FBI Director Christopher Wray to speak at U-M’s Ford School of Public Policy

November 23, 2022
Written By:
Daniel Rivkin


DATE: Friday, Dec. 2, 2022
EVENT: “Josh Rosenthal Education Fund Lecture,” delivered by FBI Director Christopher Wray.
Wray will give brief remarks, followed by faculty and student experts posing questions to the director on topics including cybersecurity, civil liberties, domestic violent extremism, and more. 
“The FBI is at the center of so many urgent and complicated policy challenges, and I’m looking forward to hearing what questions our students have for the director,” said Celeste Watkins-Hayes, interim dean of the Ford School of Public Policy.
Ann Chih Lin, Ford School associate professor and director of the Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies, will be among the faculty experts facilitating the public talk.
“Director Wray has been a prominent voice warning about dangers to the U.S. that originate from other countries, such as economic espionage from China or migration increases at the southern border of the U.S.,” Lin said. “Our students and faculty are passionate about these issues, so we are looking forward to the opportunity to engage with him.”
In addition to the public talk, Wray will meet with a small group of public policy students earlier that morning to share insights on his career and path to leadership. That conversation will be facilitated by Javed Ali, Ford School associate professor of practice and former senior FBI counterterrorism analyst.
In 2002, the Ford School received a gift from the family and friends of Josh Rosenthal, a U-M graduate killed in the attacks on the World Trade Center. The Rosenthal Lecture aims to promote understanding of international relations, human rights, security and conflict resolution in the post-9/11 world.
The event will be available to the public via livestream. In-person attendance is limited to Ford School faculty, students and staff. More information on this event and how to tune in for the livestream will be available on the Ford School website. Media members interested in attending should email Daniel Rivkin at [email protected].
PLACE: Weill Hall Annenberg Auditorium (1120) 735 S. State St., Ann Arbor
SPONSOR: Ford School of Public Policy