Bankole Thompson, senior editor of the Michigan Chronicle, will moderate a panel discussion on “Michigan and the Obama Presidency: The First Year” on March 17 as part of the campus’s “Issues in Diversity and Social Change” lecture series

March 11, 2010

DEARBORN / March 11, 2010---Bankole Thompson, senior editor of the Michigan Chronicle, will moderate a panel discussion on “Michigan and the Obama Presidency: The First Year” on Wednesday, March 17 at the University of Michigan-Dearborn as part of the campus’s “Issues in Diversity and Social Change” lecture series.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by UM-Dearborn’s Office of Multicultural Affairs.

The panel discussion will take place from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in Room 1500 of the campus’s Social Sciences Building. Panelists are scheduled to include Rev. Wendell Anthony, president of the Detroit NAACP; Mark Brewer, chairman of the Michigan Democratic Party; Kelly Rossman-McKinney, CEO of The Rossman Group; and Paul Welday, republican strategist and president of Renaissance Strategies. 

“This should be a very spirited and informative discussion,” said Eric Bolling, institutional equity officer and assistant to the chancellor at UM-Dearborn.  “What many people label as an economic recession has had a devastating effect on Michigan. In the midst of this economic downturn the nation, with assistance from Michigan voters, elected its first African American president and also gave control of Congress to the Democratic Party.  Our panel members will take a look at how Michigan is, and has been, affected by the president’s first year as well as the proposed policies and actions of the executive and legislative branches of the federal government.”

For more information, contact Bolling at 313-593-5320 or ebol@umd.umich.edu.

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The University of Michigan-Dearborn does not necessarily endorse speakers’ views.


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