Trinidad and Tobago Coffee Hour/Information Session

An HKS alumnus will be available to speak with prospective students in Princes Town on Friday, May 2. Khaleel Seecharan, MC/MPA ‘12, is Chief of Staff and Director of External Relations at Ariadne Labs, a joint center of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard School of Public Health. In his position as Chief of Staff he plays a key role the Executive Director’s leadership team, directs an administrative team, and provides strategic direction to the center. As Director of External Relations, Mr. Seecharan oversees business development, media and press, fundraising and stewardship. Prior to this position, Mr. Seecharan served in various roles at the Florida International University, including at the Office of the President and at the College of Medicine. Mr. Seecharan holds degrees in International Relations and in Management Information Systems from Florida International University and an MC/MPA degree from HKS.

Event Details

Friday, May 2, 2014

3:00 PM until 5:00 PM

St. Stephen’s College
Naparima Mayaro Rd
Craignish Village
Princes Town
Trinidad and Tobago

To RSVP, please click here.

FXB Center for Health and Human Rights

HKS features many centers that provide students with all sorts of programming and opportunities, but there are many other centers across campus for students to take advantage of as well. The following entry comes from the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights.


The François-Xavier Bagnoud (FXB) Center for Health and Human Rights at the Harvard School of Public Health focuses on the practical dynamic between the issues of health and human rights. Founded in 1993 through a gift from the Association François-Xavier Bagnoud, the FXB Center is building a conceptual basis of the right to health and driving advocacy initiatives to incorporate human rights norms into international health policy.

Under the leadership of Dr. Jennifer Leaning, the FXB Center combines the academic strengths of research and teaching with a strong commitment to service and policy development. The Center works at the international and national levels in collaboration with health and human rights practitioners, governmental and nongovernmental organizations, academic institutions, and international agencies to:

  • build knowledge of how human rights entitlements can translate into effective actions for vulnerable children;
  • support partners who are doing the daily work of delivering health interventions in resource-poor settings; and
  • train new generations of global health leaders who can implement and scale up successful interventions that are guided by human rights principles.

The FXB Center’s research focuses on children, adolescents, and youth in extreme circumstances worldwide, with a particular emphasis on child protection and adolescent agency.

Research and Publications

The Center is active in several regions of the world, including Africa, Europe, South Asia, and North America. We have six research programs, including: The Cost of Inaction; Gender and Adolescent Agency in India; Health Rights of Women and Children; Human Trafficking and Forced Labor; Roma Adolescent Agency Initiative; and the Research Program on Children and Global Adversity.

The Center’s flagship publication, Health and Human Rights: An International Journal, is a peer-reviewed, open-access academic journal that strives to increase access to human rights knowledge in the health field. Under the leadership of Editor-in-Chief Paul Farmer, the Journal provides intellectual leadership in the global effort to realize the right to health. The Journal’s next issue, slated for release in June 2014, will focus on climate justice. Visit the Journal’s website to learn more.

At the invitation of the Open Society Foundations, the FXB Center has developed the 5th edition of the Health and Human Rights Resource Guide. The complete resource guide can be found on the FXB website.

Who We Are

As the only university-wide human rights center at Harvard University, we play a critical role in raising awareness throughout Harvard of human rights issues generally and of the inextricable linkage between health and human rights. We sponsor and participate in periodic university-wide conferences related to our mission and we collaborate closely with other human rights centers in the university community to develop courses and seminars. We invite you to visit our news page for a complete listing of events.

The FXB Center also serves as a convening force for university faculty across disciplines and for external experts and practitioners who seek to advance new research and policy in the areas of health and human rights. Recent examples of this research include Tainted Carpets: Slavery and Child Labor in India’s Hand-Made Carpet Sector and Running Out of Time: Survival of Syrian Refugee Children in Lebanon. Please visit the FXB website for further information on FXB faculty and fellows.

Capacity Building

Curriculum Development

In partnership with UNICEF, the FXB Center is developing one of the first interdisciplinary graduate programs in child protection, which will be launched as a sub-concentration in the HSPH Master’s track in the fall of 2014. The HSPH-UNICEF Child Protection Curriculum seeks to train the next generation of global child protection professionals and will be open to cross-registrants from all Harvard graduate schools. Further information regarding course offerings, which will cover issues of policy, justice systems, human rights, crisis response and reproductive health, can be found in an upcoming version of the University course catalog. Please contact Dr. Tricia Smith, the curriculum liaison, at with specific questions.


On June 4-6, 2014, the FXB Center will host the “Intensive Course on Health and Human Rights” at the Harvard School of Public Health, which prepares participants from the health, humanitarian, and human rights fields to integrate the concepts, skills, and tools of health and human rights into their professional activities.

