Event Calendar

Spring semester 2016

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

Click here for information about this semester's study groups.

Friday, January 29

PIC Event

Davos Debrief

Prof Graham Allison
Prof. Iris Bohnet
Prof. Ricardo Hausmann
Prof. Jonathan Zittrain

Allison Dining Room (5th Floor Taubman)
1-2pm

Monday, February 1

STS Circle at Harvard

The Past as Proof

Jill Lepore
Harvard

Malkin Penthouse (4th Fl. Littauer)
12:15-2pm

Tuesday, February 2

Study Group

Addressing Climate Risks in Developing Country Food Systems: Exploring Solutions

Led by M-RCBG Senior Fellow Simon Winter

4:00-5:30 pm – Details and sign-up are here

Wednesday, February 3

Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy

Does the Environment Still Matter? Daily Temperature and Income in the United States

Solomon Hsiang
University of California, Berkeley

Room L-382 (3rd Floor Littauer Building)
4:15-5:30

Thursday, February 4

Regulatory Policy Program Seminar

OSHA: Job Killer or Stopping Jobs that Kill?

David Levine
Walter A. Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley

Missed this seminar? Listen to the podcast here.

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

Thursday, February 4

Study Group

Urban Revitalization

Led by M-RCBG Senior Fellow Stan Marcuss

M-RCBG Conference Room (Belfer Building #501)
4:00-5:30 pm - additional details here

Monday, February 8

ETIP/Consortium for Energy Policy Research

Default Effects, Follow-on Behavior, and Welfare in Residential Electricity Pricing Programs
Catherine Wolfram
Haas School of Business, University of California Berkeley

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

Monday, February 8

STS Circle at Harvard

Playlist from the Terrestrial Analog: Towards an Ecology of Outer Space

Larissa Belcic
Harvard Graduate School of Design

Pierce 100F, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, 29 Oxford Street
12:15-2pm

Wednesday, February 10

Study Group on Regulation Innovation: Protecting Consumers Through Technology & Trust
Led by M-RCBG Senior Fellow Jo Ann Barefoot

Guest speaker: Dan Quan, Senior Advisor to the Director, U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau 

Carr Conference Room (Rubenstein 219)
4:00-5:30 pm - additional details here

Thursday, February 11

M-RCBG Spring Student Reception

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

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

Bell Hall (5th Floor Belfer Building)
3-4

Thursday, February 11

Study Group

Making it Harder for the Bad Guys: The Case for Eliminating High Denomination Banknotes

Led by M-RCBG Senior Fellow Peter Sands

4:00-5:30 pm – Details and sign-up are here

Friday, February 12

Study Group

"Creating and Capturing Value" for Non-Profits

Led by M-RCBG Senior Fellow Paul Verdin

M-RCBG Conference Room (Belfer Building #503)
1:00-2:30 pm - additional details here

 

Tuesday, February 16

B&G PIC Event

The Trans-Pacific Partnership and the U.S. Trade Agenda

Dr. Rodney Ludema
U.S Department of State

Land Hall (4th Floor Belfer)
5-6pm

Thursday, February 18

Regulatory Policy Program Seminar

Regulatory Process and Priorities in the Obama Administration

Howard Shelanski
Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA)

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

Monday, February 22

ETIP/Consortium for Energy Policy Research

The Paris Agreement

Robert Stavins
Harvard Kennedy School
Robert Stowe
Harvard Kennedy School

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

Monday, February 22

STS Circle at Harvard

Pepsin Era--Artificially Digested Foods and the Eating Body

Lisa Haushofer
Harvard

Pierce 100F, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, 29 Oxford Street
12:15-2pm

Wednesday, February 24

Study Group on Europe and the Geopolitics of Energy
Led by M-RCBG Senior Fellow Ole Austvik

This session: "The Economics of Shale Gas & Tight Oil Production"
Guest speaker:  Dr. Robert L. Kleinberg, Schlumberger, Cambridge Massachusetts

Rubenstein 219 (Carr conference room)
4:00-5:30 pm - additional details here

Wednesday, February 24

Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy

Are There Environmental Benefits from Driving Electric Vehicles? The Importance of Local Factors

