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Past Forums

November 2, 2007 - Our Environmental Destiny
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., attorney, activist and author

April 10, 2008 - The Press and the Presidency
Bob Woodward, famed investigative reporter for The Washington Post

September 12, 2008 - Globalization and Immigration
Vicente Fox, former president of Mexico

September 26, 2008 - Still Separate, Still Unequal: A Teacher's Struggle to Transform our Public Schools
Jonathan Kozol, author and education activist

April 23, 2009 - Saving our Planet: The Challenge of the 21st Century
David Suzuki, award-winning scientist, broadcaster and sustainable ecology expert

April 6, 2010 - The Michigan Economy: Will it Get Better, Can it Get Worse?
Alice Rivlin, former director of the U.S. Office of Budget and Management

September 23, 2010 - The Life and Death of the Great American School System
Diane Ravitch, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education

October 13, 2010 - Third World America
Arianna Huffington, nationally syndicated columnist, author and news analyst

October 20, 2010 - African Democracy Project
Joaquim Chissano, former president of Mozambique

November 9, 2010 - Job Creation and Workforce Development
Daniel Pink, best-selling author and business thinker

September 15-16, 2011 - Retirement Transition: Work, Relax or Reboot?
Robert Reich, Former secretary of labor under President Bill Clinton
Roger W. Ferguson, Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer of TIAA-CREF

September 20-21, 2012 - City Under Siege: A University Forum on the Crime Crisis in Detroit
William J. Bratton, former police chief, New York City, and Los Angeles Police Department

March 18, 2013 - The Heritage Tour featuring Kunta Kinteh Island, the epic documentary film and educational symposium
Elvin Ross, producer/director, composer

November 21, 2013 - Bankruptcy: What could it mean for Detroit? (Voices from other places)
James A. Diossa, Mayor, Central Falls, R.I.
Linda D. Thompson, Mayor, Harrisburg, Pa

November 17-18, 2014 - Democracy in Faraway Places: Namibia and Afghanistan
Martin Andjaba - Ambassador and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Namibia to the United States of America
Dr. Sakena Yacoobi - Founder and CEO of the Afghan Institute of Learning

April 23, 2015 - Globalization, Terrorism and National Security: What in the world is going on?
General Wesley K. Clark (ret.), Former NATO Supreme Allied Commander, presidential candidate and author

March 28, 2016 - Urban Families: The American Dream in Crisis
Robert D. Putnam, Ph.D. - author and Malkin Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University