The FXB Center also offers a course on health rights litigation, as part of the Global School on Socioeconomic Rights. This year’s course, held November 3-5, 2014, will focus exclusively on sexual and reproductive rights litigation, and enable participants to develop specialist-level knowledge in relation to litigating at national and international levels.

To learn more about both courses or to register, visit our courses page.

Stay Connected

Stay connected to the FXB Center by visiting our website for the latest news, events, and research. For further information on internship opportunities with specific programs, please contact us directly.

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MC/MPA Student - Brian Henderson


I’m now close to finishing the MC/MPA program, and I can say without hesitation it has been an extraordinary stretching and defining experience for my career and my personal life. When I sat in the JFK Forum in July 2013 to begin our summer program, I looked ahead at the year and wondered what exactly I was about to experience. I thought I’d share a few impressions as you think about your own hopes or plans for this program.

I had a wise friend tell me he thought about his HKS experience in terms of three key elements. I call them “The Three Pillars” of your HKS blueprint. First, the coursework. Second, the extracurricular opportunities on campus. And third, the relationships with classmates in and beyond HKS. I’ll share a brief highlight and insight about each.


The coursework has been phenomenal. Given my own broad interests in national security, foreign policy, and energy issues, I have had the freedom to tailor my courses to each of those elements and weave together a productive and challenging course load. Each of my professors are among the global experts in their field. I’ve learned about ethics and the US Presidency from Joseph Nye, global institutions from John Ruggie, geostrategic energy issues from Henry Lee and Meghan O’Sullivan, and national security issues from Graham Allison, David Sanger, and Derek Reveron. You can build the curriculum you want here. Whether you want to deepen your skill set in your current field or sector, or transfer your skills into a new one, the coursework can help you gain the credentials to do this. Humanitarian work? Domestic politics? International development? Within this degree, you can really create a multitude of outcomes according to your objectives.


The parade of high profile visitors to HKS is unrivaled. Every morning, you’ll receive an email inviting you to participate in 15-20 events on campus, many of which you’ll have to decline. Say no to the global expert on Nuclear Disarmament to say yes to the Finance Minister from Greece. You’ll be able to affiliate with the activities of one of HKS’ 11 Centers, and just about every conceivable professional interest group, conference organizing committee, student government, or other initiative or organization. I chose to get involved in the Student Advisory Board of the Center for Public Leadership. My fellow board members and I meet weekly all year, and among other initiatives, created a pilot program that extends leadership development, networking, and reflection opportunities to more students at HKS. We hope to expand the “Leadership Learning Team” experience to a larger audience next year at HKS. You’ll be able to design an extracurricular experience tailored to your professional and personal interests. You can fill your schedule with brown bag lunches, Forum events, workshops, study groups, and service projects with thought leaders and practitioners across the public service spectrum. The convening power of Harvard is really its greatest strength, and is a gift the school will give you for the rest of your life.


Finally, the intensity of this program will allow you to develop new lifelong friendships. In the fall, a group of us went to New Hampshire for a weekend cabin retreat. We went hiking, built a bonfire, enjoyed the fall foliage, and discussed the state of the world from the perspective of the 25 or 30 countries we represented. We’ve attended dinners in each other’s homes, met at the pubs and restaurants across Cambridge, supported one another’s personal and family milestones, and ventured out together to Celtics games, Bruins games, museums, churches, synagogues, ski resorts, shopping outlets, and concerts. At HKS, you’ll find classmates who share your affinity for country, culture, profession and politics, and those who don’t. Befriend both. The richness of your experience will depend in part on your willingness to make friends with folks who see the world differently than you do.

These are the three pillars on which I’ve built my own HKS experience. This approach has rewarded me immeasurably and helped me prepare for my career post-graduation. No other program in the world has the convening power of HKS. That is our competitive advantage—from professors who lead their field, practitioners who gather to share insights from their leadership, to students who bring a lifelong commitment to public service. In coming here for graduate school, you join a lifelong family of friends. If you’ve been admitted and have decided to join the HKS family, congratulations! If you’re on the fence, come join us! Only by taking the leap will you be able to build an experience here that will lift your professional and personal trajectory. Whatever is ahead for you, I wish you every success in your passions and projects. For your sake and ours, I hope that HKS figures into your plans. 

Additional Ghana Information Session

Suzanne Shende, Director of the MC/MPA Mason Program, has added an additional information session in Accra on April 16th. The location for both sessions will be the same - the Golden Tulip Hotel, Liberation Rd, Accra.

The first session will be from 10:00 AM to Noon. To RSVP, please click here.

