Discussion Series

The Ash Center regularly hosts a number of public discussion series aimed at presenting scholarly research and public analysis and commentary on pressing issues related to democratic governance. Most events are open to the broader community and provide a unique opportunity to engage with visiting scholars and practitioners. 

The Ash Center’s Comparative Democracy Seminar Series brings innovative scholars in the field of comparative democracy to the Kennedy School to present their research.  Seminars have focused on topics as diverse as compulsory voting, the influence of Christian churches on public policy, the crisis of representation in Latin America, and the oil curse in the Middle East.  

Race and American Politics is a multidisciplinary series of seminars and roundtable conversations led by Leah Wright Rigueur, Assistant Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and cosponsored by the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research and the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy. The series will feature academic, practitioner, and journalistic perspectives from across the nation on the most pressing political and social issues related to race in the United States: state-sanctioned violence, protest and social movements, voting rights, political representation, and more.

The Ash Center’s Initiative on Democracy in Hard Places hosts a speaker series that brings to campus distinguished scholars and practitioners to analyze the conditions, institutions, and behaviors that enable democracy to survey in hard places. 

Upcoming events

2020 Mar 30

CANCELED Study Group -- Innovation Labs in the Public Sector

1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

Ash Center Conference Room 226, 124 Mt Auburn Street, Suite 200 North

Join Ash Center Democracy Fellow and Academic Director NYU Center for Urban Science and Progress Victoria Alsina for the second session of her three-part study group on improving representation in cities. This second session will focus on innovation labs in the public sector and discuss how to create an innovation lab, models, activities, and best practices. Participants will discuss various examples of innovation labs including GovLab Paraguay. Lunch will be served.

Seating preference will be given to students. No pre-registration or RSVP is necessary....

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2020 Mar 31

VIRTUAL EVENT Pivoting to a New Electoral Reality: Building Trust Online and Implementation of Vote By Mail

4:15pm to 5:15pm

Location: 

https://harvard.zoom.us/j/779185853

Join Ash Center Technology and Democracy Fellow Nick Carter to develop your digital toolkit! The workshop will be titled "Pivoting to a New Electoral Reality: Building Trust Online and Implementation of Vote By Mail," with participants learning how voter engagement leaders are scaling their digital programs and adjusting to an election that will be unlike any other. Invited guests include:

  • Darrell Scott, PushBlack
  • ...
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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)
  • Jay Saini, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law
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