Events Archive

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...

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.