The second session will be from 4:00-6:00 PM. To RSVP, please click here.

Chile Information Session

Representatives from several Harvard graduate programs, including HKS, will be in Santiago, Chile on April 29. Prospective applicants who are interested in attending can RSVP by clicking here.


MPP Spring Exercise

imageDavid Garfunkel is a second-year MPP student who is graduating in May. Prior to being a student at HKS, he spent five years on the island of Hispaniola, first serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic and then working for Haiti’s largest microfinance institution in Port-au-Prince. At HKS, his academic concentration is Political and Economic Development.

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Okay, I admit it. After a long first year of tough classes, economics problem sets, policy memos and convoluted ethics readings, I wasn’t exactly jumping out of my chair last April when Spring Exercise came along. I had survived the first year of my MPP degree and was just beginning to thaw out from winter. Summer was around the corner, and I wasn’t sure if I had the energy to take on yet another challenging project.

I didn’t know much about Spring Exercise before it started. Back during new-student orientation, the people who welcomed us to campus mentioned that we’d be taking part in it at the end of the second semester, but that was the last thing on my mind at the time (I was still trying to figure out where to buy notebooks for my classes). So when April came around, I did a bit of research. It turned out that Spring Exercise was a two-week group project during which we would dive into a surprise policy area that would be revealed to us on the first day of the exercise. The HKS website laid out what seemed like an intimidating laundry list of activities:

During Spring Exercise, students attend presentations by experts, lectures by their core faculty linking the topic to the core courses, and several forums and panels. It also involves assimilating a large amount of written material provided to all participants. In the first week students produce a decision memo on one aspect of the policy challenge. Then they are grouped into five-person teams to deliver a detailed, data-backed briefing for a senior decision-maker in a simulated but realistic policy process.

Armed with that brief bit of knowledge, I showed up to the first day of Spring Exercise with the other 200 or so other classmates of mine and – fueled by free coffee and pastries provided by HKS (extra bonus) – awaited my instructions.

The topic that the Spring Exercise administrators revealed surprised me: we would be tackling the daunting problem of human trafficking. In addition to the tough and emotional nature of the issue, it dawned on me that I knew next to nothing about it. At the same time, though, my interest was piqued. This was a pressing issue, with widespread implications across the globe. It affected millions of people each year in nearly every country on the planet, including the United States. It somehow felt like more than just another run-of-the-mill group project.

I met with the group I’d be working with for the next two weeks, made a plan and, well, the next couple of weeks are kind of a blur. We split up hundreds of pages of reading between the six of us and reported back on our findings. We went to meetings with law enforcement officials, administrators, advocacy groups and – most importantly – victims of human trafficking. We researched our specific geographic location (Chicago) and discovered the strengths and weaknesses of the city’s current approach. We scoured all the resources we could for best practices and lessons learned, and we sat as a group to think of new and creative approaches to fighting the problem. We created criteria, evaluated policies against them, and came up with recommendations. And somehow at the end of it, we drafted a 40-page policy briefing book.

Our experience culminated in a final presentation to a person who would be representing the current mayor of Chicago. What we didn’t find out until we entered the room, though, was that the person representing the current mayor of Chicago was actually the former mayor of Indianapolis and deputy mayor of New York City, Stephen Goldsmith. This no longer felt much like a project for class – instead, we were putting all of our hard work, presentation skills and pride in front of a person who had led one of the largest cities in the country. Another intimidating task.

As it turns out, our story has a good ending. The Mayor was tough on us, but fair. And apparently he and others approved of our presentation, as we were selected as the group who won the award for best oral presentation out of all the 40 groups who participated in Spring Exercise. Our award? A face-to-face meeting the following year with the actual mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emmanuel, where we were able to share the results of our work.

All presentations in front of former and current mayors aside, I look back fondly on Spring Exercise. Was it a lot of work? No question. Did we have a few tense moments as a group as were trying to edit the fifth version of our briefing book in order to get it in on time? Of course. But overall, it was an incredibly useful exercise in learning how to tackle a new issue in a group and present it in a concise and professional manner. (Incidentally, I’ve brought the experience up in several job interviews and employers are always interested to hear more.) And, as tough as the issue of human trafficking is, I’m glad that I’ve had the chance to learn about it and – hopefully – make a small contribution to fighting it.

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HKS Today

An analogy frequently used around HKS is that attending HKS is like drinking water from a fire hose. During our New Admit Day a few students were talking about the daily email that is delivered to HKS students appropriately entitled, “HKS Today.”  I thought I would pass along a recent HKS Today email.

The “info” links require one to be enrolled to view.


