April 07, 2008

How Can Government Stimulate Civic Activism?

The Center for Philanthropy and Civil Society (PACS) cordially invites you to its next seminar "Enabling Civil Society: A Public Policy Framework for Evaluating, Sustaining, and Challenging the Voluntary Sector," featuring Mark H. Moore, Hauser Professor of Nonprofit Organizations at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

When: Wednesday, April 30, 2008, from 4-6 pm
Where: Stanford Humanities Center, 424 Santa Teresa Ave., Stanford

Dr. Moore's research interests are public management and leadership, civil society and community mobilization, and criminal justice policy and management. His recent publications include Creating Public Value: Strategic Management in Government and Creating Public Value Through State Arts Agencies.

Space is limited. If you plan on attending the seminar, please RSVP to nataliec@stanford.edu as soon as possible.

PACS is a program of the Institute for Research in the Social Sciences.

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April 05, 2008

Space vs. Place: Population and Deforestation in Guatemala

The Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Special Interest Group welcomes you to attend a lecture by David L. Carr, associate professor of geography at the University of California, Santa Barbara. The event is sponsored by The Institute for Research in the Social Sciences and the Stanford Humanities Center.

When: Thursday, April 24, 3pm
Where: Yang and Yamazaki Environment and Energy Building (Woods Institute for the Environment), Room 102

In explaining variability in tropical deforestation, land change scientists have focused almost exclusively on in situ (or “on-farm”) resource use, while population scholars have largely ignored rural-to- rural migration. The ways in which household responses to the human and physical environment in one place may affect land cover change in another place have been inadequately explored. This lecture investigates the primary proximate and underlying causes of deforestation in the humid tropics with a case study from Guatemala.

To investigate the first cause of this phenomenon, farmer land use, Professor Carr collected data from over 500 farmers in Guatemala’s Maya Biosphere Reserve (MBR). To address the second cause of deforestation in the MBR, migration, he conducted interviews with community leaders in twenty-eight communities of MBR settler origin. Evidence suggests that space and place remain essential heuristics to understanding the deforestation process in the tropics. Results from the MBR revealed several factors positively related to forest clearing at the farm level including family size, secure land title, duration on the farm, agricultural intensification, ethnicity, and farm size. Results from areas of origin of migrants to the MBR suggest that larger families, Q’eqchí Maya, landless households, families with small or environmentally degraded plots, households with poor access to labor and produce markets, the least educated, and the exceptionally poor run the greatest risk for migration to the frontier. Evidently, attention to both migration origin and destination areas enhances options for policy interventions aimed at sustainable rural development and forest conservation.

David Carr has served as principal investigator on grants from NASA, NIH, and NSF, enjoyed collaborations with the IHDP, USAID, WWF, TNC, CI, and the IPCC, and has authored over fifty publications on land use/cover change, protected areas, migration, fertility, and health in the tropics.

The Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Special Interest Group @ Stanford (http://gissig.stanford.edu) is formed around a common interest in GIS, particularly in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Our mission is to facilitate a multidisciplinary network of faculty and students who apply or will be applying GIS, spatial technologies and methods.

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April 01, 2008

How Does Socioeconomic Status affect Health Care Outcomes?

Come find out in a special discussion on Tuesday April 8th led by world-renowned epidemiologist Sir Michael Marmot.

Date/Time: Tues. 4/8, 5:30-6:30pm (reception to follow)
Location: Schwab Residential Center, Vidalakis Dining Room, 680 Serra Street, Stanford

Sir Marmot is Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health at University College London (UCL) and the Director of the UCL International Institute for Society and Health. He will lead participants in a discussion about socio-economic issues affecting the quality of health care throughout the world, covering topics such as:

--How does socio-economic status (SES) impact health care outcomes?
--What are the policy and clinical implications of the relationship between SES and health?

A noted research leader in health inequalities for 30 years, Sir Marmot won the Balzan Prize for outstanding achievements in Epidemiology in 2004. Internationally respected, he was knighted in 2000 by the Queen of England for services in Epidemiology and understanding health inequalities.

