Making Democracy Work

  • 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 Feb 15

    Women and Leadership: Responses to Challenging Times

    Location: 

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

    Please join us for a discussion about women and leadership, featuring:

    • Leah Wright Rigueur, “Intersectionality at the Core”
      • Assistant Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
    • Melissa Williams, “Representing Women in Theory and Practice”
      • Professor of Political Science, University of Toronto and Senior Visiting Scholar, Ash Center
    • Jane Mansbridge, "Organizing as Women and Avoiding Common Failures”
      • Adams Professor of Political Leadership and Democratic Values, Harvard Kennedy School

  • 2016 Nov 30

    What It Means to be a Progressive Today and How to Maintain Optimism

    Location: 

    Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Suite 200N, 124 Mt Auburn Street, Cambridge
    4:10pm to 5:30pm

    Join us for our next seminar with Baroness Tessa Jowell as she leads a discussion entitled: "What It Means to be a Progressive Today and How to Maintain Optimism."

  • 2016 Nov 16

    Leading in the Post-Truth World Where Facts Don’t Matter

    Location: 

    Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Suite 200N, 124 Mt Auburn Street, Cambridge
    4:10pm to 5:30pm

     

    Join us for our next seminar with Baroness Tessa Jowell as she leads a discussion entitled: "Leading in the Post-Truth World Where Facts Don’t Matter."

  • 2016 Nov 09

    Is Movement Politics Now More Appealing Than Party Politics

    Location: 

    Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Suite 200N, 124 Mt Auburn Street, Cambridge
    4:10pm to 5:30pm

    Join us for our next seminar with Baroness Tessa Jowell as she leads a discussion entitled: "Is Movement Politics Now More Appealing Than Party Politics."

    We rely on political parties to develop political leaders, articulate sensible and effective public policies and to govern wisely. But increasingly in the United States and in Europe, citizens are turning away from established political parties and revolts within them threaten to undermine the great parties of Anglo and American democracy. How can the great parties save themselves?

  • 2016 Nov 02

    Brexit and Trump: The New Populism in the UK and US

    Location: 

    Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Suite 200N, 124 Mt Auburn Street, Cambridge
    4:10pm to 5:30pm

    Join us for our inaugural seminar with Baroness Tessa Jowell as she leads a discussion on Brexit and Trump: the new populism in the US and UK. As frustrated citizens lose faith in established political processes and leaders, they are turning to alternatives that may produce bad policy, bad outcomes for society, and perhaps even threaten democracy itself. What are the sources of these “populist” revolts against the elites that produced Brexit and the Trump candidacy? What does the future hold?

  • 2016 Oct 25

    JFK Jr Forum -- Making Democracy Work: Is Democracy in Crisis?

    Location: 

    JFK Jr Forum
    6:00pm to 7:00pm

    The Ash Center invites you to join a discussion in the JFK Jr Forum on Making Democracy Work: Is Democracy in Crisis? Speakers include Ilya Somin, Professor of Law at George Mason University, Jason Brennan, Robert J and Elizabeth Flanagan Family Term Associate Professor at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University and Melissa Williams, Visiting Scholar, Ash Center, and Professor of Political Science & Founding Director, Centre for Ethics, University of Toronto. Christopher Robichaud, Lecturer in Ethics and Public Policy at HKS will moderate.  

  • 2016 Sep 28

    #Tech4Democracy: Meet the Change Makers

    Location: 

    Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Suite 200N, 124 Mt Auburn Street, Cambridge
    4:10pm to 5:30pm

    Missed the event? Hear an audio recording on the AshCast!

    Please join us for a panel of Harvard Kennedy School alumni working to leverage digital technology to make governance and society more inclusive. The panel will explore the potential and pitfalls of digital technology in realizing democratic values such as participation, transparency, accountability, responsiveness, and equal representation.