Events

The Nexus of Public Service and Public Policy: The Coast Guard Academy and the Taubman Center in the 21st Century

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

As a Coast Guard Academy graduate (Class of 1982) and now its first female Superintendent, Rear Admiral Sandra L. Stosz will discuss the challenges faced by the Academy and universities in preparing young men and women to be leaders in the key public and private institutions and organizations of the 21st century. Drawing on her experience both at sea and in Washington, Admiral Stosz will focus on how the Academy and Brown's public policy program combine academic excellence with a tradition of...

The Constitutional Right to Marriage Equality: David Boies and Ted Olson on how they fought and overturned California's same-sex marriage ban

Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Attorneys David Boies and Ted Olson will speak about the movement to recognize the right to marry someone of the same sex and the arguments for Due Process and Equal Protection under the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution to vindicate that right. They will discuss their successful litigation to overturn California’s Proposition 8, which had restricted marriage to a man and a woman. Boies and Olson will also speak about the challenge to Virginia’s same-sex marriage prohibition and pending...

Public Policy DUG Open House

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Come meet public policy professors, other students, and DUG leaders, and find out what the public policy concentration has to offer. Hear about the redesigned concentration with more course options starting next year, including an engaged scholars partnership with the Swearer Center. Have some pizza, too! Concentration Overview • 6:00-7:00 pmMeet public policy professors and advisers; brief overview of the concentration and upcoming public policy courses

Steve Cohen ’75 - Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Getting Op-Eds Published

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

One of the most effective tools to affect public opinion and ultimately public policy is the opinion page of major publications. Getting published, however, is tougher than getting admitted to an Ivy League college. Not surprisingly, there are “secret” rules and strategies that improve your odds. Steve Cohen ’75  has had nine op-eds published in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal in the last two years; plus more than a dozen longer articles published in major publications during...

Daniel Benaim - Speechwriting and foreign policy: one writer's lessons and reflections on shaping America's message to the world from Capitol Hill, the State Department, and the White House

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

Daniel Benaim is currently foreign policy speechwriter and Middle East advisor to Vice President Joe Biden. Before that, he wrote speeches for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and served as a member of her policy planning staff covering Egypt.

Janet Besser - Grid Modernization and Integration of Distributed Energy Resources: Capturing Value for Customers and the System

Thursday, April 9, 2015 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Janet Gail Besser is vice president, policy and government affairs for the New England Clean Energy Council, where she leads the Council’s policy and advocacy efforts to accelerate New England’s clean energy economy to global leadership by building an active community of stakeholders and a world-class cluster of clean energy companies.

Thomas Barnico - Trade Agreements and State Governments: Continuing Threats to Sovereignty?

Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

International trade agreements have expanded rapidly in recent years. Supporters claim that the agreements carefully balance the benefits of free trade with the labor, environmental, and other regulatory interests of the signatory nations. Many US states, however, claim that trade agreements unduly restrict or preempt state laws regulating commerce.