Events

Upcoming Events

2020 Feb 04

Study Group -- Youth Activism, Youth Voting: Is This its Year?

12:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: 

124 Mt Auburn Street, South Lobby, Suite 160S, Room 105

Join Ash Center fellows Miles Rapoport and Tova Wang for a five-part study group examining various aspects of the burgeoning democracy reform movement sweeping through states across the country. Session 1 is entitled "Youth Activism, Youth Voting: Is This its Year?" Special guests include Dawn Boudwin...

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2020 Feb 06

The Implications of Taiwan's Presidential and Parliamentary Elections

4:15pm to 5:30pm

Location: 

Land Hall, Belfer Building, HKS

You're invited to a panel discussion on Taiwan's January 11th presidential and parliamentary elections with Alice Chen MPA/ID 2022 and Joseph Fewsmith, Professor of International Relations and Political Science at Boston University and a fellow at Harvard's Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies. This discussion will be moderated by Ash Center Director and Daewoo Professor of International Affairs Tony Saich. The panel will unpack the results of last month's elections and discuss their impact on Taiwan and the Asia-Pacific region more broadly. 

Refreshments...

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2020 Feb 06

Bloomberg Harvard Summer Fellows Info Session at HBS

4:30pm to 6:30pm

Location: 

Cumnock 120, HBS

For those unable to attend the previous session at HKS, you are invited to join the faculty and staff of the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative for an info session on summer 2020 student fellowships on the campus of Harvard Business School. Learn about participating cities and projects as well as how to apply for this year's summer fellowship program cycle. Refreshments will be served. 

2020 Feb 06

Bloomberg Harvard Summer Fellows Info Session at HBS

4:30pm to 6:30pm

Location: 

Room 120, Cumnock Hall, Harvard Business School

Join the faculty and staff of the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative for an info session on summer 2020 student fellowships. Learn about participating cities and projects as well as how to apply for this year's summer fellowship program cycle. Refreshments will be served

2020 Feb 07

Ash Community Speaker Series

Fri - Fri, Feb 7 to May 8, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Location: 

Ash Center Foyer, 124 Mount Auburn Street, Suite 200N

Join us on Fridays during the spring semester for the Ash Community Speaker Series. 

The Ash Community Speaker Series features discussions with students, faculty, fellows, and alumni whose research or other academic work is supported by the Ash Center. The series is a forum to discuss new ideas, innovative work, and ongoing projects that are related to the Ash Center's mission to make the world a better place by advancing excellence and innovation in governance and public policy through research, education,...

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2020 Feb 10

Book Talk -- American Resistance: From the Women’s March to the Blue Wave

12:00pm to 1:15pm

Location: 

Ash Center Foyer, 124 Mount Auburn St, Suite 200N

Join us for a discussion with Dana R. Fisher, Professor of Sociology and the Director of the Program for Society and the Environment at the University of Maryland, author of American Resistance: From the Women’s March to the Blue Wave. Marshall GanzRita E. Hauser Senior Lecturer in Leadership, Organizing, and Civil Society, will moderate. 

About the book 

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2020 Feb 11

Study Group -- Organizing on the Fringes

12:00pm to 1:15pm

Location: 

124 Mt Auburn Street, South Lobby, Suite 160S, Room 105

Join Ash Center Democracy Fellows Johnnie Lotesta and Gali Racabi for the first session of their spring semester study group on the struggles and successes of the U.S. labor movement. Labor unions have played an important role in incorporating economically marginalized groups into the American working class, including, in particular cases, immigrant communities, people of color, and multiple classes of precarious workers. This session will explore past and present efforts to organize workers on the economic, social, and legal margins of the American organized labor movement - farm...

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2020 Feb 18

Study Group -- Voter Suppression in 2020: What to Expect, Who is Fighting Back?

12:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: 

124 Mt Auburn Street, South Lobby, Suite 160S, Room 105

Join Ash Center fellows Miles Rapoport and Tova Wang for a five-part study group examining various aspects of the burgeoning democracy reform movement sweeping through states across the country. Session 2 is entitled "Voter Suppression in 2020: What to Expect, Who is Fighting Back?" Lunch will be served. Seating preference will be given to students. No preregistration or RSVP is necessary. 

Throughout the semester, leading advocates, organizers and scholars on voting rights, social movements, and structural election reform will share their unique...

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2020 Feb 24

Study Group -- "City Challenges" and boosting open innovation at the local level

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 first session of her three-part study group on improving representation in cities. This first session will discuss "city-challenges" designed booster open innovation at the local level. Participants will have a chance to examine the Mexican Multi-City Challenge being developed in partnership with NYU GovLab, USAID-Trust for the Americas, and the Tinker Foundation. Lunch will be served.

