Public Policy Events at Duke

Civic Engagement Distinguished Lecture: Dr. Earl Lewis
Monday, September 29, 2014 5:00 PM // 6:30 PM
Sanford 223, Rhodes Conference Room
The 2014 annual Civic Engagement Distinguished Lecture will be given by Dr. Earl Lewis, President of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and a scholar of History and African American Studies. The conversation will consist of a brief lecture by Dr. Lewis, followed by a conversation between Dr. Lewis, Dean Laurie L. Patton of the Trinity College of Arts and Sciences, and Dean Kelly D. Brownell of the Sanford School of Public Policy. Admission is reserved for invited guests; the event will be videorecorded and made available for viewing.
Contact: Holden, Elisabeth 668-0456 elisabeth.holden@duke.edu
Rep. Rick Glazier, Rep. Grier Martin and Rep. Chuck McGrady Discuss Ways to Bridge Research and Policy
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 1:15 PM // 2:30 PM
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Hear from members of both parties about their roles, challenges, strategies for success, and the recent legislative session. This presentation will also provide a chance to discuss ways to bridge research and policy.
Contact: Layko, Erika ehlayko@duke.edu
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"No Illusions: The Voices of Russia's Future Leaders" Book Event
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 5:00 PM // 6:30 PM
Sanford Fleishman Commons
Ellen Mickiewicz, James R. Shepley Emeritus Professor of Public Policy and Professor of Political Science, will read short excerpts from her new book "No Illusions: The Voices of Russia's Future Leaders." There will be an introduction by Ambassador Jack F. Matlock, Jr., U.S. Ambassador to Czechoslovakia, 1981-1983 and the USSR, 1987-1991. A reception will follow during which copies of the book will be available for purchase. The event is free and open to the public.
Contact: Lindsley, Mary mary.lindsley@duke.edu
Food Security in the Face of Climate Change
Friday, October 3, 2014 12:00 PM // 1:30 PM
Sanford 223, Rhodes Conference Room
Duke Center for International Development, along with RTI International, will discuss Food Security and Climate Change on Oct. 3, from 12-1:30 p.m. in Rhodes Conference Room in the Sanford School of Public Policy. The panelists will be Paul Weisenfeld (VP, Global Programs, RTI International), Mary Eubanks (Professor of Biology, corn scientist), Shana Starobin (MPP/MEM '08 , Ph.D. student, Environmental Policy) and Marc Jeuland (Professor of Public Policy, Global Health, Environment and Engineering). The panel will be moderated by Luis Crouch (VP, International Development Group, RTI International). Lunch Provided. Parking available in the Science Drive and Bryan Center Visitor lots. Questions: contact Brandi Thomas at brandi.j.thomas@duke.edu
Contact: None
Creating Change Through Charter Schools: A Case Study of the Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP)
Tuesday, October 7, 2014 4:30 PM // 6:00 PM
Sanford 223, Rhodes Conference Room
FIRG seminars explore the relationship between strategic choice-making and impact measurement in foundations and not-for-profit organizations. Please RSVP to mary.grimm@duke.edu.
Contact: Grimm, Mary mary.grimm@duke.edu
Foundation Impact Research Group (FIRG) - Rip Rapson, Kresge Foundation
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 4:30 PM // 6:00 PM
Sanford 223, Rhodes Conference Room
FIRG seminars explore the relationship between strategic choice-making and impact measurement in foundations and not-for-profit organizations. Please RSVP to mary.grimm@duke.edu.
Contact: Grimm, Mary mary.grimm@duke.edu
The Middle East in Turmoil: A Public Conversation
Monday, October 27, 2014 5:00 PM // 7:00 PM
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With a war raging in Syria that¿s spilled over into Iraq, militant groups jockeying for attention and control, and a sobering post-Arab Spring reality that¿s seen traditional alliances upended, political Islam scrutinized, and dissent stifled ¿ four Duke experts put the latest developments and their relevance for America in perspective. What¿s next for the Middle East? Join professors Bruce Jentleson (Sanford School of Public Policy), Abdeslam Maghraoui (Political Science), Omid Safi (Duke Islamic Studies Center), and David Schanzer (Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security) for a public conversation. Sponsored by the Sanford School of Public Policy and the Duke Islamic Studies Center's ISLAMiCommentary forum. Parking will be provided at the Science Drive lot, just past the Sanford School.
Contact: Majikes, Keri 668-1955 keri.majikes@duke.edu
Tackling Temporal Tradeoffs in Energy Efficiency
Friday, October 31, 2014 10:00 AM // 11:30 AM
Environment Hall Field Auditorium
David Hardisty, assistant professor of marketing at the University of British Columbia Sauder School of Business, will present a talk titled "Tackling Temporal Tradeoffs in Energy Efficiency" at Duke October 31. Energy efficient upgrades often cost more upfront, but save money and the help the environment in the long run. Unfortunately, consumers are often short-sighted and make inefficient choices. Hardisty will introduce an adaptive, iterative framework to tackle this problem, combining the insights of economics, psychology, and anthropology. He will then present a series of studies demonstrating ways to nudge consumers towards more energy efficient options, using various labeling techniques to make long-term costs more salient. This talk is part of the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and the University Program in Environmental Policy seminar series featuring leading experts discussing a variety of pressing environmentally focused topics.
Contact: None
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Rudnick Lecture Presents: Ethan Bronner
Monday, November 10, 2014 5:00 PM // 6:00 PM
Sanford Fleishman Commons
The annual Rudnick lecture is proud to present Ethan Bronner, deputy national editor of The New York Times to discuss the current Israeli-Palestinian crisis. This lecture is made possible through the generosity of the Rudnick endowment, and will be followed by a Q&A and a reception. Bronner, deputy national editor, was most recently national legal affairs correspondent for The Times. Before, he was Jerusalem bureau chief, following four years as the newspaper¿s deputy foreign editor. Mr. Bronner has also served as assistant editorial page editor of The Times, education editor and national education correspondent. Right after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, he worked in the paper¿s investigative unit focusing on Al Qaeda. A graduate of the College of Letters at Wesleyan University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, Mr. Bronner began his journalism career at Reuters in 1980, reporting from London, Madrid, Brussels and Jerusalem. He worked at The Boston Globe for a dozen years, four of them as its legal and Supreme Court correspondent.
Contact: Elliott, Serena 660-3504 serena.elliott@duke.edu
Foundation Impact Research Group (FIRG) - Paul Joskow, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 4:30 PM // 6:00 PM
Sanford 223, Rhodes Conference Room
FIRG seminars explore the relationship between strategic choice-making and impact measurement in foundations and not-for-profit organizations. Please RSVP to mary.grimm@duke.edu.
Contact: Grimm, Mary mary.grimm@duke.edu
The Long-Run Impacts of Early Childhood Poverty
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 3:00 PM // 4:30 PM
Sanford 223, Rhodes Conference Room

