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.

Below are examples of recent Ford-sponsored lectures:

Life in International Service

March 5, 2015

Christin Spoolstra, '11, Deputy Director, Caring for Cambodia

Lobbyists: Who Are They and What Do They Really Do?

February 17, 2015

George Franklin, President, Franklin Public Affairs LLC, author of Raisin Bran and Other Cereal Wars: 30 Years of Lobbying for the Most Famous Tiger in the World

Portraying the Holocaust through Art,

Surviving in the Russian Partisans

February 4, 2015

Miriam Brysk, Holocaust Survivor, Artist, Author

From Albion to America: Community, Civil Rights, Civil Wrongs, and the DREAM

January 27, 2015

Ruth Holland Scott, '56, City of Albion Native, Teacher, Activist, Author, Politician

Partisanship in Washington: Is It Worse Than Ever Before?

October 29, 2014

Bill Sweeney, '98, Chief of Staff, Senator Debbie Stabenow

The Arab Spring: Climate Change in Foreign Policy and Development

September 25, 2014

Lexine Hansen, '97, Senior Policy Advisor, US Agency for International Development (USAID)

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

September 11, 2014

  • John Austin, President, Michigan State Board of Education
  • Richard Longworth, Senior Fellow, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs
  • Jocelyn Sargent, Program Officer, W.K. Kellogg Foundation
  • Peggy Sindt, ’73, President, Albion Economic Development Corporation
  • Byron White, Vice President for University Engagement, Cleveland State University

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A Life in the Michigan Legislature

April 30, 2014

Randy Richardville, '81, Michigan State Senate Majority Leader

Breaking the Glass Beaker: Promoting Gender Equality in STEM

April 17, 2014

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

The Dream: The Journey So Far and the Challenge Ahead

January 30, 2014

Julian Bond, Renowned Civil Rights Leader, Former Chairman of NAACP

As Detroit Goes, So Goes Michigan: Economic Development and Recovery

November 17, 2013

Maureen Krauss, ’84, Vice President of Economic Development, Detroit Regional Chamber

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

September 26, 2013

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

The American Presidency: Before Jerry and Betty – And After

August 29, 2013

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