2019

  • 2019 Mar 29

    Ash Community Speaker Series -- The Politics of Visibility: Local Elections and Democratic Representation in Brazil

    12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Location: 

    Ash Center Foyer, 124 Mount Auburn St., Floor 2, Suite 200N

    Do local elections promote responsive governance in the global south? In this talk, Peter Johannessen, Ash Center Democracy Postdoctoral Fellow, AY 2018-2020, will draw on evidence from Brazil to illustrate how local elections can undermine policy responsiveness in highly decentralized contexts. He will demonstrate that voters can unwittingly push mayors to prioritize highly visible infrastructure projects at the expense of less visible – but potentially more effective – policies.

     Lunch will be served.  

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  • 2019 Mar 28

    Will Xi Jinping be successful?

    11:45am to 1:00pm

    Location: 

    Bell Hall, Harvard Kennedy School

    Join the Ash Center and Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government for a seminar featuring William H. Overholt, M-RCBG Senior Research Fellow.

    Xi Jinping came to power tasked with resolving formidable economic and political challenges from an increasingly complex society. The leadership chose an economic strategy of “market allocation of resources,” a political strategy of centralization and repression. Do conflicts between the economic and political strategies threaten a new “lost decade?”  William H. Overholt has been a Senior...

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  • 2019 Mar 26

    Study Group: Democracy Reform

    12:00pm to 1:15pm

    Location: 

    Room 106, 124 Mt Auburn Street, Suite 100N

    Join us for the fourth session of the Democracy Reform: Through the Practitioner’s Lens study group with Miles Rapoport. Voter suppression played a major role in the 2018 elections, and promises to continue to be sharply contested terrain in the elections of 2020. What’s the latest on the issue, and the strong efforts fighting back against attempts to limit the vote? This session will feature Brenda Wright, Senior Legal Advisor, Demos, and Allegra Chapman, a leading voting rights lawyer, previously of Common Cause and...

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  • 2019 Mar 25

    Study Group: Putting the Public Back in Government Session 1

    12:00pm to 1:15pm

    Location: 

    124 Mt. Auburn St. Suite 100N, Room 106

    CrowdLaw for Congress: Strategies for 21st Century Lawmaking

    Join Ash Center Democracy Fellow Victoria Alsina for the first session of her three-part spring semester 2019 study group Putting the Public Back in Government. In this first session, participants will explore how legislatures are and should be using technology to engage with the public to improve lawmaking’s quality and legitimacy. Alsina will showcase practical strategies to engage the public at each one of four stages of the legislative process: defining the problem, developing...

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  • 2019 Mar 15

    Study Group with Former Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter

    12:00pm to 1:15pm

    Location: 

    L-163, Littauer Building, Harvard Kennedy School

    Join Former Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter for the second session of a three-part spring semester 2019 study group on issues facing America’s cities. This study group session will focus on ethics, integrity, and transparency and will draw on Mayor Nutter's experience working to root out corruption in Philadelphia. Email daniel_harsha@hks.harvard.edu for more information.

    Lunch will be provided.

    Registration is not required, and space will be available on a first come, first served...

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  • 2019 Mar 13

    Crisis Management Case Study Exercise: The Three Mile Island Nuclear Incident

    6:00pm to 7:30pm

    Location: 

    Wexner 330, Third Floor, Wexner Building, Harvard Kennedy School

    The Program on Crisis Leadership and Harvard Kennedy School Crisis Management PIC are pleased to announce an interactive crisis management exercise led by Dr. Herman "Dutch" Leonard, faculty co-director of the Program on Crisis Leadership. An expert in organizational leadership and crisis management, Professor Leonard will guide attendees through the US response to the landmark 1979 incident at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in interactive analysis and decision-making on crisis communications, evacuation, and other key aspects of the case.... Read more about Crisis Management Case Study Exercise: The Three Mile Island Nuclear Incident

  • 2019 Mar 13

    Chinese International Students’ Networks at Elite Universities: A Comparative Study of Germany and the US

    4:30pm to 6:00pm

    Location: 

    Goldman Room, Adolphus Busch Hall

    In migration scholarship, the role of social networks has been well-established in people's decisions on whether to migrate and where to migrate to. Recently, international student mobility literature has shown that networks, parental aspirations and socio-economic background play an important role in an individual's study-abroad decisions. Over the past few decades many countries, including Germany and the United States, have witnessed a tremendous increase in the number of international students applying to universities, with the majority coming from China.

    Based on personal...

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  • 2019 Mar 12

    Study Group: Democracy Reform

    12:00pm to 1:15pm

    Location: 

    Room 106, 124 Mt Auburn Street, Suite 100N

    Join us for the third session of the Democracy Reform: Through the Practitioner’s Lens study group with Miles Rapoport. This third session will be a conversation with Karen Scharff, Co-Chair of the Working Families Party and Former Executive Director of Citizen Action of NY, about the fight for election reform in New York. This study group is open to the Harvard and broader Boston-area university community and requires no prior registration or application. Lunch will be served. 

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  • 2019 Mar 08

    Ash Community Speaker Series -- Can Digital Community Builders Help Weave Society Together?

    12:00pm to 1:15pm

    Location: 

    Ash Center Foyer, 124 Mount Auburn St., Floor 2, Suite 200N
    Join us for a collaborative session led by Deepti Doshi, Ash Technology & Democracy Fellow, Facebook Societal Innovation Partnerships Director. This highly interactive event will engage attendees in a discussion about what the role of community building on digital platforms can and should be in our increasingly fragmented society. Specifically, attendees will have the opportunity to examine different forms for community building happening digitally and explore ways to strengthen this new phenomenon.  
     
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