Transgender Military Service: What's at Stake in the Debate?
Monday, February 25th, 2019 | 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

Transgender Military Service: What's at Stake in the Debate?

Location:
R-414B David T. Ellwood Democracy Lab
Join us for an HKS Gender and Security Seminar Series event featuring Aaron Belkin, Professor of Political Science at San Francisco State University and author of How We Won Progressive Lessons from the Repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell.' Juliette Kayyem, Belfer Lecturer in International Security, HKS, will moderate. Lunch will be served. About Aaron Belkin Dr. Aaron Belkin is a scholar and advocate who, since 1999, has served as founding director of the Palm Center, which the Advocate named as one of the most effective LGBT rights organizations in the United States.
Monday, February 25th, 2019 | 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

The Cost of Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Location:
B-500 BELL HALL
Energy Policy Seminar with Jim Stock, Harold Hitchings Burbank Professor of Political Economy, Harvard University
Mayor Andrew Gillum: The Activists
Monday, February 25th, 2019 | 4:30 PM - 5:45 PM

Mayor Andrew Gillum: The Activists

Location:
L-230 GUNDLE FAMILY CLASSROOM
Mayor Gillum’s study group explores the diversity and grassroots energy that is transforming American politics.
Towards Life 3.0 - Ethics and Technology in the 21st Century: Human Rights & AI: The Long (Worrisome?) View
Monday, February 25th, 2019 | 5:30 PM - 6:45 PM

Towards Life 3.0 - Ethics and Technology in the 21st Century: Human Rights & AI: The Long (Worrisome?) View

Location:
Wexner 102, Harvard Kennedy School

Towards Life 3.0 Ethics and Technology in the 21st Century is a new talk series organized and facilitated by Mathias Risse, Director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy and Lucius N. Littauer Professor of Philosophy and Public Administration. Drawing inspiration from the title of Max Tegmark’s book, Life 3.0 Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence, the series draws upon a range of scholars, technology leaders, and public interest technologists to address the ethical aspects of the long-term impact of artificial intelligence on society and human life.

What's the Point of Publishing Opinion, Anyway?
Tuesday, February 26th, 2019 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

What's the Point of Publishing Opinion, Anyway?

Location:
Wexner 434 AB
James Bennet, the editorial page editor of The New York Times, is in charge of the Opinion department. He oversees the editorial board and the Letters and Op-Ed sections. Mr. Bennet became editorial page editor in May 2016. Before this role, Mr. Bennet was the president and editor in chief of The Atlantic. Under Mr. Bennet, who was named editor in 2006, The Atlantic substantially increased its editorial reach and impact while returning to profitability for the first time in recent history. Adweek named Mr. Bennet editor of the year in 2012 and Ad Age did the same in 2009.
Tuesday, February 26th, 2019 | 4:15 PM - 5:30 PM

Working Out the Relationship between Fitness and U.S. Public Policy

Location:
B-400 LAND LECTURE HALL

Join us for a conversation with Natalia Mehlman Petrzela, Associate Professor of History at the New School; and Kinitra Brooks, Advancing Equity through Research Fellow at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard, Audrey and John Leslie Endowed Chair in Literary Studies in the Department of English at Michigan State University. Petrzela is currently writing a book about American fitness culture titled, Fit Nation How America Embraced Exercise as the Government Abandoned It, which focuses on how the U.S.

NATO at Seventy: An Alliance in Crisis
Tuesday, February 26th, 2019 | 4:15 PM - 5:45 PM

NATO at Seventy: An Alliance in Crisis

Location:
Malkin Penthouse
Ambassadors Douglas Lute and Nicholas Burns highlight ten major challenges to NATO in a new report
Rep. Barbara Comstock: A Woman in the Arena
Tuesday, February 26th, 2019 | 4:30 PM - 5:45 PM

Rep. Barbara Comstock: A Woman in the Arena

Location:
L-166 IOP CONFERENCE ROOM
Former Representative Barbara Comstock leads a weekly Study Group entitled "A Woman in the Arena."
Superpower Norm Suppression: The United States and the Nuclear Ban Treaty
Wednesday, February 27th, 2019 | 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Superpower Norm Suppression: The United States and the Nuclear Ban Treaty

