Harvard Votes Challenge

  • 2020 Sep 22

    A Conversation with Valerie Jarrett on National Voter Registration Day

    3:30pm to 4:00pm

    Location: 

    Virtual event, registration required

    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 Aug 05

    HKS Harvard Votes Challenge New Volunteer Orientation

    10:30am to 11:30am

    Location: 

    Virtual event, registration required

    With an election coming up this fall, Harvard Votes Challenge (HVC) is undertaking an ambitious campaign to get every member of the Kennedy School community registered and ready to vote. We invite all interested HKS students, staff, and faculty to a volunteer orientation session this Wednesday, August 5, where we will introduce HVC, provide resources on registering to vote, and explain how you can become part of the team and organize every member of HKS in time for election day on November 3.
     
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  • 2020 Apr 17

    Census Innovations During COVID-19

    1:00pm to 2:00pm

    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.

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  • 2020 Apr 01

    VIRTUAL EVENT A Full Census Count Amidst Pandemic

    12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Location: 

    YouTube Livestream
    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
    • Beth Lynk, The Leadership Conference...
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  • 2019 Sep 24

    National Voter Registration Day

    9:30am to 1:30pm

    Location: 

    JFK Jr. Forum, Harvard Kennedy School, 79 JFK Street

    Join us to celebrate National Voter Registration Day. Faculty, staff, and students will be available to help voters register, update registration, and sign up for election alerts. 

    Coffee, donuts, pizza, and more will be served throughout the morning. 

  • 2018 Nov 02

    Getting out the Vote with Harvard Votes Challenge

    12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Location: 

    Ash Center foyer, 124 Mt Auburn St, Suite 200N

    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.  

    The Ash Community Speaker Series features discussions with students, faculty, fellows, and alumni whose research or other academic work is supported by the Ash Center. The series is a forum to...

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  • 2018 Oct 17

    Levar Stoney and Virginia’s Campaign to Restore Felon Voting Rights

    4:15pm to 5:30pm

    Location: 

    Allison Dining Room, Harvard Kennedy School

    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.

  • 2018 Oct 12

    HUBWeek -- Making Democracy Count: Changing U.S. Voting Culture

    2:00pm to 3:00pm

    Location: 

    The Ideas Dome, HubWeek, Boston City Hall Plaza

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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

  • 2018 Oct 03

    Suppressing the Vote: What it Looks Like, What Led Us Here, & What We Can Do to Fix It

    6:00pm

    Location: 

    JFK Jr. Forum, Harvard Kennedy School, 79 JFK Street

    Join us and Harvard's Institute of Politics for an event featuring: 

    • Rev. William J. Barber, II, President & Sr. Lecturer of Repairers of the Breach, Co-Chair of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call For Moral Revival
    • Laverne Berry, Attorney and Voting Rights Advocate, Producer, Capturing the Flag
    • Alex Keyssar, Matthew W. Stirling, Jr. Professor of History and Social Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
    • Brittany Packnett (Moderator), Fall 2018 Resident Fellow, Institute of Politics, Vice President of National Community Alliances & Engagement, Teach For America, Co-Founder, Campaign Zero... Read more about Suppressing the Vote: What it Looks Like, What Led Us Here, & What We Can Do to Fix It
  • 2018 Oct 03

    Special Screening of Capturing the Flag

    4:00pm to 5:30pm

    Location: 

    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.

    Watch the trailer here: http://www.capturingtheflag.com/trailer/

    Join us after the screening at 6:00 PM in JFK Jr. Forum for an event, "Suppressing the Vote: What it Looks Like, What Led Us Here, & What We Can Do to Fix It."

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