Public Policy DUG Open House

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Come meet public policy professors, other students, and DUG leaders, and find out what the public policy concentration has to offer. Hear about the redesigned concentration with more course options starting next year, including an engaged scholars partnership with the Swearer Center. Have some pizza, too! Concentration Overview • 6:00-7:00 pmMeet public policy professors and advisers; brief overview of the concentration and upcoming public policy courses

Steve Cohen ’75 - Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Getting Op-Eds Published

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

One of the most effective tools to affect public opinion and ultimately public policy is the opinion page of major publications. Getting published, however, is tougher than getting admitted to an Ivy League college. Not surprisingly, there are “secret” rules and strategies that improve your odds. Steve Cohen ’75  has had nine op-eds published in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal in the last two years; plus more than a dozen longer articles published in major publications during...

Daniel Benaim - Speechwriting and foreign policy: one writer's lessons and reflections on shaping America's message to the world from Capitol Hill, the State Department, and the White House

Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Daniel Benaim is currently foreign policy speechwriter and Middle East advisor to Vice President Joe Biden. Before that, he wrote speeches for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and served as a member of her policy planning staff covering Egypt.

Manufacturing in America: A Conversation with Rhode Island Business Leader John Hazen White, Jr.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Join us for a conversation with John Hazen White, Jr., a Rhode Island business leader dedicated to improving the state’s business and political climate. White is president of Taco, Inc., a third-generation, $200 million manufacturing company headquartered in Cranston, Rhode Island. Taco, which employs 500 people, is a world-class manufacturer of pumps, valves, tanks, electric controls and other components used in heating and cooling applications and is a leader in its industry.

Janet Besser - Grid Modernization and Integration of Distributed Energy Resources: Capturing Value for Customers and the System

Thursday, April 9, 2015 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Janet Gail Besser is vice president, policy and government affairs for the New England Clean Energy Council, where she leads the Council’s policy and advocacy efforts to accelerate New England’s clean energy economy to global leadership by building an active community of stakeholders and a world-class cluster of clean energy companies.

Thomas Barnico - Trade Agreements and State Governments: Continuing Threats to Sovereignty?

Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

International trade agreements have expanded rapidly in recent years. Supporters claim that the agreements carefully balance the benefits of free trade with the labor, environmental, and other regulatory interests of the signatory nations. Many US states, however, claim that trade agreements unduly restrict or preempt state laws regulating commerce.