Most poor children achieve less, exhibit more problem behaviors and are less healthy than children reared in more affluent families. Looking beyond these well-known correlations between poverty and negative outcomes in childhood, Ariel Kalil will talk about recent research which assesses the impact of childhood poverty on later attainment and health. She pays particular attention to the potentially harmful effects that early childhood poverty has on later life and to links between early poverty and adult outcomes such as earnings and work hours, as well as obesity and other productivity-impairing health conditions. Kalil will present evidence suggesting that prenatal and early-childhood poverty have substantial negative associations with adult earnings, work hours and certain health conditions, but not with such behavioral outcomes as out-of-wedlock childbearing and arrests.

Kalil is professor in the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago, where she directs the Center for Human Potential and Public Policy and co-directs the Behavioral Insights and Parenting Lab. She is a developmental psychologist who studies how economic conditions and parents' socioeconomic status affect child development and parental behavior. Her recent projects have examined the effects of the Great Recession on parental behavior and child development, and the association between income inequality and children's educational attainment.


Contact: Layko, Erika ehlayko@duke.edu
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Inequality at Home: The Role of Parenting in the Diverging Destinies of Rich and Poor Children
Thursday, November 13, 2014 12:00 PM // 1:30 PM
Sanford 223, Rhodes Conference Room

This talk is open to Center for Child and Family Policy and Public Policy faculty, researchers, staff and invited guests.

Children face very different chances of getting ahead in life, depending on the circumstances of their birth. Gaps in children's development stem at least in part from the myriad differences in the ways advantaged and disadvantaged parents interact with their children. As such, parenting plays a critical role in the diverging destinies of rich and poor children. Traditional policy interventions fail to attack the root cause of achievement gaps. To equalize the playing field, governments may need to invest in parents so parents can better invest in their children. Unfortunately, large-scale parenting interventions typically yield modest effect sizes at best and often do not even change children's skills in the long term. Understanding what motivates parents to invest in their children could have a major impact on the design of policies to reduce inequality in children's skill development. Insights from the field of behavioral economics can inform this question.

Kalil is professor in the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago, where she directs the Center for Human Potential and Public Policy and co-directs the Behavioral Insights and Parenting Lab.


Contact: Layko, Erika ehlayko@duke.edu
Crown Lecture in Ethics with Tony Kushner
Monday, November 17, 2014 5:30 PM // 7:00 PM
Sanford Fleishman Commons
Tony Kushner, a recipient of a Pulitzer Prize for Drama and winner of the 2012 National Medal of Arts, among many other awards, is best known for his two-part epic play, Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes. His political plays are rarely polemic as he consistently forces the audience to identify with the marginalized- a drag queen dying of AIDS, an uneducated Southern maid, contemporary Afghans, and more. Mr. Kushner is the 2014 Crown Lecturer in Ethics, a series that brings leaders to discuss the ethical concerns in the field of the arts, science, public policy, medicine and business. The event, which takes place in the Fleishman Commons, will be preceded by a short reception and is free and open to the public.
Contact: Lindsley, Mary mary.lindsley@duke.edu
The Origins of Heightened Risk Behavior in Adolescence: A Neurodevelopmental Account, featuring Dustin Albert
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 12:00 PM // 1:00 PM
Sociology-Psychology 319
Dustin Albert is a research scientist at the Center for Child and Family Policy. His research investigates social, genetic, and neurodevelopmental influences on adolescents' self-regulation and decision making.
Contact: Layko, Erika ehlayko@duke.edu
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