Special Events & Series
The following Special Events are scheduled for Fall 2016.
Launch Event for the Initiative for Peacebuilding Through Education
How are more peaceful societies created? One of the major challenges to contemporary peacebuilding is a shortage of people skilled in the nuanced set of approaches needed for peacebuilding. The Initiative for Peacebuilding through Education (IPE) aims to address this gap by expanding the networks of professionals, activists, and youth who can design, and implement, effective peacebuilding policies and programs. Join MSGA students just returned from Jordan, Myanmar, Liberia, Timor-Leste, Japan, and South Korea for reflections on their experiences and lessons learned in the field, along with a panel of seasoned practitioners in discussion on how a wide range of actors at governmental, interstate, and community levels can learn to become effective peacebuilders in their communities.
Achieving Equality: A Progress Report on the Advancement of Women
Monday, November 14, 6:30–7:45 p.m.
Featuring UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka
Gender equality has been long identified as a necessary precursor to significant economic and social development around the world. The UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development lists gender equality as its fifth goal, with targets including elimination of discrimination and gender-based violence, economic empowerment, and political representation. What will it take to reach this goal? Where have advancements been made, and how can they be maintained and increased? How can we all contribute to progress in this area?
Join UN Women's Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka in conversation with CGA Clinical Professor Anne Marie Goetz on the opportunities for progress and the role of the international community and of citizens on achieving this milestone.
How Change Happens: From Poverty to Power
Thursday, December 1, 6:30–7:45 p.m.
Featuring Duncan Green, Senior Strategic Adviser, Oxfam Great Britain
Human society is full of would-be "change agents," a restless mix of campaigners, organizers, and development workers, both individuals and organizations, set on transforming the world. From their wide array of philosophies and strategies arises the question, "What works in development?" In his new book How Change Happens, Oxfam’s Duncan Green draws upon his 35 years' experience in international development (including seven years writing the influential daily blog "From Poverty to Power") and the ideas of other practitioners, researchers, and activists to share the latest thinking on what works to reduce poverty and combat injustice.
This event is offered in collaboration with Trickle Up.
Dr. Mona Riklis Ackerman Lecture Series on the Psychology of Philanthropy
Raising the Philanthropic: How is Charitable Giving Developed Throughout Our Lives?
Monday, December 5, 6:30–8:00 p.m.
When and how do children develop compassion and a sense of social obligation that carries through to their adult lives? How do the various phases of our childhood influence our understanding of sympathy, charity, and morality? How can this be reinforced and how does this eventually translate into philanthropic actions in adulthood?
Join moderator Lukas Haynes, Executive Director of the David Rockefeller Fund, for a conversation on how today’s philanthropists are formed, their priorities, and the implications for today’s social and political landscape.
Among the panelists will be Paul Sullivan, Wealth Matters columnist for The New York Times and author of The Thin Green Line: The Money Secrets of the Super Wealthy.