This marks the first year the series was offically titled the “Critical Issues Forum.” The theme was National Healthcare.
Bioethicist Arthur Caplan is the only Critical Issues Forum (CIF) speaker to appear three times: once in 1992, once in 1996, and again in 2010.
- Joseph A. Califano, Jr. – 12th U.S. Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare
- Stephen H. Long – Senior Economist, RAND Corporation
- Judith Feder – Principal deputy assistant secretary for planning and evaluation at the Department of Health and Human Services under President Bill Clinton
- Cheryl Anderson-Small – Researches nutrition-related issues in chronic disease prevention in minority and under-served populations.
- Holly Gail Atkinson – Assistant Professor of Public Health at Weill Medical College of Cornell University
- Uwe E. Reinhardt – James Madison Professor of Political Economy at Princeton University
- Arthur L. Caplan – Emmanuel and Robert Hart Professor of Bioethics and director of the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania
In 1993, CIF held an event called “Creative Responses to Economic Development in Industrial Communities.” It was a 3-day, 19-session analytic review with more than 20 presenters.
- Irving and Barry Bluestone – Former UAW Vice President and his son, UM-trained economist and faculty member of the University of Massachusetts in Boston; co-authors of the 1992 book “Negotiating the Future: A Labor Perspective on American Business”
- Bennett Harrison – Professor of political economy at Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz School of Public Policy and Management
- Neil Seldman – President and co-founder of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, Washington, D.C.
- Thomas W. Croft – Executive Director of the Steel Valley Authority
- Jim Oliver – Director of the Portland West Neighborhood Planning Council, Portland, ME.
- Beverly A. Ciglar – The role of the policy entrepreuneur in responding to economic development in industrial communities
- Pamela M. Wynn – Director of Bloomsburg University’s Institute for Enterprise Development
- Michael Gallis – Associate Professor of architecture and Urban Institute Fellow, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
4/13: Bernard Kalb – CNN News Moderator
CIF has given local media the opportunity to engage with thoughtleaders as well.
- 3/29: Abba Eban – Former Israeli Ambassador
- 4/19: John Silber – Member of the bipartisan commission on Central America under President Reagan; author of “Straight Shooting”
- 5/3: William Raspberry – Syndicated Columnist
- 5/24: Mae Jemison – NASA Astronaut
Planning for Critical Issues is an ongoing, year-long event. Though the cover of this CIFbrochure references the “1996 Frances Wilson Thompson Critical Issues Forum,” all speaking engagements occured in the spring of 1997.
- 4/9: Marlin Fitzwater – Former press secretary to Presidents Reagan and Bush
- 4/23: Cokie Roberts – ABC News correspondent
- 5/7: Robert Kennedy, Jr. – Senior attorney for the National Resources Defense Council
- 5/21: Alexa Canady – Neurosurgeon at Children’s Hospital of Michigan, first African-American female neurosurgeon
5/1: Sherry Turkle – Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor of the Social Studies of Science at MIT and author of “Life on the Screen: Identity in the Age of the Internet”
- 4/13: Molly Ivins – Political humorist, syndicated columnist
- 4/28: Gerald & Nancy Jaax – co authors “The Hot Zone.” Topic: biohazards and germ warfare
- 5/4: P.J. O’Rourke – Foreign Affairs Editor Rolling Stone Magazine. Author of “Parliament of Whores,” “Give War a Chance,” and “All the Trouble in the World”
- 5/19: Ronald Takaki – Professor of ethnic studies at University of California, Los Angeles, author. Topic: Multiculturalism