The Lent Upson Lecture is held annually to honor the contribution of Lent D. Upson to public administration in the United States. Dr. Upson founded the Graduate Program in Public Administration at Wayne State University in 1935 and served as Dean of the School of Public Affairs and Social Work until his death in 1949. He also served as the first Director of the Detroit Bureau of Municipal Research, the organization now known as the Citizens Research Council (CRC) of Michigan. He served in this role from 1916 to 1944.

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