2014

  • 2014 Dec 05

    In Search of Police and Justice Reform: Lessons from Ethiopia and Latin America

    12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Location: 

    Ash Center Foyer, 124 Mount Auburn Street, Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA

    Ash Center Student Speaker Series

    Emebet Kebede Cherenet, MC-Mason ’15, and Yanilda González, Ph.D., Ash Center Democracy Fellow

    Lunch will be provided.

    About the Event

    As recent events in Ferguson, Missouri have highlighted, police and criminal justice systems are inextricably linked to the health of local governance. Mason Fellow Emebet Kebede Cherenet will discuss ten years of experience in justice and security reform programs and in strengthening community participation in local governance in Ethiopia. Democracy Fellow Yanilda González will share her dissertation research investigating the role of formal mechanisms for community participation in police reform in Latin America, for which she conducted extensive field research in Argentina, Brazil, and Colombia. The discussion will weigh administrative or legal approaches against more political or citizen empowerment approaches to local security and criminal justice reform. Read more about In Search of Police and Justice Reform: Lessons from Ethiopia and Latin America

  • 2014 Dec 04

    Eve Ensler's O.P.C. [Obsessive Political Correctness]

    7:30pm

    Location: 

    American Repertory Theater, 64 Brattle St., Cambridge, MA

    OPC posterFollowed by a Discussion with Jane Mansbridge and Aisha Bhoori

    About the Event
    The Ash Center is partnering again with A.R.T. on a post-performance discussion for the new play O.P.C., written by Eve Ensler (creator of The Vagina Monologues). Our featured speakers will be Jane Mansbridge, a world-renowned scholar of democratic representation, deliberation, and activism, and Aisha Bhoori, a Harvard College student interested in literary criticism, political theory, and social justice, who will speak on the political and generational themes of the play. Read more about Eve Ensler's O.P.C. [Obsessive Political Correctness]

  • 2014 Dec 04

    Workshop on Immigration, Race and Ethnicity (WIRE)

    3:00pm to 4:30pm

    Location: 

    124 Mount Auburn Street, Suite 200-North, Room 226, Cambridge, MA

    Statue of LibertyAbout the Series
    The Workshop on Immigration, Race and Ethnicity (WIRE) at the Ash Center is a bi-monthly seminar style forum for Harvard and Boston area researchers and students working on the topics of immigration, race and ethnicity from a diverse variety of perspectives. Workshop sessions are thematically organized and themes are different each semester. For the fall semester of 2014, the themes are: (1) Experiments on Race, Immigration, and Public Policy and (2) Economic Impacts of Immigration and Immigration Policy. Read more about Workshop on Immigration, Race and Ethnicity (WIRE)

  • 2014 Dec 02

    Making Cities Work: The PerformanceStat Potential

    4:10pm to 6:00pm

    Location: 

    124 Mount Auburn Street, Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA

    PerformanceStat coverRobert Behn, Senior Lecturer in Public Policy
    Joseph A. Curtatone, Mayor of Somerville, Massachusetts and Senior Fellow, Ash Center
    Mark Moore, Moderator, Hauser Professor of Nonprofit Organizations

    About the Event
    Harvard Kennedy School Senior Lecturer Robert Behn and Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone will discuss Behn's new book The PerformanceStat Potential: A Leadership Strategy for Producing Results. The book explores the growth and prominence of PerformanceStat leadership strategy across so many jurisdictions and agencies in pursuit of improved government performance. Read more about Making Cities Work: The PerformanceStat Potential

  • 2014 Nov 20

    The Politics of Displacement in the American City

    6:00pm to 7:30pm

    Location: 

    Land Hall, 4th Floor Belfer Building, 79 JFK St, Cambridge, MA

    bulldozerThe Politics of Displacement in the American City: A Conversation with Two Documentary Filmmakers

    King Williams, Director, The Atlanta Way; Andrew J. Padilla, Director, El Barrio Tours: Gentrification USA; Karilyn Crockett, Director of Economic Policy & Research, City of Boston; and Quinton Mayne, Assistant Professor of Public Policy

    About the Event
    At their best, cities can be places where people with different socio-economic and ethnic and racial backgrounds come together and use the ballot box and other political means to achieve a just and fair society. Likewise, city governments can use land-use and social policy, among other tools, to strengthen community life and improve access to basic goods and services. Yet often these same policies – both in the processes through which they are decided and in their ultimate effect on residents’ lives – exacerbate rather than reduce social exclusion and economic disparity. Read more about The Politics of Displacement in the American City

  • 2014 Nov 14

    Bloodlines, Billionaires, and Bloomberg in China

    12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Location: 

    Ash Center Foyer, 124 Mount Auburn Street, Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA

    Ash Center Student Speaker Series

    Peiran Wei, MC-Mason ’15, and Edward Cunningham, Director of Ash Center’s China Programs

    Lunch will be provided.

