2020

  • 2020 Oct 20

    Navigating the Rapids: Swing State Secretaries and the 2020 Elections

    4:00pm to 5:00pm

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    Virtual event, registration required

    As we approach the final weeks of the election campaign, Secretaries of State - particularly in swing states - face tremendous pressures as they fulfill their responsibilities to provide a smooth, inclusive, and safe election that delivers a trusted result. The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation is privileged to bring together a bipartisan group of secretaries from the key swing states of Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. They will discuss the challenges they are facing, the pressures they are under, and what they are doing to make the November elections...

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  • 2020 Oct 19

    Virtual Faculty Book Talk: Sanford Levinson, Fault Lines in the Constitution: The Graphic Novel

    12:00pm to 1:00pm

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    Virtual event, registration required

    The Harvard Law School Library and Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation invite you to attend a book talk and discussion in celebration of Fault Lines in the Constitution: The Graphic Novel by Cynthia Levinson and Sanford Levinson, with illustrations by Ally Shwed (Macmillan, Sept. 22, 2020).

    Archon Fung, Winthrop Laflin McCormack Professor of Citizenship and Self-Government at Harvard Kennedy School, will moderate. ...

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  • 2020 Oct 14

    Mobilizing the Environmental Vote: Report from the Front Lines

    4:00pm to 5:00pm

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    Virtual event, registration required

    Will environmentalists vote in November? Environmentalists aren't voting as much as they ought to, but recent advances in data analytics and behavioral science offer hope for 2020 and beyond. With fresh data from recent elections and mobilization experiments, voter turnout expert Nathaniel Stinnett will discuss the Environmental Voter Project's cutting-edge work identifying and mobilizing voters. Sanjay Seth MPA/MUP 2019, Co-President, Harvard Alumni for Climate and the Environment, will moderate. 

    This event is co-...

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  • 2020 Oct 13

    Young Voters Could Decide the Election: Will They?

    12:00pm to 1:00pm

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    Virtual event, registration required

    Every election cycle, we lament low young voter turnout rates. Yet, in the last few years, young people have been at the forefront of the movements for racial justice, climate justice, gun violence prevention, and policing issues. They have taken their advocacy to the streets and to elected officials. We saw an uptick in youth voter rates in 2018. Now, will this energy translate into an even larger upswell of young voters in November?

    You’re invited to join the Ash Center and Institute of Politics in discussion with leading experts about the latest young voter polling data,...

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  • 2020 Oct 09

    China Study Student Group - Voices and Analysis from the Field [Session Three]

    Registration Closed 11:00am to 12:00pm

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    Virtual event, registration required

    This third session is titled, "Chinese Investments in the EU: Threat or Opportunity?" and will feature Ash Center Research Associate Philippe LeCorre.

    China Study Student Group: Voices and Analysis from the Field 

    This study group, held on six Fridays 11am-12pm to accommodate the widest range of time zones globally, engages HKS degree students to understand China’s rise and its role in the world...

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  • 2020 Oct 08

    Resisting Police Violence in the Americas: Mothers on the Front Lines

    4:00pm to 5:30pm

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    Virtual event, registration required

    Join us for the first event of the “What Justice Looks Like” discussion series: a conversation with mothers from across the Americas who, after losing children to police and state violence, have become powerful activists fighting for justice and institutional changes to end state violence affecting Black, indigenous, and low-income youth. Speakers include:

    • Dorothy Holmes, Ronnieman Foundation and Justice for Families, Chicago, US 
    • Débora Maria da Silva, Mothers of May, Brazil
    • Rute Fiuza, Mothers of May of the Northeast, Brazil
    • Jacqueline Castillo, Mothers of False Positives of Soacha and Bogotá, Colombia
    • Cristina Bautista Salvador, Mothers and Fathers of the 43 Disappeared Students of Ayotzinapa, Mexico
    • Yanilda Gonzalez (Moderator), Assistant Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

    This event is sponsored by Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Center for Public Leadership, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, DRCLAS Brazil Office, FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, and the Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management at the Weiner Center for Social Policy. ... Read more about Resisting Police Violence in the Americas: Mothers on the Front Lines

  • 2020 Oct 08

    [Book Talk] Why Do We Still Have the Electoral College? with Prof. Alex Keyssar

    12:00pm to 1:00pm

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    Virtual event, registration required

    This event concluded on October 08, 2020. View the original description and event recording below.

    In just over three weeks, millions will head to the polls and elect the president of the United States via an arcane institution that permits the loser of the popular vote to win, and narrows campaigning to just a handful of swing states. In this discussion, Prof. Alex Keyssar will be joined by Prof. Edward Foley and Tova Wang to discuss his new book, why the founders settled on such an institution, it’s persistence over the hundreds of years since, and current efforts to preserve, circumvent, or abolish it.

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  • 2020 Oct 06

    Rising: AAPI Engagement and the 2020 Elections

    4:00pm to 5:00pm

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    Virtual event, registration required

    This event concluded on October 6, 2020. View the original description and event recording below.

    The national reckoning on racial inequity, amidst the continued spread of Covid-19, has spurred major efforts to ensure full participation and a strong turnout in November’s elections. This is particularly true among the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community – the fastest growing minority group and a major voting bloc. Join us for a conversation with leading practitioners in the field on the importance and state of current efforts to engage AAPI voters, AAPIs’ role and connection to the Black Lives Matter movement, and the stakes of the upcoming election.... Read more about Rising: AAPI Engagement and the 2020 Elections

  • 2020 Oct 02

    China Study Student Group - Voices and Analysis from the Field [Session Two]

    Registration Closed 11:00am to 12:00pm

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    Virtual event, registration required

    This second session is titled, "Chinese Corporations in the US: Bridging Divides" and will feature Ash Center Research Fellow Wenchi Yu.

    China Study Student Group: Voices and Analysis from the Field 

    This study group, held on six Fridays 11am-12pm to accommodate the widest range of time zones globally, engages HKS degree students to understand China’s rise and its role in the world moving forward. Led by Professors Tony...

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  • 2020 Sep 25

    China Study Student Group - Voices and Analysis from the Field [Session One]

    Registration Closed 11:00am to 12:00pm

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    Virtual event, registration required

    This first session will serve as an introduction to the group and feature Professors Tony Saich and Edward Cunningham. 

    China Study Student Group: Voices and Analysis from the Field 

    This study group, held on six Fridays 11am-12pm to accommodate the widest range of time zones globally, engages HKS degree students to understand China’s rise and its role in the world moving forward. Led by Professors Tony Saich and Edward Cunningham, who leverage a combined 75 years of experience working in and with China, the program will...

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