** Sir Michael Marmot visit is sponsored by the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, Haas Center, Stanford Center on Ethics, Center for the Study of Poverty and Inequality, and Department of Medicine **

For more information, contact Natalie Chang at nataliec@stanford.edu

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March 20, 2008

Are Women Achieving Parity in the Workplace?

Come find out in a talk entitled "Gender Inequality: Continuing Progress?" by economics professor Francine D. Blau of Cornell University. The talk will be held:

Wednesday, April 2 at 5pm
Room 370, Building 370, Main Quad

This event is free and open to the public. It is hosted by the Stanford Center for the Study of Poverty and Inequality (SCPI) and underwritten by the Mellon Foundation. SCPI is a center of the Institute for Research in the Social Sciences.

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March 06, 2008

Nationalizing Reciprocity: The Nexus of Charity and Citizenship will be held on Thursday, March 13.

The Stanford Center for Philanthropy and Civil Society will hold this seminar featuring Elisabeth Clemens, associate professor in sociology at the University of Chicago:

When: 3/13 from 4-6 pm
Where: Haas Center for Public Service, 562 Salvatierra Walk

The event is free and open the public--please arrive early for optimal seating. The event is part of 2007-2008 Center for Philanthropy and Civil Society Seminar Series. For details, visit: http://haas.stanford.edu/index.php/item/1687

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"Immigration and Inequality: An Egalitarian Case for Closed Borders?"

This seminar featuring Stephen Macedo of Princeton University takes place:

Wednesday, March 12
5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Room 370, Building 370, Main Quad

The event is free and open to the public.

Stephen Macedo is the Director of the University Center for Human Values and the Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Politics at Princeton University. This lecture is part of the Center for the Study of Poverty and Inequality's John E. Sawyer Seminar Series on the Dynamics of Inequality, sponsored by the Mellon Foundation. For information, contact Randy Michaud at rmichaud@stanford.edu

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February 11, 2008

The Internet and Giving

"The Internet and Giving: Which Experiments Matter in 2008?", a talk featuring Lucy Bernholz, Founder and President of Blueprint Research & Design, Inc., will be held Tuesday February 12, 2008 from 4-6 pm at the DK Room in the Haas Center for Public Service. The seminar, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, a program of the Institue for Research in the Social Sciences.

Bernholz is a special fellow of the Synergos Institute and a member of the International Network of Strategic Philanthropy. She is also on the Advisory Boards of the Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equality, YouthGive, Social Venture Partners Bay Area, the National Philanthropic Trust, and The Grantmaking School. Additionally, she serves on the Board of Directors of CompuMentor and is an Advisory Fellow on the Markey Steering Committee of Impact Manager at the Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy at the University of Southern California. She holds an MA and Ph.D. from Stanford University.

Space is limited. Please RSVP to nataliec@stanford.edu

Posted by tanya at 12:19 PM

January 31, 2008

Friedman talk on 2/6

The Stanford Center for the Study of Poverty and Inequality
invites you to the fifth lecture in the John E. Sawyer Seminar Series:

Benjamin Friedman, Harvard University
Inequality and Attitudes Toward Inequality

Wednesday, February 6
Pre-event reception: 4pm, Bldg. 80, Main Quad
Talk: 5pm (Bldg. 370, Lecture Room 370, Main Quad)

The Center for the Study of Poverty and Inequality continues its Sawyer Seminar series with a presentation by Professor Benjamin Friedman. The lecture, “Inequality and Attitudes Toward Inequality,” and pre-event reception are free and open to the public.

Benjamin M. Friedman is the William Joseph Maier Professor of Political Economy, and formerly Chairman of the Department of Economics, at Harvard University. His latest book is The Moral Consequences of Economic Growth, published in 2005 by Alfred A. Knopf. Mr. Friedman's best known previous book is Day of Reckoning: The Consequences of American Economic Policy Under Reagan and After, which received the George S. Eccles Prize, awarded annually by Columbia University for excellence in writing about economics.

