Archive: Public Service Week (Spring 2011)

Public Service Week at HKS: April 4—8, 2011

Harvard Kennedy School faculty, staff and students are invited to participate in numerous activities during the HKS Spring Public Service Week, some of which are listed below. We urge you to be a part of this series of discussions, workshops, and community outreach programs, all focused on inspiring public service. This year’s week has a special focus on direct service, which we hope you will join.  
Public Service Week is cosponsored by the Dean’s Office and the Student Public Service Collaborative.

Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday | Friday

Monday, 4 April

The Difference Deliberation Makes: 3,000 Americans Deliberate About Debt Reduction

12 pm, CGIS-South Seminar Room 0-20
Professor Archon Fung,Harvard Kennedy School

Sponsor: Malcolm Weiner Center for Social Policy


Making the Digital Fourth Estate: Redefining the Role of a Free Press for the 21st Century
12 pm, Kalb Seminar Room, Taubman 275
Emily Bell, director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism, Columbia University; former director of digital content for Guardian News and Media

Sponsor: Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics & Public Policy


OCA Social Impact Week: How to Start a Successful Non-Profit
1pm, Malkin Penthouse
Considering starting your own non-profit organization but just don’t know where to begin? Come hear from those who know.
Panelists: Jen Boyle, MPA/MC ’10, Founded Link Global Schools; Sanjeev Bery, MPA/MC ’11, Founded Freedom Forward; Hassina Sherjan, MPA/MC ’11, Founded Aid Afghanistan for Education
Participants will have the opportunity to win a copy of Starting & Building a Nonprofit: A Practical Guide
Sponsor: Office of Career Advancement


North Korea and Human Trafficking
5 - 6:30pm, Wiener Auditorium
Adrian Hong, a leading activist and policy expert on North Korean human rights, will discuss the scope and gravity of human trafficking of North Koreans in China with a particular focus on forced marriage and its implications
Light refreshments will be served

Co-Sponsors: Human Rights PIC; North Korea Study Group

Gender, Peace, and Security
5 to 6pm, Carr Center Conference Room
A panel discussion with two high-ranking military officials
Small reception to follow the event

Co-Sponsors: National Security Fellows; Gender and Security Study Group; Human Rights PIC

Kick-Off Coffee with Dean Fortunato Celebrating Public Service
4:30-5pm, The Study
Cookies and warm beverages served

Co-Sponsors: Degree Programs Student Affairs and the Student Public Service Collaborative

OCA Social Impact Week: How to Best Position Yourself for a Non-Profit Job Search: A Presentation by Commongood Careers
6pm, Bell Hall

Presenters: Kevin Flynn, Director of Recruitment, and Kasey Nupp, Director of Partnership Development
Commongood Careers is a mission-driven search firm, committed to supporting the recruitment and hiring needs of innovative nonprofits. Their organization is based entirely upon responding to an unmet need for better access to talent across the social sector. They recognize that their clients are bringing innovative solutions to pressing social issues, but can only be successful with the best people on their team.
Although students from all programs are welcome, this session could be particularly helpful to Mid-Career students.

Sponsor: Office of Career Advancement

Inside The Egyptian Revolution
6 to 7:30 pm, Askwith Lecture Hall, Longfellow Hall (Harvard Graduate School of Education)
A discussion with Sahar El-Nadi, an eyewitness of Egypt’s Revolution.
Sponsor: Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs


Tuesday, 5 April

Service Opportunity: Serving Lunch at the Salvation Army
11:30am to 1pm, Meet at 11:30am in the Forum
Serve lunch at the Salvation Army Emergency Shelter in Central Square

Sponsor: HKS Hispanic/Latino Caucus

Digital Citizens: The Internet and Politics
12 pm, Kalb Seminar Room, Taubman 275
Caroline Tolbert, professor of political science, University of Iowa; co-author of Digital Citizenship: The Internet, Society, and Participation

Sponsor: Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics & Public Policy 

The Future of Global Food Security
12:30 pm, Bowie-Vernon Conference Room (K262), CGIS Knafel Building
Robert Paarlberg, Betty Freyhof Johnson Class of 1944 Professor of Political Science, Wellesley College, and Associate, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University

