Past Events

  • 2017 Apr 21

    We the People / Hack for Democracy

    Location: 

    Stata Center (MIT) Cambridge, MA 02142
    Fri - Sat, Apr 21 to Apr 22, 7:00pm - 9:00pm

    The Ash Center is proud cosponsor We the People/Hack for Democracy, a hackathon presented by  the MIT GOV/LAB to demonstrate the organizers's deep commitment to core American (and human) values of fairness, equality, and openness. In this one day hackathon, creative and compassionate people from across MIT and the Boston area will come together to tackle the immediate challenges U.S. organizations are now facing to safeguard these values. Sign up to help organizations like the ACLU and Let America Vote solve some of their technical challenges. Registration information can be found here.

  • 2017 Apr 21

    The Way Out for Children of the Rich and the Poor

    Location: 

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

    Ash Center Student Speaker Series

    Please join us for the final Student Speaker Series event of the year, where we'll hear from WU May Chengnan, a Dalio Scholar at the Ash Center. May will talk about her experience as a primary school teacher, comparing and contrasting her time teaching at a private school in Switzerland with her experience teaching migrant children at home in China. The event will be moderated by Edward Cunningham, the Ash Center's China Programs Director.

    Speaker:
    WU May Chegnan, Dalio Scholar, MPP 2018

  • 2017 Apr 20

    Comparative Democracy Seminar: Communism's Shadow: Historical Legacies and Contemporary Political Attitudes

    Location: 

    Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Suite 200N, 124 Mt Auburn Street, Cambridge
    4:15pm to 5:30pm

    About the SpeakerTucker

    Joshua A. Tucker is Professor of Politics and affiliated Professor of Russian and Slavic Studies and Data Science at New York University, the Director of the NYU Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia, a co-Director of the NYU Social Media and Political Participation (SMaPP) laboratory, and a co-author of the award winning Monkey Cage blog at The Washington Post. He serves on the Editorial Board of multiple academic journals as well the Advisory Board of the American National Election Study and was a founding co-editor of the Journal of Experimental Political Science. Professor Tucker specializes in the study of mass political behavior, including elections and voting, the development of partisan attachment, public opinion formation, mass protest, and the relationship between social media and political participation. He is the author of Regional Economic Voting: Russia, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic, 1990-99 (Cambridge University Press, 2006) and the co-author of the forthcoming Communism’s Shadow: Historical Legacies and Contemporary Political Attitudes (Princeton University Press, 2017).

  • 2017 Apr 14

    Organizing and Resistance: Building Power to Make Change

    Location: 

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

    Ash Center Student Speaker Series

    This week, four students from Marshall Ganz's "Organizing: People, Power, Change" course will present on their work in and out of the classroom. The event will be moderated by 2015-16 Ford Foundation Mason Fellow and current Ash Center Research Fellow Ana Babović.

  • 2017 Apr 12

    Book Talk with Jorrit de Jong, Author of "Dealing with Dysfunction: Innovative Problem Solving in the Public Sector"

    Location: 

    Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Suite 200N, 124 Mt Auburn Street, Cambridge
    4:15pm to 5:30pm

    Join us for a discussion with Jorrit de Jong, Lecturer in Public Policy and Management at HKS, Faculty Director of the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative, and author, "Dealing with Dysfunction: Innovative Problem Solving in the Public Sector." Julie Boatright Wilson, Harry Kahn Senior Lecturer in Social Policy, HKS, and Matt R. Andrews
    Senior Lecturer in Public Policy, HKS, will provide responses. Tony Saich, director of the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation and Daewoo Professor of International Affairs, will moderate. 

  • 2017 Apr 11

    The View from Hanoi: the Future of US-Vietnam Relations

    Location: 

    Wiener Auditorium, Taubman Building, HKS- 79 JFK St., Cambridge, 02138
    4:30pm to 6:00pm

    Join Ted Osius, U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam; Jon Finer, Institute of Politics Fellow and former Chief of Staff & Director of Policy Planning at the U.S. Department of State; and Dr. Mira Rapp-Hooper, a Senior Fellow with the Asia-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security for a discussion on Vietnam, the U.S., and the future of the Asia-Pacific region. Nicholas Burns, the Roy and Barbara Goodman Family Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations, will moderate. 

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  • 2017 Apr 11

    Democracy against Domination: Power, Populism, and Resistance in the Era of Trump

    Location: 

    Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Suite 200N, 124 Mt Auburn Street, Cambridge
    12:00pm to 1:30pm

    The election of Donald Trump has provoked high-stakes clashes over the future of our democracy.  But many of the battles under way now were already driving American politics during and before the election: tensions about race, identity, and inclusion; about inequality and economic power; and about the very viability and efficacy of our democratic institutions themselves.  How should we understand today's reemergence of an exclusionary, right-populism -- and the prospects for a more inclusive and egalitarian alternative?

  • 2017 Apr 11

    (Cancelled) Sarah Lewis – Politics, Art and Visual Culture

    Location: 

    Taubman 275
    12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Please note that this event has been cancelled. We hope to reschedule for the fall semester. 

    Sarah Lewis is an Assistant Professor of History of Art and Architecture and African and African American Studies at Harvard University. She received her bachelor’s degree from Harvard, an M.Phil from Oxford University, and her Ph.D. from Yale University in the History of Art. Before joining the faculty at Harvard, she held curatorial positions at The Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Tate Modern, London and taught at Yale University School of Art.

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