taught Us About the American System of Health Insurance Health insurance in the U.S. comes from many different public and private sources. This talk will consider how the coronavirus has illuminated the weaknesses (and one surprising strength) of our decentralized approach to courage. Dr. Levy is a Research Professor in the Department of Health Management and Policy; she is also a Research Professor at the Institute for Social Research and the Ford School of Public Policy. She is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Before coming to the University of Michigan she was an Assistant Professor at the Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies at the University of Chicago and a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholar in Health Policy Research at the University of California at Berkeley. In 2010 - 2011, Dr. Levy served as a Senior Economist to the President's Council of Economic Advisers in Washington, DC. Her research interests include the causes and consequences of lacking health insurance, evaluation of public health insurance programs, and the role of health literacy in explaining disparities in health outcomes. She is a co-Investigator on the Health and Retirement Study, a long-running longitudinal study of health and economic dynamics at older ages. She is currently the recipient of a Career Development Award (K01) from the National Institute on Aging to study health literacy and health disparities among the elderly. 3/8 - The Dagger In the Heart of Christianity he dagger in the heart of Christianity is antisemitism. Christianity began as a Jewish sect, and the quarrels in the early days were intra-Jewish quarrels. By the end of the first century, especially with the growing influence of Greek sources on the development of the faith, Jews and Judaism began to be cast as satanic. When Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Empire (381), Judaism became a prime target of Christian hatred, and antisemitism became a fundamental part of Christianity. It has brought untold suffering on the Jewish people and their religion, most horribly the Holocaust. This lecture will review the history of how antisemitism came to be a central part of the Christian religion. Kenneth W. Phifer holds a BA degree in history from Harvard College and a doctorate from the University of Chicago. A Unitarian Universalist minister for over fifty years, he served the Ann Arbor congregation for 25 years (1980-2005). He is the author of three books and some two dozen articles and has been active in many peace groups and social justice movements. He is a father (5), grandfather (17), and has one great granddaughter. 4/12 - Public Opinion on Climate Change: An In-Depth Look This lecture will examine public opinion on climate change. It follows up work published by Professor Hoffman 10 years ago. Current data show some encouraging new trends. Also, the same variables influence people’s attitudes and opinions toward climate and the threats it represents: Liberalism-Conservatism, political party affiliation, overall values, and worldview. Drawing on insights from sociology, psychology, and political science, Professor Hoffman will go on to discuss strategies that may increase public consensus concerning climate change and its mitigation. Andrew (Andy) is the Holcim U.S. Professor Enterprise of Sustainable Enterprises at the University of Michigan, a position that holds joint appointments in the Stephen. M. Ross School of Business and the School for Environment & Sustainability. Professor Hoffman’s research uses organizational behavior models and theories to understand the cultural and institutional aspects of environmental issues for organizations. He has published over 100 articles/book chapters, as well as 16 books which have been translated into six languages. 5/10 - Immigration, Redistribution, and Right-Wing Populi in Europe The presentation uses empirical evidence and case studies of redistribution and the electoral success of far-right populism in western Europe. Charlotte Cavaillé is an assistant professor of public policy at the University of Michigan's Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. Her research has appeared in the Journal of Politics and the American Political Science Review. Cavaillé examines the dynamics of popular attitudes towards redistributive social policies at a time of rising inequality, high fiscal stress, and high levels of immigration. She is currently turning her dissertation, which received the 2016 Mancur Olson Best Dissertation Award, into a book manuscript entitled Asking for More: Support for Redistribution in the Age of Inequality. Cavaillé received her PhD in government and social policy from Harvard University in 2014. 6/14 - Making Sense of Afghanistan History and Place in World Politics This lecture will explore the recent withdrawal of Afghanistan, its causes and consequences in America’s position on the international stage. It will also provide historical, political, and cultural context for this country and region spanning the last 20 years, even 200 years. Saeed A. Khan is a lecturer in the Department of History and Near East and Asian Studies at Wayne State University. He teaches Islamic and Middle East History, Politics and Culture and where he is also a Fellow at the Center for the Study of Citizenship. His primary area of research is the identity politics of Muslim Diaspora communities in the US, UK, and Europe. He is also Adjunct Professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Detroit-Mercy and at Rochester College, a panelist on CBC's Turning Point and contributor to Detroit Today on Detroit Public Radio.
Event Type : Lecture Series Packages      
Date(s) : 02/08/2022 - 06/14/2022
Day of Week : Tuesdays
Time : 10:00 - 11:30 AM
Location : Online
Fee : $30.00
Event Status : COMPLETED