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Archive: Public Service Week (Fall 2010)

Public Service Week at HKS: October 12-17, 2010

Harvard Kennedy School faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend and participate in numerous activities during the HKS Fall Public Service Week. We urge you to be part of this series of discussions, workshops, and community outreach programs, all focused on inspiring public service.

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Tuesday, 12 October

Managing the Atom Seminar: "Restricted Data:" The Regulation of Nuclear Knowledge in the United States

Alex Wellerstein, Research Fellow, will present.

9:30 to 11:00 am, Belfer Center Library, L369
Sponsor: Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Business and Government Seminar: Corporate Responsibility in the Mining Sector

Peter Leon, chair of the International Bar Association's Mining Law Committee, will discuss the model mining development agreement that aims to achieve balance among investors, host states, and mining

11:30 am to 1 pm, Bell Hall
Sponsor: Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government

"Is Technology Endangering Our Privacy?"

A seminar with David Holtzman, digital security/privacy expert. As CTO of Network Solutions, he ran the domain name system. Author of Privacy Lost: How Technology is Endangering Your Privacy.

12 pm, Kalb Seminar Room, T275
Sponsor: Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy

Economic Development Workshop

Faculty and students from HKS, Harvard Department of Economics, and others around the university meet to discuss and share research on international economics, development, and economic relations between the industrialized and less industrialized countries.

2:30 to 4 pm, Harvard Hall
Sponsor: Center for International Development 

2010 Gleitsman Citizen Activist Award Presentation and Reception

Please join us to meet longtime criminal justice activist Susan Burton. Susan's passion, leadership, and activism empower formerly incarcerated women to reenter society, maintain their sobriety, and reunite with their children.

4 pm, Allison Dining Room (5th Floor Taubman)
Sponsor: Center for Public Leadership

NGOs & Development Study Group: Bottom-Up Development in Practice

Featuring John Coonrod, Executive Vice President, The Hunger Project.

4 to 5 pm, Weil Town Hall
Sponsor: Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations

Peace Corps Panel and Information Session

Interested in learning more about the Peace Corps? Come to an information session immediately followed by a panel discussion with Returned Peace Corps Volunteers. Panelists include Hannah Lantos, MPA-ID 2011, Education Volunteer, Zambia; Kaveh Azimi, MPP 2012, Community Economic Development Volunteer, Dominican Republic; Crisoforo Garza, MPP 2012, Environmental Education Volunteer; Scott Overdyke, MPP 2011, Agricultural Business Volunteer, Panama; and Heidi Fieselmann, MPP 2011, Community Health Volunteer, Benin. Please RSVP to Jake Ackman.

4:30 to 5:45 pm, L-130

Sponsor: The Institute of Politics and the Office of Communications and Public Affairs

Shared Experience: A Networking Hour with Mid-Careers

Students in the MC-MPA program. In this rotating roundtable event, students will share off-the-record stories and advice from careers in public service. Pizza and beer will be served.

5 to 6 pm, Bell Hall
Sponsor: The Dean's Office and the Student Public Service Collaborative

Peace Corps 50th Anniversary Forum

Featuring former Peace Corps directors Elaine Chao, Mark Gearan, and Gaddi Vasquez, and current director Aaron Williams. Moderated by Mary Jo Bane.

6 pm, The Forum
Sponsor: The Institute of Politics

Managing Controversial Legislation on Capitol Hill

Congressman Rob Andrews (D-NJ) and his Chief of Staff, Fran Tagmire, will discuss how to get things done on Capitol Hill and in the political climate of Washington.

6:30 to 7:30 pm, IOP Conference Room, L-166
Sponsor: HKS Health Policy PIC, Office of Career Advancement, IOP Office of Career Services and the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy

"The Stand-Up Economist"

Come see economist and stand-up comedian, Yoram Bauman, 'The Stand-Up Economist,' as seen on YouTube and at various Economic Conferences around the country. Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to Jennifer Gala at with your degree and program. Open to Harvard students.6:30 to 8:30 pm, Malkin Penthouse
Sponsor: Center for International Development

Wednesday, 13 October

Business and Government Seminar

Featuring Daniel Mudd, CEO and Director of Fortress Investments, former CEO and President of Fannie Mae.

1:15 to 2:30 pm, Fainsod Room
Sponsor: Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government

Lecture: Radical Reform: Islamic Ethics and Liberation

Featuring Tariq Ramadan, Author and Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies, University of Oxford.  

