HKS Gender and Security Seminar Series -- Transgender Military Service: What's at Stake in the Debate?


Monday, February 25, 2019, 11:45am to 1:00pm


Rubenstein 414B , David Ellwood Democracy Lab, Harvard Kennedy School
Join us for an HKS Gender and Security Seminar Series event featuring Aaron Belkin, Professor of Political Science at San Francisco State University and author of How We Won: Progressive Lessons from the Repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell.'  Juliette Kayyem, Belfer Lecturer in International Security, HKS, will moderate. Lunch will be served. 
Aaron BelkinAbout Aaron Belkin
Dr. Aaron Belkin is a scholar and advocate who, since 1999, has served as founding director of the Palm Center, which the Advocate named as one of the most effective LGBT rights organizations in the United States. He designed and implemented much of the public education campaign responsible for helping end the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy in 2011. Aaron summarized the keys to successful advocacy in the book, How We Won: Progressive Lessons from the Repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell." Aaron has written and edited more than thirty scholarly articles, chapters and books, the most recent of which is a study of military masculinity published by Oxford University Press.
Juliette KayyemAbout Juliette Kayyem
Juliette Kayyem has spent over 15 years managing complex policy initiatives and organizing government responses to major crises in both state and federal government. Juliette is currently the Belfer Lecturer in International Security at Harvard Kennedy School and an on-air security analyst for CNN. Most recently, she was President Obama’s Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs at the Department of Homeland Security. In 2013, she was named the Pulitzer Prize finalist for editorial columns in the Boston Globe focused on ending the Pentagon’s combat exclusion rule against women, a policy that was changed that year.
About the HKS Gender and Security Seminar Series
The HKS Gender and Security Seminar Series, organized by Dara Kay Cohen, Ford Foundation Associate Professor of Public Policy, and Zoe Marks, Lecturer in Public Policy, brings leading experts from academia and the policy world, working at the intersection of gender, human rights, and security, to Harvard Kennedy School. Speakers discuss their research in progress or share their perspectives on current policy debates. During the spring 2019 semester the seminar series will be focused on the theme of “LGBT in War,” featuring speakers from the academic and policy worlds addressing LGBT issues in national militaries, non-state armed groups and the experiences of LGBT victims of war. The series is co-sponsored by four centers at HKS: the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Carr Center for Human Rights, and Women and Public Policy Program.
Save the Date! Upcoming Talks in the Gender and Security Seminar Series:
Friday, April 5: Theresia Thylin, Gender and Humanitarian Specialist, UN Women