Location:
L-324 FAINSOD ROOM
With the rise of transnational activist networks in the post-Cold War era, the United States has frequently attempted to prevent the establishment of new global norms. Usually this effort is aimed at preventing new norms from becoming enshrined in multilateral treaties. This project introduces tactics of superpower norm suppression based on previous norm campaigns and then illustrates how the United States attempted to use these tactics to undermine a norm against the possession of nuclear weapons.
Data Visualization Consultations
Wednesday, February 27th, 2019 | 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Data Visualization Consultations

Location:
Library Instruction Room (Littauer G-14)
Jess Cohen-Tanugi, Harvard Library Data Visualization Specialist will be available for drop-in consultations.
What’s Your Impact? Lean Impact Measurement for Social Ventures
Thursday, February 28th, 2019 | 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

What’s Your Impact? Lean Impact Measurement for Social Ventures

Location:
WEX-G02 Seminar Room
Measuring sustainability impact (social, environmental and economic value creation) is extremely difficult. Measuring it for new ventures or projects, with limited time and resources, makes this process even more difficult.
Psychiatric Diagnosis: The First Cause of Everything Bad in the Mental Health System
Thursday, February 28th, 2019 | 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Psychiatric Diagnosis: The First Cause of Everything Bad in the Mental Health System

Location:
WEX-102 Marc Heng and Family Conference Room
DescriptionPsychiatric diagnosis is completely unregulated and is widely — and unjustifiably — believed to be solidly grounded in science, to help reduce human suffering, and to expose psychiatrically labeled people to no harm. Dr. Paula J. Caplan resigned from two committees involved in revising the diagnostic manual when she learned that none of the above was true.
Democracy in Hard Places — Populism's Threat to Democracy: Comparative Lessons for the U.S.
Thursday, February 28th, 2019 | 4:15 PM - 5:30 PM

Democracy in Hard Places — Populism's Threat to Democracy: Comparative Lessons for the U.S.

Location:
124 Mt. Auburn - Suite 200N Foyer
Join Kurt Weyland, Mike Hogg Professor in Liberal Arts, University of Texas at Austin Department of Government, in discussion. To elucidate the prospects of U.S. democracy under President Trump, this talk will analyze the regime impact of populist chief executives in Europe and Latin America. Professor Weyland's investigation finds that institutional weakness is a crucial permissive cause for democratic backsliding.
Amb. Cathy Russell: What About Girls?
Thursday, February 28th, 2019 | 4:30 PM - 5:45 PM

Amb. Cathy Russell: What About Girls?

Location:
L-166 IOP CONFERENCE ROOM
Week three of Amb. Cathy Russell's study group Why Women and Girls Matter to U.S. Foreign Policy
Data & Donuts
Friday, March 1st, 2019 | 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Data & Donuts

Location:
HKS Library Commons
Friday, March 1st, 2019 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Ash Community Speaker Series — Why Local Democracy Still Matters for Urban Schools

Location:
124 Mt. Auburn - Suite 200N Foyer

Join Ash Center Visiting Democracy Fellow Jonathan Collins, Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow and Visiting Professor of Political Science and Education at Brown University, in discussion about the way that people interact with their municipal governments and their local school boards. Collins will explore how policies and outcomes produced by school boards both begin with the extent to which school boards establish a culture of deliberation with the public - a culture that can be measured.

PDIA in Action: Challenges & Experiences
Friday, March 1st, 2019 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

PDIA in Action: Challenges & Experiences

Location:
R-414AB David T. Ellwood Democracy Lab
Building State Capability (BSC) program uses the Problem Driven Iterative Adaptation (PDIA) approach to help organizations develop the capability to solve complex problems and to implement public policies. PDIA is a process of facilitated emergence which focuses on problems (not solutions) and follows a step by step process (not a rigid plan) that allows for flexible learning and adaptation. In this seminar, Salimah will discuss the challenges and experiences BSC has faced when implementing PDIA in-the-field.
Friday, March 1st, 2019 | 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Landing Amazon HQ2: How Virginia made it happen, and what happens next

Location:
T-520 ALLISON DINING ROOM
The recent Amazon HQ2 “sweepstakes,” with 238 proposals submitted by 54 states, provinces, regions and cities from throughout the US, Canada and Mexico seeking its originally-proposed 50,000 jobs and projected $5 billion in new construction, represents one of the largest economic development deals in history. After narrowing it down to 20 finalists, Amazon made a surprise announcement in deciding to award its prized new headquarters to not one, but two locations Crystal City in Arlington, VA and Long Island City in Queens, New York City.