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David Weil Named Dean of Brandeis University's Heller School

June 2017

We are pleased to announce that David Weil, Transparency Policy Project Co-Director, will become the new dean of Brandeis University's Heller School for Social Policy and Management, effective August 14, 2017. Weil will also become a full professor on the Heller faculty. In his new role, Weil will lead a policy school and research institution focused on driving positive social change and addressing disparities in well-being from health care to sustainable development. "I believe that inequality is the contral issue of our time, and addressing it is at the core of Heller's mission,' Weil said. Read the announcement here
 

Delaying Workplace Transparency Hurts American Workers

June 2017

In an op-ed on The Hill, David Michaels, formerly OSHA Administrator, and David Weil, Transparency Policy Project Co-Director, criticize the Trump administration's decision to indefinitely delay a transparency rule that would have promoted workplace safety. The rule, which would have gone into effect in July 2017, required employees to file injury and illnesses reports with OSHA in electronic format. OSHA promised to make the data available to the general public on the internet. This transparency measure, Michaels and Weil explain, would nudge employers to protect their workers, would allow better targeting of OSHA's scarce resources, and would let employees choose safer workplaces. The authors also urge President Trump to embrace workplace transparency, an inexpensive and commonsense way to save the limbs and lives of American workers. Read their op-ed here
 

Mary Graham on the West Wing Weekly Podcast

March 2017

Mary Graham talked about her latest book "Presidents' Secrets: The Use and Abuse of Hidden Power" (Yale University Press, 2017) on the West Wing Weekly podcast. Listen to the podcast here.
 

Mary Graham on PBS Newshour

March 2017

Mary Graham talked about her latest book "Presidents' Secrets: The Use and Abuse of Hidden Power" (Yale University Press, 2017) with PBS Newshour Weekend producer and correspondent Christopher Booker. Watch the interview here
 

Video of Mary Graham at Roosevelt House

March 2017

On March 6, 2017 Mary Graham talked about her new book "Presidents' Secrets: The Use and Abuse of Hidden Power" (Yale University Press, 2017) at Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College in New York. Watch a video of the event.
 

Graham Discusses Presidential Secrecy with Harvard Gazette

March 2017

Mary Graham talked about her career spent researching transparency and her latest book "Presidents' Secrets: The Use and Abuse of Hidden Power" (Yale University Press, 2017) in a recent Harvard Gazette interview. Read the interview here
 

Mary Graham on Kera FM Think

March 2017

Mary Graham talked about her latest book "Presidents' Secrets: The Use and Abuse of Hidden Power" (Yale University Press, 2017) with Think's host Krys Boyd on Kera FM in Texas. Listen to the interview here
 

The Secrets of the Oval Office

February 2017

Peter Kann, a former CEO of Dow Jones and Pulitzer Prize winner, reviewed Mary Graham's latest book "Presidents' Secrets: The Use and Abuse of Hidden Power" (Yale University Press, 2017). Read Kann's review, "The Secrets of the Oval Office," on the Wall Street Journal. 
 

Mary Graham at Roosevelt House

February 2017

 On March 6, 2017 at 6:30pm Mary Graham will present her new book "Presidents' Secrets: The Use and Abuse of Hidden Power" (Yale University Press, 2017) at Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College in New York. Learn more here
 

Mary Graham on WBUR Here and Now

February 2017

Mary Graham talked about her latest book "Presidents' Secrets: The Use and Abuse of Hidden Power" (Yale University Press, 2017) with Here and Now's host Jeremy Hobson. Listen to the interview here
 

Mary Graham at Harvard Book Store

February 2017

Please join us February 23, 7:00pm at Harvard Book Store in Cambridge to hear Mary Graham talk about her new book "Presidents' Secrets: The Use and Abuse of Hidden Power" (Yale University Press, 2017). 
 

Presidential Secrecy on Fresh Air

February 2017

On February 20, 2017 Mary Graham, author of "Presidents' Secrets: The Use and Abuse of Hidden Power" (Yale University Press, 2017), will talk about presidential secrecy and transparency on National Public Radio's Fresh Air. Tune into your local NPR radio station to listen.
 

Listen to Mary Graham's Interview on Fresh Air

February 2017

On Presidents' Day, Fresh Air host Terry Gross interviewed Mary Graham to talk about her new book "Presidents' Secrets: The Use and Abuse of Hidden Power" (Yale Univesity Press, 2017) and explore the boundaries of presidential secrecy. You can download the podcast here.
 

The Problem with Presidential Secrecy

February 2017

Ambassador Norm Eisen and Mary Graham talked about presidential secrecy at a recent JFK Jr Forum event. Archon Fung moderated the discussion. Eisen suggested that darkness is an "enabling factor for corruption," affecting policy-making and resulting in poor policies that can harm the public. Graham, author of the book "Presidents' Secrets: The Use and Abuse of Hidden Power" (Yale University Press, 2017), noted that secrecy, not transparency, has been the norm for presidents and observed that only three presidents embraced transparency: George Washington, and, to a lesser extent, Gerald Ford and Barak Obama. The Harvard Gazette covered the event, read more here.
 

Watch Forum on Presidential Secrecy

February 2017

Watch here a recent Forum discussion on presidential secrecy, with Norm Eisen, Mary Graham and Archon Fung.
 

Presidential Secrecy from Washington to Trump

January 2017

Please join us for a panel discussion on Presidential Secrecy from Washington to Trump with Norman Eisen and Mary Graham, moderated by Archon Fung.

Date: Monday, February 6th, 2017, 6:00pm-7:00pm
Location: John F. Kennedy Jr Forum, 79 JFK St, Cambridge, MA 02138

About the speakers:
Norman Eisen, Fellow, the Brookings Institution. Special Assistant and Special Counsel to the President for Ethics and Government Reform, 2009-2011. US Ambassador to the Czech Republic (2011-2014).

Mary Graham, Co-Director, Transparency Policy Project, Ash Center, Harvard Kennedy School. Author of "Presidents' Secrets: The Use and Abuse of Hidden Power" (Yale Univesity Press, 2017).

Archon Fung
, Ford Foundation Professor of Democracy and Citizenship and Academic Dean, Harvard Kennedy School, Co-Director, Transparency Policy Project.



 

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