CIF 2016-2017: Forever Forward

This year, as the University of Michigan-Flint looks back on six decades of educational excellence and commitment to community, the Critical Issues Forum looks forward, into the future. Our future is fraught with interconnected challenges—both locally and globally. However, these interwoven problems also present us with networks of new opportunity. The 2016/2017 Critical Issues Forum will explore the intersecting interests, positive-feedback loops, and virtuous cycles that push progress forever forward.

We hope you will join us for this year-long annual event.

2016-2017 Critical Issues Forum Speakers

Tracie McMillan

Tracie McMillan

October 5, 2016

A working-class transplant from rural Michigan, Brooklyn-based writer Tracie McMillan is the author of the New York Times bestseller, The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Walmart, Applebee’s, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table.

Josh Linkner

Josh Linkner

November 14, 2016

As a four-time successful tech entrepreneur and investor in dozens of startups, Josh Linkner has seen thousands of companies loaded with creative buzz and big ideas.

Sarah Lewis

Sarah Lewis

March 7, 2017

Sarah Lewis is the bestselling author of The Rise: Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Search for Mastery, and is currently an Assistant Professor in the Departments of History of Art and Architecture, and African and African American Studies at Harvard University.

Elizabeth Kolbert

Elizabeth Kolbert

April 12, 2017

Elizabeth Kolbert is the author of the book The Sixth Extinction. It begins with a history of the “big five” extinctions of the past, and goes on to explain how human behavior is creating a sixth one—including our use of fossil fuels and the effects of climate change.