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Issues in the Headlines

The II provides support in the form of funding, coordination, and publicity for events which address timely and significant topics related to international or area studies.

Headline Lecture

Aiming to enable campus experts to quickly respond to or address an issue in the headlines, the II has established support for Headline Lectures. Topics may include any significant contemporary issues or events related to international or area studies. Speakers may be from any field or discipline. The speaker may also be a visitor. Past speakers have included Daniel C. Kurtzer (former U.S. Ambassador to Israel and Egypt) and Dr. Yushishige Ishibashi (primary care response coordinator to Japan’s 3/11 disaster).

Types of support
• Coordination support: event planning, venue coordination, and publicity management
• Grant support: awards of up to $2,500 for speaker honorariums, travel costs, event costs, and publicity; cost sharing from other units is encouraged but not required

Eligibility: Proposed topics must be timely and significant. Applications must come from U-M faculty or graduate students and the applicant must formulate the content of the Headline Lecture. The applicant should suggest which II center/program would be an appropriate match for the lecture topic. Events must be held on campus.

Deadline: Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. Event should take place within 2-4 weeks of application to ensure time to find a venue and to provide adequate time to publicize.

Application: Complete the online application. In addition to this form, a detailed event description (including narrative of topics/talking points and rationale) must be submitted via email to ii-events@umich.edu.

Headline Lecture structure
• 4:00-5:00 pm or noon-1:00 pm (suggested time slot, no more than 1 hr)
• Moderator (typically the director of the matched II center/program)
• Roughly 40 minute lecture with 2 minute recap by moderator (PowerPoint and other media may be used)
• Q&A from audience
• No hard copy program

Publicity: The II will take the lead on publicity and will adhere to II Headline Lecture branding. Publicity will include promotion on campus calendars and social media, and may include video recording, live-stream, live-tweet, press release, and other advertising as schedule permits.

Selection Process: A selection committee chaired by the Director of the International Institute will review applications within a week and evaluate the applications on the following criteria: timeliness and significance of topic, relevance to international or area studies, and overall quality of the event.  

Contact:  ii-events@umich.edu

Round Table

As the leading campus resource on global affairs, the International Institute has established the II Round Table as a vehicle to promote informed discussions by interdisciplinary panels on contemporary issues and events that affect our world. Past II Round Table topics have included the Arab Spring, conflict in Ukraine, Ebola, and ISIS.

Types of support
• Coordination support:  travel arrangements for panelists, event planning, venue coordination, and publicity management
• Grant support: awards of up to $5,000 for speaker honorariums, travel costs, event costs, and publicity; cost sharing from other units is encouraged but not required

Eligibility: Proposed topics must be timely and significant. Applications must come from U-M faculty and the applicant must formulate the full content of the Round Table, including panelists. A minimum of three panelists must participate and at least two disciplines should be represented. The applicant should suggest which II center/program would be an appropriate match for the Round Table topic. Events must be held on campus.

Deadline: Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. Event should take place within 2-4 weeks of application to ensure time to find a venue and to provide adequate time to publicize.

Application: Complete the online application. In addition to this form, please submit via email to ii-events@umich.edu a detailed event description, including:
1. Conceptualization of event (narrative summary of rationale and content)
2. List of proposed Panelists (may be from outside U-M, indicate if panelists are confirmed participants)
3. Topics/talking points (who covers what)

Round Table structure
• 4:00-5:30 pm (typical time slot, no more than 1.5 hrs)
• Moderator (typically the director of the matched II center/program)
• Panel of no less than 3 speakers
• Roughly 10-15 minutes per panelist with 2 minute recap by moderator (PowerPoint and othermedia may be used)
• Q&A from audience
• No hard copy program

Publicity: The II will take the lead on publicity and will adhere to II Round Table branding. Publicity will include promotion on campus calendars and social media, and may include video recording, live-stream, live-tweet, press release, and other advertising as schedule permits.

Selection Process: A selection committee chaired by the director of the International Institute will review applications within a week and evaluate the applications on the following criteria: timeliness and significance of topic, relevance to international or area studies, and overall quality of the event.  

Contact:  ii-events@umich.edu