Democratic Governance

  • 2020 Oct 14

    Mobilizing the Environmental Vote: Report from the Front Lines

    4:00pm to 5:00pm

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    Will environmentalists vote in November? Environmentalists aren't voting as much as they ought to, but recent advances in data analytics and behavioral science offer hope for 2020 and beyond. With fresh data from recent elections and mobilization experiments, voter turnout expert Nathaniel Stinnett will discuss the Environmental Voter Project's cutting-edge work identifying and mobilizing voters. Sanjay Seth MPA/MUP 2019, Co-President, Harvard Alumni for Climate and the Environment, will moderate. 

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  • 2020 Oct 13

    Young Voters Could Decide the Election: Will They?

    12:00pm to 1:00pm

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    Every election cycle, we lament low young voter turnout rates. Yet, in the last few years, young people have been at the forefront of the movements for racial justice, climate justice, gun violence prevention, and policing issues. They have taken their advocacy to the streets and to elected officials. We saw an uptick in youth voter rates in 2018. Now, will this energy translate into an even larger upswell of young voters in November?

    You’re invited to join the Ash Center and Institute of Politics in discussion with leading experts about the latest young voter polling data,...

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  • 2020 Oct 08

    Resisting Police Violence in the Americas: Mothers on the Front Lines

    4:00pm to 5:30pm

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    Join us for the first event of the “What Justice Looks Like” discussion series: a conversation with mothers from across the Americas who, after losing children to police and state violence, have become powerful activists fighting for justice and institutional changes to end state violence affecting Black, indigenous, and low-income youth. Speakers include:

    • Dorothy Holmes, Ronnieman Foundation and Justice for Families, Chicago, US 
    • Débora Maria da Silva, Mothers of May, Brazil
    • Rute Fiuza, Mothers of May of the Northeast, Brazil
    • Jacqueline Castillo, Mothers of False Positives of Soacha and Bogotá, Colombia
    • Cristina Bautista Salvador, Mothers and Fathers of the 43 Disappeared Students of Ayotzinapa, Mexico
    • Yanilda Gonzalez (Moderator), Assistant Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

    This event is sponsored by Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Center for Public Leadership, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, DRCLAS Brazil Office, FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, and the Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management at the Weiner Center for Social Policy. ... Read more about Resisting Police Violence in the Americas: Mothers on the Front Lines

  • 2020 Oct 08

    [Book Talk] Why Do We Still Have the Electoral College? with Prof. Alex Keyssar

    12:00pm to 1:00pm

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    This event concluded on October 08, 2020. View the original description and event recording below.

    In just over three weeks, millions will head to the polls and elect the president of the United States via an arcane institution that permits the loser of the popular vote to win, and narrows campaigning to just a handful of swing states. In this discussion, Prof. Alex Keyssar will be joined by Prof. Edward Foley and Tova Wang to discuss his new book, why the founders settled on such an institution, it’s persistence over the hundreds of years since, and current efforts to preserve, circumvent, or abolish it.

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  • 2020 Oct 06

    Rising: AAPI Engagement and the 2020 Elections

    4:00pm to 5:00pm

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    This event concluded on October 6, 2020. View the original description and event recording below.

    The national reckoning on racial inequity, amidst the continued spread of Covid-19, has spurred major efforts to ensure full participation and a strong turnout in November’s elections. This is particularly true among the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community – the fastest growing minority group and a major voting bloc. Join us for a conversation with leading practitioners in the field on the importance and state of current efforts to engage AAPI voters, AAPIs’ role and connection to the Black Lives Matter movement, and the stakes of the upcoming election.... Read more about Rising: AAPI Engagement and the 2020 Elections

  • 2020 Sep 22

    A Conversation with Valerie Jarrett on National Voter Registration Day

    3:30pm to 4:00pm

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    This event concluded on September 22, 2020. View the original description and event recording below.

    Join Harvard Votes Challenge in celebrating National Voter Registration Day with Valerie Jarrett, businesswoman, senior advisor to President Barack Obama, a board member at When We All Vote, and advocate for equality & justice. David Wilkins, the Lester Kissel Professor of Law, Vice Dean for Global Initiatives on the Legal Profession, will moderate. This event, supported by the Ash Center for Democratic...

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  • 2020 Sep 15

    Election 2020: What Keeps You Up at Night?

    4:00pm to 5:00pm

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    This event concluded on September 15, 2020. View the original description and event recording below.

    What are the greatest threats to a successful U.S. election in November? Join the Ash Center in discussion with three leading U.S. election practitioners - one litigator, one election official, and one national grassroots organizing leader – as we ask each of them a series of questions about their greatest fears around the voting process, their work to achieve a fully inclusive and well-...

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  • 2020 Sep 10

    Getting Out the BIPOC Vote: Digital Strategies to Build Power

    12:00pm to 1:00pm

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    This event concluded on September 10, 2020. View the original description and event recording below.

    Activists and practitioners were already preparing for a tumultuous election year before the COVID-19 pandemic hit our shores. Now, the months ahead present immense challenges – and opportunities – for redefining how civic engagement is practiced for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities.

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  • 2020 Aug 05

    From Patients to Voters: Civic Engagement in Health Care

    12:00pm to 1:00pm

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    This event concluded on August 5, 2020. View the original description and event recording below.
     
    Health care is the single most important issue for most Americans, yet 51 million people forego a considerable amount of influence in shaping our nation’s health policy by not registering to...
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