Past Pop Center Seminars

Fall 2015

November 16 – Economic Opportunity and Health in the United States, Atheendar Venkataramani, MD, PhD, Physician, Harvard Medical School and Clinical Fellow in Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital

October 26 – The Demographic and Health Surveys Program: Current Research,  Thomas W. Pullum, PhD, Director of Research, The Demographic and Health Surveys Program, ICF International

September 28 – Killer Kool: Menthol Smokes, Identity, and the Troubled History of Racial Health Disparities, Keith Wailoo, PhD, Townsend Martin Professor of History and Public Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University

Winter/Spring 2015 Seminars

April 27 –Postpartum Protection from Pregnancy: Evidence from Developing Countries,” Iqbal Shah, Principal Research Scientist, Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
In this talk, Dr. Iqbal Shah will discuss unmet need for family planning in developing countries, with an emphasis on family planning in the postpartum period. Dr. Shah will cover the definition and measurement of unmet need, the particularities of this need during the postpartum period, and the role of breastfeeding as a factor in postpartum contraceptive use.

April 13 – “Can E-Governance Reduce Capture of Public Programs? Experimental Evidence from a Financial Reform of India’s Employment Guarantee,” Esther Duflo, Abdul Latif Jameel Professor of Poverty Alleviation and Development Economics, MIT and Director, Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL)
Pervasive corruption and administrative roadblocks often impair the efficacy of social insurance programs in low-income settings. The increasing availability of e-governance makes it possible to cut back on the number of middlemen involved in the delivery of funds, but does a reduction of intermediary agents lead to a successful reduction of fund leakages? At this seminar, Dr. Esther Duflo will present results from a study examining whether such redesigns improve these programs by reducing the number of potential bribe-takers, or worsened performance by reducing oversight on local implementing agencies.

March 23 – “Patriarchy, Power, and Pay: The Transformation of American Families, 1800-2015,” Steven Ruggles, Regents Professor of History, University of Minnesota and Director, Minnesota Population Center
American families have changed dramatically since the 1800s: marriage has declined, divorce and unmarried fertility have risen, and multigenerational families have dropped. At this talk, Dr. Steven Ruggles described radical changes in the economic organization of families and the implications of these changes for changing power relations within the family. In addition to discussing the consequences and causes of declining economic opportunity on family behavior over the past 40 years (particularly vis-à-vis the decline in relative income among young men), Dr. Ruggles presented predictions for future trends and policy responses.

March 2 – “Global Demographic Projections:  Future Trajectories and Associated Uncertainty,” John Wilmoth, Director of the Population Division, United Nations and Professor, Department of Demography, University of California at Berkeley. View handout.

Fall 2014 Seminars

December 8 – “The Legacy of Childhood Malnutrition: Intergenerational Effects on Behavior and Cognition” presented by Janina Galler, Senior Scientist at the Judge Baker Children’s Center and Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

November 17 – “Family Size of Children and Women during the Demographic Transition” presented by David Lam, Research Professor, Population Studies Center, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan

October 20 – “Smart People Behaving Badly: IQ and Health Behaviors in the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study” presented by Pamela Herd, Associate Professor of Public Affairs and Sociology, LaFollette School of Public Affairs, University of Wisconsin-Madison

September 29 – “Subjective Well-being in China” presented by Jim Smith, Distinguished Chair in Labor Markets and Demographic Studies, RAND Corporation

Winter/Spring 2014 Seminars

April 7 – Let’s Talk About Equity: Coverage of Maternal and Child Health Interventions in India*

Presented by Diego G. Bassani, Assistant Professor in the Department of Paediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto and in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, and Epidemiologist, Centre for Global Child Health, The Hospital for Sick Children.

* This seminar is co-sponsored by the South Asia Institute.

March 10 – The Contours of Contemporary Fertility Declines: A Fresh Assessment
Presented by John Casterline, Robert T. Lazarus Professor in Population Studies, Department of Sociology, and Director, Initiative in Population Research, Ohio State University. THIS SEMINAR WILL BE HELD AT THE SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH (Building 1, Room 1208).

February 24 – The Psychology of Scarcity
Presented by Sendhil Mullainathan, Professor of Economics, Harvard University

February 10 – In the Wake of Traumatic Events: Population Health Consequences and Their Causes
Presented by Sandro Galea, Anna Cheskis Gelman and Murray Charles Gelman Professor and Chair of Epidemiology, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, New York, NY

Fall 2013 Seminars

September 23 – Beyond Taking Notice: It’s Time to Act on Preventing and Controlling Non-Communicable Diseases in Ethiopia presented by Michelle Williams, Stephen B. Kay Family Professor of Public Health, and Chair, Department of Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health

October 7 – Health, Education, and Income in the United States, 1820-2000 presented by Dora L. Costa, Professor of Economics, UCLA ; Associate Director, California Center for Population Research (Co-sponsored by the Program on the Global Demography of Aging )

October 21 – “Under Color of Authority: Terror, Intergroup Violence and the Law: A Social Dominance Perspective” presented by James H. Sidanius, Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychology, and Professor of Africa and African American Studies, Department of African and African American Studies, Harvard University

October 28 – The Underclass Debate 30 Years Later presented by Douglas Massey, Henry G. Bryant Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School; Director, Office of Population Research, Princeton University*

November 18 – A Dividing Dividend? Implications of World Demographic Change for Global Inequality presented by Parfait Eloundou-Enyegue, Associate Professor, Department of Development Sociology, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University*

December 2 – Fetal Programming, Selection Due to Infant Mortality, and Cardiovascular Risk among the Survivors, presented by Timothy B. Gage, Director, Statistics and Computing for the Center for Social and Demographic Analysis; Professor, Department of Anthropology, and Professor, Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University at Albany, State University of New York.

December 9 – The Unexpected Gifts of Trauma presented by Richard Tedeschi, Professor of Psychology and Clinical Community Graduate Program Coordinator, University of North Carolina at Charlotte