• Schmoke Reflects on the Power of Opportunity

    University of Baltimore president and former Baltimore mayor talks about education, housing, racism, and more in the President’s Panel on Politics and Policy.

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  • Kendi Delivers Message on How to Be Anti-Racist

    Being an anti-racist involves much more than simply declaring, “I’m not a racist,” author and historian Ibram X. Kendi, PhD, MA, says during the President’s Panel on Politics and Policy.

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  • Steele Heartened by Election Results

    Former Maryland lieutenant governor Michael Steele, JD, applauds turnout, sees potential for national healing and cooperation in Biden administration.

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The President's Panel on Politics and Policy is a speaker series that began in January 2017 and is designed to examine issues important to the UMB community.

With so much at stake in terms of health and higher education policy, federal budget priorities, and issues of civil rights and social justice, UMB encourages the University community to take part in these timely conversations.

Past Speakers

April 29, 2021 - Social Justice and Structural Racism in Baltimore

Kurt L. Schmoke, JD, University of Baltimore president and former Baltimore mayor

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Feb. 17, 2021 - How to Be an Anti-Racist

Ibram X. Kendi, PhD, MA, historian, professor, and best-selling author

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Nov. 5, 2020 - Post-Election Analysis

Michael Steele, JD, MSNBC political analyst and former Maryland lieutenant governor

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Feb. 25, 2020 - Politics, Parties, and Public Service

Michael Steele, JD, MSNBC political analyst and former Maryland lieutenant governor

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March 5, 2019 - Covering the Trump Presidency

Maggie Haberman, The New York Times White House correspondent and CNN political analyst

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Nov. 27, 2018 - National Politics and Community Organizing

Barbara Mikulski, MSW ’65, Johns Hopkins University professor of public policy, former U.S. senator from Maryland

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May 1, 2018 - The Intersection of Federal Policy and State Priorities 

Former Maryland governors Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. and Parris N. Glendening
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Oct. 31, 2017 - Creating Change

Derreck Kayongo, Business Visionary, Global Soap Project Founder and CEO of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights
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May 2, 2017 – Federal Budget Outlook

Matt Hourihan, American Association for the Advancement of Science
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March 21, 2017 – Higher Education

Goldie Blumenstyk, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Feb. 28, 2017 – Social Justice

Frank Bruni, The New York Times
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Jan. 31, 2017 – Health Care

Karen Fisher, JD, Chief Public Policy Officer, Association of American Medical Colleges
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