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DanSchrag

Climate Change - Perspectives from a Scientist and a Scholar -- An Interview with Professor Daniel Schrag

June 8, 2021

By Tom Conforti

Daniel Schrag is the Sturgis Hooper Professor of Geology, Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering at Harvard University and Director of the Harvard University Center for the Environment. He also co-directs the Science, Technology and Public Policy Program at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School.

Dan's interests include climate change, energy technology, and energy policy. He has studied climate change over the...

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EmmonsOjikutu

Building Trust in COVID-19 Vaccines in Communities of Color Through Community Investment - An Interview with Dr. Karen Emmons and Dr. Bisola Ojikutu

June 2, 2021

By Matt Nathan, M.D., and Susan Carney Lynch, Dr.PH

Karen Emmons is a Professor of Social and Behavioral Science at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She is behavioral scientist with a strong track record of funded research in community-based approaches to cancer prevention in a variety of settings that serve under-resourced communities, including low income...

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QuincyMiller

ONE YEAR AFTER GEORGE FLOYD'S MURDER: The Role of Corporate and Business Leadership - An Interview with Quincy Miller

May 25, 2021

By Mary Jo Meisner

Quincy Miller is Vice Chair and President of Eastern Bank. Eastern Bank is a full service commercial and retail bank with $17.0 billion in total assets and over 100 banking and insurance locations serving communities in eastern Massachusetts, southern and coastal New Hampshire, and Rhode Island. Quincy spends his time focused on helping lead the overall strategic direction of...

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DisabledStudent

DISABILITY AWARENESS SERIES: Harvard, Disability, and Belonging

May 18, 2021

Michael Ashley Stein

I visited Harvard Law School (HLS) for the first time in the Spring of 1985, a few weeks after receiving an invitation to enroll. I was excited by the opportunity, and travelled to Cambridge to meet with the Dean of Students in order to discuss what my life, as a wheelchair user, would be like at HLS. Aside from an extended hospital and...

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Blindness

DISABILITY AWARENESS SERIES: Accessibility is a Social Right

May 18, 2021

Peter Slatin

I was in a cab heading to LaGuardia Airport on my way to a business meeting in Miami. Although the driver had initially been fearful of my guide dog, the ride was uneventful -- until we arrived curbside at the terminal. As we pulled up, he leapt from his seat and shouted at the top of his lungs, “Help him! He can’t see!”

I had...

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DisabilityPride

DISABILITY AWARENESS SERIES: Come Out Disabled and Proud, Even If You Have a Non-Stereotypical Disability

May 18, 2021

Kathleen Bogart

The documentary film “Crip Camp” did not win an Oscar, but it’s still a win for disability pride. The movie focused on a unique summer camp where people with many different types of disabilities formed a community that was ultimately the catalyst for the American disability rights movement. At the Academy Awards, three wheelchair users (and a...

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Culture

The Future of Cultural Diplomacy

May 11, 2021

By Carla Dirlikov Canales

Cultural diplomacy is one of the oldest and most important tools of statecraft. Often referred to as “soft power,” a phrase coined by University Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus Joseph Nye, the power of culture offers the ability to create connections and persuade in a way that may advance national interests more effectively than traditional diplomatic and geopolitical means. The soft power of cultural diplomacy...

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Dream

Make America Tolerant

April 27, 2021

By Peter Williams

When I think about the recent horrific killings in Atlanta and Minneapolis, it makes me consider this nation's tortured history with people of color and reflect on the many times when it has lacked greatness and even failed as a democracy. The slogan 'Make America Great Again' ignores America's ugly racial history and instead celebrates our...

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NYS

The Time is Now for New York State to Commit to Reduce Child Poverty - An Interview with Kate Breslin and Dede Hill of the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy

April 13, 2021

By James Lytle

The Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy is a leading New York State policy analysis and advocacy organization working to shape policies to improve health, welfare, and human services for all New Yorkers, especially...

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WageGap

COVID-19 RECOVERY SERIES: Time for Transparency: A Post-COVID America Where Employers Report Wage Data by Gender and Race

April 1, 2021

By Evelyn Murphy

In 1963, President John F. Kennedy drew the nation’s attention to the gender wage gap after signing the groundbreaking Equal Pay Act. Women, he said, earned 60 cents for every dollar men earned. Where I worked at that time, people said reassuringly, ‘’You’ll catch up soon. It’s only a matter of time until you girls are as well-educated and have worked as long and hard as men.”

