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Leader Lens – Winter 2014

February 19, 2014In this innovative series of leadership seminars three Cook Leadership Academy fellows explore the connections between leadership and community. These presentations give the fellows an opportunity to gain valuable public speaking experience while also giving other f ...
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Speaking Truth To Power

January 22, 2014 Speaking Truth to Power: An interactive common ground workshop for emergent community leaders, focusing on “how to speak truth to power.” The workshop draws from "The Ring of Gyges" in Plato's "Republic" to empower participants to work with elected officials an ...
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Should Michigan Raise the Minimum Wage?

January 14, 2014 Jarrett Skorup and Yannet Lathrop debate the question, "should Michigan raise the minimum wage?".Since the United States instituted the first federal minimum wage in 1938, there has been no shortage of debate on the topic. Whether we should raise, lower, maintain, ...
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What Good Is Government Anyway?

Tuesday, November 5, 2013The recent government shutdown reopened a debate as old as 1776: What is the proper size and scope of government? Conservatives believe Big Government is the problem, especially at the federal level. Liberals counter that the nation’s social and economic c ...
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