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.

Margaret Weir - Low Income America in the New Metropolis

Tuesday, October 20, 2015 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

How does federal social policy interact with subnational political and institutional realities to affect access to opportunity for low-income America? Weir will examine this question, highlighting the mismatch between federal policy and subnational politics and practice. Federal policy presumes mobility and access to institutions, whereas subnational politics often creates barriers to mobility and makes it difficult to build institutions that assist low-income people.

Fisheries, Seafood, and Public Policy: Research Questions and Challenges

Wednesday, October 21, 2015 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Taubman Center Public Policy Forum Public Policy and Political Professor Ross Cheit, Environmental Studies Professor Caroline Karp, and Bruce Berman of Save the Harbor/Save the Bay Boston will speak about the launch of a new research project. The team will present their primary research questions and discuss how they plan to go about answering these questions. They welcome feedback from anyone interested in fisheries and/or seafood.

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.