Co-Sponsors: Center for International Development; Harvard University Center for the Environment (HUCE)

OCA Social Impact Week: How to Join a Board: A Conversation with Tim Vaill, MPA/MC ‘11  
12:45pm, Nye C
In addition to his long and successful career in the financial services industry, Tim Vaill has served on dozens of boards in all sectors. He current serves on the Boards at Bay State College, Boston Private Bank & Trust Company, Edgewood Retirement Community, New England Aquarium, New England Conservatory, Schreiber Corporation, and Squam Lakes Conservation Society. Tim will give tips on the steps one should take to join a board.
Participants will have the opportunity to win a copy of Board Basics: A Primer for Non-Profit Board Members

Sponsor: Office of Career AdvancementOCA Social Impact Week: Careers in Non-Profit Consulting: A Presentation by Dave Van Patten, MPA/MC ‘90, President & CEO of Dare Mighty Things 
6pm, Weil Town Hall

Doomsday for Democrats: the 2010 Election Wave: Study Group with Ellen Qualls, IOP Fellow, Senior Advisor for Strategic Planning, Office of US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (2007-2011)
4-5 pm, Littauer 166
Special Guest: Former Congressman Tom Perriello (VA-5) via videoconference

Sponsor: Institute of Politics

The Body Man--Working as the President’s Personal Aide: Study Group with John McConnell, IOP Fellow, Senior Speechwriter and White House Deputy Assistant to the President and Assistant to the Vice President (2001-2009)
4:10 pm, Faculty Dining Room
Special Guest: Blake Gottesman, Deputy Chief of Staff at the White House and Special Assistant and Personal Aide to former U.S. President George W. Bush

Sponsor: Institute of Politics

Dave will talk about the non-profit consulting industry, how he started Dare Mighty Things (it’s a good story!), how your HKS degree prepares you for a career in non-profit consulting, and opportunities with DMT.
Sponsor: Office of Career Advancement


Kai Eide: Afghanistan: Lessons for the International Community
4:15 to 6 pm, Land Hall
Ambassador Kai Eide will deliver a public address reflecting on international perspectives on Afghanistan’s future. Moderator: R. Nicholas Burns
Sponsor: Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

World Cafe
5 to 7pm, Bell Hall
An open forum and group discussion about the state of diversity at HKS
Co-Sponsors: HKS Diversity Committee; Student Public Service Collaborative (SPSC)


A Conversation with Lawrence H. Summers,Charles W. Eliot University Professor, Harvard University; Frank and Denie Weil Director, Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government; Director, National Economic Council (2009-2010); President Emeritus, Harvard University
6 pm, The Forum
Moderator: David Gergen, Director, Center for Public Leadership; Introduction by Graham Allison, Director, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
Harvard ID required
Co-Sponsors: Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government; Center for Public Leadership; Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs; Institute of Politics


Wednesday, 6 April

OCA Social Impact Week: Directing Your Own Public Service Career: A Conversation with Susanne Goldstein
9 to 10am, Malkin Penthouse
Join HKS Alum and Career Coach Susanne Goldstein (MPA/MC ’04) for a conversation about reaching your career goals
Refreshments will be served

Co-Sponsors: Office of Career Advancement (OCA); Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy

OCA Social Impact Week: MATCH Charter Public School Briefing
12:45pm, Malkin Penthouse
Presenter: Mike Larsson, Deputy Executive Director
MATCH’s mission is to help their students achieve success in college and beyond. They don’t just prepare their students so they get admitted to college, they prepare them so they are ready to succeed there. Many Boston students who start college flunk out because they have not been pushed hard enough academically in high school. Their mission is to reverse that underachievement, so kids can fulfill their true potential. On a side note, Michael Goldstein designed the MATCH school as part of his PAE while completing the MPP program here at HKS.   Mr. Larsson will discuss how MATCH is achieving their mission and what it’s like to work there. They are looking for exceptional educators and are coming to HKS to find them. They have many different career opportunities for HKS graduates.

