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Germany’s Energy Transition: Model or Disaster?

Room S030, CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge St., Cambridge, MA 02138 Tue., Mar. 31, 2015, 12 – 2 p.m. This event is co-sponsored by the Boston Warburg Chapter of the American Council on Germany. Gazette Classification: Lecture Organization/Sponsor: Transatlantic Relations Seminar, Weatherhead Center for International Studies. Speaker(s): R. Andreas Kraemer, founder and director Emeritus, Ecologic Institute, Berlin Cost: none Contact Info: Ann Townes/atownes@wcfia.harvard.edu
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In Government, Working with the Media

Harvard Kennedy School, Taubman Building, Room 275 Tue., Mar. 31, 2015, 12 – 1 p.m. Juliette Kayyem is an attorney who has worked in the field of homeland security at the state and federal level. She was assistant secretary for intergovernmental affairs in the US Dept. of Homeland Security and the first undersecretary for homeland security for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. She ran for governor of Massachusetts in 2013-14. In addition, she has worked as a columnist for the Boston Globe and as an on-air analyst for CNN. She is a lecturer on public policy at HKS. She will share her expertise on national security affairs and her experience working with and for the media. Gazette Classification: Humanities, Lecture, Social Sciences, Special Events Organization/Sponsor: Shorenstein ...
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Latin American Tuesday Seminar Series: Party Politics and Electoral Challenges in the Dominican Republic

1730 Cambridge Street, Room S250 Tue., Mar. 31, 2015, 12 – 2 p.m. Gazette Classification: Lecture Organization/Sponsor: David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies Speaker(s): Rosario Espinal, Professor of Sociology, Temple University Cost: Free
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Scott Cook to Address HBS Graduating Class

The founder of Intuit Inc.—maker of finance software products including TurboTax, Quickbooks, and Quicken, that are used by an estimated 50 million individuals and small businesses worldwide—will speak at Harvard Business School’s Class Day ceremony on Wednesday, May 27. Scott Cook, M.B.A. ’76, began the company in 1983 together with Tom Proulx (then a computer programmer and student at Stanford). Cook was president and CEO until 1994, and now serves as chairman of the executive committee. Today, Intuit earns approximately $4 billion in revenue each year, and current CEO Brad Smith claims that 20 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product flows through Quickbooks, its accounting software. Cook decided to attend the business school (HBS) immediately after earning his undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California, a choice that was inspired, in part, ...
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The Crimson in Seattle

About 250 alumni and friends, including many recent graduates, joined President Drew Faust at a Your Harvard celebration in Seattle.
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Crunching the Numbers on Voting Rights in America

Voting rights, according to Harvard Kennedy School assistant professor of public policy Maya Sen, are fundamentally a question of numbers: How many people were eligible to vote? What number actually registered? And who, among those who registered, ended up casting a ballot? Though this year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA), the celebration is somewhat subdued for many: in the 2013 decision Shelby County v. Holder, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key part of the VRA. Using data to argue for what the act had already achieved, Chief Justice John Roberts ’76, J.D. ’79, writing for the majority, invalidated a portion of the law that used a formula based on historical voting patterns to determine which counties and states needed to be monitored more ...
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“Crossing” to Whitman

Composer Matthew Aucoin '12 and vocalist Davone Tines '09 share excerpts from the upcoming opera "Crossing."
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Sven Beckert Wins Bancroft Prize in History

Bell professor of history Sven Beckert has won a 2015 Bancroft Prize in history for his book Empire of Cotton: A Global History, the trustees of Columbia University announced this afternoon. His fellow winner is Greg Grandin, a professor at New York University, who won for The Empire of Necessity: Slavery, Freedom, and Deception in the New World. Beckert, whose work and book were featured last fall in this magazine’s “The New Histories,” co-chairs both the Program on the Study of Capitalism and the Weatherhead Initiative on Global History at Harvard; the latter is premised on the belief that much of history can be fully understood only in a global context, and the book is an exemplar of that mode of inquiry. The official announcement called Empire of Cotton “a masterful achievement in ...
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Karen Moore to lead Board of Overseers

Karen Nelson Moore ’70, J.D. ’73, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, has been named president of Harvard University’s Board of Overseers. Diana Nelson ’84, chair of the board of Carlson, will serve as vice chair of the Overseers executive committee.
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Marin Alsop “thrilled” as music educator

Marin Alsop, recipient of Harvard's 2015 Vosgerchian Teaching Award, talks about music education, the role of the composer and her passion for the arts.
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A celebration in Beijing

Harvard President Drew Faust joined more than 430 alumni, faculty, and friends in Beijing on Sunday to celebrate the University’s long and growing ties to China.
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“Q”-ing up at OBERON

The musical "Avenue Q" plays for two nights at Harvard. Director Jake Stepansky '16 explains the process of working with puppets.
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A story about “A Story”

Teen angst (21st-century style) is at the heart of "It Might Be a Story About a Band," an original work by Danielle Lessard '16.
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