Our Top Fall 2023 Events

Explore our most popular discussions.

Each semester, the Ash Center is proud to host leading scholars and practitioners for events addressing the challenges confronting democracies around the world. This year, we tackled issues ranging from the future of artificial intelligence to emerging protest movements. We invite you to tune into a selection of our most popular events from this fall, listed below.

As you look to 2024, we hope you’ll join us again for one of our many events starting in January. To find upcoming discussions, please visit our website.

Book Talk: When Democracy Breaks, September 2023
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Featuring Archon Fung, co-author and Ash Center director; David Moss, Paul Whiton Cherington Professor at Harvard Business School; Scott Mainwaring, Eugene and Helen Conley Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame; and Lisel Hintz, assistant professor of European and Eurasian Studies at Johns Hopkins University

Truth and Transformation Conference, September and October 2023

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Keynote speakers Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, President Emerita of Spelman College; and Christine Cordero, co-director of the Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN), were joined by experts from across sectors for four panels across two days.

Training Activists in Nonviolent Action Increases Self-Efficacy and Reduces Violence, October 2023

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Featuring Consuelo Amat, Stavros Niarchos Foundation Agora Institute Assistant Professor of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University; and Gautam Nair, assistant professor of Public Policy

GETTING-Plurality Research Workshop – Contextual Confidence and Generative AI, October 2023
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Featuring authors Zoë Hitzig, junior fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows, and Shrey Jain, researcher at Microsoft Research

Academic Freedom: Empirical Data on a Contested Idea, October 2023

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Featuring Katrin Kinzelbach, professor of International Politics of Human Rights at Friedrich-Alexander-Universitä; Kathryn Sikkink, Ryan Family Professor of Human Rights Policy; and Tarek Masoud, Ford Foundation Professor of Democracy and Governance

Gaining Ground: JFK Jr. Forum &film screening on Black land ownership, November 2023

Featuring Director of “Gaining Ground” Eternal Polk; P.J. Haynie, a farmer featured in the film; Global HR Director at John Deere, Johane J. Domersant; and Andrew Kahrl, professor of history and African American Studies at the University of Virginia

GETTING-Plurality Research Workshop – “An Antimonopoly Approach to Governing Artificial Intelligence”, November 2023

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Featuring author Professor Ganesh Sitaraman, New York Alumni Chancellor’s Chair in Law and Director of the Vanderbilt Policy Accelerator for Political Economy and Regulation; and Jack Goldsmith, Learned Hand Professor of Law at Harvard University

RFK Visiting Professor in Latin American Studies Lecture – The Politics of Impeachment: The Brazilian Case, November 2023

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Featuring Fernando Limongi, Robert F. Kennedy Visiting Professor of Latin American Studies; and Alex Keyssar, Matthew W. Stirling, Jr. Professor of History and Social Policy

From “Killers of the Flower Moon” to the Osage Nation Today, December 2023

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Featuring Chief Jim Gray, former principal Chief of the Osage Nation; Hepsi Barnett, (HKS MPA 2000), former Chief of Staff of the Osage Nation; Wilson Pipestem, Osage Headright Owner, Honoring Nations Board of Governors; and Professor Joe Kalt, director of the Harvard Kennedy School Project on Indigenous Governance and Development