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...
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.
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.
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...
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.