Events

    2021 Sep 14

    Engendering Democracy: The Significance of Abortion Legalization in Argentina

    12:30pm to 2:00pm

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    Harvard Law School—Online

    In December 2020, first trimester abortion was legalized in Argentina with the passage of Law 27.610. This historic move presents an inflection point for Argentine democracy, as well as a case study in how rights concepts can be deployed effectively to advance reproductive justice.

    In this event, key actors in the long struggle for legalization — including representatives from the executive and the legislative branches of government, as well as civil society, together with legal academics and health professionals — will describe the complicated and multi-staged narrative of...

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    2021 Sep 14

    Prospects for Post-COVID Economic Recovery in Latin America

    12:00pm to 1:20pm

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    David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard—Online

    The economic toll of the Covid crisis on Latin America has been catastrophic. According to The Economist, whereas global GDP contracted by 3% last year, that of Latin America and the Caribbean fell on average by 7%, the worst of any region tracked by the IMF. Lengthy lockdowns have contributed to the exacerbation of poverty and inequality, and school closures threaten a looming crisis of human capital formation. Panelists review the reasons for the magnitude of the crisis, why Latin America’s recovery lags the rest of the world, and above all how Latin America will recover from the...

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    2021 May 13

    A Perpetual Crisis: Reflections on Renewed Public Health Failures at the U.S./Mexico Border

    12:00pm to 1:00pm

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    The Harvard Global Health Institute & FXB Center for Health and Human Rights—Online

    In March 2021, a record number of children arrived at the U.S./Mexico border, challenging capacity at US Customs and Border Protection facilities and placing newfound pressure on the Biden Administration to act promptly. However, this humanitarian crisis is not new, nor is it a direct result of a new U.S. government administration. For decades, the U.S. has failed to improve a system ill-equipped to handle the needs of vulnerable refugees and migrants. As children wait in overcrowded jail-like structures and COVID-19 remains a threat, concerns about who will continue to suffer at the...

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    2021 May 11

    Vaccine Equity and Efficacy in the United States and the World

    4:00pm to 5:00pm

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    Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard—Online

    As efforts to distribute COVID-19 vaccines intensify throughout the United States and across the globe, how can we ensure that equity and access are prioritized? This panel seeks to address the challenges and opportunities of equitable public health strategies around COVID-19 vaccine distribution.

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    2021 May 05

    Education Now: Cultivating the Power of Resilience

    3:00pm to 3:30pm

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    Harvard Graduate School of Education—Online

    As we emerge from the COVID-10 pandemic, many experts believe that the aftereffects of isolation, stress, fear, and sadness will linger. Trauma from mental health challenges of the past year will not quickly fade. Today, 18–25-year olds are suffering especially severely from the loneliness epidemic. While this loneliness epidemic preceded the onset of COVID-19, pandemic times have further heightened the isolation and mental and emotional duress experienced by many. Furthermore, a parallel and related epidemic of stress and anxiety in women and girls—from elementary school through college...

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    2021 Apr 20

    Racial Inequity and Housing Instability in Boston: Past, Present, and Future

    4:00pm

    Location: 

    Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard—Online

    Millions of Americans have long struggled to pay for housing, with communities of color additionally burdened by housing discrimination and historical race-based policies, such as legalized segregation, redlining, and mortgage discrimination. In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent economic crisis, the federal government instituted a moratorium on evictions that is currently set to expire on March 31, 2021. Despite this, the continuing public health emergency has exacerbated the national housing affordability crisis for people of color, who are more likely to have lost...

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    2021 Apr 09

    Small Business & Our Neighborhoods: Reflections on Community, Resilience, & Innovation

    4:00pm to 5:00pm

    Location: 

    Online via Zoom

    Running a business under the most ideal conditions is difficult and 2020 brought on a host of previously unthinkable challenges for business owners, their employees, and the communities that support them. While the coronavirus pandemic has tested the entire business community, restaurants, shops, and companies in Allston-Brighton and Cambridge have offered countless examples of how creativity, resilience, and coordination are helping to preserve the vibrant mosaic of businesses that characterize both communities.

    Featuring leaders of small businesses and nonprofits, this panel...

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    2021 Mar 16

    COVID-19 and the Law: The Health Care System in the Age of COVID-19

    12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Law School—Online

    This seminar series will consider the ethical, legal, regulatory, and broader social and institutional impacts that COVID-19 has had, as well as the longer-lasting effects it may have on our society. This fifth seminar in the series will focus on how the health care system has reacted and evolved during the pandemic.

    The COVID-19 pandemic has affected almost all aspects of life in the United States and around the world, disrupting the global economy as well as countless institutions. The issues raised by the COVID-19 pandemic present a critical juncture for the U.S. and other...

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    2021 Mar 09

    Challenges to Social Welfare Provision During and After COVID-19

    12:00pm to 1:20pm

    Location: 

    David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard—Online

    Many Latin American governments reduced inequality and strengthened social safety nets since the 2000s. Will COVID-19 wipe out Latin America’s progress? How has the pandemic exposed and affected inequalities in the region? To what extent have governments been able to use social policy to cushion the blow? And what reforms to social welfare models will be needed in coming years? Three experts on Latin American welfare systems will take stock of the variation in impacts and responses to COVID-19 and the path ahead to strengthen social welfare systems.

