Events Archive

Alison Taylor - Sustainability and the Future of Business Ethics

Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Large corporations have traditionally treated business ethics as primarily an issue of legal compliance, while sustainability teams focus on philanthropy, environmental responsibility, and reporting. However, public trust in business is at an historic low, and companies are increasingly asked to respond to stakeholder concerns over issues such as inequality, transparency, corruption, human rights, and climate change. Taylor will examine current corporate approaches to these larger ethical...

Ira Katznelson - Fear and Democracy: Reflections on Security and Freedom

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Ira Katznelson, political science and history professor at Columbia University, will examine how constitutional democracies should navigate challenges to public safety and whether they can do so in ways that are consistent with liberal norms and patterns of government that are grounded on the rule of law and individual rights. Suggested reading: Federalist Paper #23 by Alexander Hamilton

Race and the Presidential Election: A Discussion with Tricia Rose and James Morone

Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm

As the 2016 presidential election enters the final stage, race continues to be a major theme of the campaign. Nationally recognized scholars of race and politics Tricia Rose and James Morone will discuss the implications of race in the context of the presidential campaign and the longer term political consequences.  

This Changes Everything - Movie Screening and Discussion of Carbon Pricing in Rhode Island

Monday, April 25, 2016 - 8:00pm - 10:30pm

The campaign for carbon pricing and clean energy in Rhode Island is picking up steam. Come catch the premiere of Energize Rhode Island's campaign video, plus a screening of "This Changes Everything," the revolutionary 2015 documentary about the role of capitalism in climate change.

Peter Fanconi — Impact Investing: the Role of the Microfinance Market in the Battle Against Poverty

Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Rooted in a paradigm shift, impact investing is revolutionizing how we view investments and development, proving profit and positive social impact can go hand in hand. Peter Fanconi will provide an overview of how the microfinance markets and the value chain work, illustrate the various lending methodologies and explain how microfinance is influencing local economies.

Hedrick Smith - Reclaiming the American Dream

Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Public anger and disenchantment with the American political and economic systems are at explosive levels, powering the political rebellions of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump on opposite sides of the US political spectrum. Large majorities tell pollsters that they feel our political system is broken and our economic system is rigged.

Seth Magaziner - Promoting a Clean Economy: The Policy and Legislative Process Behind the Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank

Wednesday, April 6, 2016 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Seth Magaziner ’06 spent his first year as Rhode Island General Treasurer developing and implementing legislation to create the Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank. Magaziner will share the policy development, legislative, and implementation strategies involved in passing and implementing this key 2015 state initiative.

Marijuana Regulatory Policy: Lessons from Western States

Tuesday, April 5, 2016 - 9:00am - 12:00pm

Free/open to the public but space is limited. Application link

Joel Berg - How to End Hunger in America by Moving Society Beyond the Bucket Brigade

Thursday, March 10, 2016 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Urban fires were a big problem when society depended on volunteers to end them. Why do we still think volunteers or charities can end a massive problem like U.S. hunger? Joel Berg discusses the issues hunger poses to a society, and the real solutions that could completely eradicate domestic hunger.

Congressman Elijah Cummings - The Fierce Urgency of Now

Tuesday, March 8, 2016 - 5:30pm - 6:45pm

Free and open to the public, but tickets are required.Register on Eventbrite. Congressman Elijah Cummings of Maryland, the Democratic ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform and Benghazi Committees, will speak about the critical importance of a strong and sustained multiracial coalition in solving the most pressing domestic challenges confronting our nation.