An annual induction ceremony and reception are held each spring. Because of the religious holidays, it varies from a date in late March to one in mid April. The 2018 induction will be held on Sunday, April 8, 2:00, in the Michigan League Ballroom. New members are encouraged to invite family and friends to celebrate the occasion.
The event features remarks by chapter officers, an outline of PBK history and the history of the UM chapter, a keynote address, and the formal induction and welcome of new members. Recent keynote speakers include Jason De León, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and Associate Professor of Anthropology, MacArthur scholar, and director of the Undocumented Migration Project, Edie N. Goldenberg, Professor of Political Science and Public Policy and former Dean of the UM College of Literature, Science and the Arts. Anthropology Professor John C. Mitani, former Dean of LSA, Terrence McDonald, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education, Philip Deloria, Associate Professor and Thurnau Professor, and Mika Lavaque-Manty, Associate Professor of Political Science.
The keynote this year was delivered by Abdul El-Sayed, M.D., D.Phil. He is a physician, an epidemiologist, an educator, a public health professional, and a progressive activist. He earned his undergraduate degree from UM (Phi Beta Kappa) where he shared the podium with Bill Clinton when he delivered the student commencement address. He holds a D. Phil. in public health from Oxford and an M.D. from Columbia University. He served on the faculty of Columbia and as Health Commissioner in Detroit where he rebuilt Detroit’s Health Department after it had been privatized during the City’s municipal bankruptcy. In early 2017 he launched a grass roots progressive campaign for Governor of Michigan, and, though he lost the primary to the current governor, the level of support he achieved was remarkable for a political newcomer. In the keynote, “WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO WITH IT ANYWAY? LEADERSHIP LESSONS FROM MY GRANDMOTHER” El-Sayed addressed the insight he gained from his Egyptian grandmother who could neither read nor write but who shared the value of compassionate judgment with him. He shared with the audience his own path to the decision that many societal problems can be best solved by good policy decisions and that is what motivates his career choices. Asked to supply a meaningful quotation for our program this year, he suggested these words of Charles Darwin, “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.”
Our excellent photographs were taken by Peter Matthews.