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    2021 Mar 05

    One Year Later: COVID-19 and the Road Ahead

    1:00pm to 2:00pm

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    Harvard Kennedy School—Online

    On the eve of the first anniversary of the COVID-19 shutdown, the Institute of Politics gathers the experts from our final in-person Forum event last March to reflect on the past year. Our guests analyze the government and public health response, vaccine development and distribution, and what the future holds with a mutating virus and worldwide variants. How well did the government do with public messaging? Did the public heed the warnings and do their part to stop the spread of the virus?

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    2021 Feb 24

    The History of Structural Racism in Charlottesville: Legally-Enforced Segregation and Its Impact on Health

    5:00pm to 6:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Medical School—Online

    Using Charlottesville as a case study, Dayna Bowen Matthew, JD, PhD, Dean and Harold H. Greene Professor of Law at the George Washington University Law School, explores the theory, mechanisms, and impact on health of legally-mandated residential segregation and how we can identify and redress historical inequities.

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    2021 Feb 17

    The Politics of Health Policy: Integrating Racial Justice into Health Care and Clinical Research

    5:00pm to 6:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Medical School—Online

    What are political determinants of health? How have they driven inequities in the U.S. health care system? Daniel Dawes, JD, director of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute Morehouse School of Medicine, shares an inclusive approach to addressing health issues impacting the most vulnerable populations in an increasingly complex...

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    2021 Feb 02

    COVID-19 and the Law: COVID-19’s Legacy & Evolving Legal Doctrines

    12:00pm to 1:00pm

    The COVID-19 pandemic has affected almost all aspects of life in the United States and around the world, disrupting the global economy as well as countless institutions. The issues raised by the COVID-19 pandemic present a critical juncture for the U.S. and other countries around the world. Our actions now have the potential to shape responses to future pandemics, and to ensure institutions serve all of our populations.

    How have our institutions, including the structure of our health care system and its attendant regulations, affected the evolution of the pandemic? What...

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    2021 Feb 01

    ‘A Catalyst for Humanity’: A Conversation with Isabel Wilkerson

    1:00pm to 2:00pm

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    Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health—Online

    What are the invisible social strata that define and divide America? How does this unseen ranking underlie racism? And how do caste dynamics systematically lessen the value of Black lives? Join Pulitzer Prize winner Isabel Wilkerson, author of Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, and esteemed social scientist David Williams for a conversation about embedded power inequities–and their cost to us all. Moderated by CNN anchor, Don Lemon.

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    2020 Dec 17

    US Health Policy After the 2020 Election

    12:00pm to 1:00pm

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    Online Event

    The 2020 election will have profound effects on the direction of U.S. health policy. Harvard Medical School physician and health economist Zirui Song, MD, PhD, will outline the potential implications of the election results on health insurance coverage, payment policy for health care providers, and key considerations for the Medicare and privately-insured population.

    This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. 

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    2020 Dec 02

    Reimagining Community Safety #9: A Discussion with Tracie Keesee

    4:30pm to 5:45pm

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    Online Event

    Some contend that at the heart of safe communities are strong partnerships between community members and the police that are founded on trust. From this partnership, community safety is co-produced. We have invited Dr. Tracie Keesee, Senior Vice President of Justice Initiatives and Co-Founder of the Center For Policing Equity (CPE), to explain what conditions are needed to allow for such partnerships to develop and co-production of safety to emerge, to the benefit of all communities, including those that have historically been marginalized.

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    2020 Nov 09

    Music, Medicine, & Happiness

    5:30pm to 6:30pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Business School—Online

    Fighting the coronavirus pandemic has brought Medical professionals across the country together in unexpected ways.

    At this event you will meet John Masko an HBS Case Researcher, Conductor and Founder of the National Virtual Medical Orchestra (NVMO) , who brought together over 50 medical professionals from across the country to build the first of its kind, a virtual orchestra.

    He will share a virtual performance which will be followed by a discussion around happiness as it relates to music with Arthur Brooks, a Harvard Professor, PHD Social Scientist, Best Selling...

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    2020 Oct 22

    CCDD COVID-19 and Health Inequities Seminar Series

    2:00pm to 3:00pm

    Location: 

    Online Event

    The COVID-19 pandemic in the United States has disproportionately affected communities of color, people living in poverty, and other marginalized groups. Speakers will explore how COVID-19 exposure risk, the quality of COVID-19-specific medical care, and social determinants of health contribute to disparate trends in COVID-19 infection and mortality seen in the United States. Speakers will be asked to comment on the major public health needs, such as data collection and studies performed, that are required to support a more equitable pandemic response.

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    2020 Oct 15

    CCDD COVID-19 and Health Inequities Seminar Series

    2:00pm to 3:00pm

    Location: 

    Online Event

    The COVID-19 pandemic in the United States has disproportionately affected communities of color, people living in poverty, and other marginalized groups. Speakers will explore how COVID-19 exposure risk, the quality of COVID-19-specific medical care, and social determinants of health contribute to disparate trends in COVID-19 infection and mortality seen in the United States. Speakers will be asked to comment on the major public health needs, such as data collection and studies performed, that are required to support a more equitable pandemic response.

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    2020 Oct 13

    Addressing Homelessness: What Can (and Can’t) Architecture Do?

    7:30pm to 9:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Graduate School of Design—Online

    In the 20th Annual John T. Dunlop Lecture, presented by the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies, Michael Maltzan will discuss his work with the Skid Row Housing Trust and what it suggests about the ways in which architecture and other design professions can help address problems of housing affordability and homelessness. After the lecture, Mike Alvidrez, CEO Emeritus of the Skid Row...

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