Mr. Friedman's current professional activities include serving as a director and member of the editorial board of the Encyclopedia Britannica, a director of the Private Export Funding Corporation, a trustee of the Standish Mellon Investment Trust, a director of the National Council on Economic Education, and an adviser to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. He is a member of the Brookings Panel on Economic Activity and the Council on Foreign Relations.

The Center for the Study of Poverty and Inequality is a program of the Institute for Research in the Social Sciences. For additional information, contact iriss-info@stanford.edu.

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January 18, 2008

Putnam Featured Speaker in Sawyer Seminar

The Center for the Study of Povery and Inequality continues it's Sawyer Seminar series with a presentation by Professor Robert D. Putnam. The lecture, "E Pluribus Unum: Civic Engagement in a World of Diversity," will be held on Thursday, January 24 at 5pm in Room 370, Building 370 on the Main Quad. The talk is free and open to the public.

Robert D. Putnam is the Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University. He is member of the National Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the British Academy, and past president of the American Political Science Association. In 2006, Putnam received the Skytte Prize, one of the world's highest accolades for a political scientist. He has written a dozen books, translated into seventeen languages, including the best-selling "Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community," and more recently "Better Together: Restoring the American Community," a study of promising new forms of social connectedness. His previous book, "Making Democracy Work," was praised by the Economist as "a great work of social science, worthy to rank alongside de Tocqueville, Pareto and Weber." Both "Making Democracy Work" and "Bowling Alone" rank high among the most cited publications in the social sciences worldwide in the last several decades.

The Sawyer Seminar series, entitled "Dynamics of Inequality," is supported by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The Center for the Study of Poverty and Inequality is a program of the Stanford Institute for Research in the Social Sciences.

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December 01, 2007

Sawyer Seminar Features Richard Freeman

The Center for the Study of Poverty and Inequality is pleased to welcome Professor Richard B. Freeman, whose talk on Wednesday, December 5 is entitled, "Schizophrenic Capitalism: Greed, Altruism, and Inequality in the U.S. Economy," The program is part of the monthly John E. Sawyer Seminar Series on the Dynamics of Inequality. The event begins at 5:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Location is the Building 370 lecture hall on the main quad.

Freeman is the Herbert Ascherman Chair in Economics at Harvard University and Director of the Labor Studies Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research.

For additional information, contact iriss-info@stanford.edu

Posted by cthomsen at 09:53 AM

October 30, 2007

Gerald Allan Cohen Featured in Sawyer Seminar

The Stanford Center for the Study of Poverty and Inequality has announced the second lecture and discussion in the John E. Sawyer Seminar Series on The Dyamics of Inequality. Gerald Allan Cohen, Chichele Professor of Social and Political Theory, and Fellow, All Souls College, Oxford University will speak on "Rescuing Equality from Rawls." The event will be held on Wednesday, November 7, 2007, from 5:00 - 6:30 pm. Location is Room 370, Building 370 on the Main Quad. The program is free and open to the public.

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April 19, 2007

April 30, 2007: A Public Symposium--Censuses and Surveys: Still Useful for the Common Good?

A symposium, open to the public, will feature a conversation between noted survey and census scholars Kenneth Prewitt and Henry Brady on Monday, April 30, 2007 from 4-6pm. Prewitt is the Carnegie Professor of Public Affairs at Columbia University and a former director of the U.S. Census Bureau. Brady is the Class of 1941 Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at UC Berkeley. Stanford Political Science Professor Douglas Rivers will serve as the moderator. Location is the Jonsson Social Sciences Reading Room in the Green Library. The symposium is co-sponsored by IRiSS and the Social Sciences Resource Center of the Stanford University Libraries.

The flyer for the symposium can be downloaded at:
IRiSS Symposium

To reserve a seat or get additional information, please contact
or call (650) 724-5221

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April 10, 2007

April 11, 2007: Conference on Race, Inequality, and Incarceration

The Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, The Institute for Research in the Social Sciences,
The Stanford Criminal Justice Center, and the Center for the Study of Poverty and Inequality present:

Race, Inequality, and Incarceration

An intellectual summit addressing the causes, meanings, and effects of racial disproportion in the American criminal justice system with a focus on massive incarceration and racial disproportion in American prisons and jails.

