The Devil Never Sleeps: Learning to Live in an Age of Disasters


Thursday, April 14, 2022, 6:00pm to 7:00pm


UPDATED LOCATION * Nye AB, Taubman Building 5th Floor, HKS (for HUID holders) / Livestream

A book talk with author Juliette Kayyem and Governor Deval Patrick on modern crisis management

Sponsors: Center for Public Leadership, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

UPDATE: The in-person portion of this event will now be held in Nye AB on the 5th floor of the Taubman Building

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The future may still be unpredictable, but nowadays, disasters are not. We live in a time of constant, consistent catastrophe, where things more often go wrong than they go right. So why do we still fumble when disaster hits? Why are we always one step behind?

Drawing lessons from her book, The Devil Never Sleeps, Juliette Kayyem speaks with new CPL co-director and former Governor Deval Patrick on laying the groundwork for a new approach to dealing with disasters. Presenting the basic themes of crisis management, Kayyem amends the principles we rely on far too easily. Instead, she offers us a new framework to anticipate the “devil’s” inevitable return, highlighting the leadership deficiencies we need to overcome and the forward thinking we need to harness. It’s no longer about preventing a disaster from occurring, but learning how to use the tools at our disposal to minimize the consequences when it does.

CPL's Jamie Sharken will introduce the speakers and moderate the Q&A.

Refreshments will be served.


This event will be recorded and may be posted to YouTube and/or CPL's social media channels. Persons with disabilities who wish to request accommodation or who have questions about access, please contact in advance of the session.