Community Speaker Series

  • 2015 Oct 09

    The Intersection of Technology and Government: Policy and Progress

    12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Location: 

    Ash Center Foyer, 124 Mt. Auburn St., Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA

    Ash Center Student Speaker Series

    Carolyn Anderson (MC-MPA ’15) and Ivo Correa (MC-Mason ’16)

    Lunch will be provided

    About the Event
    This week, to celebrate HUBweek and the Ash Center’s #Tech4Democracy Showcase and Challenge, the Student Speaker Series will focus on tech policy, and highlight two mid-career students who have spent their careers working...

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  • 2015 Oct 02

    Educating New Americans: Extending Adult Basic Education and Higher Ed to Immigrant and Historically Marginalized Communities

    12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Location: 

    Ash Center Foyer, 124 Mt. Auburn St., Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA

    Ash Center Student Speaker Series
    Norma Torres Mendoza (MPP ’16) and Priscilla Lee (MC-MPA ’16)

    Lunch will be provided

    About the Event
    Join Norma Torres Mendoza, a 2015 Ash Center Summer Fellow in Innovation, and Priscilla Lee, the 2015-16 Roy and Lila Ash Fellow, in a discussion on their work on providing access to the education system to people who are often left out. Norma Torres Mendoza worked to open an education center in Houston, TX (scheduled to open this October!), where community members can...

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  • 2015 Sep 25

    Big-City Government and the Cutting Edge of Municipal Innovation

    12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Location: 

    Ash Center Foyer, 124 Mt. Auburn St., Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA

    Ash Center Student Speaker Series
    Rachael Stephens (MPP ’16) and Glenn Grimshaw (MC-MPA ’15)

    Lunch will be provided

    About the Event
    Join two 2015 Ash Center Summer Fellows in Innovation as they discuss their summer working on the cutting edge of municipal innovation. Rachael Stephens and Glenn Grimshaw both worked in the New  York City government, where they were placed in the departments of Small Business Services and Technology & Innovation. Both worked on projects aimed at taking an...

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  • 2015 Sep 18

    Moving from Innovation to Action: Getting Work Done in Government

    12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Location: 

    Ash Center Foyer, 124 Mt. Auburn St., Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA

    Ash Center Student Speaker Series

    Adam LaRose (MPP ’16) and Chris Sommerfeld (MPA ’16)

    Lunch will be provided

    About the Event
    Of all the challenges the federal government faces, few seem as intractable as the sheer size of the federal bureaucracy. Policy innovations, bright ideas and new technology can all drive government efficiency and effectiveness forward by leaps and bounds—but only if government has the capacity to adopt them.

    Adam LaRose and Chris Sommerfeld, both 2015 Ash Center Summer Fellows in...

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  • 2015 Sep 01

    2015 Ash Center Open House

    4:00pm to 6:00pm

    Location: 

    Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, 124 Mount Auburn Street, Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA

    Interested in Good Governance, Public Participation, Civic Tech and Policy Innovation?


    Innovation Field Lab student teamsJoin us at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation’s 2015 Open House!

    Learn about the Ash Center’s research, course offerings...

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  • 2015 Apr 24

    Public Participation in the 21st Century: From the Arab Spring to Civic Hacking

    12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Location: 

    Ash Center Foyer - 124 Mt. Auburn St., Suite 200-North, Cambridge

    Ash Center Student Speaker Series
    Nada Zohdy, MPP ’15, Taylor Woods, MPP ’15, and Rikki Dean, Ash Center Visiting Democracy Fellow
    Friday, April 24, 2015, 12–1 p.m.

    Ash Center Foyer
    124 Mount Auburn Street, Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA 

    Lunch will be provided.

    About the Event 

    The world's attention has been captured by recent popular uprisings: Hong Kong, The Occupy Movement, the Arab Spring, and beyond. But what are the real...

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  • 2015 Apr 17

    Big Data, Privacy, and the Power of the Purse: Bringing Revenue Collection into the 21st Century

    12:00pm

    Location: 

    Ash Center Foyer,124 Mt. Auburn St., Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA

    Ash Center Student Speaker Series (Tax Week Special!)

