2012

2012 Oct 26

Assessing Emergency Response to the 3.11 Earthquake, Tsunami, and Nuclear Accident in Japan

12:15pm

Location: 

S250, 2nd Floor, CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge St., Cambridge, MA

Dr. Arnold Howitt, Executive Director, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation

Modern Asia Seminar Series, Harvard Asia Center; Co-sponsored with the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, the Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, and the Program on Crisis Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School

Watch a video of the presentation here.

About the speaker
Arnold M. Howitt is executive director of the Ash Center, with responsibility for coordinating its executive education and research programs. As a faculty member at HKS, he teaches in a number of executive education programs for both U.S. and international officials. His research focuses on intergovernmental policy and management, including crisis management and emergency preparedness and transportation policy.... Read more about Assessing Emergency Response to the 3.11 Earthquake, Tsunami, and Nuclear Accident in Japan

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

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