2017 Apr 11

Future of the Left Symposium: Perspectives from Political Leaders

2:15pm to 4:00pm


CES, 27 Kirkland Street Cambridge, MA 02138, Lower Level Conference Room, Busch Hall


  • Joaquín Almunia, Chairman of the Center for European Studies (CEPS), Visiting Professor at the European Institute-London School of Economics, PSIA-Sciences Po and College of Europe-Natolin. Leader of the PSOE (1997-2000)
  • Georgios Kaminis, Mayor of Athens (2010 - Present)
  • Sławomir Sierakowski, Founder and Leader, Krytyka Polityczna (Political Critique); Director, Institute for Advanced Study, Warsaw

2017 Apr 06

The European Commission's White Paper on the Future of Europe: Leaders Must Decide

4:15pm to 6:00pm


CES, 27 Kirkland Street Cambridge, MA 02138, Goldman Room, Busch Hall

In his state of the Union speech in 2016, Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, announced launching a White Paper on the Future of Europe, the Commission's contribution to the Summit of Rome of March 25, 2017. It presents five scenarios, planned as open and not exclusive: Carry-on, Nothing but the single market, Those who want more do more, Doing less more effectively, Doing much more together. The leaders of the four most relevant European countries: France, Germany, Italy and Spain, met in Versailles on March 6 and decided to deepen integration, including exclusively those members who have the political will to do so.

2017 Apr 14

The European Commission vs Apple. Should have Brussels intervened?

12:00pm to 1:15pm


Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA. Room WCC 3016

The European Commission concluded that Ireland granted undue tax benefits of up to €13 billion to Apple. This is illegal under EU state aid rules, because it allowed Apple to pay substantially less tax than other businesses. The Commission can order recovery of illegal state aid for a ten-year period preceding the Commission's first request for information in 2013. Ireland must now recover the unpaid taxes in Ireland from Apple for the years 2003 to 2014 of up to €13 billion, plus interest. In fact, the tax treatment in Ireland enabled Apple to avoid taxation on almost all profits generated by sales of Apple products in the entire EU Single Market. This is due to Apple's decision to record all sales in Ireland rather than in the countries where the products were sold. This structure is however outside the remit of EU state aid control. If other countries were to require Apple to pay more tax on profits of the two companies over the same period under their national taxation rules, this would reduce the amount to be recovered by Ireland.

2017 Apr 25

Ancient allegories and etymologies of the Greek gods: the case of Dionysus

4:00pm to 5:00pm


RCC Conference Room, 26 Trowbridge St., Cambridge MA

A fascinating development in the transmission of ancient Greek poetry, especially of the poems attributed to Homer, was the interpretation of some embarrassing episodes as having been written in code and possessing a hidden sense very different to the apparent one.

2017 Apr 12

RCC Chemistry Panel: Advanced Computational Methods for the Discovery of High-Performance Organic Semiconductors

4:00pm to 6:00pm


RCC Conference Room, 26 Trowbridge St., Cambridge MA

The recent development of new materials based on organic semiconductor compounds shows a great promise in a wide range of advanced applications. For instance, new organic photovoltaic (OPV) materials constitute a very promising alternative for the development of highly efficient solar cells. Another relevant application is the design of new organic light-emitting diodes (OLED) for optoelectronic devices, such as high-resolution flat panel displays and lighting sources.

2017 Apr 06

Harvard University Herbaria Special Seminar - Plant Life In Extreme Habitats : A Geobotanical Overview On California Ultramafic (Serpentine) Flora And Vegetation

12:00pm to 1:00pm


HUH Seminar Room, 22 Divinity Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

Ultramafic rocks are found worldwide, from Arctic to equatorial areas and extending into the southern hemisphere. Ultramafic areas are very well represented throughout the Pacific Northwest territories of North America. There is a great diversity of habitats found in ultramafic areas, and their soils support a highly valuable biodiversity.

2016 Nov 14

2016 Summit on the Future of Europe

9:00am to 6:00pm


27 Kirkland Street Cambridge, MA 02138, Lower Level Conference Room, Busch Hall

The Summit on the Future of Europe is an initiative of the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies (CES). Launched in 2014, this annual conference aims to convene eminent scholars and public leaders at Harvard in order to debate critical challenges facing Europe.

Jorge  Diaz Lanchas

Jorge Diaz Lanchas

Visiting Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School - Center for International Development


Jorge is a Visiting Fellow at CID, sponsored by the Santander Bank. He is affiliate to the Autonomous University of Madrid (Spain) and associate researcher at the Lawrence R. Klein Institute (Spain). He is also PhD in Economics with honors from the Autonomous University of Madrid (Spain).