    Charles Data Alemi, MPP ’15
    Yunjung Song, MPP ’15

    Lunch will be provided

    About the Event
    As most celebrate (or mourn) the end of tax season here in the United States, we turn our attention overseas toward two efforts to make revenue collection more modern and transparent. On behalf of the South Sudan Customs Service, Charles Data Alemi has studied the challenges facing that new country’s attempts to better collect customs and indirect taxes levied on imports. In particular his talk will focus on the complexity of the current policy and the challenges presented by a lack of data availability. Yunjung Song will talk about her work exploring the potential for broader disclosure of taxpayer data in South Korea. By comparing the tax privacy policies of a number of other countries, she suggests a new tax data disclosure policy for the National Tax Service of South Korea. What is the right balance, she asks, between economic feasibility, operational feasibility, political feasibility, the public’s right to know, and tax data privacy?... Read more about Big Data, Privacy, and the Power of the Purse: Bringing Revenue Collection into the 21st Century

  • 2015 Apr 10

    Business Power and Democracy: How Employers Engage Workers in Politics

    12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Location: 

    Ash Center Foyer - 124 Mt. Auburn St., Suite 200-North, Cambridge

    Ash Center Student Speaker Series 

    Alexander Hertel-Fernandez, PhD Student, Harvard University Department of Government
    Belén Fernandez Milmanda, PhD Candidate, Harvard University Department of Government
    Tomer Perry (moderator), PhD Candidate, Stanford University Department of Political Science

    About the Event
    Political observers have long worried about the threat that powerful economic interests present to democracy. But how much power do businesses actually possess in the policymaking process, and what are the specific ways in which firms exercise that power? This panel will present research on important -- but previously under-appreciated mechanisms -- for business influence in both developed and developing democracies.... Read more about Business Power and Democracy: How Employers Engage Workers in Politics

  • 2015 Feb 13

    Prospects for Large-Scale Criminal Justice System Reform

    12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Location: 

    Ash Center Foyer, 124 Mount Auburn Street, Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA

    Mary Rose Mazzola, MPP ’15 and Pamela Lachman MPP ’16

    Lunch will be provided. This week’s student speaker seminar is on criminal justice and policing reform, building on last week’s Forum event with Dean Ellwood and this week’s HKS student-organized Future of Policing series to prepare constructive, tangible solutions to submit to President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing. The conversation will cover topics ranging from the effects of certified Batterer Intervention Programs on domestic violence recidivism to improving police/community relations, particularly with young people of color.... Read more about Prospects for Large-Scale Criminal Justice System Reform

  • 2015 Feb 06

    Can Conditional Cash Transfers Improve Health and Education Outcomes on a Large Scale?

    12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Location: 

    Ash Center Foyer, 124 Mount Auburn Street, Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA

    Ash Center Student Speaker Series

    Clio Dintilhac (MPP/ID ’16), Amri Ilmma (MPP/ID ’16 and HKS Indonesia Program Student Fellow), and Dian Kusuma (DSc candidate, HSPH, and HKS Indonesia Program Fellow)

    Lunch will be provided.

    About the Event
    Conditional Cash Transfers (CCTs) are a popular yet sometimes controversial public policy approach to improving social welfare by rewarding healthy and productive behaviors with money. We have been sending Harvard students to Indonesia to study CCTs for a number of years – come learn the real story from HKS Indonesia Program Fellow Dian Kusuma (DSc candidate, HSPH) and HKS MPA/ID students Clio Dintilhac and Amri Ilmma. Clio and Amri’s recent winter SYPA research on the key political and administrative challenges faced by CCTs focused on increasing take up rates among current beneficiaries and expanding the program in terms of both coverage and benefits. Dian’s ongoing research analyzes conditional cash transfers as a key component of a sustainable national health insurance system. The speakers will share their work studying the impact of CCTs on health and education outcomes in Indonesia, addressing questions such as: How do CCTs work? Wherein lies their greatest potential?... Read more about Can Conditional Cash Transfers Improve Health and Education Outcomes on a Large Scale?

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