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HKS Student Events Digest (December 1-6, 2014)

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Prepared by: Malik Siraj Akbar, Web Editor, The Citizen 


Guest Speaker Event 

When: December 1 at 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Where: L-330

The Childhood PIC will host Neil McQuarrie, MPA 2014, who will speak about his experiences at Wraparound, Milwaukee.

Contact: Jenn Menn:


Discussion on Affordable Care Act

When: December 1 at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Where: Border Cafe (32 Church Street)

Contact: Jessica Altman:

The Health Policy PIC will be hosting a discussion in which students will share their experiences in health policy. The event will focus on the Affordable  Care Act implementation at the federal level. PIC members will share their stories from work experience in ACA implementation at the federal level (ranging from setting up exchanges to ACA communications strategy). Presenters include:

Jessica Altman (MPP2)

Melissa Quick (MPP1)

Lisa Marie Gomez (MC/MPA)

Emma Sandoe (Health Policy PhD)

Ellen Montz (Health Policy PhD)

This is the first of a monthly series in which PIC members will share experiences in specific areas of health policy. Events are hosted in casual settings and allow PIC members to get to know each other and learn from each other’s areas of expertise.


Talks about Transhumanism

When: December 1 at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Where: T-275

Contact: Simon Mueller:

The Future Society will host a talk with Science Technology Society Fellow Gabriel Dorthe about Transhumanism. Event format: 15 minutes ignition talk 30 minutes Q&A 45 minutes Discussion


Working in Human Rights in Africa 

When: December 2 at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM T-301

Where: T-301

Contact: Marshall Bizure:

Three Mason Fellows (also MC-MPA students) at the Kennedy School Teresa Chirwa (Malawi), Wendy Isaack (South Africa) and Marshall Bizure (Zimbabwe) will speak about working in Africa on human rights.


Career Perspectives in Food and Agriculture

​When: Tuesday, December 2nd at 6pm

Where: Taubman – 275

The Food Literacy Caucus is organizing a panel discussion featuring students from various Harvard graduate schools (HKS, HBS, HSPH) to discuss in diverse positions across the public and private sectors on food and agriculture issues. Contact:


Mexican student Breakfast

When: December 3, 7:30 AM to 8:30 AM

Where: IHOPE

Contact: Tania Del Rio:

This is a networking event of the Mexican students at HKS.


Discussion with Greek Minister for Shipping and Maritime Affairs
When: December 3, 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM

Where: Malkin Penthouse

Contact: Antonio Labrador Jimenez:

The European Club is hosting a discussion with H.E. Miltiadis Varvitsiotis, Greek Minister of Shipping and Maritime Affairs. This is going to be a breakfast session with Q&A. The minister will cover issues on: 1) The new Trade Partnerships and the global role of the Greek Shipping 2) The new migration flows and the new security challenges.


EdPIC Small Group Dinner Discussion Series

When: December 3, 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Where: DP/SA Conference Room

Contact: Katherine Luscomb:

The EdPIC will continue its small group dinner and discussion focusing on international education. The event will be looking at the varying roles played by schools and teachers abroad, what lessons can be drawn from international models of education, and the implications of cross-national comparisons of student achievement. Pizza will be served.

Panel Discussion about ISIS

When: December 3 at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Where: Andover Hall 116 – Harvard Divinity School

Contact: Jawad Nabulsi: and Nada Zohdy

The HKS Muslim Caucus will organize a panel discussion about ISIS and religiously motivated political violence. The event will feature Jocelyn Cesari (Director of Harvard Islam and the West Program), Farah Pandith (First ever U.S. State Department Special Representative to Muslim Communities), Celene Ibrahim-Lizzio, scholar, Advocate Newton Theological School.



Discussion: Africa Forecast 2015

When: December 3, 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM

Where: Faculty Dining Room

Contact: Claire Hassoun:

The Africa Caucus will discuss and distill the top risks and opportunities for the continent in 2015.


Training on Sexual Assault

When: December 5, 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM

Where: L-280

Contact: OSAPR:

A representative of Harvard’s OSAPR team (Office of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response) will be doing a follow up training for HKS students. This is open to all members of the HKS community interested in continuing the conversation on sexual assault that was started during orientation.


The Future Society Weekly Strategy Meeting

When: December 5, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Where: T-301

Contact: Simon Mueller:

The Future Society Weekly Strategy Meeting takes place every Friday at this time at the same place.


India Discussion Group – ‘chai pe adda’

When: December 5, 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM

Where: Weil Town Hall (BL-1)

Contact: Boban Paul

This is a group meeting for people interested in discussing India related issues.  The meeting takes place every Friday.


Movie Screening of “The Singularity is Near

When: December 5, 6:00 to 9:00 PM

Where: T401

TFS will be organizing the screening of the movie “The Singularity is Near” which will be followed by a discussion.


Fiestas Navideñas

When: December 6, 7:00 to 9:00 PM

Where: TBD

Contact: Jennifer Angarita:

The Latino/Hispanic Caucus will be organizing the festive gathering in the tradition of a Latino Holiday Posada. The organizers will be collecting toys for the Action for Boston Community Development Annual Toy Drive, which gives toys to children from families who might not be able to afford them during the holiday season. The organizers encourage the participants to bring a toy or gift card.

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