Event Calendar

Spring semester 2015

These listings are updated frequently. For additional listings, please explore individual M-RCBG program websites.

Monday, January 26

ETIP/Consortium Energy Policy Seminar

Power Over Pollution: State Compliance Strategies for EPA's Clean Power Plan

Ari Peskoe
Energy Fellow, Harvard Law School Environmental Policy Initiative

Bell Hall (5th Floor Belfer Building)
12-1:30pm

Wednesday, January 28

Business & Government Seminar

Public-Private Partnerships: A case study on the development of the computer industry (background)

John Cullinane
Cullinet founder and former M-RCBG senior fellow

Bell Hall (5th Floor Belfer Building)
12-1

Wednesday, January 28

Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy

Belt and Suspenders and More: The Incremental Impact of Energy Efficiency Subsidies in the Presence of Existing Policy Instruments

Joseph Aldy
Harvard University

Room L-382 (3rd Floor Littauer Building)
4:10-5:30

Monday, February 2

ETIP/Consortium Energy Policy Seminar

Belt and Suspenders and More: The Incremental Impact of Energy Efficiency Subsidies in the Presence of Existing Policy Instruments

Joseph Aldy
Harvard University

Bell Hall (5th Floor Belfer Building)
12-1:30

Tuesday, February 3

M-RCBG Spring Student Reception

Lawrence Summers
Director, Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government

John Haigh
Co-Director, Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government

Nye A (5th Floor Taubman Building)
3-4

Wednesday, February 4

Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy

Strategic Policy Choice in State-Level Regulation: The EPA's Clean Power Plan

Christopher Knittel
MIT

Room L-382 (3rd Floor Littauer Building)
4:10-5:30

Thursday, February 5

Business & Government Seminar

Confronting City and State Fiscal Crises

Richard Ravitch
Former chair of the New York Urban Development Corporation
Former lieutenant governor of the State of New York 

Bell Hall (5th Floor Belfer Building)
11:45-1 

Friday, February 6

PIC Event

Davos Debrief

Malkin Penthouse (4th Floor Littauer Building)
12:30-1:30 

Monday, February 9

ETIP/Consortium Energy Policy Seminar

Public Policy and the U.S. Solar Industry

Frank O'Sullivan
Director of Research and Analysis, MIT Energy Initiative

Bell Hall (5th Floor Belfer Building)
12-1:30

Monday, February 9

STS Circle at Harvard

No 'Mean' Solution: The Reformulation of Statistical Science in The Early People's Republic of China

Arunabh Ghosh
Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University

K262 (Bowie-Vernon Room), Knafel Building, CGIS, 1713 Cambridge Street
12:15-2

Tuesday, February 10

M-RCBG & B&G PIC Event

UnConference

Students share their ideas, topics, issues, and innovations.

L280
6-8:30

Wednesday, February 11

Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy

Valuing Mortality Risk in Kuwait: Stated-Preference with a New Consistency Test

James Hammitt
Harvard University

Room L-382 (3rd Floor Littauer Building)
4:10-5:30

Thursday, February 12

Business & Government Seminar

Global Pensions Underfunding

Public pension systems around the world are struggling to meet their commitments to their members. Aging populations have put a severe strain on programs designed for different demographic times and, consequently, these systems often find themselves buckling under the pressure. Exacerbating the problem are rising government debt ratios in the wake of the global financial crisis, as well as poor investment returns which have negatively impacted funding.

Thomas Healey
Founder and managing partner, Healey Development
Former M-RCBG senior fellow

Catherine Reilly
HKS MPA student
Former Chief Economist of OP Asset Management

Bell Hall (5th Floor Belfer Building)
11:45-1 

Wednesday, February 18

Study Group

Study group on rebuilding the American Dream with M-RCBG Senior Fellow Lewis Kaden

Guest: Karen Gordon Mills

Carr Conference Room
4:15-5:30

Thursday, February 19

Business & Government Seminar 

Emotion and Financial Impatience: A Behavioral-Economics and Affective Science Approach

Jennifer Lerner
Harvard Kennedy School

Bell Hall (5th Floor Belfer Building)
11:45-1

Monday, February 23

Study Group

Beyond Obamacare: New Lessons from Massachusetts in the Federalist Tradition with M-RCBG Senior Fellow Barbara Anthony

Guest: David Seltz, Executive director of the MA Health Policy Commission

L-130 (Bolton)
11:45-1

Monday, February 23

ETIP/Consortium Energy Policy Seminar

**CANCELLED**

EPA's Clean Power Plan: What Should States Be Sure Not To Do?

