Founding Director of Xavier's Center for the Study of the American Dream to speak at University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service

November 3, 2010

Michael Ford, the founding director of Xavier University’s (Cincinnati, OH) Center for the Study of the American Dream will speak at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service on Tuesday, November 9, 2010. The presentation will take place in Sturgis Hall at 6:00 p.m.

Ford will speak on the topic of “The State of the American Dream… Post Election” as part of the school’s Distinguished Speakers Series. The series has hosted speakers such as former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Bob Woodward and Elizabeth Boris, director of the Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy at the Urban Institute.

The inaugural study of the state of the American Dream was released in March 2010.  The significance of studying, understanding and preserving the American Dream is that while it defines aspirations, it also drives public attitudes and decisions. There are policy and social consequences to the dreams dreamed as there have always been. The center’s mission is both to define the American Dream and to help inspire the public imagination in our changing world to create new and better possibilities.

The Center for the Study of the American Dream generates significant original research and survey data on the American Dream. It serves as an information clearinghouse for the American Dream. It engages in dialogue and instruction in the classroom and in the community, and it will promote the American Dream in every way possible. For more on the Center and the inaugural study please visit www.xavier.edu/americandream

During his 37-year career, Ford has been the executive assistant to the governor of Ohio, worked as chief of staff to the mayor of Cincinnati and served in senior roles for nine presidential campaigns.