WORKSHOP/TRAINING: Communicating on Behalf of Governments, Writing Workshop with Lauren Brodsky, International Affairs Program, Northeastern University

How to write effectively on behalf of government in support of policy goals.

Communications Program, Weil Town Hall, Belfer Building, Lobby

4/7/2014 10:10 am | Info

MEETING: CID Seminar: Overcoming Adversity at the UN - A Small State’s Road to Global Influence

Featuring: Peter Thomson, Permanent Representative to the United Nations for the Fiji Islands, President of the Executive Board of the UNDP

Center for International Development, Mason Fellows Program, Perkins Room (R-415), 4th Floor Rubenstein, HKS

4/7/2014 11:45 am | Info

SEMINAR: Are well-off African Americans finally moving toward economic conservatism? Maybe.

An Inequality Seminar presentation by Jennifer Hochschild, Henry LaBarre Jayne Professor of Government, Harvard University.

Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy, Multidisciplinary Program on Inequality and Social Policy, Allison Dining Room

4/7/2014 12:00 pm | Info

MEETING: “Doctors of the Revolution”: Egypt’s Political Uprisings and the Limits of Medical Neutrality

STS Circle with Sherine Hamdy and Soha Bayoumi (Brown, Anthropology, and Harvard, History of Science)

Program on Science, Technology and Society, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Pierce 100F, 29 Oxford Street

4/7/2014 12:15 pm | Info

SEMINAR: ASEAN’s Role and its Future Given the U.S.-China-Japan Rivalry

The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs will host a Director’s Lunch with Tommy Koh in the Belfer Center Library.

Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Belfer Center Library (L369)

4/7/2014 12:15 pm | Info

SEMINAR: Promoting Renewable Energy Technologies: Beyond Traditional Financial Incentives

Dr. Walter Steinmann, Managing Director of the Swiss Federal Office of Energy and State Secretary for Energy

Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Energy Technology Innovation Policy research group and the Consortium for Energy Policy Research, Fainsod, Room 324, Littauer Building, HKS

4/7/2014 12:30 pm | Info

WORKSHOP/TRAINING: How to Deal with a Hostile Audience, a Public Speaking Workshop with Holly Weeks, HKS Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy

Learn tools and methods to get your message across when your speech turns confrontational.

Communications Program, Taubman Building, Room 275

4/7/2014 2:40 pm | Info

SEMINAR: Susan Akram: “Protecting Syrian Refugees: Laws, Policies and Global Responsibility-Sharing”

Susan Akram, Director, International Human Rights Clinical Program, Boston University School of Law, on the Syrian refugee crisis

Middle East Initiative, Allison Dining Room, 5th Floor Taubman

4/7/2014 4:00 pm | Info

STUDY GROUP: Study Group on Thinking about the Future: What Do Asset Prices Mean?

Speakers include: Justin Fox, John Campbell and Paul Tucker

Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, Nye A, 5th Floor Taubman Building

4/7/2014 4:00 pm | Info

JOHN F. KENNEDY JR. FORUM: NSA Secrecy and National Security

A discussion with John Deutch, Jane Harman, Joseph Nye, David Sanger, Dina Temple-Raston, Graham Allison

Institute of Politics, JFK Jr Forum

4/7/2014 6:00 pm | Info



SEMINAR: Turkey’s Ten Year Itch: Power, Pride and Imprudence at the End of the Erdogan Era

Former FDP Fisher Family Fellow and renowned Turkey expert, Soli Ozel discusses the Erdogan administration’s response to recent challenges.

Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Fainsod Room, Third Floor, Littauer Building

4/8/2014 8:30 am | Info

WORKSHOP/TRAINING: The American Speaker: Public Speaking and Oral Presentations to Americans, a Public Speaking workshop with Steven Stark, Writer, Lawyer and author of Writing to Win

Communications Program, Weil Town Hall, Belfer Building, Lobby

4/8/2014 11:40 am | Info

CAREER EVENT: Practice Makes the Difference! Group Mock Behavioral Interview Session (RSVP)

Limited to 12 attendees; preregistration required.

Office of Career Advancement, Taubman 202

4/8/2014 12:00 pm | Info

BROWN BAG: Brian McGrory: “The Future of Newspapers.”

Speaker Series with Brian McGrory, editor, The Boston Globe.

Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, Taubman 275

4/8/2014 12:00 pm | Info

SEMINAR: Panel Discussion: “Migrant Descendants in the Dominican Republic, Nationals or Foreigners?” with Jacqueline Bhabha, David Baluarte and Bridget Wooding.

Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, The David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, The Human Rights Professional Interest Council (HKS), The Black Student Union (HKS), The Harvard Hatian Alliance, The Harvard Dominican Student Association, Malkin Penthouse (Littauer Building, 5th floor)

4/8/2014 3:00 pm | Info

STUDY GROUP: The â??Wingmanâ?? in the War Room: A Private Sector Perspective on Presidential Politics

A study group led by Spring 2014 IOP Fellow Bob White

Institute of Politics, L140

4/8/2014 4:00 pm | Info

WORKSHOP/TRAINING: How to Write a Strategic Plan, a Writing Workshop with Sushma Raman, HKS MC/MPA 2013, HKS Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy

We will review the key components of a strategic plan and how to approach the planning and writing process.

Communications Program, Land Hall, Belfer Building, 4th floor

4/8/2014 4:10 pm | Info

SEMINAR: Popular Culture, Public Diplomacy, and America’s Image Abroad

Martha Bayles, discusses her new book on the shifting image of the United States in the world.

Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Fainsod Room, Third Floor, Littauer Building

4/8/2014 4:30 pm | Info

CAREER EVENT: The Center for Asia Leadership Initiatives Summer Internship Briefing

Office of Career Advancement, Littauer 380

4/8/2014 4:30 pm | Info

JOHN F. KENNEDY JR. FORUM: A Conversation with Meir Dagan and David Petraeus

Institute of Politics, JFK Jr. Forum

4/8/2014 6:00 pm | Info

MEETING: April’s Coffee Wednesday Meeting

The Research Administration’s Office April Coffee Wednesday Meeting

Research Administration Office, Taubman 275

4/9/2014 10:00 am | Info

SEMINAR: Japan and the U.S. Nuclear Umbrella: Extended Deterrence and Nuclear Weapons

Terence Roehrig, MTA/ISP Research Fellow, will present a Project on Managing the Atom Seminar on the history of the U.S. nuclear umbrella for Japan.

Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Fainsod Room (Littauer-324)

4/9/2014 10:00 am | Info

SEMINAR: Criminal Justice Lunchtime Talk Series: Measuring Satisfaction with Criminal Justice in Ethiopia

How do you improve public satisfaction with safety, order, and policing? How do you know if it is improving?

Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management, Criminal Justice PIC and KSSG, Carr Center Conference Room, Rubenstein 219

4/9/2014 12:00 pm | Info | NEW!

CAREER EVENT: OCA in the Forum at Lunchtime on Wednesday

Bring your questions!

Office of Career Advancement, The Forum

4/9/2014 12:00 pm | Info | NEW!

MEETING: Financial Health Series - International Financial Certification Q&A for Returning Students

Financial Certification Renewal Q&A Session

Office of Financial Services, Taubman 275 KALB

4/9/2014 12:00 pm | Info

BROWN BAG: Andrew Revkin: “Is the New Communication Climate Good for the Earth’s Climate? A look at the fast-shifting toolbox for conveying, debating and muddying news and ideas related to environmental science and policy.”

Speaker Series with Andrew Revkin, non-fiction, science and environmental writer; writes the Dot Earth environmental blog for The New York Times’ Opin

Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, Cason Seminar Room, Taubman Building, first floor

4/9/2014 12:00 pm | Info

SEMINAR: Ambassador Cameron Munter: The U.S. Foreign Service and the Post-2014 World

Cameron Munter,former US Ambassador to Pakistan discusses recent changes within the US diplomatic service.

Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Fainsod Room, Third Floor, Littauer Building

4/9/2014 12:30 pm | Info

STUDY GROUP: Violence Against Women Study Group: “Behind Closed Doors, Violence Has Many Faces: from Denial to Solution” with Maud de Boer-Buquicchio

Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Carr center Conference Room (R-219)

4/9/2014 1:30 pm | Info

WORKSHOP/TRAINING: How to Use Evidence Effectively in Writing and Speaking: Identifying, Explaining, and Citing Compelling Evidence, Public Speaking & Writing Workshop with Courtney E. Cole, Lecturer, English and Media Studies, Bentley University

We will discuss what information audiences need, how to make evidence meaningful, and the importance of attribution.

Communications Program, Taubman Building, Room 275

4/9/2014 2:40 pm | Info

STUDY GROUP: Policing and Politics

A study group led by Spring 2014 IOP Fellow Ed Davis

Institute of Politics, L166

4/9/2014 4:00 pm | Info

STUDY GROUP: Study Group on Thinking about the Future: Where All the Decision Trees Went

Speakers include: Justin Fox, Ryan Adams and Richard Zeckhauser

Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, Hauser Conference Room, Belfer Building lobby level (B-L-4)

4/9/2014 4:00 pm | Info

STUDY GROUP: Give Peace a Chance: The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

A study group led by Spring 2014 IOP Fellow Avshalom Vilan

Institute of Politics, Taubman 102

4/9/2014 4:00 pm | Info

SEMINAR: Soli Ozel: “Politics in the Religious Republic: Path to Democracy or Despotism?”