Paul Sotkiewicz
Chief Economist, Markets, PJM Interconnection

Bell Hall (5th Floor Belfer Building)
12-1:30

Monday, February 23

STS Circle at Harvard

The Ascent of Science Fictional Futurity in Anglo-American Legal Thought

Michael Bennett
Northeastern Law School

K262 (Bowie-Vernon Room), Knafel Building, CGIS, 1713 Cambridge Street
12:15-2

Monday, February 23

Meeting

The State and Fate of Community Banking Under Dodd-Frank

M-RCBG Senior Fellow Marshall Lux
HKS student Robby Greene 

Fainsod Room (3rd Floor Littauer Building)
4:30-6

Wednesday, February 25

Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy

Environment and Human Capital: The Effects of Early-Life Exposure to Pollutants in the Philippines

Evan Peet
Harvard School of Public Health

Room L-382 (3rd Floor Littauer Building)
4:10-5:30

Thursday, February 26

Regulatory Policy Program Seminar

The BRICS Group in Global Regulation: Leadership, Influence and Prospects

Mihaela Papa
The Fletcher School, Tufts University

Bell Hall (5th Floor Belfer Building)
11:45-1

Thursday, February 26

Study Group

Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Africa with M-RCBG Senior Fellow Ndidi Nwuneli

Guest: Dr. Kelechi Ohiri, Special Adviser to the Coordinating Minister of the Economy and Minister of Finance of Nigeria 

R-415 (Perkins Room)
4:15-5:30

Thursday, February 26

Forum Event

Tunisia: A Start-Up Democracy

H.E. Mehdi Jomaa
Former Prime Minister of Tunisia

JFK Jr. Forum
6pm

Friday, February 27

Business & Government Seminar

Creating Economic Growth: Lessons for Europe

Marco Magnani
Former M-RCBG senior fellow

Philippe Aghion
Harvard University

Richard Cooper
Harvard University

Hans-Helmut Kotz
Center for European Studies, Harvard University and former Member of Executive Board, Deutsche Bundesbank

R-G-20 Neustadt classroom (Rubenstein Building)
12-1:30

Friday, February 27

Study Group

Change Landscape of International Trade with M-RCBG Senior Fellow Eoin Gahan

Guest: David O'Sullivan, EU Ambassador to the US, speaking on "Trade and Trade Policy: The EU Experience"

To participate, please send an email to gahanstudygroup@gmail.com and include your name, degree program, and year. 

2-3:15

Monday, March 2

ETIP/Consortium Energy Policy Seminar

Public Policy and the US Solar Industry

Frank O'Sullivan
Director of Research and Analysis, MIT Energy Initiative

Bell Hall (5th Floor Belfer Building)
12-1:30

Monday, March 2

STS Circle at Harvard

Experts in Cruelty: Interrogation in Abu Ghraib and After

Steve Caton
Harvard University

K262 (Bowie-Vernon Room), Knafel Building, CGIS, 1713 Cambridge Street
12:15-2

Monday, March 2

Student event

Networking with M-RCBG senior fellows (Co-sponsored by B&G PIC)

Fainsod Room (3rd Floor Littauer)
5-6:15

Wednesday, March 4

Study Group

Value Creation in Business and Government: Do old strategy models still apply?

Paul Verdin
M-RCBG senior fellow

Carr Conference Room, R-219
4:10-5:30

Monday, March 9

ETIP/Consortium Energy Policy Seminar

EPA's Clean Power Plan: What Should States Be Sure Not To Do?

Paul Sotkiewicz
Chief Economist, Markets, PJM Interconnection

Bell Hall (5th Floor Belfer Building)
12-1:30

Monday, March 9

STS Circle at Harvard

'Science and World Order': Uses of Science in Plans for International Government, 1899-1950

Geert Somsen
Maastricht University

K262 (Bowie-Vernon Room), Knafel Building, CGIS, 1713 Cambridge Street
12:15-2

Wednesday, March 11

Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy

Does Better Information Lead to Better Choices? Evidence from Energy Efficiency Labels

Gilbert Metcalf
Tufts University

Room L-382 (3rd Floor Littauer Building)
4:10-5:30 

Thursday, March 19-Friday, March 20

2015 Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis Conference & Meeting

Advancing the Policy Frontier

The Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis (SBCA) is an international group of practitioners, academics and others who are working to improve the theory and application of the tools of benefit-cost analysis. Click here for additional information on their annual conference. 

GWU Marvin Center, Washington, DC

Monday, March 23

STS Circle at Harvard

Mobilizing Mutations: New Kinds of People at the Intersection of Genetics and Patient Advocacy

Dan Navon
The Institute for Quantitative Social Science, Harvard

K262 (Bowie-Vernon Room), Knafel Building, CGIS, 1713 Cambridge Street
12:15-2

Wednesday, March 25

Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy

Voting on Prices vs. Voting on Quantities in a World Climate Assembly

Martin Weitzman
Harvard University

Room L-382 (3rd Floor Littauer Building)
4:10-5:30

Wednesday, March 25

Regulatory Policy Program Seminar

An Excess of Access? Success and Failure in Regulating Australia's Natural Monopolies

Henry Ergas
Professor of Infrastructure Economics
University of Wollongong

Carr Conference Room
11:45-1

Thursday, March 26

Business & Government Seminar

Drowning in Benefit Costs: New Jersey Case Study

Thomas Healey
Founder and managing partner, Healey Development
Former M-RCBG senior fellow

