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Independent Streams (Week of Oct. 15)


IPPSR Affiliate Eric Freedman, chair of Michigan State University’s Knight Center for Environmental Journalism, co-wrote this piece outlining environmental complexity for The Conversation.

Capital City Recap Host Jeff Wiggins, a recent panelist on IPPSR’s Public Policy Forum discussing the effects of Michigan’s prevailing wage, discusses how attitudes toward Israel can affect higher educationHarvard case

The Conversation publishes an authoritative piece outlining what’s at issue in a federal district court review of Harvard College’s admissions policies.


In this CBS Detroit edition of Michigan Matters, Carol Cain talks with Former Michigan Gov. James Blanchard, Michigan Political Leadership Program Co-Director Steve Tobocman and Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson.

MSU College of Social Science Dean Rachel Croson, pens a blog praising how MSU is carrying the message that political discourse has changed and how it can be improved. She cites IPPSR Director Matt Grossmann and IPPSR’s Michigan Political Leadership Program. Our thanks to you Dean Croson.

IPPSR Affiliate Sharlissa Moore, with MSU College of Engineering colleague Annick Anctil co-write a new Policy Research Brief on what Michigan is thinking about energy transitions to come.


IPPSR Interim Director Arnold Weinfeld explores the upcoming Nov. 6 General Election and ballot initiatives to change the state’s voting districts.

IPPSR’s State of the State Survey and results of its questions to Michigan adult residents are cited in this Toledo Blade piece about ballot initiatives and the upcoming mid-term elections.

Michigan reflects national trends in some competitive races,” notes IPPSR Director Matt Grossmann, pointing out some state House districts that could be mid-term tossups.