This event concluded on April 17, 2020. View the original description and event recording below.
The decennial census is a cornerstone of America’s democracy, and the current pandemic poses unprecedented challenges to obtain an accurate count. Everything from hospital and school facilities planning to economic development programs and emergency preparedness relies on census data. Listen to our first discussion on the 2020 U.S. Census here.
Census Day is Wednesday, April 1st! Counting every person in the census is critical to the proper functioning of a democracy. Join a conversation with census experts for an update on the 2020 census and bring your questions on how we can achieve a full count.
Jonathan Tran, California Endowment
Teresa Acuña, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation (Moderator)
Ajay Saini, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law
Join us for a conversation with Gwen Camp MC/MPA 2019 and Mike Miesen MPP 2019 about the Harvard Votes Challenge, GOTV, and understanding why it can be so hard to turn voters out to the polls. Teresa Acuña, Associate Director of Democratic Governance Programs at Ash will moderate.
Lunch, as always, will be served.
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Join Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney and Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Professor of History, Race, and Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School, for a discussion about the state of voting rights, including the restoration of voting rights for felons.
Refreshments will be served. This event is co-sponsored by the Black Student Union at the Harvard Kennedy School.
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A persistent and deeply troubling problem of American democracy is low voter participation. The US ranks 28th out 35 OECD countries in voting turnout--55 percent of voting age population in 2016. On the presumption that this is unacceptable, and we want the widest possible participation in American democracy, what would it take to seriously move the needle on this issue, to have 80 percent of Americans voting? What policies could really work? What cultural shifts do we need to make? How can new technologies and platforms be best utilized? How can young people become a new civic generation?... Read more about HUBWeek -- Making Democracy Count: Changing U.S. Voting Culture
Harvard Kennedy School, Littauer 140, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge, MA
Join us and Harvard's Institute of Politics for a screening of special screening of Capturing the Flag, an unexpected story about American Democracy. In the film, a tight-knit group of friends travel to Cumberland County, North Carolina - 2016 “posterchild” for voter suppression - intent on proving that the big idea of American democracy can be defended by small acts of individual citizens.
L-166, the IOP Conference Room, Littauer Building, Harvard Kennedy School
Join Kathryn Sikkink, Ryan Family Professor of Human Rights Policy, Harvard Kennedy School; Sara Clark, Senior Partnerships Associate, TurboVote; Carmen Hicks, Product/Research, TurboVote; Caitlin Donnelly, Education Director, Nonprofit VOTE; and Pam Wilmot, Executive Director, Common Cause Massachusetts, for a discussion about the nuances of casting a ballot in the U.S. This talk is for everyone from first-time voters to seasoned political professionals and will cover the voting process from voter registration to election day results.
Wexner Building, Near the Social Stairs (Sunshine Lobby), Harvard Kennedy School
Join us on National Voter Registration Day to help the Harvard Kennedy School meet our Harvard Votes Challenge goal of registering 90% of eligible students. The Harvard Votes Challenge team will be available to help students sign up as well as answer questions about the Challenge.
Harvard Votes Challenge pins, stickers and pizza will be provided.