2017 Apr 27

Workshop on the Logic of Trust in People Management

6:00pm to 8:30pm


Harvard Kennedy School, Littauer Building

RCC is pleased to announce this Leadership Skills Workshop at the Harvard Kennedy School, organized by the HKS Alumni/ae Association, featuring Prof. Manuel Guillén, Founder and Director of IECO will facilitate a reflective and experiential workshop exploring ‘the logic of trust’ and how leaders prompt and engender authentic spaces for trust in organizations.

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 18

Learning about a DOE (Department of Energy) in Spain. A world-class institution to collaborate with?

5:00pm to 6:00pm


RCC Conference Room, 26 Trowbridge St., Cambridge MA

RCC is pleased to announce this talk, a presentation of CIEMAT, a kind of Spanish DOE with a wide set of experimental facilities and top level researchers. CIEMAT ’s main research focus is energy, but its researchers also tackle other disciplines such as the environment, technology, high energy physics, and medicine, where there are strong relationships with American institutions and companies.

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.

2017 Apr 07

New Perspectives on Al-Andalus: Agents and Objects in the Field of Cultural Production

3:00pm to 8:00pm


RCC Conference Room, 26 Trowbridge St., Cambridge MA

This symposium brings together a distinguished group of scholars working on signal aspects of the history, culture, and art of al-Andalus in order to offer an interdisciplinary forum of discussion that reflects on the current state of the field and helps trace new directions for future study. Speakers will present novel perspectives on significant historical figures such as Abd al-Rahman III, Al-Hakam II, Alfonso X, Ibn Hazm, and Al-Ghazali, as they engage with topics ranging from the political concept of restoration in the Caliphate of al-Andalus, the role of the intellectual in defining the exercise of power in the field of cultural production, to the operations of objects as agents in the context of the discourse of the gift from the tenth to the thirteenth centuries.

2017 Mar 22

War and Photography in the Castañé Collection

5:30pm to 6:30pm


RCC Conference Room, 26 Trowbridge St., Cambridge MA

Distinguished speaker: Prof. John Stauffer

Introduction by Francisco Prado-Vilar (RCC)

The Castañé Collection, recently bequeathed to the Houghton Library, gathers together unique documents, photographs, and books that tell the story of the pivotal political and military events of the twentieth century. This lecture focuses on a selection of the unpublished treasures included in several albums containing photographs taken by soldiers in the long stretches of time when they were not involved in combat, which comprise more than 10,000 prints that provide a personal perspective on war, while sharing some common themes: landscapes, the civilian population, prisoners of war, soldier everyday life, military equipment, destruction, graves.