Inspiring Public Service 2014

Public Service Week 2014

HKS Public Service Week 2014: February 24-28

Public service is central to the HKS mission. Public Service Week, an HKS tradition, provides the opportunity to focus our collective energy on the issues that inspire us. Public Service Week 2014 features an exciting lineup of events from hands-on projects in the community to lectures on scaling global development programs.

HKS Serves

The week culminates with HKS Serves on Friday, February 28. Volunteer teams will prepare meals for homebound individuals, serve lunch at shelters, and assemble donations for disadvantaged youth. Sign up to volunteer here.

Events by Policy Area

Diplomacy | Environment | International Development | Media | Networking | Public Service in Action | Social and Urban Policy

Events By Day

Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday | Friday

Buy Raffle Tickets! SPSC Team members will sell raffle tickets every day from 11:00am — 2:00pm in the JFK Jr. Forum! Stand a chance to win an iPad, dinner at Sandrine’s, a night at the Charles Hotel and more! Find out more here.

Social Media

Join us in sharing your impact on the ground by sending pictures, videos, and written reflections on Public Service Week 2013 events to Jenny_Fowler@harvard.edu, SPSC@hks.harvard.edu and the SPSC Facebook Page. Use #HKSServes on Facebook, Twitter, and Foursquare!

Public Service Week is cosponsored by the Dean’s Office and the Student Public Service Collaborative (SPSC). Thanks to all the HKS research centers and departments for their involvement.

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Programs by Policy Area

Environment

A New Climate Agreement in 2015: Opportunities and Challenges
11:45am
LOCATION: WAPPP Conference Room (Taubman 102)
The countries of the world have agreed to agree-on a new international climate agreement, by late 2015, at the annual UN climate-change conference, to be held in Paris. This agreement will be very different from the Kyoto Protocol-the only existing multilateral agreement on climate change. Join Robert Stowe, Executive Director, Harvard Environmental Economics Program, for a discussion of the issues at hand.
SPONSOR: Belfer Center

Diplomacy

Mideast Meltdown: Beyond the Arab Transitions
12:00pm
LOCATION: Bell Hall, 5th Floor Belfer Building
A panel discussion with representatives from the International Crisis Group, including:
Issandr El Amrani, project director, North Africa
Michaël Ayari, senior analyst, Tunisia
Ali Vaez, senior analyst, Iran
Maria Fantappie, analyst, Iraq
This event will be moderated by Tarek Masoud, associate professor of public policy.

Iraq in the Midst of an Unstable Middle East
Monday, February 24, 3:00–4:10pm
LOCATION: Bell Hall, Belfer 5th Floor
Join Career Ambassador Jim Jeffrey as he reflects on his life in public service and diplomacy. He will also discuss the deteriorating situation in Iraq, where he served as Ambassador from 2010-2012. Professors Nicholas Burns and Meghan O'Sullivan will moderate this event.
SPONSOR: Future of Diplomacy Project (FDP)

The View From the Back of the Plane: Assessing John Kerry's Globetrotting First Year
Tuesday, February 25, 4:30-6:00 pm
LOCATION: Malkin Penthouse, Littauer
Anne Gearan, Diplomatic Correspondent of The Washington Post, will offer her observations of the Secretary of State's first year and reflect on her long career as part of the fourth power in the state, the press. Professor Nicholas Burns will moderate this session.
SPONSOR: Future of Diplomacy Project, Shorenstein Center and WAPPP

International Development

Evidence Action: Moving Successful RCTs to Scale
Friday, February 28th, 11:45am–1:00pm
LOCATION: Perkins Room (R-415), Rubenstein 4th Floor
Evidence Action is a new organization working to scale proven interventions to improve the lives of the poor in Africa and Asia. Christina Riechers, Director of Strategic Initiatives, will discuss the challenges her organization faces in scaling interventions and crafting successful business models.
SPONSOR: Center on International Development

Media

Ben Smith: "BuzzFeed: The New Newsroom...Is It the Future?"
12:00pm
LOCATION: Taubman 275
Join Ben Smith, editor-in-chief of Buzzfeed, for a discussion of the Buzzfeed and the form the newsroom of the future shall take
SPONSOR: Shorenstein Center

Networking

Boston Alumni / Student Networking Night
Thursday, February 27, 5:30-9:00pm
LOCATION: Harvard Faculty Club Reading Room, 20 Quincy St
Connect with fellow alumni and students for a great evening of networking. The second hour will feature structured speed networking with alumni who will serve as topic hosts. This event is free and includes hors d’oeuvres and two drink tickets.
SPONSOR: Office of Career Advancement (OCA); Student Public Service Collaborative (SPSC)