2 to 3 pm, CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium (S010), 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA
Sponsor: Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

OCA Briefing: Building Excellent Schools Fellowship

Come to hear what it takes to build a strong urban charter school from the ground up.  

4 pm, Bell Hall
Sponsor: Office of Career Advancement

Reception Celebrating 10 Years of the Rappaport Summer Fellowships in Public Policy and Law
By invitation only. For more information, please contact Polly O'Brien at

6 to 8 pm, DeCordova Museum
Sponsor: Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston

Trends in Public Service Working Group Informational Session

Do you want to share in the conversation on what public service and civic engagement really mean? Come learn about this dynamic working group that aims to debate ideas with purposeful goals for real-world action.  

7 pm, Fainsod Room

Sponsor: Student Public Service Collaborative

A Conversation with Tracy Kidder

Tracy Kidder is the A.M. Rosenthal Writer in Residence at the Shorenstein Center; he is the Pulitzer prize winning author of The Soul of a New Machine, House, Among Schoolchildren, Old Friends, Hometown, Mountains Beyond Mountains, My Detachment and Strength in What Remains. Moderated by Darcy Frey.

7:30 pm, Tsai Auditorium, CGIS South, 1730 Cambridge Street
Sponsors: Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy and Harvard Writers at Work

Thursday, 14 October

All the President's Men? The Appointment of Female Cabinet Ministers Worldwide

Featuring Mona Lena Krook, Assistant Professor of Political Science and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Washington University. Lunch will be served.

11:40 am to 1 pm, WAPPP Cason Seminar Room (T-102)
Sponsor: Women and Public Policy Program

Business & Government Seminar: Reforming Federal Procurement of Goods and Services

Featuring Jeff Liebman, Malcolm Wiener Professor of Public Policy and former Executive Associate Director of the US Office of Management and Budget.

1:15 to 2:30 pm, Bell Hall
Sponsor: Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government


Network with students from various programs across HKS and do good deeds! Donate to a cause or commit to volunteering at Special Olympics this Sunday and earn a free drink.

5 to 7 pm, Tommy Doyle's (96 Winthrop Street)
Sponsors: Student Public Service Collaborative and Kennedy School Student Government

Friday, 15 October

HKS Sustainability Initiative (HKSSI) Monthly Meeting

The HKSSI aims to minimize the school’s environmental impact and create a more sustainable campus. Open to students, faculty, and staff.

10:30 am, Hauser Center Conference Room
Sponsor: HKSSI

Volunteer Fair

Talk to direct-service organizations from Cambridge and Boston seek volunteers; learn about one-time and ongoing opportunities to serve. 

10:30 am to 2:30 pm, Taubman Rotunda
Sponsor: Student Public Service Collaborative

CID Graduate Seminar Series: “Service and Leadership: Change You Can Make Happen.”

Featuring Roopal Shah, founder of Indicorps, a nonprofit organization that encourages Indians around the world to actively participate in India's progress.

11:30 to 1 pm, Perkins Conference Room, 4th Floor Rubenstein

Sponsor: Center for International Development

Brown Bag Lunch: American Liberalism at Home and Abroad

Featuring Brendan Rittenhouse Green, Research Fellow, International Security Program. This seminar will offer a theory explaining variation in American commitments based on two variables: the character of American liberalism at home and the balance of power overseas. Different types of liberal preferences interact with different power configurations to produce distinct grand strategies. After outlining this theory, Mr. Green will then apply it to an under-theorized case of strategic change: the transition in American Cold War Grand Strategy between the Dwight D. Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy Administrations. Coffee and tea are provided. All are welcome, but admission is on a first come, first served basis.

12:15 to 2 pm, Belfer Center Library (L369)

Sponsor: Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

OCA Briefing: Dare Mighty Things

Come learn about Dare Mighty Things, a management consulting firm specializing in the development of large-scale programs that impact vulnerable populations.

2:30 pm, Malkin Penthouse
Sponsor: Office of Career Advancement

Sunday, 17 October

HKS Fall Public Service Day: Special Olympics

The HKS Public Service Day with Special Olympics will be a fun event with flag football and punt, pass, and kick events with Special Olympics athletes. Service opportunities vary from check in, guest services, cheerleader, awards ceremony support, and others. Volunteers play an integral role in Special Olympics events, and the Kennedy School has committed to providing the volunteers to make this day happen. Please register at

7:30 am to 1 pm (volunteer times vary), Harvard Soccer Field
Sponsors: Student Public Service Collaborative, HKS Disability Awareness Caucus, and Harvard Football Team

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