Events Archive

Thomas Shapiro, Heller School for Social Policy at Brandeis - "Racial Wealth Analysis, Public Discourse, and Narrative Development"

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

The empirical dimensions of the racial wealth gap in the U.S. are not challenged. A narrative regarding why the gap exists and is widening, however, is highly contested. Professor Shapiro's talk will survey the development of the racial wealth gap state-of-the-art and then focus on the public discourse and the challenge of constructing a national and constituency-centered narrative that can mobilize support for public policy.

Latino Mayors: Politics and Policy in the City with Providence Mayor Angel Taveras

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras will deliver the keynote address for the 2013 Thomas J. Anton/Frederick Lippitt Conference on Urban Affairs. This year's conference is titled "Latino Mayors: Politics and Policy in the City." The mayor's address will be followed by Q&A and a panel discussion at 5:00 p.m.:"The State of Latino Politics in Rhode Island’s Cities”

Public Policy Concentration Open House at the Taubman Center for Public Policy

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Interested in learning more about the public policy concentration?Join public policy faculty, current students, and the DUG for pizza at the Taubman Center. Faculty will preview spring courses and current students will share their experiences as concentrators, including internship funding opportunities reserved solely for PPAI concentrators.

Anna Aizer, Brown University - "The Long Term Impact of Welfare Receipt in Childhood"

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Anna Aizer, associate professor of economics and public policy at Brown presents the first estimates of the long term effects of cash transfers (welfare) during childhood on health and human capital. Using 1911-1930 data from the Mothers’ Pension program (the first U.S. government sponsored welfare program for families with dependent children), her research reveals that children who received welfare lived longer and completed more years of schooling.

Timothy Edgar, Watson Institute - "Big Transparency for the NSA: How Good Government Can Help the Intelligence Community Regain Trust and Get Ahead of the Leakers"

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

The American intelligence establishment is faced with a serious crisis of public trust and legitimacy in the wake of an avalanche of leaks about spy programs. President Obama has called for a national conversation about surveillance. Timothy Edgar will discuss how greater transparency, independent oversight, and other basic good government tools could help restore legitimacy and enhance national security.

Raymond Kelly, New York City Police Commissioner: "Proactive Policing in America's Biggest City"

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm

New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly will speak about his eleven-year tenure as the head of the NYPD, and the strategies that have enabled the New York City Police Department to drive crime down by more than 30% since 2001 while defending New York from another terrorist attack. Kelly will deliver the Taubman Center for Public Policy's Noah Krieger '93 Memorial Lecture.

John Simmons, RIPEC - "Rhode Island's 2013 Economic Development Reforms"

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

John Simmons, executive director, Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council presents "The Role of a Non-Partisan Research Organization: Rhode Island's 2013 Economic Development Reforms."

Catherine Taylor, Director, RI Division of Elderly Affairs: "Creating a Plan for Alzheimer's and Related Dementias"

Monday, October 7, 2013 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Taylor will present  "Challenges of an Aging Rhode Island: Creating a Plan for Alzheimer's and Related Dementias" This research and evaluation effort began in the spring of 2012 and is part of a continuing collaboration to address the needs of the state's population affected by Alzheimer's and related dementias. This lecture is free and open to the public.

CANCELLED Ebonya Washington PPAI '95, Yale University - "Female Socialization: How Daughters Affect Their Legislator Fathers' Voting on Women's Issues"

Wednesday, October 2, 2013 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Can political views and behavior really be shaped by the genetic happenstance of whether one’s child is a boy or a girl? Yale University economics professor Ebonya Washington PPAI '95 will present evidence that child gender can impact a variety of behaviors and discuss why this finding is important for policy.

Carol Irwin, University of Memphis - "Swimming and Drowning Disparities: Policy Implications for Communities"

Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Underrepresented youth have less exposure to swimming, have significantly lower swimming ability, and experience higher drowning rates than more advantaged populations. Research relevant to this alarming public health dilemma will be discussed, and how Memphis, Tennessee developed a solution to this challenge using a grassroots approach to inform policy.