Public Service Day Celebration at Quorum Call
Friday, February 28th, 4:00–6:00 pm
LOCATION: JFK Jr. Forum
Come to Quorum Call to celebrate the end of Public Service Week 2014 with food, beer, and friends! We will hold a raffle at 5pm to benefit our Youth Leadership Conference series.
SPONSOR: Student Public Service Collaborative (SPSC); Kennedy School Student Government (KSSG)

Public Service in Action

HKS Blood Drive by the LGBTQ Caucus
Tuesday, February 25,10:00am-4:00pm
LOCATION: JFK Street (In front of Dunkin Donuts)
Come donate blood, eat cookies, and have lemonade! There will be a blood mobile outside Dunkin Donuts on JFK Street. Sign up for an appointment at tinyurl.com/hksblood.
SPONSOR: LGBTQ Caucus

Prepare Lunch for Homeless Women with the China Society
Wednesday, February 26, 3:00 – 5:00pm
LOCATION: private residence
The China Society will take the lead in cooking a Chinese lunch for 15 homeless women. The meals will benefit On The Rise, an organization that promotes safety, community and advocacy for homeless women. Find out more at tinyurl.com/publicserviceweek.
SPONSOR: China Society

Briefing Session: Japan Caucus Service Project
Wednesday, February 26, 6:00-7:00 pm
LOCATION: T-401, Taubman 4th Floor
Spend an afternoon in April interacting with Japanese senior citizens that are long-time Boston residents. Find out more at this info session, hosted by the Japan Caucus. All are welcome! More details are available at tinyurl.com/publicserviceweek.
SPONSOR: Japan Caucus

HKS Serves: Making Impact on the Ground
Friday, February 28th, All Day
LOCATION: Multiple sites, off-campus
Volunteer teams will travel to off-campus sites. Projects include preparing meals for homebound individuals, serving lunch at shelters, and assembling donations for disadvantaged youth. Sign up to volunteer at tinyurl.com/hksserves.
SPONSOR: Student Public Service Collaborative (SPSC)

Social and Urban Policy

Different Ways of Not Having It All: Work, Care, and Gender Change in the New Economy
11:40am
LOCATION: Cason Seminar Room (T-102)t
Drawing on her recent book, "The Children of the Gender Revolution," as well as early findings from a new study of workers residing in Silicon Valley, Kathleen Gerson will present a framework for exploring and explaining the changing landscape of gender, work, and care in the new economy.
SPONSOR: Women and Public Policy Program (WAPPP)

“Unhappy Cities”: A Talk by Professor Edward Glaeser
Monday, February 24, 3:00–4:10 pm
LOCATION: Bell Hall, Belfer 5th Floor
“Unhappy Cities” demonstrates persistent differences in self-reported subjective well-being across the United States, and shows that residents of declining cities are less happy than other Americans. Why do individuals live in cities that appear associated with lives that are unsatisfying and unhappy?
SPONSOR: Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy

Inspiring Public Service

Programs by Day

Monday, February 24

“Unhappy Cities”: A Talk by Professor Edward Glaeser
12:00 – 1:45pm
LOCATION: Allison Dining Room, Taubman 5th Floor
“Unhappy Cities” demonstrates persistent differences in self-reported subjective well-being across the United States, and shows that residents of declining cities are less happy than other Americans. Why do individuals live in cities that appear associated with lives that are unsatisfying and unhappy?
SPONSOR: Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy

Iraq in the Midst of an Unstable Middle East
3:00 – 4:10pm
LOCATION: Bell Hall, Belfer 5th Floor
Join Career Ambassador Jim Jeffrey as he reflects on his life in public service and diplomacy. He will also discuss the deteriorating situation in Iraq, where he served as Ambassador from 2010-2012. Professors Nicholas Burns and Meghan O'Sullivan will moderate this event.
SPONSOR: Future of Diplomacy Project (FDP)

Tuesday, February 25

HKS Blood Drive by the LGBTQ Caucus
10:00 am - 4:00pm
LOCATION: JFK Street (In front of Dunkin Donuts)
Come donate blood, eat cookies, and have lemonade! There will be a blood mobile outside Dunkin Donuts on JFK Street. Sign up for an appointment at tinyurl.com/hksblood.
SPONSOR: LGBTQ Caucus

