Lent Upson was a pioneer in the field of public administration. The municipal research bureaus created in Detroit and several other cities by Upson and other leaders of the field provided the foundation for the study and practice of public administration in the United States. In 2000 the Graduate Program in Public Administration instituted the annual Lent Upson Lecture in his honor.  Each spring a distinguished person from the field of public administration is selected to deliver a lecture at a program that also honors students and alumni of the MPA program at Wayne State University.

 

Past Lent Upson Lectures

1st
2000
Matthew Holden, Henry L. and Grace M. Dougherty Professor Emeritus of Politics, Woodrow Wilson Department of Politics, University of Virginia
 
2nd
2001
David Egner, President and Chief Executive Officer, Hudson-Webber Foundation
 
Bullies and Nerds: The Schoolyard Politics of Public/Private Part
3rd
2002
Deil Wright, Alumni Distinguished Professor, Department of Political Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
 
4th
2003
Mary Falk, Director, Office of Family Policy, Department of Defense, United States Government
 
Department of Defense Crisis Response to Mass Casualties
5th
2004
Carolyn Ban, Dean and Professor of Public and Urban Affairs, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh
 
6th
2005
Charles F. Sturtz, Special Assistant to the President and Vice President for Administrative Affairs (Retired), University of Maryland, College Park
 
7th
2006
Kenneth Meier, Charles H. Gregory Chair in Liberal Arts, Department of Political Science, Texas A&M University
 
8th
2007
Thomas Clay, Director of State Affairs (Retired), Citizens Research Council of Michigan
 
Reflections on 40 Years of Work in Government Finance
9th
2008
Robert Agranoff, Professor Emeritus, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University
 
Working in Public Networks: A New Collaborative Challenge
10th
2009
Earl Ryan, President, Citizens Research Council of Michigan
 
11th
2010
Christopher Hoene, Director, Center for Research & Innovation, National League of Cities
 
12th
2012
Lou Glazer, President and Co-Founder, Michigan Future Inc. 
 
13th
2013
Todd Swanstrom, Des Lee Professor of Community Collaboration and Public Administration, University of Missouri – St. Louis
 
14th
2014
Peter Eisinger, Professor Emeritus, Urban Policy Program, The New School (Keynote)
Heidi Alcock, Stephen Henderson (Panelists)
 
Five Challenges to Detroit’s Recovery
15th
2015
Hon. Judge Gerald Rosen and Attorney Eugene Driker, Detroit federal bankruptcy mediators
 
Renewal and Reconciliation in Urban Contexts
(In collaboration with the Wayne State University Dispute Resolution Consortium)
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