Events Archive

The Conservative Solution to Climate Change: Pricing Carbon Pollution Without Growing Government

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 - 5:00pm - 6:30pm

Rep. Bob Inglis, a six-term congressman from South Carolina, will speak about his free-enterprise approach to combating climate change. Inglis believes that the effects and risks of climate change are real and that conservatives need to propose energy policies that will allow the free market to determine the best solutions to this urgent issue.

Taubman Center Lunch Lecture: ProvPlan's DataHUB and Community Profiles: Complimentary Data Platforms for Policy Research

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

The Providence Plan is developing two statewide public data platforms that bring together a wealth of information for policy, economic and social science research. The Rhode Island Community Profiles is an easy-to-use data display and mapping tool that provides information from demographics and socioeconomics to health and transportation. It accommodates both curated census data as well as administrative data aggregated to census geographies.

Lunch Lecture: Nancy Turnbull presents "Implementing the Affordable Care Act: Lessons from Health Reform in Massachusetts"

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Many coverage provisions of the Affordable Care Act were modeled on the 2006 health reform law in Massachusetts. Come hear lessons from the Massachusetts experience about the individual mandate, health exchanges, outreach and enrollment, and more. Nancy Turnbull is Associate Dean for Educational Programs, Harvard School of Public Health. Turnbull has been a board member of the Massachusetts Health Connector, the state’s health insurance exchange, for six years.

Common Sense Action's Rhode Island Fiscal Summit featuring Steven Rattner '74

Saturday, February 23, 2013 - 12:00pm - 4:00pm

Student-run Common Sense Action is committed to mobilizing youth to solve the nation's fiscal problems. Using Rhode Island's fiscal challenges as a case study, we will explore solutions to the federal deficit and debt crisis. As seating is limited, registration is required at Event Agenda

Lunch Lecture: Patrick Sharkey presents "The Effect of Community Violence on Children's Cognitive Functioning and Academic Performance"

Monday, February 4, 2013 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Patrick Sharkey, PPAI '00, presents "The Effect of Community Violence on Children's Cognitive Functioning and Academic Performance." How does living in a violent environment "get into the minds" of children to affect them as they engage in daily life at home and in school? Sharkey will discuss his new methods to identify the causal effect of exposure to incidents of extreme violence in children's neighborhoods. His research examines how violence affects children's cognitive functioning, their...

Luncheon Lecture: "Polling and the 2012 Presidential Election"

Monday, December 10, 2012 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

"Polling and the 2012 Presidential Election, " by Michael Dimock, Associate Director of Research, Pew Research Center The issues, events and values that shaped the 2012 presidential election and an inside look at the challenges and choices public opinion pollsters face in pre-election polling.

Luncheon Lecture: "Rape as an Economic Crime: Consequences for Survivors and Implications for Public Policy"

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

"Rape as an Economic Crime: Consequences for Survivors and Implications for Public Policy." Taubman Center Postdoctoral Research Associate Rebecca Loya will present evidence of a range of economic consequences of rape based on both qualitative interviews and quantitative analysis of nationally representative data. Loya will argue that public policy reform is required to prevent needless financial hardship for victims. A light lunch will be served.

Lecture: Entitlements in an Aging America

Monday, November 19, 2012 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

How will the post-election drumbeat of "reform" –- fiscal reform, tax reform and entitlement reform -- affect our aging population and reshape the public policy landscape? What will happen to seniors if we go over the "fiscal cliff"?

Master's Program Information Session - RSVP requested

Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

An information session for prospective students. Meet Taubman Center alumni, current students and faculty. Find out how the Taubman Center’s Master of Public Affairs and Master of Public Policy degrees will prepare you for a dynamic career in public policy. RSVP requestedIf you plan to attend, please RSVP to Melissa Nicholaus,, 401-863-2201

The Meiklejohn Lecture: The Architecture of the First Amendment

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 - 5:00pm - 6:00pm

A look at how the language, structure, and drafting of the First Amendment affects how we interpret it. Michael W. McConnell is Professor of Law and Director of the Constitutional Law Center at Stanford Law School and Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution. Before joining Stanford in 2009, he served as a circuit judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. He has argued thirteen cases in the United States Supreme Court, most recently CompuCredit v Greenwood, in 2011.