Ben Smith: "BuzzFeed: The New Newsroom...Is It the Future?"
12:00pm
LOCATION: Taubman 275
Join Ben Smith, editor-in-chief of Buzzfeed, for a discussion of the Buzzfeed and the form the newsroom of the future shall take.
SPONSOR: Shorenstein Center

The View From the Back of the Plane: Assessing John Kerry's Globetrotting First Year
4:30 - 6:00pm
LOCATION: WAPPP Conference Room, Taubman 1st Floor
Anne Gearan, Diplomatic Correspondent of The Washington Post, will offer her observations of the Secretary of State's first year and reflect on her long career as part of the fourth power in the state, the press. Professor Nicholas Burns will moderate this session.
SPONSOR: Future of Diplomacy Project, Shorenstein Center and WAPPP

Wednesday, February 26

A New Climate Agreement in 2015: Opportunities and Challenges
11:45am
LOCATION: WAPPP Conference Room (Taubman 102)
The countries of the world have agreed to agree-on a new international climate agreement, by late 2015, at the annual UN climate-change conference, to be held in Paris. This agreement will be very different from the Kyoto Protocol-the only existing multilateral agreement on climate change. Join Robert Stowe, Executive Director, Harvard Environmental Economics Program, for a discussion of the issues at hand.
SPONSOR: Belfer Center

Prepare Lunch for Homeless Women with the China Society
3:00 – 5:00pm
LOCATION: private residence
The China Society will take the lead in cooking a Chinese lunch for 15 homeless women. The meals will benefit On The Rise, an organization that promotes safety, community and advocacy for homeless women. Find out more at tinyurl.com/publicserviceweek.
SPONSOR: China Society

Briefing Session: Japan Caucus Service Project
6:00 - 7:00pm
LOCATION: T-401, Taubman 4th Floor
Spend an afternoon in April interacting with Japanese senior citizens that are long-time Boston residents. Find out more at this info session, hosted by the Japan Caucus. All are welcome! More details are available at tinyurl.com/publicserviceweek.
SPONSOR: Japan Caucus

Thursday, February 27

Different Ways of Not Having It All: Work, Care, and Gender Change in the New Economy
11:40am
LOCATION: Cason Seminar Room (T-102)t
Drawing on her recent book, "The Children of the Gender Revolution," as well as early findings from a new study of workers residing in Silicon Valley, Kathleen Gerson will present a framework for exploring and explaining the changing landscape of gender, work, and care in the new economy.
SPONSOR: Women and Public Policy Program (WAPPP)

Boston Alumni / Student Networking Night
5:30 - 9:00pm
LOCATION: Harvard Faculty Club Reading Room, 20 Quincy St
Connect with fellow alumni and students for a great evening of networking. The second hour will feature structured speed networking with alumni who will serve as topic hosts. This event is free and includes hors d’oeuvres and two drink tickets.
SPONSOR: Office of Career Advancement (OCA); Student Public Service Collaborative (SPSC)

Friday, February 28

HKS Serves: Making Impact on the Ground
All Day
LOCATION: Multiple sites, off-campus
Volunteer teams will travel to off-campus sites. Projects include preparing meals for homebound individuals, serving lunch at shelters, and assembling donations for disadvantaged youth. Sign up to volunteer at tinyurl.com/hksserves.
SPONSOR: Student Public Service Collaborative (SPSC)

Evidence Action: Moving Successful RCTs to Scale
11:45am – 1:00pm
LOCATION: Perkins Room (R-415), Rubenstein 4th Floor
Evidence Action is a new organization working to scale proven interventions to improve the lives of the poor in Africa and Asia. Christina Riechers, Director of Strategic Initiatives, will discuss the challenges her organization faces in scaling interventions and crafting successful business models.
SPONSOR: Center for International Development

Mideast Meltdown: Beyond the Arab Transitions
12:00pm
LOCATION: Bell Hall, 5th Floor Belfer Building
A panel discussion with representatives from the International Crisis Group, including:
Issandr El Amrani, project director, North Africa
Michaël Ayari, senior analyst, Tunisia
Ali Vaez, senior analyst, Iran
Maria Fantappie, analyst, Iraq
This event will be moderated by Tarek Masoud, associate professor of public policy.
SPONSOR: Belfer Center

Public Service Day Celebration at Quorum Call
4:00 – 6:00pm
LOCATION: JFK Jr. Forum
Come to Quorum Call to celebrate the end of Public Service Week 2014 with food, beer, and friends! We will hold a raffle at 5pm to benefit our Youth Leadership Conference series.
SPONSOR: Student Public Service Collaborative (SPSC); Kennedy School Student Government (KSSG)

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