Monday, Sept. 23rd - 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. (Doors open at 4:30 p.m.) Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts

Welcome Week kicks off with the Day One Address, a quintessential part of the orientation experience. This annual address is not only a chance for you to engage with other incoming students, but also to learn more about the impact of public policy and the academic journey you are about to embark on.

The Perfect Beginning to Your Harris Experience

You'll be welcomed to campus and Harris by the Harris Student Government President.

You’ll learn from the President of the Harris Alumni Council, about Harris' fantastic alumni network you will soon join. 

You’ll hear the future vision of Harris from the Dean of Harris, Katherine Baicker, a leading scholar in the economic analysis of health care policy. Dean Baicker’s experience in policy leadership includes serving as a member of the White House Council of Economic Advisers from 2005 to 2007, where she played a leading role in the development of health policy; and on the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, which provides analysis and policy advice to Congress. Before coming to Harris, she was on the faculty at Harvard and served as chair of the Department of Health Policy and Management at Harvard’s Chan School from 2014 to 2016.

"Aims of Public Policy Address"

The event will conclude with the annual Aims of Public Policy Address. The Aims is a unique experience to Harris and is an annual tradition. Each year, a Harris faculty member is invited to speak about the impact of public policy, while encouraging you to reflect on the purpose of your education. The Aims provides a collective moment for students entering Harris during which they can think about the broader aspects of their education before becoming fully immersed in the data-driven Harris approach to policy analysis.  

The 2019 Aims will be given Ryan Kellogg, Ph.D., professor at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy and Deputy Dean for Academic Programs.  He is also a research associate at the National Bureau for Economic Research. His research bridges industrial organization, energy economics, and environmental policy, focusing on the economics of resource extraction and on the transportation sector. Kellogg's publications examine topics such as the response of investment to uncertainty, the economic consequences of the shale gas boom, the effectiveness of policies to reduce emissions from the transportation sector, factors affecting households' vehicle demand, and the nature of firms' and households' beliefs about future oil and refined product prices. In ongoing work, he is studying the economics of private mineral leases for shale gas and the economics of carbon regulation when the economic environment is uncertain

Following the Day One Address, we hope you reflect in community upon all the speaker's remarks, and share your opinions with fellow incoming students, staff, and faculty at a community reception.

Previous speakers include:

Christopher R. Berry, Ph.D. (2018)

William Howell, Ph.D. (2017)

James Robinson, Ph.D. (2016)

Ethan Bueno de Mesquita, Ph.D. (2015)

Katherine Baicker

Katherine Baicker: A Greeting to the Harris Public Policy Community

Baicker was appointed the next dean of Harris Public Policy on March 27, 2017.