Erin Mansur
Dartmouth

Room L-382 (3rd Floor Littauer Building)
4:15-5:30

Monday, February 29

ETIP/Consortium for Energy Policy Research

Clean Power Plan Model Rules: Pathways for Implementation

Kate Konschnik
Harvard Law School

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

Monday, February 29

STS Circle at Harvard

Responsible Innovation and Public Values in the Dutch Shale Gas Controversy

Behnam Taebi
Harvard Kennedy School

Pierce 100F, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, 29 Oxford Street
12:15-2pm

Wednesday, March 2

Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy

Children's Lead Levels and Black-White Test Score Gaps

Janet Currie
Princeton University

Room L-382 (3rd Floor Littauer Building)
4:15-5:30

Thursday, March 3

Study Group

Urban Revitalization

Led by M-RCBG Senior Fellow Stan Marcuss

M-RCBG Conference Room (Belfer Building #501)
4:00-5:30 pm - additional details here

Monday, March 7

ETIP/Consortium for Energy Policy Research

TBA

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

Monday, March 7

STS Circle at Harvard

Platformizing Higher Education: Computer Science and the Making of MOOC Infrastructures

Shreeharsh Kelkar
MIT

Pierce 100F, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, 29 Oxford Street
12:15-2pm

Monday, March 7

Study Group: Europe and the Geopolitics of Energy

This session: "The Failure of Long-term Oil Price Forecasting"
Led by M-RCBG Senior Fellow Ole Austvik

Fainsod (Littauer 324)
4:00-5:30 pm - additional details here

Tuesday, March 8

Study Group

Addressing Climate Risks in Developing Country Food Systems: Exploring Solutions

Led by M-RCBG Senior Fellow Simon Winter

4:00-5:30 pm – Details are here

Thursday, March 10

Business & Government Seminar

Transforming New York City's Economy

Robert Steel
CEO, Perella Weinberg Partners

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

Monday, March 21

ETIP/Consortium for Energy Policy Research

Electricity Market Developments in Mexico

Jeffrey Pavlovic
Mexican Ministry of Energy

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

Monday, March 21

STS Circle at Harvard

Risk, Feminism, and AIDS

Aziza Ahmed
Northeastern Law School

Pierce 100F, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, 29 Oxford Street
12:15-2pm

Wednesday, March 23

Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy

Collective Action in an Asymmetric World

Cuicui Chen
Harvard University
Richard Zeckhauser
Harvard University

Room L-382 (3rd Floor Littauer Building)
4:15-5:30

Monday, March 28

ETIP/Consortium for Energy Policy Research

Renewable Power Integration in China

Xinyu Chen
Harvard China Project

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

Monday, March 28

STS Circle at Harvard

The File and the Checkpoint: Managing Citizenship in Israel and India after Independence

Yael Berda
Hebrew University

Pierce 100F, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, 29 Oxford Street
12:15-2pm

Thursday, March 31

Regulatory Policy Program Seminar

Current Issues in Bank Regulations

Thomas J. Curry
U.S. Treasury Department

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

Thursday, March 31

Study Group on Regulation Innovation: Protecting Consumers Through Technology & Trust
Led by M-RCBG Senior Fellow Jo Ann Barefoot

Guest speaker:  Thomas Curry, Comptroller of the Currency, U.S. Department of the Treasury

CBG Conference Room (Belfer 503)
4:00-5:30 pm - additional details here

Monday, April 4

ETIP/Consortium for Energy Policy Research

TBA

David Keith
Harvard Kennedy School

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

Monday, April 4

STS Circle at Harvard

Sudanese Economics: Between an Environmental and a Political Imagination

Alden Young
Drexel University

Pierce 100F, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, 29 Oxford Street
12:15-2pm

Tuesday, April 5

Business & Government Seminar

A Prescription for What Ails Investors: Drug Pricing Policy as Told Through Tweets, Investigations, Regulations and Legislation

Brandon Barford
Beacon Policy Advisors

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

Tuesday, April 5

Study Group

Addressing Climate Risks in Developing Country Food Systems: Exploring Solutions

Led by M-RCBG Senior Fellow Simon Winter

4:00-5:30 pm – Details are here

Wednesday, April 6

Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy

Charging Ahead: Prepaid Metering and Electricity Use in South Africa

Kelsey Jack
Tufts University

Room L-382 (3rd Floor Littauer Building)
4:15-5:30

Thursday, April 7

Regulatory Policy Program Seminar 

Informing Consumers with Numbers: Pitfalls and Principles

Jack B. Soll
Fuqua School of Business, Duke University

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

Monday, April 11

ETIP/Consortium for Energy Policy Research

How has British Columbia's revenue-neutral carbon tax worked? A synthesis of the evidence

