Study Group: Practitioners in American Democracy


Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 4:30pm to 6:00pm


124 Mt. Auburn Street, Room 106, First Floor

Join Miles Rapoport, Senior Practice Fellow in American Democracy at the Ash Center, for the fifth session of a spring semester study group with practitioners in the field of democratic governance. Study group participants will hear from advocates, organizers, elected officials, and policy innovators, and have the opportunity to discuss the latest strategies and leading organizations promoting democratic institutions and norms. Study group sessions are open to all Harvard ID holders. Refreshments will be provided. 

Can Anything Be Done about Polarization, Hyper-partisanship, and Gridlock?

Featuring David Blankenhorn, Founder and President of Better Angels; Betsy Hawkings, Program Director, Governance Initiative, The Democracy Fund

David Blankenhorn has been challenging issues of hyper-polarization for years through his work at the Institute for American Values. Better Angels, founded last year, has been engaged in a Bus Tour through America’s heartland as a way to organize deep conversations among Trump supporters and Clinton supporters.  

Betsy Hawkings served as the long-time top aide to Congressman Chris Shays, and through The Democracy Fund, one of the innovative new funders in the democracy field, has supported numerous efforts aimed at dealing with partisan gridlock and dysfunction.

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