Previous Events


Conference on Poverty and Inequality

Date: Saturday, February 23, 2019
The Conference on Poverty and Inequality is a student-run conference at the Harvard Kennedy School that focuses on social issues, public policy, and community activism relating to social and economic inequality in the United States.

Defining Suburbia: The Implications of Differing Approaches

Date: Friday, February 22, 2019
It has become clear that places considered to be suburbs are, in fact, extraordinarily diverse, including many that have characteristics traditionally associated with “urban” areas. In response, many planners, policy makers, and scholars have been trying to develop new and more meaningful definitions of suburban (and urban) places.

Fellowships & Pizza

Date: Friday, February 15, 2019
An information session (with pizza!) about summer funding opportunities for Harvard graduate students interested in housing and community development.

Building Better Cities

Date: Wednesday, December 5, 2018
American real estate developer, urban planner, and author Jonathan Rose will discuss his work and vision for a greener more equitable future.

How Do Mortgage Refinances Affect Debt, Default, and Spending?

Date: Friday, November 30, 2018
How might refinancing a mortgage affect homeowners' financial situations? In this talk, Joshua Abel will discuss research that, using data from the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) to identify the causal effect of refinancing a mortgage on borrower balance sheet outcomes, indicates that one average, refinancing into a lower-rate mortgage reduced borrowers' default rates on mortgage and non-mortgage debts by about 40 and 25 percent, respectively.