Events

Upcoming Events

2019 Feb 25

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

11:45am to 1:00pm

Location: 

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. 
2019 Feb 25

The Belt and Road Initiative: A Discussion of China's Vision and Strategy

12:00pm to 1:15pm

Location: 

Land Lecture Hall, 4th Floor, Belfer Building, HKS
Join us and the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies for a discussion with Shirley Yu, Non-Resident Ash Center Asia Program Fellow, about the Belt and Road Initiative. Anthony Saich, Ash Center Director, Daewoo Professor of International Affairs, will moderate. Lunch will be served. 
 
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2019 Feb 26

Working Out the Relationship between Fitness and U.S. Public Policy

4:15pm to 5:30pm

Location: 

Land Lecture Hall, 4th Floor, Belfer Building, HKS

Join us and the Women and Public Policy Program for a conversation with Natalia Mehlman Petrzela, Associate Professor of History at the New School; and Kinitra Brooks, Advancing Equity through Research Fellow at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard, Audrey and John Leslie Endowed Chair in Literary Studies in the Department of English at Michigan State University. Petrezla is currently writing a book about American fitness culture titled, Fit Nation: How America Embraced Exercise as the...

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2019 Feb 26

Film Screening – Isaac Pope: The Spirit of an American Century

5:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: 

434 AB, Wexner Building, Fourth Floor, Harvard Kennedy School
Please join the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, and the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation for a film screening of, “Isaac Pope: The Spirit of an American Century.... Read more about Film Screening – Isaac Pope: The Spirit of an American Century
2019 Feb 28

Democracy in Hard Places -- Populism's Threat to Democracy: Comparative Lessons for the U.S.

4:15pm to 5:30pm

Location: 

Ash Center Foyer, 124 Mount Auburn St., Floor 2, Suite 200N

Join Kurt Weyland, Mike Hogg Professor in Liberal Arts, University of Texas at Austin Department of Government, in discussion. Scott Mainwaring, Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor for Brazil Studies, HKS, will moderate. 

To elucidate the prospects of U.S. democracy under President Trump, this talk will analyze the regime impact of populist chief executives in Europe and Latin America. Professor Weyland's investigation finds that institutional weakness is a crucial permissive cause for democratic backsliding. Yet even in weaker institutional settings, authoritarian regression only advances under special circumstances, namely when acute yet resolvable crises or extraordinary bonanzas allow populist leaders to win overwhelming support – and then override institutional constraints. Because none of these conditions prevails in the U.S., an undemocratic involution is exceedingly unlikely.

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2019 Mar 01

Ash Community Speaker Series: Why Local Democracy Still Matters for Urban Schools

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

Ash Center Foyer, 124 Mount Auburn St., Floor 2, Suite 200N

Join Ash Center Visting Democracy Fellow Jonathan Collins, Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow and Visiting Professor of Political Science and Education at Brown University, in discussion about the way that people interact with their municipal governments and their local school boards.  Collins will explore how policies and outcomes produced by school boards both begin with the extent to which school boards establish a culture of deliberation with the public - a culture that can be measured.  He will also illustrate how the racial context of...

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2019 Mar 01

Strengthening Democratic Institutions

5:00pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

JFK Jr. Forum, Harvard Kennedy School, 79 JFK Street
Join us and the Institute of Politics for a conversation with Jeff Flake, United States Senator, Arizona (2013 - 2019). Leah Wright Rigueur, Assistant Professor of Public Policy, HKS, will moderate.
2019 Mar 05

Study Group: Democracy Reform

12:00pm to 1:15pm

Location: 

124 Mt Auburn Street, Suite 200N, Room 226

Join us for the second session of the Democracy Reform: Through the Practitioner’s Lens study group with Miles Rapoport. This second session will be a conversation with John Brautigam, Counsel and Senior Policy Advisor to Maine League of Women Voters and Maine Citizens for Clean Elections; and Adam Friedman, Executive Director, Voter Choice Massachusetts, about Maine, ranked choice voting, and the promise of structural reforms. This study group is open to the Harvard and broader Boston-area university community...

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2019 Mar 07

Democracy in Hard Places -- Democratizing the Party: The Effects of Primary Election Reforms in Ghana

4:15pm to 5:30pm

Location: 

Ash Center Foyer, 124 Mount Auburn St., Floor 2, Suite 200N

Join Nahomi Ichino, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Michigan University in disucssion. Tarek Masoud, Professor of Public Policy and Sultan of Oman Professor of International Relations, will moderate. 

Ghana's major parties recently reformed primary election rules which offers a rare opportunity to assess the effects franchise expansion in contemporary new democracies, where universal suffrage was already established at independence. In this talk, Ichino will propose that democratizing candidate selection by expanding the primary electorate has two consequences in patronage-oriented political systems: the electorate will have more diverse preferences and vote buying will become a less effective strategy. These changes, in turn, affect the types of politicians who seek and win legislative nominations.  Using an original dataset on candidate entry and nominations, she will show that expanding the primary electorate opened paths to office for politicians from social groups that were previously excluded, including women and members of ethnic groups outside a party's core national coalition.... Read more about Democracy in Hard Places -- Democratizing the Party: The Effects of Primary Election Reforms in Ghana

2019 Mar 12

Study Group: Democracy Reform

12:00pm to 1:15pm

Location: 

124 Mt Auburn Street, Suite 200N, Room 226

Join us for the third session of the Democracy Reform: Through the Practitioner’s Lens study group with Miles Rapoport. This third session will be a conversation with Karen Scharff, Co-Chair of the Working Families Party and Former Executive Director of Citizen Action of NY, about the fight for election reform in New York. This study group is open to the Harvard and broader Boston-area university community and requires no prior registration or application. Lunch will be served. 

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2019 Mar 26

Study Group: Democracy Reform

12:00pm to 1:15pm

Location: 

124 Mt Auburn Street, Suite 200N, Room 226

Join us for the fourth session of the Democracy Reform: Through the Practitioner’s Lens study group with Miles Rapoport. This fourth session will be a conversation about voter supression in 2019 and the fight against it. This study group is open to the Harvard and broader Boston-area university community and requires no prior registration or application. Lunch will be served. 

About the Study Group

Join Miles Rapoport, Senior Practice Fellow in American Democracy, for a four-part study group which will examine...

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2019 Apr 04

Study Group: Reimagining Civic Discourse on Social Media

4:15pm to 6:15pm

Location: 

Harvard Kennedy School

The application for this study group has closed. 

Students and fellows at Harvard and surrounding universities are invited to apply for a spring semester study group with Ash Center Fellow Deepti Doshi, Director of Community Partnerships at Facebook, MC/MPA '12; and Mo Safdari, former Program Manager for Election Integrity at Facebook, MBA/MPP. 

Building constructive civic discourse on social media is an urgent challenge. This reading group will...

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2019 May 03

Study Group: Reimagining Civic Discourse on Social Media

4:15pm to 6:15pm

Location: 

Harvard Kennedy School

The application for this study group has closed. 

Students and fellows at Harvard and surrounding universities are invited to apply for a spring semester study group with Ash Center Fellow Deepti Doshi, Director of Community Partnerships at Facebook, MC/MPA '12; and Mo Safdari, former Program Manager for Election Integrity at Facebook, MBA/MPP. 

Building constructive civic discourse on social media is an urgent challenge. This study group will take you behind the scenes to...

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