Organizing and Advocacy: Stories of Social Change from China to Serbia


Friday, February 19, 2016, 12:00pm to 1:00pm


Ash Center Foyer, 124 Mt. Auburn St., Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA

About the Event

Join two students for a discussion of their work as organizers and activists. Both Mid-Career Mason Fellows, Ana Babović, a Ford Foundation Mason Fellow, will discuss her leadership role in Serbia on the Move, while Chun Zhou, a Tomorrow Education Foundation Fellow, will highlight advocacy work she has done to protect natural habitats along the Yangtze River. 

These two women's work as activists and organizers, in countries which can pose unique challenges to those seeking to drive social change, has required them to be creative and innovative in their strategies. From making the national media in Serbia and China work for them rather than against them, to the value and challenge returning to their work with a Western education poses, they will compare notes and provide a fascinating look at the work of advocacy in what will be, for most, an unfamiliar setting.

About the Series

The Ash Center Student Speaker Series highlights and explores the implications and lessons learned from the research projects or applied learning experiences of Harvard University students supported by the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation. Each week, we invite two students to offer brief remarks on their work, or a response to one another’s work, and then open the table for discussion. The series will take place each Friday at noon in the Ash Center foyer, 124 Mount Auburn Street, Suite 200-North. Lunch will be provided.