Seating preference will be given to students. No pre-...

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2020 Feb 25

Study Group -- If You Only Knew: The Power of State and Local Election Officials

12:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: 

124 Mt Auburn Street, South Lobby, Suite 160S, Room 105

Join Ash Center fellows Miles Rapoport and Tova Wang for a five-part study group examining various aspects of the burgeoning democracy reform movement sweeping through states across the country. Session 3 is entitled "If You Only Knew: The Power of State and Local Election Officials." Lunch will be served. Seating preference will be given to students. No preregistration or RSVP is necessary. 

Throughout the semester, leading advocates, organizers and scholars on voting rights, social movements, and structural election reform will share their unique...

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2020 Mar 04

Study Group -- Labor, Equality, and American Civic Life

12:00pm to 1:15pm

Location: 

124 Mt Auburn Street, South Lobby, Suite 160S, Room 105

Join Ash Center Democracy Fellows Johnnie Lotesta and Gali Racabi for the second session of their spring semester 2020 study group on the struggles and successes of the U.S. labor movement. Popular and scholarly attention to the American labor movement is often bifurcated between two spheres of action: shop floor negotiations and the ivory halls of federal legislative and legal institutions. This second session explores a third, often under-appreciated sphere of labor action - civil society. The study group will examine the American labor movement as a network of organizations and...

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2020 Mar 10

Tech & Democracy Workshop with Eric Wilson

12:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: 

124 Mount Auburn St., Suite 100N, Room 106

Join Ash Center Technology and Democracy Fellow Eric Wilson to develop your digital toolkit. This is a hands-on workshop; participants are expected to arrive ready to learn and practice a new skill.

The Ash Center's Technology and Democracy Workshop Series are hands-on, co-curricular events designed to help HKS and other students at Harvard develop real-world technology skills. Led by a network of technology practitioners,...

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2020 Mar 10

Democracy in Hard Places Seminar: Ill Winds Against Liberal Democracy

4:15pm to 5:30pm

Location: 

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

Join us for a discussion with Larry Diamond, senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University. Tarek Masoud, Professor of Public Policy and the Sultan of Oman Professor of International Relations at Harvard Kennedy School, will moderate.

About the Democracy in Hard Places Initiative

This discussion is part of the Ash Center's Democracy in Hard Places Initiative, a program directed by ...

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2020 Mar 24

Study Group -- Voting Rights Restoration: At the Intersection of Criminal Justice and Democracy

12:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: 

124 Mt Auburn Street, South Lobby, Suite 160S, Room 105

Join Ash Center fellows Miles Rapoport and Tova Wang for a five-part study group examining various aspects of the burgeoning democracy reform movement sweeping through states across the country. Session 4 is entitled "Voting Rights Restoration: At the Intersection of Criminal Justice and Democracy." Lunch will be served. Seating preference will be given to students. No preregistration or RSVP is necessary. 

Throughout the semester, leading advocates, organizers and scholars on voting rights, social movements, and structural election reform will share their...

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2020 Mar 26

Democracy in Hard Places Seminar -- Populist Violence and Social Resistance: The Catholic Church and the Philippine Drug War

4:15pm to 5:30pm

Location: 

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

Join us for a discussion with Steven Brooke, Assistant Professor, Comparative Politics, University of Wisconsin; and non-resident fellow, Harvard Kennedy School’s Middle East Initiative. The talk will be moderated by Tarek Masoud, Professor of Public Policy and Sultan of Oman Professor of International Relations, Harvard Kennedy School.

Research Description

Brooke will present...

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2020 Mar 30

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

Tech & Democracy Workshop with Nick Carter

4:15pm to 5:30pm

Location: 

WEX-G02 Seminar Room, Harvard Kennedy School

Join Ash Center Technology and Democracy Fellow Nick Carter to develop your digital toolkit. This is a hands-on workshop; participants are expected to arrive ready to learn and practice a new skill.

The Ash Center's Technology and Democracy Workshop Series are hands-on, co-curricular events designed to help HKS and other students at Harvard develop real-world technology skills. Led by a network of technology practitioners,...

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2020 Apr 01

Study Group -- Attacks on Organized Labor Past and Present

12:00pm to 1:15pm

Location: 

124 Mt Auburn Street, South Lobby, Suite 160S, Room 105

Join Ash Center Democracy Fellows Johnnie Lotesta and Gali Racabi for the third session of their spring semester 2020 study group on the struggles and successes of the U.S. labor movement. During the mid-20th century, America’s unions constituted one of the most well organized and politically influential groups in the nation. By the 1990s, however, labor was in a rapid decline. Much of this decline has been attributed to systematic attacks on the organized labor movement through legal suits, employer hostility, and the passage of restrictive labor reforms. This session will examine...

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