Ira Katznelson - Fear and Democracy: Reflections on Security and Freedom

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Ira Katznelson, political science and history professor at Columbia University, will examine how constitutional democracies should navigate challenges to public safety and whether they can do so in ways that are consistent with liberal norms and patterns of government that are grounded on the rule of law and individual rights. Suggested reading: Federalist Paper #23 by Alexander Hamilton

Alison Taylor - Sustainability and the Future of Business Ethics

Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Large corporations have traditionally treated business ethics as primarily an issue of legal compliance, while sustainability teams focus on philanthropy, environmental responsibility, and reporting. However, public trust in business is at an historic low, and companies are increasingly asked to respond to stakeholder concerns over issues such as inequality, transparency, corruption, human rights, and climate change. Taylor will examine current corporate approaches to these larger ethical...

Arthi Krishnaswami - Data Visualization for Public Policy

Wednesday, October 5, 2016 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Krishnaswami will discuss the use of information visualization and design in the presentation of public policy research. Beginning with an overview of concepts and key examples, she will share how graphics can strengthen narratives and arguments in policy environments. She will also focus on choosing the right style for a variety of data sets.

Kobi Dennis - Community Policing Without the Cameras

Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Beyond the sound bites and scripted media ploys - an in-depth discussion about how "real" community policing in the urban setting can have a positive impact. Kobi Dennis, a native of the South Side of Providence, has extensive expertise in advocating and addressing issues pertaining to the urban community. His most recent initiative, Unified Solutions, is a community-lead collaborative that has offered programs that have empowered thousands of community members.

Andrea Kane -Teen Pregnancy: The Story Behind Plummeting Rates

Thursday, October 27, 2016 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Teen birth rates in the U.S. have declined by more than 60% in the past two decades, one of the most dramatic health and social policy successes in this country. This progress has been wide and deep, though disparities persist. Kane will discuss the role that public policy has played, how different policy levers were used, and what policy actions might maintain the progress.

Jyoti Sharma - Cross-Disciplinary Insights into Environmental Policy Challenges

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Jyoti Sharma will examine approaches to critical global environmental challenges, including management of vital resources such as water. Managing these challenges and resources — equitably and sustainably — requires economic, political, sociological, technical and environmental concerns to be addressed. Sharma will touch on numerous ideas generated by researchers across different disciplines at Brown that give critical pointers to possible solutions to some of the most pressing global threats...

Erika Olsen - Public Policy, the FCC, and the Communications Sector

Thursday, November 10, 2016 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Nearly every aspect of modern life relies on communications to function. From banking to e-commerce, from smart devices in homes to wireless 911 calls in times of emergency, we rely on communications technologies and networks. Olsen will focus on the FCC's policy making process and its role in shaping the communications industry through the lens of some of some of today's cutting-edge issues as these networks evolve to new broadband platforms.