Events Archive

Public Policy Concentration Open House and Course Preview

Monday, November 3, 2014 - 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Interested in learning more about the public policy concentration? Join public policy faculty, current students, and the DUG for pizza at the Taubman Center. Faculty will preview spring courses and current students will share their experiences as concentrators, including internship funding opportunities reserved solely for PPAI concentrators. Learn about the new 5th-year MPA program, too.

Christine Ferguson - HealthSource RI: Rhode Island's Health Exchange Vision

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Aside from providing Rhode Island citizens with a web portal to view health insurance options and determine eligibility for federal premium assistance tax credits, state-based exchanges can also be a driver of change. HealthSource RI director Christine Ferguson will discuss how Rhode Island's health insurance exchange hopes to impact over all health care policy in the state by having an educated consumer base drive changes in plan design, delivery system and cost.

Master of Public Affairs Degree Open House

Monday, October 20, 2014 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Learn about an advanced degree that can help you change the world -- Brown Public Policy's newly designed, accelerated 1-year Master of Public Affairs! Meet public policy faculty and alumni, hear about exciting career options, the curriculum, and more. Formal presentation about the program begins at 6:30pmRefreshments will be served.

Alasdair Roberts - Suffolk University Law School: The Logic of Discipline: Global Capitalism and the Architecture of Government

Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

The era of economic liberalization, spanning 1978 to 2008, is often regarded as a period in which government was simply dismantled. In fact, government was reconstructed to meet the needs of a globalized economy. Central banking, fiscal control, tax collection, regulation, port and airport management, infrastructure development -- in all of these areas, radical reforms were made to the architecture of government. A common philosophy shaped all of these reforms: the logic of discipline.

Providence Mayoral Candidates' Debate

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 7:00pm - 8:15pm

In this post-primary debate, candidates for mayor of Providence -- Jorge Elorza, Buddy Cianci, and Daniel Harrop -- will face off on issues affecting the city of Providence and its residents. Topics will include everything for economic development and job creation to education and transportation. The debate will be moderated by Ross Cheit, Professor of Public Policy and Political Science at Brown. This event is funded by the Thomas J. Anton/Frederick Lippitt fund and the Paolino Speaker Series.

CANCELLED -- Gubernatorial Candidates' Debate: A Healthy and Prosperous Rhode Island

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 7:00pm - 8:15pm

In this post-primary debate, the candidates for governor of the state of Rhode Island will face off on issues that affect the health and prosperity of Rhode Islanders, from economic development and job creation to managing and strengthening our health care delivery system. The debate will be moderated by James Morone, Director of the Taubman Center and the John Hazen White Professor of Political Science and Public Policy. This Governor Francis Licht '38 Lecture is sponsored by the Taubman...

Commencement Weekend: Pre-Campus Dance Alumni Mixer at the Taubman Center

Friday, May 23, 2014 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Join your public policy peers before the Campus Dance for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at 67 George Street. All current and former public policy undergraduate and graduate students are invited, along with guests.

David Blanding, Taubman Center for Public Policy - The Voting Rights Act: A Tale of Two Tenses

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Blanding will use content analysis to identify competing elite interpretations of the Voting Rights Act within the Congressional Record. As Congress debates a response to the Supreme Court's decision in Shelby County v. Holder, understanding elite interpretations of the Voting Rights Act may help conservatives and liberals achieve common ground.

Ebonya Washington '95, Yale University - The Politics of Tax Evasion

Monday, April 14, 2014 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

The IRS has been accused of targeting the tax returns of ideological nonprofits -- particularly those who criticize the current administration -- for extra scrutiny. While many decry the practice as purely partisan, Washington will provide suggestive evidence of a more substantive justification for this practice. She will demonstrate a link between county residents' government disapproval and their level of tax evasion.

Panel Discussion: The Witch-Hunt Narrative: Politics, Psychology and the Sexual Abuse of Children

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm

A discussion with Brown professor Ross Cheit, author of The Witch Hunt Narrative: Politics, Psychology, and the Sexual Abuse of Children. Cheit's book, released this month by Oxford University Press, examines a series of high-profile child sex abuse cases in the 1980s empirically challenges the view that these cases were hoaxes. The book shows how a narrative based on empirically thin evidence became a theory with real social force, and how that theory stood at odds with the reality of child...