FALL 2014

Crisis Management Exercise
DATE AND TIME: October 10, 2014, 9:30-11:30 AM

In this workshop, staff from Harvard's Emergency Management program will facilitate a crisis exercise in which participants will work in groups of 4 to 6 to develop emergency response and recovery strategies to unfolding crisis scenarios, including a natural disaster, a pandemic, a terrorist attack, and a planned event. Space is limited! To participate, please enroll at:

NOTE: Participation is by registration only. Registration closes Sunday 10/05. If the event is over-subscribed, members of the HKS Crisis Management Student Group will receive preference. We will confirm registration with all applicants in advance of the event.

Fall Semester Networking Hour
DATE AND TIME: September 16, 6:00 PM
LOCATION: Taubman Rotunda, Harvard Kennedy School

Students interested in issues relating to crisis leadership, emergency management, and humanitarian assistance are invited to attend this start-of-semester networking event. Faculty and staff affiliated with the Ash and Taubman Center’s Program on Crisis Leadership and the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative will be on hand to discuss their research and teaching activities. Light refreshments served.

Ebola: Can We Avoid A Global Pandemic? a JFK Jr. Forum Panel
DATE AND TIME: September 9, 2014, 6:00 PM
LOCATION: Harvard Kennedy School Forum

A panel discussion with:

  • Her Excellency Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (via Skype), President, Republic of Liberia
  • Michael VanRooyen, MD, MPH, FACEP, Director, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative; Professor in the Department of Global Health and Population,  Harvard School of Public Health
  • Dyann Wirth, Ph.D., Richard Pearson Strong Professor and Chair, Immunology and Infectious Diseases, Harvard School of Public Health; Co-chair of the Infectious Diseases Initiative, The Broad Institute
  • Sheila Burke (moderator), Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy; Faculty Research Fellow, Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

Organized by the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum, Harvard University Institute of Politics; and co-sponsored by Harvard Kennedy School's Program on Crisis Leadership, the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, and the Harvard School of Public Health.

Inside Japan’s Nuclear Meltdown
DATE AND TIME: Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 12:30-2:00 PM
LOCATION: Bowie-Vernon Conference Room (K262), CGIS Knafel Building, 1737 Cambridge Street

A panel discussion with:

  • Gregory Jaczko. Former Chairman, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (2009-12).
  • Kenji Tateiwa. Manager of Nuclear Power Programs, Washington D.C. Office, Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO).
  • Herman B. "Dutch" Leonard. George F. Baker, Jr. Professor of Public Management, HKS, and Eliot I. Snider and Family Professor of Business Administration, HBS
  • Moderator: Susan Pharr. Edwin O. Reischauer Professor of Japanese Politics, and Director, WCFIA Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, Harvard University
Sponsored and organized by the Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University; and co-sponsored by the Program on Crisis Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School


Boston Marathon Bombing: One Year Later, a JFK Jr. Forum Panel 
DATE AND TIME: April 16, 2014, 6:00 PM
LOCATION: Harvard Kennedy School Forum

Moderated by PCL Faculty Co-Director Dutch Leonard, this forum featured senior public safety and Boston Marathon officials. Panelists included:

  • Andrea J. Cabral, Executive Secretary of Public Safety, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • Edward F. Davis, Police Commissioner, City of Boston  (2006-2013)
  • Thomas Grilk, Executive Director, Boston Athletic Association
  • Major General Scott Rice, The Adjutant General, Massachusetts National Guard

Organized by the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum, Harvard University Institute of Politics; and co-sponsored by Harvard Kennedy School's Program on Crisis Leadership, Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management, and the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston.

New Orleans Nine Years Later: Reflections on Inequality in Post-Katrina Disaster Recovery
DATE AND TIME: March 6 and 7, 2014

Following a screening of Oscar-nominated documentary Trouble the Water on Thursday, March 6, Harvard's Center for Public Leadership will be hosting a conversation with Kimberly Rivers Roberts on Friday, March 7. Roberts, a Ninth Ward resident, stars in the film and shot much of its footage. She will discuss the arduous journey that she and other New Orleanians have taken as they rebuild their lives and their city. The conversation will focus in particular on inequality in the New Orleans recovery. Please join us for both events.
The screening will take place at 7:30 PM on Thursday, March 6 at the Harvard Hall Room 104 in Harvard Yard.

The discussion will take place from 10:45 AM to noon on Friday, March 7 in the Darman Seminar Room at the Center for Public Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School.

Roberts' appearance is sponsored by the Center for Public Leadership and the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research. It is also supported by the Program on Crisis Leadership at the Taubman Center and the Ash Center, The Black Student Union, The Black Policy Conference, The Social and Urban Policy PIC, and The Crisis Management PIC, Harvard Kennedy School.

From HKS to FEMA: A Conversation with Ashley Zohn
DATE AND TIME: Monday, March 3, 11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
LOCATION: Hauser Conference Room, Room B-L-4, Belfer Building

In this career brownbag, Ashley Zohn (HKS 2011), will discuss her experience working at the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s FEMAStat program and – more broadly – provide insight on building a career in the emergency management field.

Co-sponsored by the Crisis Management Student Group at Harvard Kennedy School; and the Program on Crisis Leadership, Ash and Taubman Centers, Harvard Kennedy School, with generous support from the Office of Career Advancement.

Emergency Operations at Harvard: An Overview of Systems, Partnerships & Recent Incidents
DATE AND TIME: Tuesday, February 11, 4:15 - 6:00 PM
LOCATION: Suite 100/Room 106, 124 Mt. Auburn St., Cambridge, MA

In this seminar, senior emergency management officials from Harvard University and the City of Cambridge will discuss how they work with one another in preparing for and responding to emergencies and crisis events affecting the Harvard community. Speakers include:
•    Nick Hambridge, Associate Director of Emergency Management, Harvard University
•    Steven Catalano, Special Advisor to the Chief, Harvard University Police Department
•    Assistant Chief Gerard Mahoney, Cambridge Emergency Management, Cambridge Fire Department

Co-sponsored by the Program on Crisis Leadership, Ash and Taubman Centers, Harvard Kennedy School; and the Crisis Management Student Group at Harvard Kennedy School.

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Disaster Response: The Military's Role

Gen. Craig McKinley, chief, National Guard Bureau, and Brig. Gen. Julie Bentz, director of strategic capabilities policy, National Security Council, at the JFK Jr. Forum, Harvard Kennedy School, April 26, 2012.