The Bechtel Conference Center, Stanford University
April 11, 2007

More information can be found at:

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February 26, 2007

March 19 & 20, 2007: Faculty Presentation on Access to Census and Health Statistics Data

Faculty and graduate students with an interest in research using data at the U.S. Census Bureau and the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) are invited to participate in a presentation introducing the new data center to be opened by IRiSS. Stanford Professor Matt Snipp will be joined by UC Berkeley Professor Henry Brady, who is director of the California Census Research Data Center, and Andrew Hildreth, director of research at the Berkeley center. Snipp is on the board of scientific counselors for the NCHS and advisory committee for the Census Bureau. An overview of the kinds of confidential microdata available to the research community will be presented.

Sessions will be held on March 19 and 20. Contact IRiSS-info@stanford.edu for details.

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January 17, 2007

February 23, 2007: Infectious Disease Conference

To inaugurate a new bio-social science initiative, IRiSS will host a conference on "Demography and Infectious Disease: Integrating Multiple Levels of Biological and Social Organization" on Friday, February 23, 2007.

Focusing on how we combat malaria, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDs, the presenters will address topics such as:
* integration of biological and social information
* disease susceptibility
* technical challenges, such as sampling, identifying and quantifying risk, and modeling - linear vs. nonlinear data analysis, and
* ethnographic studies of populations at risk

This event has been selected for support by the Applera Foundation, in conjunction with Applied Biosystems 25th anniversary international lecture series. All sessions are free and open to the public. Registration is required.

For additional information and to register, go to:

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January 10, 2007

Winter 2007: Morrison Colloquium on Population Studies

The Morrison Institute Winter Colloquium on Population Studies will begin on Wednesday, January 10, 2007. Location is Herrin Hall T-175, each Wednesday at 4:15. One-unit credit is available for BioSci 146 or HumBio 60.

Contact Jim Collins, (650)723-7518, or email morrisoninstitute@stanford.edu for more information.

The 2007 Colloquium schedule features:

10 Jan. James R. Carey (University of California, Davis)

"Survival and Aging in the Wild Via Residual Demography"

17 Jan. Steve Lansing (University of Arizona and Santa Fe Institute)

"Village Assembly, Language Speciation, and the Neutral Theory in Indonesia"

24 Jan. Richard Bribiescas (Yale University)

"On the Evolution of Human Male Reproductive Senescence: Is There a Male Menopause?"

31 Jan. Laura Carstensen (Stanford University)

"Living Long or Growing Old: Take Your Pick"

7 Feb. Peter Small (The Gates Foundation), Anne Stone (Arizona State University), and Sebastien Gagneux (Institute for Systems Biology)

"What Ancient and Modern DNA Tells Us About the Evolution of M Tuberculosis"

14 Feb. Daniel Promislow (University of Georgia)

"Fifty Years after G. C. Williams: Is There Still a Place for Evolutionary Genetics in the Study of Senescence?"

21 Feb. David Goldstein (Duke University)

"Neuropsychiatric Genetics: Where Are We Headed?"

28 Feb. David Krakauer and Jessica Flack (Santa Fe Institute)

"Competitive and Social Niche Construction"

7 Mar. Robert Mare (University of California at Los Angeles)

"Income Inequality and Educational Assortative Mating"

Posted by cthomsen at 09:17 AM

November 21, 2006

December 3, 2006: Edward Tufte

IRiSS will host a visit by Yale professor emeritus of political science, computer science and statistics Edward R. Tufte on Sunday, December 3. The celebrated expert on designing visual data displays will describe the progress of his life and illustrious career. For information about the program, please contact cthomsen@stanford.edu.

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May 19, 2006

Last Debate in CPI Inequality Series

Tuesday, May 30 at 2:15 p.m.

