National Symposium: The Future of International Service

All panel and remarks sessions are open to the public, registration not required.

October 13, 2010
Blau Auditorium, Ross School of Business
Sponsored by the University of Michigan, The Brookings Institution, and the National Peace Corps Association, with support from the Building Bridges Coalition

WELCOME: Susan M. Collins, Joan and Sanford Weill Dean of Public Policy, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy (8:30 a.m.)

OPENING REMARKS: The Honorable Harris L. Wofford, former U.S. Senator (PA), Special Assistant to Pres. Kennedy on Civil Rights, and Peace Corps Architect and Special Representative to Africa (8:40 a.m.)

MORNING PANELS: Where are we? How did we get here? What have we learned?

First Panel Session: International Service — Overview of the Current Landscape (8:50–10:00 a.m.)

Moderator: Lex Rieffel, Nonresident Senior Fellow, Global Development and Economy Program, Brookings Institution

  1. Stanley S. Litow, President, IBM International Foundation and Vice President for Corporate Citizenship
  2. Michelle Nunn, CEO, Points of Light Institute, Co-Founder HandsOn Network
  3. Steven C. Rosenthal, Executive Director, Cross Cultural Solutions, and CEO, Building Bridges Coalition

Second Panel Session: The Impact of International Service: What Are the Lessons?
(10:30–11:45 a.m.)

Moderator: James Jackson, Director, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan

  1. Amanda McBride, Assistant Professor of Social Work, Director of the Gephardt Institute for Public Service, and Research Director of the Center for Social Development, Washington University
  2. Roopal Shah, Executive Director and Co-Founder, Indicorps
  3. Carrie Hessler-Radelet, Deputy Director, Peace Corps

LUNCHEON PLENARY: (12:00–1:30 p.m.)


Keynote: Dr. Alejandro Toledo, former president of Peru (12:45-1:15)

Introduction of Speaker: Philip Hanlon, Provost and Executive Vice President, University of Michigan


Third Panel Session: New Initiatives and Policy Proposals
(1:45–3:00 p.m.)

Moderator: Kevin Quigley, President, National Peace Corps Association

  1. John M. Bridgeland, President and CEO, Civic Enterprises
  2. Stephen P. Groff, Deputy Director, Development Co-operation Directorate OECD
  3. Sonal Shah, Director, White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation

Fourth Panel Session: Role of Universities (3:00–4:00 p.m.)

Moderator: Alan Guskin, University President Emeritus, Antioch University and former Chancellor, University of Wisconsin-Parkside

  1. Mary Sue Coleman, President, University of Michigan
  2. M. Peter McPherson, President, Association of Public and Land Grant Universities and former President, Michigan State University

CLOSING PLENARY & KEYNOTE: (4:15–5:15 p.m.)

Aaron Williams, Director, Peace Corps: “The Future of the Peace Corps”

Introduction of Speaker: Mary Sue Coleman (U-M President)