Brian Murray
Duke University

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

Monday, April 11

STS Circle at Harvard

Healthy Forever? Aging, Mobility, and the Transformation of Later Life

Cara Kiernan Fallon
Harvard

Pierce 100F, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, 29 Oxford Street
12:15-2pm

Tuesday, April 12

Program on U.S.-Japan Relations Seminar

Abenomics: Passes, Fails, and Incompletes

Robert Alan Feldman
Managing Director and Chief Economist
Morgan Stanley MUFG Securities

Moderator: Susan Pharr, Edwin O. Reischauer Professor of Japanese Politics and Director, WCFIA Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, Harvard University

Bowie-Vernon Room (K262), CGIS Knafel Building, 1737 Cambridge Street
12:30-2pm

Wednesday, April 13

Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy

Carbon Tariffs: Effects in Settings with Technology Choice and Foreign Production Cost Advantage

David Drake
Harvard University

Room L-382 (3rd Floor Littauer Building)
4:15-5:30

Thursday, April 14

Study Group on Europe and the Geopolitics of Energy
Led by M-RCBG Senior Fellow Ole Austvik

This session: "North Dakota shale oil: Social and Economic impacts"
Guest speaker:  Lee Kaldor, Former Senior Policy Advisor, Legislator, and Energy Coordinator for USDA

Belfer 503 (CBG conference room)
4:00-5:30 pm - additional details here

Monday, April 18

ETIP/Consortium for Energy Policy Research

Nuclear Energy: Obstacles and Possibilities

Matthew Bunn
Harvard Kennedy School
Joseph Lassiter
Harvard Business School

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

Monday, April 18

STS Circle at Harvard

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

Arunabh Ghosh
Harvard

Pierce 100F, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, 29 Oxford Street
12:15-2pm

Thursday, April 21

Study Group on Europe and the Geopolitics of Energy
Led by M-RCBG Senior Fellow Ole Austvik

This session: "Azerbaijan Gas in new market and geopolitical environments"
Guest speaker:  Gulmira Rzayeva, senior research fellow at the Center for Strategic Studies (CSS) of the Republic of Azerbaijan and Research Associate at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies (OIES), Oxford University

Belfer 503 (CBG conference room)
4:00-5:30 pm - additional details here

Monday, April 25

ETIP/Consortium for Energy Policy Research

Efficiency and equity implications of different allowance allocation schemes in China's national cap-and-trade system

Pu Wang
Harvard Kennedy School

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

Monday, April 25

STS Circle at Harvard

Stanley Milgram and the Sonic Imaginary

Trevor Pinch
Cornell

Pierce 100F, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, 29 Oxford Street
12:15-2pm

Tuesday, April 26

Program on U.S. Japan Relations Seminar

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and America's Leadership in the Asia-Pacific Region

Wendy Cutler
Vice President and Managing Director
Washington Office, Asia Society Policy Institute (ASPI)

Moderator: Susan Pharr, Edwin O. Reischauer Professor of Japanese Politics and Director, WCFIA Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, Harvard University

Belfer Case Study Room (S020), Japan Friends of Harvard Concourse, CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge Street
12:30-2pm

Tuesday, April 26

Study Group on Europe and the Geopolitics of Energy
Led by M-RCBG Senior Fellow Ole Austvik

This session: "Europe & the New Russia as seen from Northern Europe"
Guest speaker: Professor Ulf Sverdrup, Director of the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs

Belfer 503 (CBG conference room)
4:00-5:30 pm - additional details here

Wednesday, April 27

Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy

Controlling Carbon Emissions from U.S. Power Plants: How a Tradable Performance Standard Compares to a Carbon Tax

Adele Morris
Brookings Institution

Room L-382 (3rd Floor Littauer Building)
4:15-5:30

Thursday, April 28

Business & Government Seminar

The Great Tradeoff: Confronting Moral Conflicts in the Era of Globalization

Steven Weisman
Peterson Institute for International Economics

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.