Sponsor: Office of Career AdvancementOCA Social Impact Week: Trends, Changes, and Career Opportunities in Fundraising & Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

Drug Safety: Lip Service or Disservice? Study Group with Bart Stupak, IOP Fellow, U.S. Representative (D-MI, 1993-2011)
4 pm, Littauer 166

Sponsor: Institute of Politics

Post 9/11 Interventions: National Security or Hubris? Reporting War and Revolution: Study Group with Emma Sky, IOP Fellow, Senior Political Advisor to US General Raymond T. Odierno

4 pm, Faculty Dining Room

Special Guest: Anthony Shadid, Foreign Correspondent, New York Times; Pulitzer Prize Winner, 2004 and 2010

Sponsor: Institute of Politics

4 to 5:15pm (Fundraising), 5:30-6:45pm (CSR), Malkin Penthouse
Both presentations by Jason Saul, MPP ’96, President & Founder of Mission Measurement
Jason will discuss the changing landscapes and current trends in fundraising and CSR, and what opportunities they present for HKS graduates.
Light refreshments will be available. There will be raffles at both events to win copies of Jason’s two most recent books.
Co-sponsors: Office of Career Advancement; HKS Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative
How to Make Your Passion for Human Rights into a Successful Public Service Career
5 to 6:30 pm, Carr Center Conference Room
A Career Speed Networking event with human rights career professionals
Dinner will be served

Co-Sponsors: Human Rights PIC; Carr Center for Human Rights Policy

Thursday, 7 April

Service Opportunity: Assemble hygiene kits for women in homeless and domestic violence shelters
All Day, John F. Kennedy, Jr. Forum
This is an assembly-line volunteer opportunity to put together the hygiene kits that will be delivered on Friday to area shelters. Donations for the kits will be taken all week at locations around the School.

Co-Sponsors: Women and Gender Caucus; Women and Public Policy Program

OCA Social Impact Week: From Student to Staff: Make a Social Impact at Harvard 
Harvard Office of Financial Strategy and Planning (OFSP) Brown Bag
12:45pm, Littauer 382
Harvard’s Office of Financial Strategy and Planning (OFSP) reports into the University’s Vice President for Finance.  The mission of the Office is to provide analyses and recommendations relating to University finances, in order to facilitate decision-making among the President, senior leadership and governing boards.  OFSP is currently hiring individuals to join a small team of project-based analysts; this “special projects” team works in a consultative / highly analytical capacity on high-profile financial strategy and policy issues that have University-wide impact (e.g., endowment planning, capital planning considerations, cost allocation models, etc.).  OFSP currently employs several HKS graduates. The purpose of the brown bag is to provide an overview of OFSP and its work, with the goal of meeting individuals who might be interested in working for the Office as a financial analyst upon graduation. Attendees at the brown bag session include Jesse Souweine, Director, Office of Financial Strategy and Planning; Karen Minn, Director, Financial Strategy; Meghan Stark, Associate Director.

Sponsor: Office of Career Advancement

OCA Social Impact Week: Hybrid Organizations: The New Face of Social Enterprise
1:30-2:30pm, Weil Town Hall
Presenters: Marion Fremont Smith, Hauser Senior Research Fellow and Lecturer in Law, Harvard Law School, Luther M. Ragin, Jr., William H. Bloomberg Lecturer in Public Management.
In recent years, a number of commentators have suggested that traditional forms of legal organization have constrained the development of a robust social enterprise sector.  New legal structures -- L3Cs and B Corporations to name the best known -- have been introduced with the intention of better catalyzing resources for social benefit.  What are these hybrid forms and are they part of the solution?

Co-sponsors: Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations; Office of Career Advancement

HKS Sustainability Fair
2—4 pm, Fisher Family Rotunda, Taubman Building
Come learn about how you can be sustainable at HKS and beyond. We will have representatives from Office Max, Commuter Choice, and the Harvard Office for Sustainability as well as information on HKS-specific initiatives, such as Zero-Waste events and Green Office Certification. There will be local, sustainable refreshments and prizes! More info (KNET login required).

