CIF 2015: Mind Power

Great minds don’t always think alike.

In fact, it is the diversity of minds that moves us forward. The coming together of different people, with different perspectives and ideas, creates a limitless capacity for progress and change. That is the power of great minds.

The 2015 Frances Willson Thompson Critical Issues Forum explores the power of knowledge, of words, of habit, and of women as leading minds come to the University of Michigan-Flint for this annual tradition that has taken place for more than 35 years.

2015 Critical Issues Forum Speakers

Charles Duhigg

March 11, 2015

Charles Duhigg’s The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business has spent over a year on the New York Times bestseller list. The book contains specific strategies that can transform lives and workplaces. It details scientific studies on boosting willpower, replacing bad habits, and revolutionizing companies’ productivity.

Frank Deford

Frank Deford

April 8, 2015

Author and commentator, Frank Deford is among the most versatile of American writers. His work has appeared in virtually every medium. Mr. Deford is the author of seventeen books, his newest, Over Time: My Life As A Sportswriter as published in 2012.

Antonia Darder

Antonia Darder, Ph.D.

April 15, 2015

Dr. Antonia Darder is a distinguished international Freirian scholar. She holds the Leavey Presidential Endowed Chair of Ethics and Moral Leadership at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles and is Professor Emerita of Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign. Her scholarship focuses on issues of racism, political economy, social justice, and education. Her work critically engages the contributions of Paulo Freire to our understanding of inequalities in schools and society.

Reshma Saujani

April 22, 2015

Reshma Saujani is the Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, a national non-profit organization working to close the gender gap in technology and prepare young women for jobs of the future.