• Seminars

    A schedule of upcoming and recent events is listed below.

  • Blockchain
  • Blockchain seminar meets once a week on Tuesday, from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. For further information or to be added to the mailing list please contact Michelle Fiorenza at fiorenza@mit.edu


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    September 11, 2018 Kevin Butter is R3's Research Lead, based in New York. He has led R3’s research department, helping provide thought-leadership across capital markets, cash & payments, insurance, identity, and global trade applications of blockchain technology. He also has helped spearhead the firm’s payment strategy and has been actively involved in several cash-related projects and initiatives. Prior to R3 he worked in the equity derivatives markets at Peak6 in Chicago and received his B.S. in Economics from Duke University. E62-450
    September 17, 2018 Anders Brownworth With both Paxos and Gemini announcing 1 to 1 reserve backedcoins this past week, 2018 could easily be called the year of the stablecoin.Circle is soon to offer USDCoin, an ERC-20 based offering through CENTRE, whichdecentralizes the issuance as well. Anders Brownworth, Circle's ChiefEvangelist, will be with us Tuesday night to discuss the stablecoin landscape and the trading ecosystem around them. E62-450
    September 25, 2018 David Fragale is Co-Founder of Atonomi, a decentralized trust and security protocol for the Internet of Things (IoT). Atonomi is a spin-out of VC-backed, IoT Security company CENTRI Technology based in Seattle, WA. The Atonomi protocol enables secure, multi-vendor interoperability for the billions of IoT devices through its device identity and reputation system. Atonomi recently completed a $25M token sale and launched its beta product in May of this year. For more on Atonomi visit here: https://atonomi.io/ E62-450
    October 2, 2018 The Media Lab DCI's Michael Casey, Rob Ali, Gary Gensler and Alin Dragos will lead a discussion on the state of things in the Blockchain and cryptocurrency environment, with a focus both on tech development and regulations E62-450
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  • 2017-2018

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    September 19, 2017 Micheal Casey, will discuss the summer research that the DCI's solar energy working group did on "The Prospects of Deploying Blockchain-based Solar Microgrids in Native American Communities." E62-350
    September 26, 2017 Anders Brownworth Circle  will speak about Circle's smart contract and state channel implementation, code named Spark, which proposes a standard for value transfer in regulated financial environments. E62-650
    October 3, 2017 A large delegation from the World Bank Group Technology and Innovation, Blockchain Lab Initiative and the IMF E62-350
    October 17,2017 Sveinn Valfells will focus on quantifying the barriers to entry of the proof-of-work process, an "ex ante" or predictive indicator of how likely this core function of Bitcoin is to centralize under various conditions E62-350
    October 31, 2017 Gary Gensler served as Chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (2009-2014) leading the Obama Adminstration's post crisis reform efforts of the $400 trillion over-the-counter derivatives, or swaps, market.  He currently is Chairman of the Maryland Financial Consumer Protection Commission. E62-350
    November 7, 2017 Tradge Dryja, MIT Media Lab, DCI, will give an update on the Lightening Network. E62-350
    November 14, 2017 Steve Wagner,  from Fidelity Labs. Steve is Product Manager for Fidelity’s Bitcoin, Blockchain and Digital Currency Incubator, with a focus on merging these technologies with Fidelity’s business and creating new disruptive products and services. He will discuss Fidelity Labs’ activities and learnings in the Blockchain arena. E62-350
    November 28, 2017 Ari Eisenstat, Co-Executive Director of Global Sustainability Index Institute. Acrossbusinesses, governments, and civil society, blockchain has the power tofundamentally change our relationship with technology and the world. Thisdiscussion will cover topics from the opportunities of blockchain in the impactinvestment space, exploring ICOs, banking, and venture capital. From there, wewill share how governments and international organizations such as the UN areusing distributed public ledgers to maximize sustainable development. Finally,we will look to the future and imagine the future of the blockchain and theimplications of a quantum internet. 
    December 5, 2017 Sarah Biller is a fintech entrepreneur, innovator and educator.  She is the Co-Founder of FinTech Sanbox.  She will address the question “What is the real state of institution’s use of Blockchain and could these efforts do more harm than good?” E62-650
    December 12, 2017 Fredrik Voss, Vice President, Blockchain Innovation Nasdaq. Fredrik re-joined Nasdaq in2008. He is now holding the position as Vice President Blockchain Innovationwhere he is responsible for Nasdaq's blockchain innovation initiative. In thisrole he is advising the C-suite on corporate objectives and strategies forNasdaq's activities in the blockchain space and also responsible forimplementation and communication of approved strategies. E62-350
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  • China
  • MIT Sloan China Seminar Series—made possible by the generosity of Mr. Xianhong Wu

