New York Times Columnist Charles Blow - The New Civil Rights Movement

Thursday, September 17, 2015 - 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Charles M. Blow is an op-ed columnist for The New York Times, where his column tackles hot-button issues such as race relations and racial profiling, teen pregnancy, gender roles, and the gay rights movement. Blow is a CNN contributor, and also often appears on MSNBC's Morning Joe. He has appeared on Andrea Mitchell Reports, Hardball with Chris Matthews, CNN’s American Morning, Headline News' The Joy Behar Show, Fox News' Fox and Friends, the BBC and Al Jazeera, as well as numerous radio...

Stephen Kinzer - Breaking Out of the Academy: How to Write Opinion Pieces for the Mainstream Press

Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Last year the Watson Institute began a program aimed at helping faculty members write commentaries for newspaper op-ed pages and world affairs web sites. The program offers help in both editing pieces and placing them. This year it will continue. Stephen Kinzer, author of many op-ed commentaries, will explain how the program works and give pointers on how to write short, effective advocacy articles for the non-academic press.

The U.S. Military in a Dangerous World: How Much is Enough?

Tuesday, September 29, 2015 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm

The U.S. spends more on defense than the next ten nations combined. Yet military spending, as a percentage of GDP, is the lowest it has been in fifty years; and is only one-fifth what we spend on entitlements and debt service. Many policymakers worry that we don’t have the armed forces — people or technology — that we need to achieve our international and security objectives. So perhaps the right question is: what role should America play in a dangerous world? And what resources does that...

Between Criticism and Co-action: Meeting the Need for a New Kind of Relationship between Policy Makers and Academia

Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Aleksandra Goldys, Maria Szymborska, and Maria Rogaczewska, founders of a unit of Warsaw University dedicated to supporting “bottom-up” change in public policies (especially in sport-for-all and public health policies), discuss the similarities and differences of academia’s engagement of social problems in Poland and the EU with the US. Following a discussion of their relative successes, these sociologists will focus on the challenges remaining in developing their distinctive approach to “...

Richard Kirsch - Obamacare: Past, Present and Future

Wednesday, October 7, 2015 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

While the Tea Party got the national press’s attention, the real story grassroots story of the Affordable Care Act is how an organized movement of supporters was able to overcome not just the Tea Party, but hundreds of millions of dollars from the insurance industry and conservative billionaires, to convince Congress to enact historic health care legislation. That story will be shared by Richard Kirsch, who led Health Care for America Now, the grassroots campaign to pass the ACA.

Nicole Alexander-Scott - Setting Health Policy in Rhode Island

Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Director of Health Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH will present the strategic priorities of the Rhode Island Department of Health. She will discuss statewide health initiatives, including the Healthcare Innovation Workgroup and Health Equity Zones, and examine how we can help ensure that statewide health policies reflect the goals set by the Department, other state agencies, and the community.

Risa Heller - Managing Reputations in the Era of TMZ and Twitter

Thursday, October 22, 2015 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

A discussion of tactics, strategies and core principles to help protect and maintain public reputation when it is constantly at risk. Heller will share stories from the front lines of the media battlefield.

Opening a New Clean Energy Frontier: The First Offshore Wind Farm in America

Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Deepwater Wind is now installing the first offshore wind farm in the United States off the coast of Rhode Island, the Block Island Wind Farm. Moving this pioneering project forward has required overcoming unique and complex financial, environmental permitting, contractual, regulatory, and construction hurdles. Jeff Grybowski, Deepwater Wind’s CEO, will discuss this success and what it means for the development of clean energy in the United States.