Cambridge

2017 Apr 06

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

4:15pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

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

2017 Apr 14

Europe vs. Google/Google vs. Apple

12:00pm to 1:15pm

Location: 

Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA. Room WCC 3016

A few years ago, the European Union began an investigation into whether Google violated its antitrust laws. Later on it brought charges against the company as well as open a new investigation into Google’s Android operating system. At issue was whether the company uses its position as the dominant search engine company to muscle out competition from specialized search services, specifically comparison shopping sites, by prioritizing its own Google Shopping search results. This issue was often percive in the US as a direct atact to its companies.

Recently the United States government has demanded that Apple take an unprecedented step which acording with the company threatens the security of our customers. They opposed this order, considering that it had implications far beyond the legal case at hand. This moment calls for a public discussion that will help the US public opinion and scholars to undertand EU Law system and Comission competences. We want the customers and people to understand what is at stake in the relation between global companies. 

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Among others the European Union and EU Member States agenda in competition and tax law, particularly in relation with NASDAQ big companies. Also, Tax evasion since it has become a hot topic in Europe again as years of recession or anemic growth drain public coffers. Several multinationals operating in Europe, including Google Inc. and Apple Inc., declare the bulk of their European revenue in Ireland, taking advantage of legal loopholes there to shift profits to even lower-tax jurisdictions. Although there is a willingness of the EU leaders to change the laws, small steps have been taken, which shows how difficult it is to effectively fight tax evasion at a time when countries are also competing for foreign investment.

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.... Read more about Europe vs. Google/Google vs. Apple

2017 Apr 18

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

5:00pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

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

2017 Apr 25

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

4:00pm to 5:00pm

Location: 

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.... Read more about Ancient allegories and etymologies of the Greek gods: the case of Dionysus

2017 Apr 12

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

4:00pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

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

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

Location: 

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

2017 Apr 07

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

3:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: 

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.

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2017 Mar 09

GIBB LECTURE SERIES: Scholars & Rulers In Al-Andalus: A Christian Emperor For The Muslims? Heraclius In Al-Andalus

4:00pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

CGIS South 020, Belfer Case Study Rm, 1730 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA

The Hamilton A.R. Gibb Lecture Series in Islamic history, social studies and culture was established at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies in 1964 with funds generously donated by Mr. John Goelet, himself a student of Professor Gibb. It stands as a memorial to Sir Gibb’s longstanding commitment to the expansion and deepening of teaching and research on the Middle East at Harvard and beyond. Professor Gibb was Harvard's Jewett Professor of Arabic. His distinguished publication record included Islamic Society and the West plus Mohammedanism, both considered classics in the study of the Middle East.... Read more about GIBB LECTURE SERIES: Scholars & Rulers In Al-Andalus: A Christian Emperor For The Muslims? Heraclius In Al-Andalus

2017 Mar 22

War and Photography in the Castañé Collection

5:30pm to 6:30pm

Location: 

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.... Read more about War and Photography in the Castañé Collection

2017 Mar 23

Fifth Annual IECO-RCC International Colloquium at Harvard University: Educating Millennials for Ethical Leadership and Trust

9:30am to 2:00pm

Location: 

RCC Conference Room, 26 Trowbridge St., Cambridge MA

Organized by the Institute for Ethics in Communication and Organizations (IECO) from the University of Valencia and the RCC at Harvard University, and supported by the Abigail Adams Institute, the purpose of the Colloquiums is to bring together leading scholars and practitioners to shed light on what it takes to promote a work place environment that brings out the best in people, creating not only trust, but also organizations that thrive.... Read more about Fifth Annual IECO-RCC International Colloquium at Harvard University: Educating Millennials for Ethical Leadership and Trust

2017 Mar 10

Law Students Debate Competition

10:30am

Location: 

RCC Conference Room, 26 Trowbridge St., Cambridge MA

Students began to debate competitively in the 1890s, with ad hoc debates between Harvard and Yale. A more formal association of Ivy League debaters began in 1908, when Harvard, Princeton, and Yale agreed to hold three annual debates, known together as Triangulars. Debaters at each college fiercely competed before their faculty members for the coveted slots. These were high-caliber debates: overflowing audiences watched each debate, and judges and presiding officers included university presidents, mayors, U.S. Court of Appeals judges, and even the former U.S. president Grover Cleveland. The debates were avidly watched by the public, even reported on by widely circulating newspapers like The New York Times. One Times journalist remarked in 1896, "It is generally as important to win this debate [Harvard vs. Yale] as to win the football debate in the fall."

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2017 Mar 06

The role of the Cities in a Changing World: How Barcelona and Madrid put citizens first

12:00pm

Location: 

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The aim of the panel is to present the two most important cities in Spain by tackling, from the perspective of the city, the most paramount issues on the current agenda of cities, including: measures to combat Social disconnection from politics and institutions; how cities are contributing and can contribute to current migration and refugee policy (in the context of President Trump's executive order); the housing problem; social inclusion policies, etc.... Read more about The role of the Cities in a Changing World: How Barcelona and Madrid put citizens first

2017 Mar 31

Red Century Graduate Conference: What do we make of Revolution?

(All day)

Location: 

Barker Center of Harvard University

2017 marks the centennial of the October Revolution. We face this event in a unique historical moment. Globalization has shown the failure of its totalizing project. The discourse of a harmonious multicultural world sustained in the idea of the “end of history” is now contested by the disruptive re-emergence of politics. The cosmopolitan foundations of the European Union tremble; we see a sudden resurgence of fundamentalist ideologies inside and outside Western capitalism; information technology companies contest state power in unprecedented ways. These exigencies will be our starting points in assessing the rhetoric of emancipation established by the October Revolution.... Read more about Red Century Graduate Conference: What do we make of Revolution?

2017 Mar 06

One Pavilion, Eight Palaces: Mies, Barcelona and the Bauhaus

6:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: 

Harvard GSD Room 109 - 48 Quincy St. Cambridge

The German Pavilion for the 1929 Barcelona International Exhibition was part of a much larger exhibiting sequence, which Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Lilly Reich constructed following their main undertaking in the Barcelona industrial exhibits: to design the entire German section.... Read more about One Pavilion, Eight Palaces: Mies, Barcelona and the Bauhaus

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