America 3.0

This is America 3.0. We’re all in it. It is a warp-speed existence of fast information and fast gratification. Change is coming at us in all directions. Lines are blurred. The latest thing is now yesterday’s news. 

The 2014 Frances Willson Thompson Critical Issues Forum speakers will address the woes and wonders of America 3.0. These leading experts will join our community for this sacred Flint tradition of examining the critical issues of our times through thoughtful, respectful dialogue with one another.

Will we come up with new answers to our problems? Maybe. We will learn something new? Yes. Because in the end, the thread that connects all of us is the human need for information. That is the essence of the Critical Issues Forum.

We invite you to join the conversation about America 3.0 in spring 2014. 

2014 Critical Issues Forum Speakers

Emily Bazelon

Emily Bazelon

March 11, 2014

Emily Bazelon is a senior editor at Slate, a New York Times Magazine contributing writer, the Truman Capote Fellow for Creative Writing and Law at Yale Law School, and author of Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy. Her ground-breaking investigative journalism, coupled with her extensive legal knowledge, makes her one of the leading authorities on the shifting landscape of bullying in the cyber age.

Roberta Kaplan

Roberta Kaplan

May 8, 2014

The Frances Willson Thomspon Critical Issues Forum with civil rights attorney Roberta Kaplan has been rescheduled for Thursday, May 8, 2014. 

All luncheon ticketholders are invited to attend the luncheon at noon on May 8 to make up for the cancellation of the original event on March 17. There are some seats available for interested students to attend the luncheon at no charge, thanks to a number of generous donations from our regular patrons. Please contact the Office of University Relations at 810-237-6570 if you are interested in attending.

All member of the campus community, and the public are invited to attend the Sullenger Dialogue with Ms. Kaplan on May 8 at 10:00 a.m. in the Happenings Room. A light breakfast will be available at the event.

George Will

George Will, Ph.D.*

April 3, 2014

Political writer, author, and commentator, George Will is today's most widely read columnist appearing twice weekly in approximately 400 newspapers in the United States and in Europe.  

*Schedule change: The Critical Issues Form will have a schedule change on April 3 to accommodate the speaker. Mr. Will’s luncheon lecture will take place at 11:30 a.m., prior to lunch being served. After the lecture, gourmet box lunches will be given to each guest, and guests may choose to stay to eat lunch in the Northbank Center Ballroom, or take their lunches with them. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding during this schedule change.

Gary Taubes

Gary Taubes

April 8, 2014

Gary Taubes is an American science writer. He is the author of Nobel Dreams, Bad Science: The Short Life and Weird Times of Cold Fusion, and Good Calories, Bad Calories. Taubes’ books have all dealt with scientific controversies, including his latest book, Why We Get Fat and What To Do About It which explores the dangers of dietary carbohydrates.

Reza Aslan, Ph.D.

Reza Aslan, Ph.D.

April 17, 2014

Reza Aslan is the author of the bestseller Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth which is a biography of Jesus. Relying on both the gospels as well as historical writings about first century Palestine, Aslan's book offers new insights into the story of Jesus. Aslan is also President and CEO of Aslan Media Inc., which runs BoomGen Studios, a unique media company focused entirely on entertainment about the Greater Middle East and its Diaspora communities.