Past Events

  • 2017 Mar 23

    Understanding Red State Rage & What To Do About It


    John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum, 79 John F. Kennedy St, Cambridge, MA 02138
    6:00pm to 7:00pm

    Join us for a discussion with Arlie R. Hochschild, Professor Emerita of Sociology at University of California, Berkeley. Professor Hochschild's most recent research focuses on the rise of the American right–the topic of her latest book, Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right (The New Press, September 2016), a finalist for the National Book Award.

  • 2017 Mar 22

    Women and Freedom: Lessons from Organizing in Jordan and Palestine


    John F. Kennedy School of Government - Taubman Building, WAPPP Cason Seminar Room, Room 102
    12:00pm to 1:30pm

    A seminar with Nisreen Haj-Ahmad, Research Fellow, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Harvard Kennedy School and Co-founder and Co-director of Ahel and Mujtama3i and Marshall Ganz, Senior Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School, on community organizing campaigns in the Middle East.

  • 2017 Mar 07

    Albert H. Gordon Lecture: The New World Order, Call for a Coordinated Global Response


    Harvard Kennedy School, Malkin Penthouse || 79 JFK Street Cambridge, MA 02138
    4:30pm to 6:00pm

    Albert H. Gordon Lecture presented by Sri Mulyani Indrawati, Finance Minister of Indonesia

    Against the backdrop of the New World Order, characterized by the rise of nationalism and protectionism, Indonesia has shown renewed commitment to global cooperation, while aggressively pursuing shared prosperity to improve the lives of all its people.  Given its economic relevance and its strategic geographical position, what happens in Indonesia matters to the world.  Indonesia is home to a quarter billion people, is the world’s largest predominantly Muslim nation, and is a member of the G20 with a trillion dollar economy. What is the response of Indonesia to the New World Order? How can global leaders respond to current events without destroying the engines of global prosperity? 
  • 2017 Mar 03

    Knowledge and Innovation: Building a Public Information Infrastructure


    Ash Center Foyer, 124 Mt. Auburn St., Suite 200-North
    12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Ash Center Student Speaker Series

    This week's Student Speaker Series will take a close look at how innovation and technology can reach rural or impoverished communities. Taking a step beyond just broadband access, we'll explore what the tangible resources that access can bring to a community; from online education to vocation and tutorial content, rural connectivity is a tool to impact people's lives for the better.


    Sukhman Randhawa, MC-Mason '17
    Santiago Amador, MC-Mason '17


  • 2017 Mar 01

    Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative Open House


    Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Suite 200N, 124 Mt Auburn Street, Cambridge
    4:00pm to 6:00pm

    Join us for an open house with the faculty and staff of the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative. Learn about research and fellowship opportunities with our partner cities as well as other ways for students and members of the Harvard community to participate in this exciting new university-wide program.  Food and other refreshments will be provided.

    In case you are unable to join us on the 1st, feel free to email for more information and to learn how you can be involved.

  • 2017 Feb 24

    Standing for Election: Perspectives on Public Service


    Ash Center Foyer, 124 Mt. Auburn St., Suite 200-North, Cambridge MA 02138
    12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Ash Center Student Speaker Series

    This week, in observance of HKS Public Service Week, join Ash Center Ford Foundation Mason Fellows Kinga Tshering of Bhutan and David Razu Aznar or Mexico for a discussion of each of their past careers in public service. Both students have served in elected office, Kinga as a Member of Parliament in Bhutan's National Assembly, and David in Mexico City's Legislative Assembly.



    Kinga Tshering, MC-Mason '17
    David Razu Aznar, MC-Mason '17