Democratic Governance

  • 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 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 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.

  • 2017 Apr 04

    Organizing for Health: People, Power and Change

    Location: 

    Joesph B. Martin Center, 77 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston
    6:00pm to 7:30pm

    You're invited to a special event on Tuesday, April 4. In collaboration with Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Dental Medicine, The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health will welcome Dr. Marshall Ganz, Senior Lecturer in Public Policy, HKS, to present on Organizing for Health: People, Power and Change.

    This event will be hosted by Harvard Chan Dean Michelle Williams, HMS Dean George Daley, and HSDM Dean Bruce Donoff.

    RSVP here. 

  • 2017 Mar 29

    Book talk with Candelaria Garay, author of “Social Policy Expansion in Latin America"

    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 Candelaria Garay, Associate Professor of Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and author of “Social Policy Expansion in Latin America."  Professor Garay's talk will be moderated by Archon Fung, HKS Academic Dean and Ford Foundation Professor of Democracy and Citizenship. Scott Mainwaring, Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor of Brazil Studies and the Faculty Co-chair of the Harvard Brazil Studies Program and Steven Levitsky, Professor of Government, Harvard University will provide responses.

  • 2017 Mar 27

    Progressive Federalism: How State Attorneys General Are Fighting Travel Bans, Protecting Rights and Defending Democratic Institutions

    Location: 

    Allison Dining Room, 5th Floor Taubman Building, 79 John F. Kennedy St, Cambridge, MA 021
    4:15pm to 5:30pm

    Join George Jepsen, Connecticut Attorney General; James Tierney, Lecturer in Law, Harvard Law School, Former Maine Attorney General, Founder, http://www.stateag.org; Sarah Wald, Moderator, Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School, Former Assistant Attorney General, Massachusetts; and Archon Fung, Ford Foundation Professor of Democracy and Citizenship, Academic Dean, HKS. 

  • 2017 Mar 23

    Understanding Red State Rage & What To Do About It

    Location: 

    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

    Location: 

    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.

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