    China seminar meets once a month, please see schedule below. The time is 11:30am-1:00 p.m. and lunch will be provided. Papers are available upon request. Please email Michael Davidson at michd@mit.edu


  • Date Event Location
    September 25, 2018 Zhao Minyuan , University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business


    Intellectual Property (IP) Strategies in China:A Global Perspective


    The IPenvironment has long been a major concern for multinational enterprises (MNEs)managing and competing in China. This talk discusses how MNEs can leveragetheir unique advantages and play a global game in their development, protection,and commercialization of IP in China. In particular, cross-border R&Dteams, strategic choice of litigation locations, and entry decisions across thevalue chain are shown to reduce the impact of knowledge leakage and lowerinstitutional risks. Meanwhile, leveraging the Chinese environment, such as thegovernment’s promotion of strategic industries and speedy court decisions incertain technological sectors, also have important implications for the globalcompetition among MNEs.

    October 25, 2018 Meg Rithmire, F. Warren McFarlan Associate Professor of Business of Administration, Havard Business School

    Going Out or Opting Out? The Domestic Politicsof Chinese Firms’ Internationalization 

    Abstract: Chinese overseas investment has risenexponentially in the last ten years. An earlier literature viewed Chinese OFDIas dominated by large SOEs and concentrated in extractive industries. In thelast six years, however, private sector investment has accelerated and ChineseOFDI spans sectors and geographies. I draw on extensive interviews and sitevisits with Chinese firms, regulators, and host countries and partners as wellas an original database of all overseas M&A transactions of Chinese firms overthe last 18 years to examine the motivations and strategies of Chinese firmsgoing abroad. I find that firm strategies differ according to their domesticpolitical position, and that much of the overseas investment since 2013 can beattributed to asset expatriation strategies on the part of “crony” capital. CCPpolicy toward capital liberalization is also a reflection of the heterogeneityof domestic firms: swings in policy can be explained by the CCP’s desire tomake different policies for different kinds of capital. The researchcontributes to understandings of state-business relations in China and updatesour knowledge of overseas investment from China

    November 29, 2018 Chang-Tai Hsieh, University of Chicago, Booth School of Business E62-450
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  • 2017- 2018

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    May 8, 2018 Elizabeth J. Perry, Henry Rosovsky Professor of Government; Director, Harvard-Yenching Institute

    May 8, 2018, 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM

    Making Communism Work: Sinicizing a SovietPractice

    Abstract: The talk will explore theChinese Communist Party’s use of work teams (工作队) fromrevolutionary days to the present.  Introduced by Soviet advisors in the1920s, this form of ad hoc governance was significantly modified andsystematized by Mao Zedong and his comrades so as to serve as a flexible meansof mobilizing mass support, implementing Party policies, and curbing officialcorruption – among many other purposes.  Today, work teams figureimportantly in Xi Jinping’s Precision Poverty Alleviation and theAnti-Corruption campaigns.  The CCP’s creative deployment and developmentof this practice over many decades has contributed to its responsive and resilientbrand of authoritarian governance.


    April 12, 2018 Shanjun Li, Kenneth L. Robinson Professor in the DysonSchool of Applied Economics and Management

     Transportation Policies and Household Sorting: Evidence from Beijing

    April 12, 2018, 11:30 - 12:45 p.m.


    March 8, 2018 Siqi Zheng, Samuel Tak Lee Associate Professor, Department of Urban Studies and Planning; Faculty Director, MIT China Future City Lab; Professor (by Courtesy), Tsinghua University


    The Revealed Preference of the Chinese CommunistParty Leadership for Investing in Local Economic Development versus RewardingPolitical Connections

    March 8, 2018, 11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. 



    February 8, 2018 Yuhua Wang, Assistant Professor of Government, Harvard University

     Sons and Lovers: Political Stability in Chinaand Europe before the Great Divergence

    February 8, 2018, 11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m., E62-446


    November 30, 2017 Shang-Jin Wei, N T Wang Professor of Chinese Business and Economy

    Re-Examining the Effects of US-China Trade on Local US Labor Markets: A Supply Chain Perspective

    November 30, 11:30 - 12:45 p.m.

    October 26, 2017 Ann Harrison, William H. Wurster Professor of Multinational Management, The Wharton School

    Escaping Import Competition and Backward Linkages

     October 26, 11:30am-12:45 p.m.


    September 21, 2017 Loren Brandt, Professor of Economics, Noranda Chair in Economics and International Trade, University of Toronto

    Barriers to Entry and Regional Economic Growth in China

    September 21, 11:30am-12:45 p.m.


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  • Viral Political Action
  • Viral Political Action seminar meets once a week on Thursdays, from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. For further information or to be added to the mailing list please contact Michelle Fiorenza at fiorenza@mit.edu

  • Date Event Location
    September 14 Viral Political Action Meets weekly in different locations
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