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Banquet Keynote Speaker

Arthur Lupia
University of Michigan

Arthur Lupia is the Hal R. Varian Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan and research professor at its Institute for Social Research. His research clarifies how information and institutions affect policy and politics, with a focus on how people make decisions when they lack information. 

Dr. Lupia draws from multiple scientific and philosophical disciplines and uses multiple research methods. His topics of expertise include information processing, persuasion, strategic communication, and civic competence. His books include The Democratic Dilemma: Can Citizens Learn What They Need to Know? (1998); Elements of Reason: Cognition, Choice, and the Bounds of Rationality (2000); Stealing the Initiative: How State Government Reacts to Direct Democracy (2001); and The Cambridge Handbook of Experimental Political Science (2011). 

He has held a range of scientific leadership positions, including Principal Investigator of the American National Election Studies. Dr. Lupia also has developed new means for researchers to better serve science and society.  As a founder of TESS (Time-Sharing Experiments in the Social Sciences; www.experimentcentral.org), he has helped hundreds of scientists from many disciplines run innovative experiments on opinion formation and change using nationally representative subject pools.  He is regularly asked to advise scientific organizations and research groups on how to effectively communicate science in politicized contexts. He currently serves an executive member of the Board of Directors of Climate Central.
He is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has been a Guggenheim Fellow and a recipient of the National Academy of Science’s Award for Initiatives in Research.

Dr. Lupia received in B.A. in economics from the University of Rochester and his Ph.D. in social science from the California Institute of Technology. 

Web site: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~lupia/

 

Luncheon Plenary Speaker

Bill Ballenger
Inside Michigan Politics

Born in Flint, Michigan, on 28 March 1941, Bill Ballenger is a former state representative and state senator, an ex-state racing commissioner, and director of the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulation. Mr. Ballenger also served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare in the administration of President Gerald R. Ford.

Bill Ballenger holds a B.A. degree magna cum laude from Princeton University and a master's degree in Public Administration from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. He held the Robert P. and Marjorie Griffin Endowed Professorship in American Government at Central Michigan University from 2003-2007. He has also been a visiting Adjunct Professor at the University of Michigan/Flint; Michigan State University; and Western Michigan University.

Much has been said about Bill Ballenger over the years. He has been dubbed by the Detroit News as "Michigan's undisputed Crown Prince of Pundits." In addition to editing and publishing the "Inside Michigan Politics" newsletter, he appears frequently on radio and television nationally and throughout Michigan. He also gives speeches and quotes to a variety of newspapers and various interest groups.

Involved in the Michigan political community for over three decades, Bill Ballenger is a recognized authority on Michigan government and politics. IMP is considered must-read material for Michigan's business and political leaders. And Ballenger is a regular commentator and political analyst for Lansing's WLNS-TV (Channel 6) and WILX (Channel 10), nationally on CNN-TV, CNBC, and on Channels 2, 4 and 7 (Detroit) and Nippon TV (Japanese cable), Channels 5, 8, and 12 and radio stations in Detroit (WJR, WWJ, WXYT and WCXI) and a dozen other cities, plus Michigan Public Radio, Public Television's "Off the Record" and "The News Hour with Jim Lehrer."

For nearly a dozen years Ballenger's "News/Talk 870" call-in show on WKAR-AM every Friday (11:00a-12 Noon) was the only radio program in Michigan devoted to in-depth discussion of all sides of all the important political issues.
Ballenger speaks frequently on issues pertaining to Michigan government and politics. He often serves as a moderator at candidate forums.

Ballenger has also been cited in The New York Times, Detroit Free Press, Christian Science Monitor, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, Roll Call, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and the Associated Press.

Web site:  http://www.insidemichiganpolitics.com/