21 Upcoming Events

No-till corn farming in Iowa

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

Study Group - Harvard Students

Advancing U.S. Agriculture Policy Study Group

Mon., Feb. 6, 2023 - Mon., Apr. 17, 2023

Integrating Regenerative, Climate-Smart Farming Practices into the 2023 Farm Bill

The foods we eat and their methods of production are inextricably tied to our environmental and health crises. Agriculture fuels climate change, biodiversity loss, and nutrient collapse and is increasingly being impacted by extreme weather events, with severe consequences for food security around the world. 

Over the course of four sessions, this university-wide study group will examine the role of U.S. agriculture as not only a driver of environmental issues, and a vulnerable economic sector, but as a potential solution. Through group discussion and engagement with guest experts and practitioners, students will explore ways to quickly ramp up regenerative, climate-smart farming practices that limits inputs, supports biodiversity, replaces monoculture with polyculture, improves soil health, advances animal and human welfare, and reinvigorates rural socioeconomic sustainably. The group’s final objective will be to propose policy recommendations for inclusion in the U.S. 2023 Farm Bill.

Study Group Leader: Dr. Ashlie L. Burkart, MD, is an Associate in the Environment and Natural Resources Program at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center, and the Chief Scientific Officer at Germin8 Ventures — a venture capital firm and thought-leader in food and agriculture innovation. Dr. Burkart is also a practicing gastrointestinal pathologist and grant-funded researcher in gut health. 

A mural of a coal miner stands in an empty storefront as signs advertising vacant apartments and stores hang in the windows along the main business street in Cumberland, Ky.

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Study Group - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

The Future of Coal Regions Study Group Information Session

Tue., Feb. 7, 2023 - Fri., Mar. 24, 2023

To address the climate crisis, a timely phase-out of coal power, the single biggest source of global greenhouse gas emissions, is imperative. However, closing coal mines and plants poses economic, and social challenges to the people employed there, their communities, and the economies of the regions in which they live. Helping coal regions develop high-quality, secure employment alternatives will be critical not only for realizing a 'just transition' to a low-carbon economy for these regions, but also for accelerating global progress on climate change. 

The Future of Coal Regions Study Group, co-sponsored by the Belfer Center's Environment and Natural Resources Program and the Wiener Center's Reimagining the Economy Project, is designed for Harvard students to learn and share knowledge about the challenges facing coal-producing regions, to identify opportunities for overcoming these challenges, and to foster connections and collaborations between students, faculty, and affiliates. The study group will focus on coal-producing regions around the world, but the discussion is expected to generate insights applicable to other fossil-fuel-producing regions.
 
Study Group Conveners: Gordon Hanson, Peter Wertheim Professor in Urban Policy; Henry Lee, Senior Lecturer in Public Policy and Director of the Belfer Center's Environment and Natural Resources Program (ENRP); Yingxia Yang, MC/MPA Candidate; Lynn Padgett, MC/MPA Candidate; Keita Matsumoto, MPP Candidate; Weila Gong, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, ENRP

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Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

The American Diplomat Screening & Panel Discussion

Wed., Feb. 8, 2023 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Belfer Building - Weil Town Hall, 1st Floor

Please join the Future of Diplomacy Project for a screening of The American Diplomat, a documentary exploring the lives and legacies of three African-American ambassadors — Edward R. Dudley, Terence Todman and Carl Rowan — who pushed past historical and institutional racial barriers at the U.S. Department of State during the civil rights movement. Through rare archival footage, in-depth oral histories, and interviews with family members, colleagues and diplomats, the film paints a portrait of three men who created a lasting impact on the content and character of the Foreign Service and changed American diplomacy forever.

The screening will be followed by a virtual Q&A panel discussion with Leola Calzolai-Stewart, director of The American Diplomat and filmmaker, Dr. Michael Krenn, Professor at Appalachian State University and author of Black Diplomacy: African Americans and the State Department, 1945-1969 and The Color of Empire: Race and American Foreign Relations, and James Dandridge II, President of the Diplomatic and Consular Officers Foundation, former Foreign Service Officer and friend of Ambassador of Terence Todman. Erika Manouselis, Manager of the Future of Diplomacy Project, and Korde Inniss, MPA 2023 and Belfer Young Leader Fellow, will serve as moderators.

Note: For virtual participants, the online event will begin at 6pm with the panel discussion. For in person attendees, the screening will begin at 5pm.

