Events Archive

Timothy Edgar, Watson Institute - "Big Transparency for the NSA: How Good Government Can Help the Intelligence Community Regain Trust and Get Ahead of the Leakers"

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

The American intelligence establishment is faced with a serious crisis of public trust and legitimacy in the wake of an avalanche of leaks about spy programs. President Obama has called for a national conversation about surveillance. Timothy Edgar will discuss how greater transparency, independent oversight, and other basic good government tools could help restore legitimacy and enhance national security.

John Simmons, RIPEC - "Rhode Island's 2013 Economic Development Reforms"

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

John Simmons, executive director, Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council presents "The Role of a Non-Partisan Research Organization: Rhode Island's 2013 Economic Development Reforms."

Catherine Taylor, Director, RI Division of Elderly Affairs: "Creating a Plan for Alzheimer's and Related Dementias"

Monday, October 7, 2013 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Taylor will present  "Challenges of an Aging Rhode Island: Creating a Plan for Alzheimer's and Related Dementias" This research and evaluation effort began in the spring of 2012 and is part of a continuing collaboration to address the needs of the state's population affected by Alzheimer's and related dementias. This lecture is free and open to the public.

CANCELLED Ebonya Washington PPAI '95, Yale University - "Female Socialization: How Daughters Affect Their Legislator Fathers' Voting on Women's Issues"

Wednesday, October 2, 2013 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Can political views and behavior really be shaped by the genetic happenstance of whether one’s child is a boy or a girl? Yale University economics professor Ebonya Washington PPAI '95 will present evidence that child gender can impact a variety of behaviors and discuss why this finding is important for policy.

Carol Irwin, University of Memphis - "Swimming and Drowning Disparities: Policy Implications for Communities"

Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Underrepresented youth have less exposure to swimming, have significantly lower swimming ability, and experience higher drowning rates than more advantaged populations. Research relevant to this alarming public health dilemma will be discussed, and how Memphis, Tennessee developed a solution to this challenge using a grassroots approach to inform policy.

Legislating Same-Sex Marriage: All Eyes on Rhode Island

Tuesday, April 23, 2013 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Will Rhode Island become the tenth state to pass a law permitting same-sex marriage? The Brown Daily Herald and the Taubman Center for Public Policy bring together experts to discuss the social and political landscape around same-sex marriage, both nationally and here in Rhode Island. Plus, we’ll hear from advocates on both sides of the debate. Speakers

STEMming Brain Drain: Why we need immigration reform to keep our science, technology, engineering and mathematics graduate students working in the U.S.

Friday, April 19, 2013 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

After spending years earning advanced degrees in STEM fields at American universities, many international graduate students are unable to obtain green cards to continue their work at U.S. universities and businesses. The Taubman Center for Public Policy is hosting a panel discussion about current immigration reform proposals that affect green card visas. This discussion will be part of a "virtual march" held on April 19 by a number of participating American universities.

Lost Time, Money, and Opportunities: The Educational Costs of Sexual Assault

Thursday, April 18, 2013 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

How does sexual assault impact students’ academic achievement and future trajectories? Drawing on interviews with rape survivors and rape crisis service providers, this talk will examine a range of challenges faced by student survivors and will consider how campus communities can better meet their needs. The impact of current federal policy and the implications for institutional responses will also be explored.

Taubman Center Lunch Lecture: Philanthropy at the Intersection of Social Change and Public Policy

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Karen Voci, executive director of the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation presents "Philanthropy at the Intersection of Social Change and Public Policy." The Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation focuses on preventing childhood obesity and promoting health equity in Massachusetts, Maine and New Hampshire. Voci has been director of the Foundation since 2007.

Taubman Center lunch lecture: "The Experience of African American Women During the Great Recession," presented by Margaret C. Simms, Fellow, Urban Institute

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

How did the recession of 2008-2012 affect the economic and employment status of African-American women? This talk will examine the impact of public policies -- both those in effect when President Obama took office and new policies implemented by his administration -- on the well being of African-American women.