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ReneeSalas

COVID-19 RECOVERY SERIES: COVID-19 and Climate Change: A True Public Health Crisis - An Interview with Renee N. Salas, M.D., MPH, M.S.

April 1, 2021

By Matt Nathan, M.D., and Susan Carney Lynch, Dr.PH

Dr. Renee N. Salas is Affiliated Faculty and previous Burke Fellow at the Harvard Global Health Institute (HGHI) and a Yerby Fellow at the Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment (C-CHANGE) at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She is also...

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USA

COVID-19 RECOVERY SERIES: Next Steps in Our Post-COVID Political World: A Blueprint for Blue-State Organizations

April 1, 2021

By Charles Douglas III and David Domke

To whom much is given, much is required. That’s a lesson often taught in Black communities like the neighborhood that one of us, Charles, grew up in. His father, a former Black Panther, made sure that his children understood...

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COVID-19 RECOVERY SERIES: An Equitable Economic Recovery Post-COVID Needs Inclusive Small Business Entrepreneurship

April 1, 2021

By Gail Goodman

In the past year, millions of Black, Latino, Native American, women and other groups of workers have been laid off or forced out of the labor market due to the ongoing pandemic. Even as the American economy begins to show signs of recovery, ...

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John Reilly

COVID-19 RECOVERY SERIES: COVID-19 as a Catalyst for Change in the Move Towards Net Zero Emissions - An Interview with Dr. John M. Reilly

April 1, 2021

By Luis J. Perez

Dr. John M. Reilly is a Senior Lecturer at the Sloan School of Management, and Co-Director, emeritus of the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change. As an energy, environmental and agricultural...

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COVID-19 RECOVERY SERIES: Young People Leading the Way to Find Light in the Darkness of the Global Pandemic

April 1, 2021

By Peter J. Liang

It has been one year since the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. Among the many disruptions caused by COVID-19, the disruption to schooling has gravely impacted the lives of children, their future, and their communities. Evidence suggests that COVID-19 is having a devastating impact on young people and the fallout may follow them for the rest of their lives, affecting their academic success, social skills, and...

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Chatbot

Using Artificial Intelligence to Navigate the New Challenges of College and Career

March 9, 2021

By Mike Meotti and Drew Magliozzi

The COVID-19 pandemic has put a spotlight on the fact that American workers at all levels are at a crossroads due to the relentless improvement of technology. The World Economic Forum in 2020 found that, amid “the largest experiment in mass remote-working in history,” more than half of businesses have...

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Homeless

Never Again: When it Comes to Sheltering those Experiencing Homelessness, We Cannot Go Back to the Way Things Were

March 2, 2021

By Joe Finn

Last March, homeless shelter providers in Massachusetts found themselves confronted by a dilemma. Recommendations from the Governor and state public health officials that called for the implementation of social distancing protocols were impossible to execute in shelter settings. Facing consistently overcrowded facilities, shelter providers recognized that they faced an impossible choice: should they deny shelter to individuals in need, subjecting them to the risks...

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Theater

An Energy Manifestation Model as a Bridge to Social Impact

March 2, 2021

By Donna Marie Wing

Abstract

Many social entrepreneurs have a vision, a passion for social impact that often never gets off the ground. They may have the best of intentions and personal drive, but overwhelming distractors throw them off track. An energy manifestation model can help avoid the common pitfalls of losing sight of the original vision and changing...

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ImariParisJeffries

As Boston Puts Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Center Stage, It Begins a New Conversation and A Reimagining of Itself - An Interview with Imari Paris Jeffries

February 17, 2021

By Mary Jo Meisner

Imari Paris Jeffries was named Executive Director of King Boston in June 2020. Paris Jeffries brings a wealth of experience from the non-profit management, racial equity,...

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Capital1

Who was Responsible for January 6th?

January 28, 2021

By Michael Klarman

President Trump was the proximate cause of the violent assault on the Capitol on January 6, 2021. His words of incitement to a crowd of thousands of angry supporters -- including “[y]ou’ll never take back your country with weakness” -- may well qualify for criminal punishment notwithstanding the First Amendment. And those presidential words inciting...

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