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Seminar - Open to the Public

The Party School: The Kuomintang's Central Political Institute and the Transformation of Chinese Foreign Policy

Thu., Feb. 9, 2023 | 12:15pm - 2:00pm

Online

Speaker: Anatol Klass, Ernest May Fellow in History & Policy, International Security Program

This presentation follows the careers of a group of Chinese foreign policy experts who were chosen as college students in the 1930s to receive specialized training at the ruling Nationalist Party's civil service school. The speaker traces this cohort from the shared experience of an experimental educational program meant to instill the expertise necessary for modern diplomacy, through its bifurcation after the 1949 revolution. Almost half of the Kuomintang-trained experts stayed in Mainland China to work for the foreign policy apparatus of the new communist state while the other half followed Chiang Kai-shek to Taiwan and continued to work for the Republic of China. 

Everyone is welcome to join us online via Zoom! Please register in advance for this seminar:
https://harvard.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAqfuCtqDIjE92P1HubU-5jia7a5zl1QVWj

Study Group - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

Spring Semester 2023 Intelligence Study Group

Thu., Feb. 9, 2023 - Thu., Apr. 27, 2023

Applications for the Spring 2023 Intelligence Study Group are now live. The Intelligence Study Group is designed for Harvard students considering careers in government or the private sector as well as those interested in a broad introduction to intelligence. Participation is limited to 40 students determined by application. The study group is open to all Harvard students, faculty, fellows, and staff.  We will meet on Thursday afternoons from 4:30PM to 6:00PM beginning February 9 through April 27, 2023. The application will remain open until February 1 with initial decisions shortly thereafter. To apply, please fill out the application and we will contact you as space allows.

Seminar - Open to the Public

Popular Politics and the Path to Durable Democracy

Thu., Feb. 9, 2023 | 4:30pm - 5:45pm

Taubman Building - Allison Dining Room, 5th Floor

Dr. Mohammad Ali Kadivar, Assistant Professor of Sociology and International Studies at Boston College, will discuss his new book, Popular Politics and the Path to Durable Democracy, a groundbreaking account of how prolonged grassroots mobilization lays the foundations for durable democratization, with MEI Research Fellow and Assistant Professor of Sociology at the American University of Beirut (AUB), Dr. Rima Majed.

Seminar - Open to the Public

Energy Policy Seminar: David Turk on "Powering the Clean Energy Future"

Mon., Feb. 13, 2023 | 12:00pm - 1:15pm

Rubenstein Building - David T. Ellwood Democracy Lab, Room 414AB

Join us for an Energy Policy Seminar featuring David Turk, Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy. Deputy Secretary Turk will give a talk on "Powering the Clean Energy Future." Q&A to follow. Buffet-style lunch will be served.

Registration: No RSVP is required. Room capacity is limited and seating will be on a first come, first served basis. The seminar will also be streamed via Zoom. Virtual attendees should register using the button below; upon registering, attendees will receive a confirmation email with a Zoom link. 

Recording: The seminar will be recorded and available to watch on this page (typically one week later). Those who register for this event will automatically receive a link to the recording as soon as it becomes available.

Accessibility: Persons with disabilities who wish to request accommodations or who have questions about access, please contact Liz Hanlon (ehanlon@hks.harvard.edu) in advance of the session.

Sponsors: The Belfer Center's Environment and Natural Resources Program, the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, the Harvard University Center for the Environment, the Salata Institute for Climate and Sustainability

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U.S. Northern Command

Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

Protecting the Homeland: A Conversation with General Glen VanHerck, Commander of North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and United States Northern Command (USNORTHCOM)

Tue., Feb. 14, 2023 | 9:00am - 10:15am

Littauer Building - Malkin Penthouse, 4th Floor

Please join the Future of Diplomacy Project for a conversation with General Glen VanHerck, Commander of NORAD and USNORTHCOM. General VanHerck will discuss homeland defense in the context of today’s dynamic strategic environment, as well as address the necessary steps to ensuring security for the United States and its interests. Ambassador Paula Dobriansky, Senior Fellow with the Future of Diplomacy Project, will moderate.

In-person attendance is limited to Harvard ID holders only. Members of the public are welcome to join online.

Seminar - Open to the Public

AI Cyber Lunch: Peter Romer-Friedman on "The Fight for a Future Free of Digital Redlining"

Wed., Feb. 15, 2023 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Wexner Building - Room 434 A-B

Join the Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program for an AI Cyber Lunch Seminar featuring civil rights attorney Peter Romer-Friedman, a principal at Gupta Wessler PLLC. Romer-Friedman will give a talk entitled "The Fight for a Future Free of Digital Redlining."

Q&A to follow. Buffet-style lunch will be served.

Registration: In-person attendance is limited to current Harvard ID holders. No RSVP is required. Room capacity is limited and seating will be on a first come, first served basis.

Members of the public are welcome to attend virtually via Zoom. Virtual attendees should register using the button below; upon registering, attendees will receive a confirmation email with a Zoom link. 

Recording: Please be advised that this seminar will not be recorded.

Accessibility: Persons with disabilities who wish to request accommodations or who have questions about access, please contact Liz Hanlon (ehanlon@hks.harvard.edu) in advance of the session.