Blanchard Forum

virtual conversation with Governor Blanchard

New York Times Bestselling Author, Historian, and Journalist, Lynne Olson

On April 13th Governor Jim Blanchard hosted a live Q & A with New York Times Bestselling Author, Historian, and Journalist, Lynne Olson.

 


Forum Goal

The goal of our forum is to provide generations of students, faculty and the MSU community with the opportunity to see, hear, and learn from national and international leaders, diplomats and writers.

The award and forum, announced in 2015, were established through a generous gift to MSU from Jim and Janet Blanchard.

"The overarching goal of our gift is to inspire future generations of Spartans to answer the call to public service and civic commitment."

- Jim Blanchard

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Jim BlanchardJim Blanchard

Born in Detroit and raised in Ferndale, Jim Blanchard earned his B.A. in Social Science in 1964 and M.B.A. in 1965 from MSU and his J.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1968. He served four terms in the United States Congress (1975-1983) and two terms as governor of Michigan (1983-1991). He was the first MSU graduate to serve as governor of Michigan. Jim also served as US ambassador to Canada (1993-1996). He authored “Behind the Embassy Door” about his service in Canada. His performance as ambassador was recognized by Secretary of State Warren Christopher when he presented Jim with the Foreign Affairs Award for Public Service, making him one of only a handful of ambassadors to receive this prestigious award.

Jim Blanchard is a partner in the global law firm of DLA Piper and serves as co-chair of the Canada-US Law Institute and is Chair and President of The National Archives Foundation in Washington, D.C. Jim is also co-chair of the Ambassadors Roundtable for the National Democratic Institute (NDI).

 

Janet Blanchard

Janet Blanchard, born and raised in Williamston, Michigan served as a career civil servant in the Michigan State government Departments of Education, Labor, Commerce, Civil Service and Management and Budget. In 1993, Janet served as associate director of presidential personnel for President Bill Clinton. In May of 2004, she was protocol officer for the dedication of the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. Currently she is a member of the Meridian International Center Board of Trustees and also serves on the Board of Directors of the International Student House in Washington. Earlier she served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Michigan 4-H Foundation and in 2009 was inducted into the National 4-H Hall of Fame.

 


More about the cause

Former Michigan governor, U.S. congressman and ambassador to Canada James J. Blanchard and his wife, Janet, have donated $1 million to Michigan State University to create the Spartan Statesmanship Award for Distinguished Public Service and a related lecture series called the Governor Jim Blanchard Public Service Forum.

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Blanchard forum

You can help expand our forum and sponsor student participation by a tax deductible gift to the Governor Jim Blanchard Public Service Forum.

SPONSORSHIPS TYPICALLY INCLUDE:

  • Tickets to VIP reception
  • VIP dinner
  • Photos with the honoree
  • Tickets to the program
  • Recognition in all marketing materials

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Or mail a check directly to MSU at:

University Advancement
University Development
Spartan Way
535 Chestnut Road, Room 300
East Lansing, MI 48824


2021

Lynne Olson

Lynne Olson

New York Times Bestselling Author, Historian, and Journalist

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2021

Jim Blanchard

Jim Blanchard

"Joe Biden, His Career, His Campaign and the Challenges Ahead"

On January 18th Governor Jim Blanchard hosted a virtual conversation about our Next President.

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2020

Madeleine Albright

Madeleine Albright

Madeleine Albright is a Former U.S. Secretary of State & U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.

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2019

Carl Levin

Carl Levin

Carl Levin has been influential in politics for decades, serving as a Democratic United State Senator for Michigan from 1979 to 2015. Levin also was the chair of the Senate Committee on Armed Services.

2018

Cokie Roberts

Cokie Roberts

Renowned author and journalist Cokie Roberts had been a political commentator for ABC News and NPR for over 40 years. She will be missed by all who knew her and followed her career.

2018

Burton Gerber

Burton Gerber

Burton Gerber is an MSU Alumnus, former career CIA Case Officer, CIA Station Chief, and current Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University.

2017

John Lewis

John Lewis

Late Congressman John Lewis had been a central figure in American politics for decades and had served as a U.S. Representative (D-GA 5th District) for Georgia since 1987.

2017

Jo-Ellen Darcy

Jo-Ellen Darcy

Jo-Ellen Darcy is a MSU and Blanchard Administration Alumna, who served with distinction as an Assistant Secretary of the Army and head of the Army Corpsof Engineers.

2016

Evan Thomas

Even Thomas

Evan Thomas, a highly acclaimed author, historian and journalist was presented with our first “Distinguished Author Award.”

2016

Ken Burns

Ken Burns

Ken burns, a distinguished filmmaker and documentarian, has had an impact on American understanding of our history and human experience.

2015

President Bill Clinton

President Bill Clinton

President Bill Clinton was the first recipient of the Spartan Statesmanship Award for Distinguished Public Service Award


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Thank you for your support to inspire countless generations into public service. Download our brochure today.

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For sponsorship information for upcoming programs, please contact:

Alex Tripp
517-432-1801
actripp@msu.edu