• 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

  • Date Event Location
    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 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.


    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.


    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.

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

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

    Abstract: Distinguished literature emphasizes the role ofpremodern Europe’s unique institutions —feudalism and representation—inlengthening ruler duration. Chinese emperors, who lacked feudal andrepresentative institutions, however, stayed in power longer than Europeanmonarchs. I argue that the different succession arrangements made possible bythe greater availability of male heirs in China explains this divergence. InChina, polygyny allowed emperors to have multiple male heirs, from whom the emperorchose one as the crown prince. In Europe, the Church’s control of royalmarriage decreased the number of male heirs and made it difficult for monarchsto pass the throne to a son. The prevalence of hereditary succession in Chinaincreased its stability because, by appointing a son as their successor,emperors minimized the risk of being assassinated by their successors andenhanced the elite’s loyalty. I substantiate these arguments by examining over1,000 monarchs in China and Europe before the great divergence.

     Speaker Bio:

    Yuhua is an assistant professor in the Department ofGovernment at Harvard University. His research has focused on stateinstitutions and state-business relations in China. Yuhua is the author ofTying the Autocrat’s Hands: The Rise of the Rule of Law in China (CambridgeUniversity Press, 2015). He is currently working on a comparative, historicalproject on state building. 

    Yuhua received B.A. and M.A. from Peking University(Beijing, China) in 2003 and 2006 and Ph.D. in Political Science fromUniversity of Michigan in 2011. From 2011 to 2015, he was assistant professorof political science at the University of Pennsylvania. 

    March 8, 2018 Siqi Zheng, Samuel Tak Lee Associate Professor of Real Estate Development and Entrepreneurship Faculty Director, Samuel Tak Lee Real Estate Entrepreneurship Lab, MIT

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

    April 12, 2018 Li Shanjun,  April 12, 2018, 11:30 - 12:45 p.m. E62-446
    May 8, 2018 Elizabeth J. Perry, Henry Rosovsky Professor of Government; Director, Harvard-Yenching Institute


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

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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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