"Gender Inequality: Where Are We Going and What is to be Done?" is the topic of the last program in the Inequality Debate series. Professors Trond Peterson (UC Berkeley) and Cecilia Ridgeway (Stanford) will tackle questions such as "What is the likely future of gender inequality?" and "What types of social policy should be devised to increase gender equality." The program, organized by the Center for the Study of Poverty and Inequality (CPI), is open to the public.

Location is Room 201 in the Hewlett Teaching Center.

Posted by cthomsen at 03:56 PM

March 08, 2006

IRiSS/MAPSS Colloquium Series Underway

IRISS and MAPSS are pleased to bring you the 2006 Colloquium Series. The speaker series brings world-class methodologists to speak to a Stanford audience.

Please see the full listing of the series at:


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March 02, 2006

What Do We Want from a Theory of Justice?

Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen explores the issue in an upcoming talk on Friday, April 7th, 1-2:30 pm. Location is Building 200-002.

The program is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Poverty and Inequality, the Institute for Research in the Social Sciences, the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, Stanford Center for Ethics, Stanford Law School, Department of Philosophy, Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, and the Department of Sociology.

Posted by cthomsen at 04:56 PM

July 10, 2005

Summer Institute on Political Psychology 2005

The Summer Institute in Political Psychology is a three-week intensive training program that introduces graduate students, faculty members, and professionals to the world of political psychology scholarship

Information: http://www.stanford.edu/group/sipp

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April 05, 2005

Revisiting Socialism: Reflections on 20 years of ethnographic research in Hungary and Russia

After traversing socialism and its aftermath through time and space as an industrial worker, Michael Burawoy asks what are we to make of the Soviet order today. In so doing he develops the ethnography of revisits and a theory of postsocialism.

Dr. Michael Burawoy
University of California, Berkeley

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January 25, 2005

Qualitative Social Science Workshop

Serious Games: Beyond Practice Theory
The idea of “serious games” is an attempt to get “beyond practice theory” in a variety of ways – to build on its basic insights, but at the same time to make it more cultural, more political, more historical, and more critical. This particular talk is taken from the in-progress introduction to a collection of theoretical and ethnographic essays that expand on various aspects of the concept of serious games.

Professor Sherry Ortner
Professor of Anthropology, Columbia University
information: http://events.stanford.edu/2005/January/25/

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November 15, 2004

National Science Foundation Workshops

Cheryl Eavey, Director for the NSF Program on Methodology, Measurement, and Statistics explains the grant application, evaluation, and awarding processes at NSF. Particular attention will be given to helping faculty understand how to write the most compelling proposals, how to time proposals to fit the competitions offered, how to anticipate and manage feedback from reviewers of our proposals, and much more.

Would you like to have an extra advantage in getting your NSF grant applications funded?

In the spirit of helping Stanford faculty to get funding approval for every proposal we submit, Stanford's new Institute for Research in the Social Sciences will be holding a special workshop this fall, and I hope very much that you can join us.

The workshop will feature a detailed presentation by Cheryl Eavey, Director for the NSF Program on Methodology, Measurement, and Statistics and a major-player long-term program director in the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Research Directorate at NSF.

Cheryl will explain the grant application, evaluation, and awarding processes at NSF, with an eye toward helping faculty to understand how to write the most compelling proposals, how to time proposals to fit the competitions offered, how to anticipate and manage feedback from reviewers of our proposals, and much more.

In addition, the workshop will feature presentations by a few Stanford faculty who have been successful at getting NSF grants. They will explain what they have learned about effective techniques for proposal writing and will present their proposals and the reviews they got back (for both successful and unsuccessful proposals) to help make vivid the challenges of the process and effective solutions.

In addition, Cheryl will be available to meet individually with faculty members to talk about their past experiences with NSF proposal submission and about future plans.

The formal presentations will be in the morning, and the individual meetings will be during the afternoon. Food and drinks will be provided.

PowerPoint Slides (360KB)

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