2012

  • 2012 Oct 18

    We’re Not Broke: Film Screening & Panel Discussion

    6:30pm

    Location: 

    Wiener Auditorium, Ground Floor, Taubman Building, HKS

    Movie posterPhineas Baxandall, MASSPIRG; Chuck Collins, Institute for Policy Studies; Archon Fung, HKS
    Co-sponsored by MASSPIRG

    About the Film
    America is in the grip of a societal economic panic. Lawmakers cry “We’re Broke!” as they slash budget, lay off schoolteachers, police and firefighters, crumbling our country’s social fabric and leaving many Americans scrambling to survive. Meanwhile, multibillion-dollar American corporation like Exxon, Google, and Bank of America are making record profits. And while the deficit climbs and the cuts go deeper, these corporations – with intimate ties to our political leaders – are concealing colossal profits overseas to avoid paying U.S. income tax.


    “We’re Not Broke” is the story of how U.S. corporations have been able to hide over a trillion dollars from Uncle Sam, and how seven fed-up Americans from across the country, take their frustration to the streets . . . and vow to make the corporations pay their fair share.

    Following the screening, panelists Phineas Baxandall, MASSPIRG; Chuck Collins, Institute for Policy Studies; and Archon Fung, HKS will discuss whether the tools of American democracy have proven powerless in regulating business on the critical issue of taxation.

  • 2012 Oct 10

    Communication in a Post Truth Age of Politics

    4:30pm

    Location: 

    Wiener Auditorium, Ground Floor, Taubman Building, HKS

    Christopher RobichaudChristopher Robichaud, Harvard Kennedy School
    and Jason Stanley, Rutgers University

    About the Seminar
    Some on the right claim that the mainstream media is ideologically biased. This bias justifies ideological reporting on outlets such as Fox News to “counterbalance” perceived liberal bias. What emerges from this “balanced,” if not fair, approach is a public sphere in which no claim is taken by viewers as intended to express truth only bias one way or another. When audiences don’t expect truth, they may not hold candidates responsible for falsehoods. In the current presidential campaigns, numerous false assertions have been made with little political cost. In most philosophical and common sense understandings of communication, listeners trust speakers to be intending to speak the truth. This talk will consider how communication in the public sphere functions when truthfulness and trust have broken down.... Read more about Communication in a Post Truth Age of Politics

  • 2012 Oct 09

    Where Japan is Headed

    12:30pm to 2:00pm

    Location: 

    Tsai Auditorium S010, CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA

    Ichiro Fujisaki, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the United States of America
    Co-sponsored by the Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, Weatherhead Center, Harvard University and the WCFIA Fellows Program

    About the Speaker
    Ambassador Fujisaki has served as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the U.S. since June 2008. Prior to his current appointment, he served as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative of Japan to the International Organizations in Geneva (2005-08), where he was also chairman of the Executive Committee of UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). During his distinguished career, he has also served as deputy minister for Foreign Affairs (including the Prime Minister’s personal representative (Sherpa) to the G-8 summit); director-general for the North American Affairs Bureau; minister, Embassy of Japan in Washington, D.C.; and deputy director-general for Asian Affairs. He has also held diplomatic posts in Jakarta, Paris (OECD), and London. Ambassador Fujisaki has been a research associate at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in London and has taught international relations at Sophia University in Tokyo.

  • 2012 Oct 09

    China Goes Global (2012)

    (All day)

    Location: 

    NYE ABC, 5th floor Taubman Building, Harvard Kennedy School

    About the Conference
    In the face of global economic turmoil over the past few years, China’s role in the world economy has continued to expand. In 2010, China overtook Germany as the world’s largest trading country. In 2011, China replaced Japan as the world’s second largest economy. Within five years, China may produce a larger share of world GNP than the United States. China’s globalization has fundamentally changed its socio-political, physical, and economic links with the rest of the world, and China has emerged as a leader in trade and investment.... Read more about China Goes Global (2012)

  • 2012 Oct 03

    Top Ten Issues on Religion and Rule of Law in China Today

    12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Location: 

    124 Mt Auburn St., Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA

    Liu Peng, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and State Department Working Group for Religion and Foreign Policy
    Co-sponsored by the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations

    About the Seminar
    At this seminar, LIU Peng will elaborate on what he considers the top ten issues affecting religion and the rule of law in modern day China. His talk will address:

    1. The issue of the characteristic and social identity of religion

    2. The choice of the model of church-state relation

    3. The role of religion in the social transition

    4. The predicament of the current religious management system

    5. The problems in the current legal system on religion

    6. The issue of judicial person status and registration of religious organization

    7. The issue of new religions and cults

    8. The issue of property of religious groups

    9. How to deal with state-run religious organizations

    10. The key issues of legislation on religion... Read more about Top Ten Issues on Religion and Rule of Law in China Today

  • 2012 Sep 27

    A Public Address by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

    5:30pm

    Location: 

    JFK Jr. Forum, Littauer Building, Harvard Kennedy School

    Aung San Suu KyiDaw Aung San Suu Kyi, Chair of the National League for Democracy, Myanmar/Burma

    About the Address
    At this Edwin L. Godkin Lecture, Harvard University President Drew Gilpin Faust will offer an introduction and Dean David T. Ellwood of Harvard Kennedy School will moderate the public address by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, chair of the National League for Democracy and a member of Parliament from the Kawhmu Constituency.