Sponsor: HKS Sustainability Initiative
Co-sponsor: Facilities and Services

OCA Social Impact Week: Social Impact Career Expo
2pm to 5pm, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Gutman Conference Center
This is a great opportunity to network with some fantastic employers. Professional attire required.

Sponsor: Office of Career Advancement

Study Group with Caroline Croft, IOP Fellow, Featuring Kathleen Kennedy Townsend

4-5 pm, Littauer 166

Former Maryland Lieutenant Governor Kathleen Kennedy Townsend will speak about national and international service.

Sponsor: Institute of Politics

Said Jawad: Ending Terror without Embracing Tyranny Reconciliation with Taliban

5 to7 pm, L280
Said Tayeb Jawad, former Ambassador of Afghanistan to the United States joined the Future of Diplomacy Project at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) as the inaugural Fisher Family Fellow last semester and returns to deliver a lecture titled, "Ending Terror without Embracing Tyranny Reconciliation with Taliban.” Moderator: R. Nicholas Burns

Sponsor: Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Will the First Madam President Please Stand Up: Campaigning on Your Story
6-7:30 pm (Panel), 8-9 pm (Training), Littauer 230
Panel: Julie Petrick (EMILY’s List), Beth Bye (D-CT), Marilinda Garcia (R-NH), Moderator: Sarah Wald (Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to Dean Ellwood)
Training: Julie Petrick (EMILY’s List)
Non-pizza dinner will be provided!
Co-Sponsors: Democratic Caucus, Republican Caucus, Progressive Caucus, Women and Gender Caucus, Human Rights PIC, Electoral Politics PIC, KSSG, CPL, OCA

Friday, 8 April

Service Opportunity/Spring Day of Service: Leadership and Learning in the City of Somerville
Two shifts available: 8:45am-12pm or 12:45am-4pm; meet in the HKS Courtyard
Serve with HKS students, faculty, staff, Somerville students and residents
Breakfast and/or lunch will be provided

Sponsor: Student Public Service Collaborative (SPSC)

OCA Social Impact Week: Robin Hood: Targeting Poverty in New York City: A Conversation with Eric Weingartner, MPA/MC ’00, Managing Director, Survival
Friday, April 8, 11:45am, Littauer 230
Robin Hood targets poverty in New York City by finding and funding the best and most effective programs and partnering with them to maximize results. By applying sound investment principles to philanthropy, they have helped the best programs save lives and change fates. They give every cent of every donation directly to programs helping poor New Yorkers. They identify and go after poverty at its roots. They protect and leverage their investments by helping programs become more effective. They evaluate programs, measure results, and refuse to settle for less than the best. 

Sponsor: Office of Career Advancement

Conference: Revolution and Reform: The Historic Transition in the Middle East
April 8, 2011 - April 9, 2011
The Charles Hotel
Free; no registration required
See the Dubai Initiative website for more details.
Speakers: R. Nicholas Burns, Faculty Chair, Dubai Initiative; Tarek Masoud, Faculty Advisor, Dubai Initiative; Stephen M. Walt, Faculty Advisor, Dubai Initiative; Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Dubai Initiative; Vali Nasr, Former Senior Fellow, Dubai Initiative
Moderators: Diana Buttu, Fellow, Dubai Initiative; Karam Dana, Fellow, Dubai Initiative; Justin Dargin, Fellow, Dubai Initiative; Mehrangiz Kar, Fellow, Dubai Initiative; David Mednicoff, Fellow, Dubai Initiative; Hussam Salama, Fellow, Dubai Initiative; Djavad Salehi-Isfahani, Research Associate, Dubai Initiative
Sponsor: Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

A Conversation with the Honorable Susan Rice, United States Ambassador to the United Nations
4-5 pm, John F. Kennedy, Jr. Forum
Moderator: Michel Martin, Host, Tell Me More, National Public Radio
Ambassador Rice will be at HKS as the opening keynote speaker of the 2011 Black Policy Conference
Harvard ID required
Co-Sponsors: Black Policy Conference; Institute of Politics

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