A seminar with Soli Ozel, Professor of International Relations, Kadir Has University, Istanbul, Turkey and Chairman, Turkish Industrialists’ and Busin

Middle East Initiative, Center for European Studies at Harvard University and the Graduate Workshop “Islam and the West.”, CES, 27 Kirkland Street

4/9/2014 4:15 pm | Info

SEMINAR: Global Economic and Financial Challenges: A Tale of Two Views

Jaime Caruana, General Manager, Bank for International Settlements and Former Governor, Bank of Spain

Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, Allison Dining Room (5th floor Taubman Building)

4/9/2014 4:30 pm | Info

MEETING: Congress, Islam and a Post 9/11 World: How America Thinks about Muslims

Institute of Politics,

4/9/2014 6:00 pm | Info

WORKSHOP/TRAINING: Interviewing Skills for PAEs and other Projects, a Writing Workshop with Morgan McVicar, HKS MC/MPA 2003 and Writing Consultant

Learn how to prepare for the interview, avoid gaffes and remain in control.

Communications Program, Weil Town Hall, Belfer Building, Lobby

4/10/2014 11:40 am | Info

WORKSHOP/TRAINING: Interviewing Skills for PAE’s and other Projects, a Writing Workshop with Morgan McVicar, HKS MC/MPA 2003, and Writing Consultant

Learn how to prepare for the interview and get their message across. In this workshop, a reporter will share some secrets of the trade.

Communications Program, Weil Town Hall, Belfer Building, Lobby

4/10/2014 11:40 am | Info

SEMINAR: RPP Seminar: Does Regulation Kill Jobs?

A panel discussion with Joseph Aldy, Cary Coglianese and Lisa Robinson

Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, Bell Hall, 5th Floor Belfer Building, HKS

4/10/2014 11:45 am | Info | NEW!

BROWN BAG: All Options on the Table? Nuclear Proliferation, Preventive War, and a Leader’s Decision to Intervene

Speaker: Rachel Elizabeth Whitlark, research fellow, International Security Program/Project on Managing the Atom

International Security Program, Belfer Center Library, Littauer-369

4/10/2014 12:15 pm | Info


Ambassador Tommy Koh, is the 2014 recipient of the Great Negotiator award. He reflects on his most important negotiations in this conference.

Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Law School, Program on Negotiation, Ames Courtroom, Harvard Law School

4/10/2014 1:30 pm | Info | NEW!

WORKSHOP/TRAINING: Now is the Time: Rhetorical Invention, Identity, and Crisis, Public Speaking Workshop with Ben Ponder, Former lecturer at Northwestern University and CEO of Ponder Ventures.

In this session, we will explore the sources of effective persuasion, as well as how to move an audience toward decisive action.

Communications Program, Taubman Building, Room 275

4/10/2014 2:40 pm | Info

STUDY GROUP: 2014: Gender, Media and the Permanent Campaign

A study group led by Spring 2014 Fellow Shira Center

Institute of Politics, L166

4/10/2014 4:00 pm | Info | NEW!

SEMINAR: Kathleen Hall Jamieson and Jesse Shapiro: “Partisanship in the Non-Partisan Press: The Implications of Media Bias for Democracy.”

Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Annenberg School of Communication, Univ. of Pennsylvania; and Jesse Shapiro, Booth School of Business, Univ. of Chicago.

Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, Taubman 275

4/10/2014 4:00 pm | Info

SEMINAR: Frontline with Faculty: “Leadership from the Bottom: How an Intern Project Became the UN Principles for Responsible Investment”

Principles for Responsible Investment founder James Gifford tells the story of launching the world’s largest sustainable development initiative.

Center for Public Leadership,

4/10/2014 4:15 pm | Info | NEW!

COMMUNITY EVENT: Carr Talk and Coffee with guest presenter Christen Dobson, Program Director, Research and Policy, International Human Rights Funders Group

Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Carr Center Conference Room (R-219)

4/11/2014 10:00 am | Info | NEW!

STUDY GROUP: Transitional Justice Study Group, Session 5: “International Criminal Prosecutions” with Alana Tiemessen from the University of Chicago.

Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Carr Center Conference Room (R-219)

4/11/2014 1:30 pm | Info

CONFERENCE: International Development Conference

The 2014 International Development Conference present by students at HKS

Degree Programs, Harvard Kennedy School

4/11/2014 4:00 pm | Info

SEMINAR: The American Tributary System

Speaker: Yuen Foong Khong, Professor of International Relations, Nuffield College, Oxford University

International Security Program, Belfer Center Library, Littauer-369

4/14/2014 4:15 pm | Info | NEW!

