Difficult times are upon us. Central Asian states are dealing with the outbreak of COVID-19 and bracing for the second “tsunami wave” – the impact of the pandemic on their economies. With borders sealed, supply chain interrupted, prices on natural resources going down, and businesses forced to scale down or close, the unprecedented crisis requires strong and smart policies. Join Program Director Nargis Kassenova in conversation with Christian Josz, IMF Mission Chief for the Kyrgyz Republic, Roman Mogilevskii, Associate Director of the University of Central Asia Institute of Public...
Before the covid-19 pandemic, Cuba was already suffering the worst economic crisis since the 1990s after the collapse of the socialist camp. In addition to basically maintaining the central planning model (with some modest reforms) that was unable to increase GDP growth and production, Cuba has suffered significant cuts in its economic relationship with Venezuela and Trumps' aggressive policies that strengthened the U.S. embargo. Evaluating the impact of these three factors, the presentations show the domestic macroeconomic indicators and the impact of the two external variables....
Harvard Business School, Klarman Hall, Batten Way, Boston
Join this thought-provoking talk by Arthur Brooks who distills 40 years and hundreds of social science research studies on happiness, into a surprising set of answers to questions like: What percentage of the population is happy? What brings us happiness? Who is happier, men or women? How much of happiness is genetically determine?
How can we pursue the surest path to happiness? Arthur has the answers.
The event will have a show opener featuring a performance by the Faculty band: Indie Folk rock, including: Mike Norton: vocals, guitar, bass ...
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Knafel Center, 10 Garden St., Cambridge
From Botox to bionic limbs, the human body is more upgradable than ever. But how much can we alter and still be human? The award-winning documentary Fixed: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement explores the social impact of human biotechnologies. Fixed rethinks “disability” and “normalcy” by exploring technologies that promise to change our bodies and minds forever. Join us for a discussion about the ethics of gene editing and disability.
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Knafel Center, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge
Xenotransplantation is a promising strategy to address the shortage of organs for human transplantation, though concerns about pig-to-human immunological compatibility and the risk of cross-species transmission of porcine endogenous retroviruses (PERVs) have impeded the clinical application of this approach. In this lecture, Luhan Yang, cofounder and chief scientific officer of eGenesis will explain how CRISPR is being used to create pigs with advanced immunological modifications to address immunological and functional compatibility issues.
Online webcast from The Forum at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
In the last decade, Americans’ relationship with cannabis has transformed: today, dozens of states have legalized marijuana for medical or recreational use and American farmers can grow hemp on an industrial scale. Meanwhile, shoppers can find cannabidiol (CBD), which is derived from cannabis but does not produce a “high” like marijuana, in everything from oils to vapes, chocolate bars, cosmetics—even dog treats. Some say CBD can relieve stress, pain, anxiety, and more, with no side effects. But the evidence for many of these claims is limited, and state and federal laws around the sale...
Harvard University Memorial Church, 1 Harvard Yard, Cambridge
We need psychological resources like grit and gratitude for resilient well-being in a challenging world. How can we grow these inner strengths? Positive neuroplasticity shows us how to turn passing experiences into lasting changes in the brain - hardwiring an unshakable calm, compassion, and courage into the marrow of our being.
In this experiential workshop, we’ll explore:
Why personal growth experiences don’t have enduring value for many people
The necessary two steps of lasting change in the nervous system
Join us for the next Voices in Leadership event of the spring semester, "Practical Ways to Confront Hyper-Partisanship in Health," featuring Jay Nixon, Visiting Menschel Senior Leadership Fellow and former Governor of Missouri. Professor Kimberlyn Leary will moderate.
After earning his undergraduate and law degrees from University of Missouri-Columbia, Nixon returned to De Soto to practice law. A Democrat, he represented the people of Jefferson County from 1986 to 1992 in the Missouri Senate, where he was instrumental in passing legislation to improve prenatal care for...
Please join the Harvard T.H. Chan school for the next Voices in Leadership event featuring Jody Olson, Director of the Peace Corps. This event will be freely livestreamed at hsph.me/Olson and an on-demand video will be archived at the same link. The moderator for this event will be announced shortly.
Join us for the next Voices in Leadership event, "Leading by Preparing for a Changing World," featuring Jack Markell, former Governor of Delaware. During his tenure, according to Gallup, Delaware progressed “from one of the lowest-ranking states (in terms of job creation) in 2008 and 2009 to one of the top-ranking in 2013 and 2014. Delaware holds the distinction of being the only state anywhere along the Eastern seaboard to be in the top 10.” Employment in Delaware increased by more than 60,000 during the same time period, best in the region and one of the best in the...
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Knafel Center, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
This conference will explore the ways in which contemporary notions of disability are linked to concepts of citizenship and belonging. Leaders in advocacy, education, medicine, and politics will consider how ideas of community at the local, national, and international levels affect the understanding of and policies related to disability—and how this has manifested itself, in particular, in higher education.
Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA
Christopher A. Walsh, Bullard Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology, Harvard Medical School; Chief, Division of Genetics and Genomics, Boston Children’s Hospital; Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute; Associate Member, Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT
Despite major scientific advances in sequencing the genomes of species through the animal kingdom, it has been remarkably difficult to identify the genes that enable the unique cultural, aesthetic, and reasoning capabilities of humans. Christopher Walsh will discuss how research on specific genes...
Leadership Studio, 10th floor Kresge Building, Harvard School of Public Health, 677 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA
Join us for the first “Voices in Leadership” event of the fall semester, featuring Dr. Patricia García, current Menschel Senior Leadership Fellow and former Minister of Health of Peru. During her appointment as Minister, she introduced new public health policies in sexual and reproductive health, HPV vaccination, food labelling, cervical cancer, electronic medical records, telemedicine etc. Prior, Dr. García served as Dean of the School of Public Health at UPCH (2011-2016), and as chief of the Peruvian National Institute of Health (2006-2008). She will be interviewed by Dr. Rifat Atun....
Join the Harvard Ed Portal and Ari Bernstein, Co-Director, Center for Climate, Health and the Global Environment, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, for a faculty speaker presentation, Health Benefits of Going Green. Bernstein will discuss how actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, such as burning less coal, can create immediate and local health benefits. This event is free and open to the public.
Epidemic disease spreads quickly in our interconnected, globalized world. This symposium looks at new ways of tracking epidemics using big data and social networks to predict and stem the rise of emergent diseases.... Read more about Contagion: Exploring Modern Epidemics