Public Policy Events at Duke

Can Sirleaf Survive Ebola?
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 5:00 PM // 6:30 PM
Mary Lou Williams Center
Duke faculty experts on Global Health and Africa will hold a week-long series of public events on the continuing Ebola epidemic in West Africa the week of September 22-26, including conversations, lectures, a live videoconference from Nigeria (tentative) , and a film screening. - Monday Sept 22 (5:00 pm), Dr. Chris Woods (Duke Global Health Institute) and Dr. Michael Merson (Director, Duke Global Health Institute)- 217 Perkins Library - Tuesday, Sept 23 (5:00 pm), Dr. Mary H. Moran (Anthropology, Colgate University) Cultural context of the West African countries currently affected, specifically drawing from her expertise in Liberia - Mary Lou Williams Center - Flowers Bldg - Wednesday, Sept 24 (5:00 pm)Dr. Philip Rosoff (Duke Medicine) - 217 Perkins Library - Thursday, Sept 25 (12:00 pm), Dr. Faisal Shuaib (Incident Manager, Ebola Emergency Operations Center in Nigeria) will be giving video conference presentation on Nigeria's first hand country response with managing this pandemic. 040 Trent Hall (This event is tentative). - Friday, Sept 26 (7:00 pm), there will be a showing of the film Contagion (2011; dir. Steven Soderbergh). All of these events are free and open to the entire Duke community (University and Med Center) and the public.
Contact: None
Desperate People and Desperate Circumances: Are Desperate Solutions Wise?
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 5:00 PM // 6:30 PM
Perkins Library 217
Duke faculty experts on Global Health and Africa will hold a week-long series of public events on the continuing Ebola epidemic in West Africa the week of September 22-26, including conversations, lectures, a live videoconference from Nigeria (tentative) , and a film screening. - Monday Sept 22 (5:00 pm), Dr. Chris Woods (Duke Global Health Institute) and Dr. Michael Merson (Director, Duke Global Health Institute)- 217 Perkins Library - Tuesday, Sept 23 (5:00 pm), Dr. Mary H. Moran (Anthropology, Colgate University) Cultural context of the West African countries currently affected, specifically drawing from her expertise in Liberia - Mary Lou Williams Center - Flowers Bldg - Wednesday, Sept 24 (5:00 pm)Dr. Philip Rosoff (Duke Medicine) - 217 Perkins Library - Thursday, Sept 25 (12:00 pm), Dr. Faisal Shuaib (Incident Manager, Ebola Emergency Operations Center in Nigeria) will be giving video conference presentation on Nigeria's first hand country response with managing this pandemic. 040 Trent Hall (This event is tentative). - Friday, Sept 26 (7:00 pm), there will be a showing of the film Contagion (2011; dir. Steven Soderbergh). All of these events are free and open to the entire Duke community (University and Med Center) and the public.
Contact: None
Nigeria's First-hand Country Response to Ebola
Thursday, September 25, 2014 12:00 PM // 1:00 PM
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Duke faculty experts on Global Health and Africa will hold a week-long series of public events on the continuing Ebola epidemic in West Africa the week of September 22-26, including conversations, lectures, a live videoconference from Nigeria (tentative) , and a film screening. - Monday Sept 22 (5:00 pm), Dr. Chris Woods (Duke Global Health Institute) and Dr. Michael Merson (Director, Duke Global Health Institute)- 217 Perkins Library - Tuesday, Sept 23 (5:00 pm), Dr. Mary H. Moran (Anthropology, Colgate University) Cultural context of the West African countries currently affected, specifically drawing from her expertise in Liberia - Mary Lou Williams Center - Flowers Bldg - Wednesday, Sept 24 (5:00 pm)Dr. Philip Rosoff (Duke Medicine) - 217 Perkins Library - Thursday, Sept 25 (12:00 pm), Dr. Faisal Shuaib (Incident Manager, Ebola Emergency Operations Center in Nigeria) will be giving video conference presentation on Nigeria's first hand country response with managing this pandemic. 040 Trent Hall (This event is tentative). - Friday, Sept 26 (7:00 pm), there will be a showing of the film Contagion (2011; dir. Steven Soderbergh). All of these events are free and open to the entire Duke community (University and Med Center) and the public.
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The Obama Doctrine
Thursday, September 25, 2014 4:00 PM // 5:30 PM
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Professor Colin Duek of George Mason University will discuss the Obama doctrine as part of the this series on History and Public Policy. Duek is the author of "Hard Line: The Republican Party and U.S. Foreign Policy Since World War II." This event is free and open to the public.
Contact: None
Designing Schools for Childhood Obesity Prevention: Partnership Opportunities for Public Health, Architecture & the Green Building Industry
Thursday, September 25, 2014 4:00 PM // 5:00 PM
Sanford 223, Rhodes Conference Room
Please join Matthew Trowbridge MD MPH, Associate Professor in the University of Virginia School of Medicine and Senior Research Fellow at the U.S. Green Building Council, for a discussion of emerging inter-disciplinary collaborations between public health, design, and the green building industry to more intentionally address health outcomes such as childhood obesity in the course of real estate development projects. Dr. Trowbridge will describe the story of his health research team¿s collaboration with a leading school architecture firm to employ and evaluate design features in the redesign of Buckingham Elementary school in a rural dis, from gardens to furniture, to help promote a culture of physical activity and healthy eating. Early findings from efforts to replicate and incentivize this type of collaboration through partnership with the green building industry will also be discussed.
Contact: Lindsley, Mary mary.lindsley@duke.edu
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. This event is free and open to the public.
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
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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Please join us for a discussion of current events in the Middle East featuring professors Omid Safi, Bruce Jentleson, David Schanzer and Abdeslam Maghraoui.
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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