    ***THIS FORUM EVENT WILL BE TICKETED*** To enter the lottery, visit JFKJrForum.org between Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 12:00 PM and Thursday, Sept. 20 at 12:00 PM. Winners will be notified via email on Friday, Sept. 21, and must be available to pick up tickets on Monday, Sept. 24 or Tuesday, Sept. 25 between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM at the Institute of Politics. Sorry, no exceptions.... Read more about A Public Address by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

  • 2012 Sep 18

    Healthy Officers Are Safer Officers: The Nexus Between Performance & Health

    2:00pm to 3:30pm

    Location: 

    Online Webinar

    About the Webinar
    Last year, 177 police officers lost their lives in the line of duty and 143 committed suicide. These deaths are devastating and unacceptable. The National Institute of Justice has developed a robust research portfolio to improve officer safety and wellness and, ultimately, save lives. The experts on this panel will discuss some of the evidence-based practices and policies that law enforcement agencies can put into operation to reduce officer deaths and improve wellness and performance. Ample time will be allotted to take questions from the audience.

    Panelists include:

        • Bryan Vila, Professor, Washington State University, who will discuss his work on officer fatigue.
        • Karen Amendola, Chief Operating Officer, Police Foundation, who will discuss advantages and disadvantages of 8-, 10- and 12-hour shifts.
        • John Violanti, Research Professor, University at Buffalo, State University of New York, who will discuss the long-term impact of police work, including suicide.
        • Theron Bowman, Chief of Police, Arlington, Texas, who will comment on how police leaders can incorporate these research findings into their management and day-to-day work.

    ... Read more about Healthy Officers Are Safer Officers: The Nexus Between Performance & Health

  • 2012 Sep 18

    Another Year, Another Government: Making Sense of Japan's Political Confusion

    12:30pm to 2:00pm

    Location: 

    Bowie-Vernon Room K262, CGIS Knafel Building, 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA

    Gerald L. Curtis, Burgess Professor of Political Science, Columbia University
    Co-sponsored by the Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, Weatherhead Center, Harvard University

    About the Seminar
    Professor Curtis is America’s leading scholar of Japanese politics and has taught at Columbia for over four decades. His books include Election Campaigning, Japanese Style (Columbia University Press, 1971; reissued with a new preface, 2008); The Japanese Way of Politics (Columbia, 1988); and The Logic of Japanese Politics (Columbia University Press, 1999). His most recent book, written in Japanese, is Seiji to Sanma – Nihon to Kurashite 45 nen [Politics and Saury: 45 Years Living with Japan] (Nikkei BP, 2008). His recent articles have appeared in Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Asahi Shimbun, and many other publications. He divides his time between Columbia University and Tokyo where he is active as a columnist, speaker and writer. Professor Curtis is or has been a member of the board of directors of the U.S.-Japan Foundation, the Japan Center for International Exchange (USA), and the Japan Society and serves as councillor to the U.S.-Japan Council. In 2004, he was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star by the Emperor of Japan, one of the highest honors bestowed by the Japanese government. His many other awards include the Masayoshi Ohira Memorial Prize, the Japan Foundation Award, the Chunichi Shimbun Special Achievement Award, and the Marshal Green Award of the Japan-America Society of Washington, DC.

  • 2012 Sep 13

    Protecting the Vote: Suppression, Fraud, and the Future of Voter ID Laws

    6:00pm

    Location: 

    JFK Jr. Forum, Littauer Building, Harvard Kennedy School

    Tova Andrea WangAbout the Seminar
    A panel conversation with:

    Jennie Bowser
    Senior Fellow, National Conference of State Legislatures

    John Fund
    Senior Editor, The American Spectator

    Alex Keyssar
    Matthew W. Stirling Jr. Professor of History and Social Policy, HKS

    Tova Wang
    Senior Democracy Fellow, Demos; Fellow, The Century Foundation

    Trey Grayson (Moderator)
    Director, Institute of Politics... Read more about Protecting the Vote: Suppression, Fraud, and the Future of Voter ID Laws

  • 2012 Sep 12

    Fall 2012 Open House: HKS Program on Crisis Leadership and Harvard Humanitarian Initiative

    4:15pm

    Location: 

    Taubman 401, Harvard Kennedy School

    Interested in crisis leadership, humanitarian relief, or post-disaster recovery? Attend this welcome session for new and returning students and hear from faculty and staff affiliated with Harvard Kennedy School’s Program on Crisis Leadership (PCL) and the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) about academic offerings and activities related to disaster management and risk reduction.

    Leaders of the Crisis Management PIC at HKS will also be present to discuss additional opportunities for student involvement.... Read more about Fall 2012 Open House: HKS Program on Crisis Leadership and Harvard Humanitarian Initiative

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