Events Archive

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.

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...

A Providence Stadium: Strike Out or Home Run?

Tuesday, June 9, 2015 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

The Taubman Center for Public Policy joins with Rhode Island Public Radio to convene a panel of experts to address the proposed relocation of the Pawtucket Red Sox to a new stadium in downtown Providence.

Public Policy Commencement Weekend MIxer

Friday, May 22, 2015 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Join public policy peers, faculty, and staff before the Campus Dance for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. All current and former public policy undergraduate and graduate students are invited, along with guests. An event for public policy graduates, alumni, and their families.

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.

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.

Manufacturing in America: A Conversation with Rhode Island Business Leader John Hazen White, Jr.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Join us for a conversation with John Hazen White, Jr., a Rhode Island business leader dedicated to improving the state’s business and political climate. White is president of Taco, Inc., a third-generation, $200 million manufacturing company headquartered in Cranston, Rhode Island. Taco, which employs 500 people, is a world-class manufacturer of pumps, valves, tanks, electric controls and other components used in heating and cooling applications and is a leader in its industry.

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.

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...

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...