The Ford Institute requires attendance at two lectures each semester. There are a wide range of speakers across campus that are identified as meeting this requirement so you are sure to find something of interest to you!

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Featured Lecturer: Susan Ford Bales

Opening Convocation - Ford Co-Sponsored - 8/29/13

"The American Presidency: Before Jerry and Betty - and After"
Susan Ford Bales is the daughter of former Albion trustee and former US President, Gerald R. Ford.


Recent Lectures

Martin Luther King, Jr. Convocation - Ford Co-Sponsored - 1/30/14
"The Dream: The Journey So Far and the Challenge Ahead"
Julian Bond, Renowned Civil Rights Leader, Co-Founder of SNCC, Former Chairman of NAACP 

Ford Sponsored Lecture - 11/17/13
"As Detroit Goes, So Goes Michigan: Economic Development and Recovery"
Maureen Krauss, '84, Vice President of Economic Development, Detroit Regional Chamber

Ford Sponsored Lecture - 11/5/13
"Careers in the Foreign Service or State Department"
Tim Sears, U.S. Department of State

Ford Sponsored Lecture - 9/26/13
"An Insiders's View to Strategic Policy in Michigan's Executive Administration"
Sara Wycoff, '08, Strategic Adviser, Office of Michigan Governor Rick Snyder

Ford Sponsored Panel Discussion - 2/23/2012
"Alumni Law Panel"
Josh Cecil, '03, Trail Attorney with Allstate Insurance
Brad Heffner, '93, Corporate Counsel for Michigan Economic Corporation
Jeff Ott, '86, Partner with Warner Norcross & Judd
Janet Welch, '71, Executive Director of the State Bar of Michigan
Tina Yost, '95, Attorney Referee for 37th Circuit Court

Ford Co-Sponsored Lecture - 2/22/2012
"Genetic Testing and Gender Selection - Are We Pushing the Boundries?"
Dr. Marcus Hughes, Genesis Genetics Institute-PGD Group

Ford Sponsored Lecture - 11/09/2011
"Ethics in Your Career"
Joan Vestrand, '81, Associate Dean, Cooley Law School, Ann Arbor Campus

Ford Co-Sponsored Lecture - 10/20/2011
"Education Policy in Michigan: From Tenure Reform to Schools of Choice"
Ray Davis, '84, Thrun Law Firm

Ford Sponsored Lecture - 9/21/2011
"Demographics and Election Results: Working for Four Members of Congress"
Ken Brock, '83, District Administrator for US Representative John Dingell

For Co-Sponsored Event - 9/14/2011
Screening of The Richie Boys
Discussion with Guy Stern, member of the Richie Boys
Harry and Wanda Zekelman International Institute of the Righteous at the Holocaust Memorial Center

Ford Sponsored Panel Discussion - 3/22/2011
"Japan in the Wake of an Earthquake and Tsunami"
Albion Professors Dyron Dabney, Kotaro Yoshida, Midori Yoshii, Andrew Grossman, and Douglas White

Ford Co-Sponsored Lecture - 3/3/2011
"In Search of Memory: A Hidden Child in Poland During the Holocaust"
Dr. Mirriam Winter, Author and Holocaust Survivor

Ford Co-Sponsored Lecture - 11/16/2010
"Social Media, Professionalism and Your Future Career"
Letitia Fowler, Michigan State University, College of Human Medicine