Events Archive

Rebecca Black -- The U.S. Role in Global Health: Past Success, Future Challenge

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Rebecca Black, a 25-year veteran of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), will speak about the U.S. government's major contributions to the global decline in the death of children and mothers, fertility rates, and the spread of HIV/AIDS and other communicable diseases that can threaten U.S. security. Success has been due in large part to long term commitments, disease-focused initiatives, a partnership approach, and tight progress measurement.

Debbie Goldstein - Salary Negotiation 101

Friday, April 14, 2017 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Debbie Goldstein, Harvard Law School and Triad Consulting negotiation expert, will share the key skills and techniques to effectively manage any tough negotiation, especially when discussing your career and salary. Goldstein has been invited to present in honor of Equal Pay Day — acknowledging the difference in salary for women and minorities. Carrie Nordlund, PhD '06, Associate Director, Public Policy program, will moderate.

Dan Maffei '90 - In the Political Trenches: Serving in Congress During the Obama Years

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Former Representative Dan Maffei ’90 (D-NY) talks about balancing idealism and pragmatism — as a staffer, candidate, and member of Congress (and graduate of Brown University) — as he relates his experiences in national politics and policy. Maffei, a strong supporter of pay equity for women and strengthening the Violence Against Women Act, was a key swing swing vote in the tumultuous 111th Congress on such issues including the Obamacare and Wall Street reform.

Eric Biel - International Worker Rights and Responsible Business Conduct in a New Political Era

Monday, April 10, 2017 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Biel will speak about his recent experiences as part of the U.S. Labor Department's International Labor Affairs leadership team, where he worked on global supply chain issues and engagement with foreign governments, business, labor groups, and other parties on a range of international labor law and policy matters. His work with foreign governments and with the International Labor Organization in Geneva focused on improving conditions for workers.

NPR's Corey Flintoff - Resurgent Russia in the Time of Trump

Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Free and open to the public; no tickets required. National Public Radio correspondent Corey Flintoff spent four years as NPR's bureau chief in Moscow, where he reported as Russian President Vladimir Putin cracked down on dissent, seized Crimea, and led Russia into war in eastern Ukraine. Since his recent return to the U.S., Flintoff has been following the revelations of the Trump administration's ties to Russia, and what that could mean for the future of relations between two of the world's...

Careers in Public Policy: Doing Well By Doing Good

Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Three distinguished policy practitioners -- all Brown alumni -- discuss their professional experiences in working in critical policy areas including healthcare, education, civic engagement, building communities, and investing for impact. Students will have the opportunity to ask questions about the personal rewards and practical realities of pursuing a dynamic career in public policy. Moderated by Jim Amspacher, Career Counselor and Co-leader, Careers in the Common Good, Brown CareerLAB...

Christel Alvergne - Human Development Achievement: Does Local Matter?

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

For more than 50 years, the world has embraced the ambition of a world without poverty. Universal Human Development has become the ultimate goal of bilateral and multilateral developing policies. Alvergne will touch on why and how local development finance is crucial to enhance living standards, reduce poverty, and cope with the world’s growing population in a manner that is socially and environmentally sustainable.

Scott Warren ’09 - Educating for Democracy: The Prospects and Importance for Civics Education in the Era of Trump and Brexit

Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Scott Warren ’09, co-founder of Generation Citizen (GC), will speak about the ramifications of failing to educate the next generation of citizens and how GC is attempting to change the tide by working with schools to bring civics education back into the classroom. GC has worked with more than 40,000 students in six states, including recent moves to begin work in Texas and Oklahoma, and has become a national leader in the civics education space.

Heather Tow-Yick - Innovation in Education: Policy Vs. Implementation

Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Heather Tow-Yick will speak about the role of a delivery unit in a central office for a school system. She will reflect on what she has learned since becoming the first Chief Transformation Officer of Providence Public Schools in June 2016. She will also discuss the role of innovation specialists in supporting central office transformation, the improvement of supports for schools, and the focus on the instructional core.

Jim Kessler - It's Worse Than It Looks: Lessons for Democrats from Election 2016

Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Jim Kessler, policy strategist at a leading centrist think tank in Washington, DC, dissects the 2016 Presidential Election and comes to a chilling conclusion (if you’re a Democrat). . . it’s worse than it looks. He will offer ideas for a Democratic road back to power.