Events Archive

Nina Totenberg — The Supreme Court: A look back, and forward

Tuesday, October 27, 2015 - 6:00pm - 7:20pm

Nina Totenberg, award-winning legal affairs correspondent for National Public Radio, will discuss current and historic Supreme Court cases — on issues from social justice and inequality to voting rights and campaign finance reform — and their impact on American policy. The talk is free and open to the public but registration is required.Register here:

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.

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.

Dave Noble - Navigating the Federal Job Market: An Insider's View

Wednesday, October 21, 2015 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Dave Noble, Deputy Director of the Presidential Personnel Office at the White House, will give and insider's view on how to navigate the federal appointment process. Dave Noble is currently Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of the Presidential Personnel Office. He previously served as a Special Assistant to the President for Presidential Personnel, and White House Liaison and Deputy Chief of Staff at NASA. He also held a detail assignment as Director of Let’s Move! Cities...

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.

Richard Kirsch - Obamacare: Past, Present and Future

Wednesday, October 7, 2015 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

While the Tea Party got the national press’s attention, the real story grassroots story of the Affordable Care Act is how an organized movement of supporters was able to overcome not just the Tea Party, but hundreds of millions of dollars from the insurance industry and conservative billionaires, to convince Congress to enact historic health care legislation. That story will be shared by Richard Kirsch, who led Health Care for America Now, the grassroots campaign to pass the ACA.

Between Criticism and Co-action: Meeting the Need for a New Kind of Relationship between Policy Makers and Academia

Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Aleksandra Goldys, Maria Szymborska, and Maria Rogaczewska, founders of a unit of Warsaw University dedicated to supporting “bottom-up” change in public policies (especially in sport-for-all and public health policies), discuss the similarities and differences of academia’s engagement of social problems in Poland and the EU with the US. Following a discussion of their relative successes, these sociologists will focus on the challenges remaining in developing their distinctive approach to “...

The U.S. Military in a Dangerous World: How Much is Enough?

Tuesday, September 29, 2015 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm

The U.S. spends more on defense than the next seven nations combined. Yet military spending, as a percentage of GDP, is the lowest it has been in fifty years; and is only one-fifth what we spend on entitlements and debt service. Many policymakers worry that we don’t have the armed forces — people or technology — that we need to achieve our international and security objectives. So perhaps the right question is: what role should America play in a dangerous world? And what resources does that...

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...