The Ford Institute requires attendance at a minimum of two lectures plus one required convocation each semester. In addition to Ford sponsored and co-sponsored events, there is a wide variety of speakers across campus that are designated as Ford-approved to meet this requirement. Students have a range of opportunities to learn about new topics and to also hear from experts within their scope of interest.

Recent Lectures

Ford Sponsored Lecture – 9/25/14

“The Arab Spring: Climate Change in Foreign Policy and Development”

Lexine Hansen, ’97, Senior Policy Advisor, U.S. Agency for International Development

Inaugural Panel – Ford Sponsored – 9/11/14

“Albion Tomorrow: The Liberal Arts College as Partner in Community Revitalization”

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Ford Co-Sponsored Lecture – 9/8/14

“Opportunities with the State Department”

Michelle Jones, Diplomat in Residence, U.S. State Department

Ford Sponsored Lecture – 4/30/14

“A Life in the Michigan Legislature”

Randy Richardville, ’81, Michigan State Senate Majority Leader

Ford Sponsored Lecture – 4/17/14

“Breaking the Glass Beaker: Promoting Gender Equality in STEM”

Catherine Fontana, ’08, Editor and Manager, Edelman BioScience Communications

Ford Co-Sponsored Lecture – 4/15/14

“Immigration and Economic Development”

David Koelsch, Director of Immigration Law Clinic, University of Detroit Mercy

Ford Co-Sponsored – 3/27/14

Screening and discussion of Medora documentary

Andrew Cohn, Director of Medora, Independent Lens, PBS

Ford Co-Sponsored – 2/26/14

“Abenomics: Japanese Prime Minister Abe’s New Economic Policy”

Yutaka Harada, GLCA Faculty Exchange Scholar

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, 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 - 9/26/13

“An Insider’s View to Strategic Policy in Michigan’s Executive Administration”

Sara Wycoff, ’08, Strategic Adviser, Office of Michigan Governor Rick Snyder

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

“The American Presidency: Before Jerry and Betty – And After”

Susan Ford Bales, daughter of former Albion trustee and former U.S. President, Gerald R. Ford