Bell Hall (5th Floor Belfer Building)
11:45-1

Monday, March 30

ETIP/Consortium Energy Policy Seminar

Managing Arctic Resources

William Moomaw
Professor of International Environmental Policy
Fletcher School, Tufts University 

Bell Hall (5th Floor Belfer Building)
12-1:30

Monday, March 30

STS Circle at Harvard

A New Literacy for the Information Age: Children, Computers, and Citizenship

Margo Boenig-Liptsin
Harvard University

K262 (Bowie-Vernon Room), Knafel Building, CGIS, 1713 Cambridge Street
12:15-2

Wednesday, April 1

Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy

Renewable Fuel Standards

James Stock
Harvard University

Room L-382 (3rd Floor Littauer Building)
4:10-5:30

Thursday, April 2

Regulatory Policy Program Seminar

Online Small Business Loans: Should They Be Regulated?

Karen Mills
M-RCBG senior fellow
Former Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

Bell Hall (5th Floor Belfer Building)
11:45-1

Friday, April 3

Business & Government Seminar

Public-Private Partnerships in the Northern Ireland Peace Process

John Cullinane
Cullinet founder and former M-RCBG senior fellow

Frank Costello
Visiting Research Professor, Queen's University, Belfast

Weil Town Hall (1st Floor Belfer Building)
12-1

Monday, March 6

ETIP/Consortium Energy Policy Seminar

Sino-Russian Cooperation in Natural Gas

Morena Skalamera
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Geopolitics of Energy Project

Bell Hall (5th Floor Belfer Building)
12-1:30

Monday, April 6

STS Circle at Harvard

Emerging Legal and Forensic BioConstitutional Order(s) in Post-Conflict Cyprus

Anna M. Agathangelou
York University

K262 (Bowie-Vernon Room), Knafel Building, CGIS, 1713 Cambridge Street
12:15-2

Wednesday, April 8

Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy

Automatically Green

Cass Sunstein
Harvard University

Room L-382 (3rd Floor Littauer Building)
4:10-5:30

Thursday, April 9

Regulatory Policy Program Seminar

Lessons From the Financial Crisis

Lewis B. Kaden
M-RCBG senior fellow
Former Vice Chairman, Citigroup

Bell Hall (5th Floor Belfer Building)
11:45-1

Monday, April 13

ETIP/Consortium Energy Policy Seminar

New York's "Reforming the Energy Vision" Initiative

Audrey Zibelman
Chair, New York State Public Service Commission

Bell Hall (5th Floor Belfer Building)
12-1:30

Monday, April 13

STS Circle at Harvard

Infant Science and Health Adventuring: Global Intervention around Infant Mortality

Emily Harrison
Harvard University

K262 (Bowie-Vernon Room), Knafel Building, CGIS, 1713 Cambridge Street
12:15-2

Monday, April 20

ETIP/Consortium Energy Policy Seminar

How Much Energy do Building Energy Codes Really Save?

Arik Levinson
Georgetown University

Bell Hall (5th Floor Belfer Building)
12-1:30

Monday, April 20

STS Circle at Harvard

The Politics of Openness: Technology, Corruption and Participation in Indian Public Employment

Rajesh Veeraraghavan
Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University

K262 (Bowie-Vernon Room), Knafel Building, CGIS, 1713 Cambridge Street
12:15-2

Wednesday, April 22

Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy

Adopting a Cleaner Technology: The Effect of Driving Restrictions on Fleet Turnover

Juan-Pablo Montero
Catholic University of Chile

Room L-382 (3rd Floor Littauer Building)
4:10-5:30

Thursday, April 23

Regulatory Policy Program Seminar

A Critical Comparison of Regulatory Regimes for Offshore Oil and Gas in the U.S., U.K, and Norway

Lori Bennear
Associate Professor of Environmental Economics and Policy
Duke University

Bell Hall (5th Floor Belfer Building)
11:45-1

Monday, April 27

ETIP/Consortium Energy Policy Seminar

Low-carbon Technology Innovation in China

Christian Binz
Giorgio Ruffolo Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Sustainability Science Program and Energy Technology Innovation Policy research group, HKS

Bell Hall (5th Floor Belfer Building)
12-1:30

Monday, April 27

STS Circle at Harvard

Cities, Technologies and Political Imaginaries

Antoine Picon
Harvard Graduate School of Design

K262 (Bowie-Vernon Room), Knafel Building, CGIS, 1713 Cambridge Street
12:15-2

Thursday, April 30

Business & Government Seminar

Title TBA

Calestous Juma
Professor of the Practice of International Development, HKS

Bell Hall (5th Floor Belfer Building)
11:45-1

Davos Debrief

Former President of Mexico Felipe Calderon, who is also serving as Angelopoulos Global Public Leaders Fellow at the Kennedy School, speaks at M-RCBG's annual Davos Debrief, organized by the Business & Government PIC.

HKS Professor Joseph Nye and MIT Professor Bengt Holmstrom at a recent study group.

HKS Professor Joseph Nye and MIT Professor Bengt Holmstrom at a recent study group.