On Monday, November 14 and Tuesday, November 15, the National Forum hosted visitors from the Center for Irish Programs, from the Irish Institute at Boston College. Hosted by Robert Mauro, Ph.D., director of the Irish Institute, and Ellen Brennan, assistant director, a dozen officials from Irish institutions of higher education came for a visit to the University of Michigan. During their two-day visit, various members of the Forum welcomed our visitors and shared with them about our work promoting the public good aspects of higher education, especially at a major public institution like the University of Michigan. Our guests were treated to several tours of the facilities, including the Michigan League; the Law Quad; the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education; the School of Education, and the Big House, the nation’s largest college football stadium. The visitors had a chance to visit with both master’s and doctoral students, to sit in on a course on philanthropy in higher education (taught by John Burkhardt, director of the National Forum), and to spend some time visiting Ann Arbor.
BC’s website describes the Center for Irish Programs: Working under the auspices of the Center for Irish Programs, the Irish Institute makes use of cross-campus and local resources to facilitate rewarding personal, corporate, and professional educational exchanges with the goal of promoting a more lasting peace on the island of Ireland. The Irish Institute hosts officials and policymakers from Ireland and Northern Ireland for professional development programs in areas such as government, non-profit, business, and education.