JOHN F. KENNEDY JR. FORUM: A Conversation with Mike Huckabee

Institute of Politics, JFK Jr. Forum

4/14/2014 6:00 pm | Info | NEW!

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Ghana Information Session

Suzanne Shende, Director of the MC/MPA Mason Program, will be available to answer questions from prospective applicants in Ghana on Wednesday, April 16 at the Golden Tulip Hotel, Liberation Rd, Accra, 4:00-6:00 PM.

To RSVP, please click here.

Sierra Leone Information Session

Suzanne Shende, Director of the MC/MPA Mason Program, will be available to answer questions from prospective applicants in Sierra Leone on Friday, April 11 at the Africell American Corner, located at 25 Bathurst Street, Freetown, Sierra Leone. To RSVP, please click here.

We will post more updates on Suzanne’s travels in Africa on the blog so please keep checking back.

Harvard i-lab

One of the best things about Harvard is all of the opportunities for collaborative learning. The Harvard i-lab is a great way to combine ideas with others to have a positive impact on the world. Below is a video on the i-lab and a recent update about an initiative known as the Deans’ Challenge.

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 i-lab Spotlight

Deans’ Challenges Finalists Announced

Harvard University announced 18 student-led teams as finalists in three deans’ innovation competitions focused on cultural entrepreneurship, health and life sciences, and urban design. Hosted by the i-lab, the challenges drew 124 proposals from across 12 schools, each articulating a plan to tackle a pressing issue facing society. Read more here or click below to learn more about each challenge.

Health and Life Sciences

  • Aldatu Biosciences is improving access to effective HIV patient care worldwide with innovative and affordable diagnostic tools. 
  • Disease Diagnostic Group is creating a handheld device that provides an accurate malaria diagnosis in less than 60 seconds from a finger prick at a tenth of the cost. 
  • FlowLight is a building a device that provides real-time, continuous measurement of bloodflow for post-surgical monitoring for lower costs and improved patient care. 
  • Platelet BioGenesis is developing technology to produce the world’s first donor-independent human platelets from human induced pluripotent stem cells. 
  • Recon Therapeutics is offering a low-cost, easy-to-use, “one-stop shop” for all drugs requiring reconstitution. 
  • Voxel 8 is using proprietary functional inks and 3-D printing technology to lower the manufacturing cost and increase the functionality of hearing aids for our aging population.

Cultural Entrepreneurship

  • Gapelia is a long-form publishing platform that lets storytellers –journalists, artists, scientists, scholars, innovators – create their own digital publications and connect directly with paying subscribers. 
  • Iconic Energy Consulting transforms renewable energy projects into cultural icons, creating a public dialogue through art and civic engagement. 
  • PIVOT (Palestine Israel Visual Optimization Tool) is a cutting edge interactive mobile application that reveals to users’ images, videos, and information based on a specific location in a specific time period within modern and ancient Palestinian history.  
  • SPOUTS of Water aims to create a sustainable workspace for Ugandan potters to carry on the long-lived tradition of pottery in Uganda and be part of SPOUTS’ mission to increase access to clean water in Uganda by sustainably producing and supplying effective and affordable ceramic water filters. 
  • Worldi is a local discovery interface that helps urbanites explore music and dance from around the world. 
  • YapZap lets you record, share, and play up to 10-seconds of audio and create a mosaic of conversation on any topic (gallery, song, play, TV).

Design: Urban Life 2030

  • CAPA seeks to be the global leader in innovative building components and sustainable materials in the developing world. 
  • Carewrite is a mobile website that empowers individuals to better coordinate the healthcare of a loved one.
  • Cloudcommuting creates the first bike sharing service in the world that will replace trucks and employees with paid users for redistributing bikes.
  • MateriaLEASE offers temporary ownership of building components to help young ventures achieve better workspaces while protecting the environment.
  • Shipster is a mobile platform that connects deliveries with people heading in similar directions-saving up to 60% on shipping costs and providing a more sustainable alternative to current delivery services.
  • Six Foods uses urban insect farming as an alternative source of protein to soy, whey, and eventually livestock.

Coming up at the i-lab

More workshops and events are listed on our calendar!

IP Strategies for Health Sciences Startups
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 | 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Biotech and medical device companies are heavily dependent on intellectual property rights, particularly those developing diagnostic, therapeutic or invasive products.  The complexity of the technology and rapidly evolving legal landscape make the availability, validity and enforceability of biotech patents highly uncertain. This session, led by Michael Twomey, a patent attorney and partner at  WilmerHale, will explore some of the basic IP questions facing health sciences startups. Please register here.

