Events Archive

Susan Lusi - Reflections of an Urban Superintendent: Working at the Nexus of Practice, Policy and Politics

Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

A superintendent of schools is charged with improving teaching and learning while working within, and sometimes around, a complex system. She must work to change the system, while at the same time improving student outcomes within the system as it currently exists. In this talk, Susan Lusi will reflect on her ten years as a superintendent, including a recent four-year tenure as the superintendent of Providence public schools.

Jackie Zammuto - Bearing Witness: Using Video for Human Rights Documentation and Advocacy

Friday, February 19, 2016 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

WITNESS, an international nonprofit trains activists and citizen witnesses to use video to document human rights abuses, expose injustices and advocate for change. Jackie Zammuto will discuss the opportunities and challenges that activists face when using video and how WITNESS is confronting these through our programmatic work and advocacy to technology companies.

Dave Wilkinson - Transforming Social Services in the United States: The Power of Evidence-Based Policy

Wednesday, February 17, 2016 - 12:30pm - 1:15pm

Join Dave Wilkinson, Director of the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation, for a conversation about how to move the needle on poverty, early childhood education, criminal justice reform, and other social issues using new data, evidence, and social innovation tools. The Office of Social Innovation works to meaningfully and measurably advance economic opportunity, equity, and justice by helping foster a more outcomes-driven social sector.

Brown MPA Program Information Session for students

Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Change the WorldAccelerate your impact with just one more year at Brown Join us for our upcoming information session at59 Charlesfield Street, First FloorLunch provided  The Brown Master of Public Affairs degree features: • Flexible curriculum emphasizing analytical skills, domain knowledge, and field experience • Focus on global and domestic policy • International policy immersion experience • Action learning consultancy • Rigorous 3-semester format

Public Policy Concentration Open House and Information Session

Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Thinking about Public Policy?Join us for a Public Policy Concentration Open House and Information Session59 Charlesfield Street, 3rd Floor (New home of Public Policy!) Refreshments provided * Ask questions about the concentration * Hear about summer internship funding opportunities exclusively for public policy concentrators * Meet Director Jim Morone and Carrie Nordlund, the new Associate Director of Public Policy

Nicole Pollock - Disrupting Government: Building Systems that Support Meaningful Change in the Public Sector

Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Nicole Pollock, City of Providence's first chief innovation officer, will talk about the drivers for establishing innovation functions within city government and provide context for the City of Providence's approach. Pollock will review the tensions and challenges in innovation work with in government, and reflect on how innovation supports community inclusion, process transparency, and better overall governance.

Opening a New Clean Energy Frontier: The First Offshore Wind Farm in America

Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Deepwater Wind is now installing the first offshore wind farm in the United States off the coast of Rhode Island, the Block Island Wind Farm. Moving this pioneering project forward has required overcoming unique and complex financial, environmental permitting, contractual, regulatory, and construction hurdles. Jeff Grybowski, Deepwater Wind’s CEO, will discuss this success and what it means for the development of clean energy in the United States.

Ron Borzekowski - The Challenges of Data-Driven Analysis

Wednesday, November 4, 2015 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

In July 2010, Congress passed the Dodd-Frank Act reforming the financial system and establishing the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Ron Borzekowski, Deputy Assistant Director for the Office of Research at the CFPB, will speak about how the Bureau has aimed to use data purposefully and to analyze and distill data to enable informed decision-making in all internal and external functions. Achieving this vision has been the result of deliberate structural choices and organizational...

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.