Thank you for your continued support of the University of Michigan-Flint and for your understanding during these challenging times.

We moved forward virtually with author David Sheff on October 14, 2020.  Thank you to all that were able to join us! 

Naomi Klein will join us virtually in the spring of 2021.  Stay tuned for the announcement (date and time tbd). 



University Advancement Contacts:

Sheila Currier, Critical Issues Committee

(810) 762-3243,


Melissa Stephens-Farrell, Major Gifts Officer
(810) 424-5480,

Ellen Brothers, Major Gifts Officer
(810) 424-5482,

Brent Nickola, Assoc. Dir. of Alumni Engagement and Annual Giving
(810) 424-5249,


2020-21 Critical Issues Forum Speakers

Naomi Klein

Naomi Klein

Date: April 15, 2021

With clear-eyed critique and plain language, award-winning writer Naomi Klein unpacks the ways global economic policies impact real people and our planet. Her latest book argues urgent action is needed to address climate change and create a just, thriving society.

Naomi Klein will sign copies of her book On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal in Park Place following the luncheon.

David Sheff

When everything changes

October 14, 2020

David Sheff is the influential journalist and author of Beautiful Boy, a compassionate investigation of the disease of addiction inspired by his son Nic’s battle with substance abuse. The book was made into a film starring Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet.