Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Ford School Dean Michael Barr to discuss poverty, inequality and her career

February 7, 2022
Written By:
Jeff Karoub


DATE: 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11

EVENT: A conversation between Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Michael Barr, dean of the University of Michigan’s Ford School of Public Policy.

They are expected to discuss Warren’s career as well as perspectives on poverty and inequality in the nation. Joining in the conversation will be Ford School student leaders Crystal Olaide-Garcia and Janani Gandhi.

Before being elected to the Senate in 2012, the longtime law professor served as chair of the Congressional Oversight Panel for the Troubled Asset Relief Program—the oversight board set up after the financial crisis. Her work and advocacy led to the establishment of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Barr served as the U.S. Treasury Department’s point person on the Dodd-Frank Act, which created the CFPB. He worked closely with Warren on its enactment.

“I’m thrilled to welcome Sen. Warren for a virtual event at the Ford School to talk about fighting inequality, which is central to her life’s work,” he said. “She has been an inspiration to so many young people, and I know our students will learn a great deal from the conversation.”

Topics expected to be discussed include racial and economic disparities, the child tax credit, student debt and loan forgiveness, big tech, concentrations of wealth and power, and overall support for low- and middle-class families.

PLACE: The virtual event is free and open to the public. U-M students, faculty and staff are invited to a watch party in Weill Hall.

HOSTS: The Ford School, co-sponsored by the university’s Poverty Solutions and Democracy & Debate initiatives.