Giving Emotional Meaning to the Quantified Self
Thursday, April 3, 2014 | 6:00 - 8:00 PM
A proliferation of wonderful tools are now available that enable measurement of our health, productivity, mood, and more.  First, we’ll review these tools and predict what the next 1-3 years will bring.  Next, we’ll dig into the psychology of behavior change and how to take static ‘tools’ and give them the human emotional pull required to effectively change behavior. Please register here.

Opportunities & Challenges: Digital Health and Health System Collaborations
Monday, April 7, 2014 | 3:30 - 5:00 PM
Come to this interactive and action-oriented discussion about emerging opportunities and key challenges that face health care start-ups looking to work and partner with health systems. Founder-CEOs from leading venture-backed digital health start-ups and senior health system executives will share their experiences in developing solutions to improving care and reducing costs under new value-based payment arrangements. Please register here.

Start Up Meet Up: Science and Engineering Edition 
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 | 6:00 - 8:00 PM

The Harvard i-lab and Office of Technology Development is bringing together Harvard inventors, entrepreneurs, students, alumni and more to showcase high potential technologies being developed at Harvard. Our inventors will introduce their exciting technology and commercialization potential to our multi-disciplinary audience. This will be followed by a targeted networking session to enable the attendees to meet with our inventors, better understand each other’s skills and experiences. We will have a direct “Longwood to i-lab” bus for this event (one trip). More info will be sent to registrants. Please register here.

The Ideation Framework
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 | 6:00 - 8:00 PM

How can you effectively learn if people will use (or buy) a new product idea before you built it? Josh Wexler, CEO of the Occom Group, will share the process that they use to help anyone (7th graders to C-level executives) validate new product ideas before they are built. Josh will discuss how this process drives clarity among a team and reduces the technical and overall risk of a project. Please register here.


Legal, EiR and Visiting Practitioner Office Hours

The i-lab offers all matriculated, degree-seeking Harvard students the opportunity to meet with Experts-in-Residence (EiRs) and visiting practitioners in one-on-one office hour appointments. 
If you’re a student and want to get counseling on your career, venture, or business plan, the EiR program is an avenue you should explore; these meetings are great chance to speak with seasoned professionals who can help you think through your current challenges or upcoming obstacles you face in developing your venture. 

For more information on how to meet with experts who can help from product design to pitching, team-building to tech (and beyond) check out our booking page.

Harvard/Boston Startup Ecosystem Events

Global Health Summer Residencies at the i-lab
This summer, the Harvard Global Health Institute (HGHI) is partnering with the (i-lab) to offer a limited number of funded summer residencies for projects focused on addressing a need or solving a problem that impacts the health and well-being of people in the world. Global Health Summer Residents be part of the Summer Venture Incubation Program, have access to i-lab resources, including dedicated workspace, guided mentoring, private workshops, and a number community building events. They will also be part of a cohort of HGHI-funded students who are passionate about global health, and will attend weekly seminars given by global health practitioners. Students applying to this program must identify a Harvard faculty mentor who will provide guidance on their projects during the period in residence at the i-lab. Read the program description for more details. Applications are due by noon on Friday, April 11.

Meet the Shark Tank Casting Team
Friday, April 18, 2014 | 2:00 - 6:00 PM | i-lab 102
Shark Tank, the critically acclaimed, business-themed show is continuing the search for the best Entrepreneurs with the best businesses and products that America has to offer. The Emmy-nominated show features The Sharks – tough, self-made, millionaire/billionaires who give budding entrepreneurs a chance to make their dreams come true and become successful — and possibly wealthy — business people. If you’ve got a great product or business and need an investment to propel you forward, the i-lab is providing students, alumni and staff the opportunity to meet the Shark Tank casting team and get information on the upcoming season and application process. More information is here.

The Gifted Citizen Prize 2014 for Social Entrepreneurs call for submissions opens on March 27Gifted Citizen seeks to benefit humanity by freeing up creative potential and promoting innovation, through incentivizing social entrepreneurship projects from around the world, that can have an impact on 10 million people over the next six years. This prize is an initiative of Ciudad de las Ideas in association with Singularity University and primarily funded by Comex. Contact Eidi Cruz-Valdivieso with any questions.

The Barclay’s FinTech Accelerator, powered by Techstars, is a three month intensive startup program designed to support new businesses on their journey to delivering breakthrough innovations. Entrepreneurs and start-up companies worldwide can apply for the program, with their applications focused on improving the banking experience for consumers. Ten companies will be selected. For more information and to apply, go here. Applications close March 31.

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