    About the Event
    The rise of new wealth in China is one of the most profound shifts in the country today, and has already begun to shape China’s political, economic, and social landscapes. Peiran Wei, MC-Mason ’15, and Edward Cunningham, Director of the Ash Center’s China Programs, will discuss Wei’s groundbreaking journalism for Bloomberg News on China’s billionaires. Read more about Bloodlines, Billionaires, and Bloomberg in China

  • 2014 Nov 07

    Redesigning Cities With a Better Understanding of Well-Being, Identity, and History

    12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Location: 

    Ash Center Foyer, 124 Mount Auburn Street, Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA

    dark streetAsh Center Student Speaker Series

    Edgar Mora Altamirano, MC/Mason ’14 and Matthew Teismann, MDS ’15

    Lunch will be provided.

    About the Event
    Our health, happiness, culture, and identity are tied closely – in both cause and effect – to the built environments in which we live. Edgar Mora Altamirano and Matthew Teismann will discuss two unique projects proposing nontraditional measures and considerations in designing physical spaces. Read more about Redesigning Cities With a Better Understanding of Well-Being, Identity, and History

  • 2014 Nov 04

    The Slow-Burning Genocide of Rohingyas

    3:00pm to 7:00pm

    Location: 

    Loeb House, 17 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

    Conference: 3:00-6:00 pm
    Reception: 6:00-7:00 pm

    The Slow-Burning Genocide of Rohingyas
    A half-day conference on the worsening situation of Burma’s indigenous Muslim Rohingya minority community.

    Speakers include:

    Rohingya voices: Daw Khin Hla, Tun Khin, U Ba Sein, and Professor Wakar Uddin

    Amartya Sen, Thomas W. Lamont University Professor and Professor of Economics and Philosophy, Harvard University

    Felicia Knaul, Director, Harvard Global Equity Initiative

    Lincoln Chen, President, China Medical Board

    Maung Zarni, Lecturer, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, HMS

    Malik Mujahid, Chair, Parliament of the World's Religions; President, Justice for All

    Lilianne Fan, Research Fellow, Humanitarian Policy Group, Overseas Development Institute, U.K. Read more about The Slow-Burning Genocide of Rohingyas

  • 2014 Nov 03

    Blackballed: The Black Vote and U.S. Democracy

    4:10pm to 5:30pm

    Location: 

    124 Mount Auburn Street, Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA

    Blackballed book coverDarryl Pinckney, Author, and Alex Keyssar, Matthew W. Stirling Jr. Professor of History and Social Policy

    Co-sponsored by the Harvard Journal of African-American Public Policy.

    About the Event
    Throughout the history of the United States, voting rights have been progressively expanded, though in fits and starts, to our current universal suffrage. Today the U.S. is witnessing a systematic and almost unprecedented erosion of the franchise. Join Professor Alex Keyssar and author Darryl Pinckney as they discuss disenfranchisement, the legacy of the Voting Rights Act, and the state of voting rights in the United States. Read more about Blackballed: The Black Vote and U.S. Democracy

  • 2014 Oct 31

    Optimizing the Impact of Your Field Research

    12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Location: 

    Ash Center Foyer, 124 Mount Auburn Street, Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA

    Ash Center Student Speaker Series

    Carol Khagondi, MC/Mason ’15 and Jurist Tan, MPA/ID ’15
    Friday, October 31, 2014, 12-1 p.m.

    Lunch will be provided.

    About the Event
    Join us for a discussion with Carol Khagondi and Jurist Tan – two HKS students with years of experience working to improve social policy through the design and implementation of large-scale field surveys and randomized controllled trials. Their talk will explore real-world operational challenges that overwhelm many research studies, including training and managing a team of researchers, designing and piloting surveys and experiments, and monitoring both costs and data quality. Read more about Optimizing the Impact of Your Field Research

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