Wayne State University

Aim Higher

Previous FOCIS speakers and programs

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 26, 2007 – Still Separate, Still Unequal: A Teacher’s Struggle to Transform our Public Schools 
Jonathan Kozal, author and education activist

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

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

November 21, 2013 Bankruptcy: What Could It Mean for Detroit? Voices from Other Places
Kevyn Orr, Detroit Emergency Manager; Mike Duggan, Mayor of Detroit