United States Events

The Other Welfare: Supplemental Security Income and U.S. Social Policy

November 04, 2013 // 4:00pm5:30pm
History and Public Policy Program
Supplemental Security Income, passed in 1972 during an innovative and expansive phase of the American welfare state, marked an effort to do welfare right. But economic and political circumstances, as well as the contingencies of the moment, all combined to turn the program into a source of controversy over such things as whether parents coached their children to act “crazy” in an effort to secure benefits or whether immigrants deserved benefits.
Webcast

Small Business is Big Business in America

October 30, 2013 // 12:50pm3:00pm
Program on America and the Global Economy
Continuing with our focus on the critical importance of entrepreneurship to the American economy, on October 30, 2013, PAGE will host Jeanne Hulit, Acting Administrator of the SBA, to discuss public policies or private practices could increase the availability of small business financing in the future and innovative businesses that can drive future growth and prosperity.

The Family Jewels Then and Now

October 28, 2013 // 4:00pm5:30pm
History and Public Policy Program
The famous 1970s investigations of the Central Intelligence Agency conducted by the Church Committee and others followed leaks of information from the intelligence agencies revealing activities that were illegal or abusive under the CIA’s charter. The CIA secretly compiled a document known as “The Family Jewels” detailing the abuses. This season of inquiry resulted in the intelligence oversight system that exists today. Now a fresh set of leaks confronts Americans, revealing widespread eavesdropping by the National Security Agency. What is the proper response to these revelations?
One Hundred Victories
Webcast

One Hundred Victories: Special Ops and the Future of American Warfare

October 28, 2013 // 3:55pm5:15pm
Asia Program
The Wilson Center's Asia Program and Middle East Program present author Linda Robinson, senior international policy analyst at RAND and former Wilson Center Public Policy Scholar as she discusses her book, "One Hundred Victories: Special Ops and the Future of American Warfare."

2013 Brazil Economic Conference

October 11, 2013 // 8:00am2:30pm
Brazil Institute
On Friday October 11, join the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce, the Brazil Institute an the Brazil-US Business Council for a conference on ongoing bilateral economic relationship.

Deciphering Russian Policy on Syria: What Happened…and What’s Next

October 07, 2013 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Kennan Institute
Since the Arab Spring arrived in Syria in 2011, Russia has strongly supported the Assad regime’s efforts to suppress its opponents, while the U.S. has remained relatively uninvolved. Mark N. Katz, Professor of Government and Politics at George Mason University, analyzed the next steps as Russia and the U.S. work to cooperate on Syria.
Webcast

Canada-U.S. Forum on Public-Private Partnerships

October 03, 2013 // 8:30am11:30am
Canada Institute
The Wilson Center’s Canada Institute and Global Public Affairs have organized an important panel to discuss the political challenges facing the adoption of innovative financing tools for infrastructure in the United States. How can those challenges be overcome? What lessons from the Canadian model might be applied to the United States? What problems can be avoided?

POSTPONED: Building Livable Cities and Healthy Communities: Policy and Planning Approaches for Resilience and Sustainability

October 02, 2013 // 3:00pm5:00pm
Urban Sustainability Laboratory
A panel of experts will discuss innovative law and policy solutions for creating healthier neighborhoods, cities. Speakers will identify environmental change solutions for diseases like diabetes, obesity, asthma, and lung cancer. This seminar will showcase the latest in research and practice on how best to incorporate legal and policy tools into public health strategies.

The Accidental Victim: JFK, Lee Harvey Oswald, and the Real Target in Dallas

September 26, 2013 // 12:00pm1:30pm
History and Public Policy Program
Wilson Center Senior Scholar James Reston, Jr. discusses his new book on the Kennedy assassination.

Voices from the Canefields: Folksongs from Japanese Immigrant Workers in Hawaii

September 19, 2013 // 4:00pm5:00pm
Asia Program
Folk songs are short stories from the souls of common people. Japanese workers in Hawaii's plantations created their own versions, in form more akin to their traditional tanka or haiku poetry. These holehole bushi describe the experiences of one particular group caught in the global movements of capital, empire, and labor during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Former Wilson Center fellow Franklin Odo situates over two hundred of these songs, in translation, in a hitherto largely unexplored historical context.

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