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2022 Sep 28

Lunchtime Study Group: Co-Creating Local Government Session 2: Lifting up the Hood on Local Government

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

WexG02 Seminar Room, Harvard Kennedy School

Join us for the second session of the fall semester student study group, Co-Creating Local Government. This session will delve into how to make local government more transparent and accessible including the examples from ResiStat, regular meetings with community members to share data and updates about the workings of the City, and SomerStat, internal meetings with key staff to manage the performance of City departments.

Guest speaker: Stephanie Hirsch, first SomerStat Director and City Manager for Eau Claire, WI.

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2022 Sep 28

Fighting for Freedom: A Conversation with Ramy Shaath and Céline Lebrun-Shaath

4:30pm to 5:30pm

Location: 

L-140, HKS

The Center for Public Leadership invites you a talk surrounding a compelling story of human rights and political activism, as we welcome Mr. Ramy Shaath and Ms. Céline Lebrun-Shaath. A prominent Palestinian-Egyptian political activist, Ramy Shaath has fought for decades in the Egyptian and Palestinian political scenes on human rights causes. He was at the front lines of the 2011 Egyptian revolution, leading both in demonstrations and in organized political activity. His wife, Céline Lebrun-Shaath, is a community organizer and political activist. After seeing huge success organizing...

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2022 Sep 28

How Will Global Democracy Survive?

6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: 

JFK Jr. Forum, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge, MA -- Registration Required

From the January 6th insurrection in Washington to the steady march of authoritarianism around the world, no corner of the globe has been safe from attempts to subvert democracy. What are the root causes of these forces, and how can we combat these threats?

Join us and the Institute of Politics in the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum on Wednesday, September 28, 2022, for a conversation with Professor Steven Levitsky, David Rockefeller Professor of Latin American Studies and Professor of Government, and Professor Daniel Ziblatt, Eaton Professor of Government and...

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2022 Sep 29

Breakfast Study Group — Challenges and Prospects of Democracy in the Arab World (Session 4)

8:45am to 10:15am

Location: 

WexG02 Seminar Room, Harvard Kennedy School

Session four of the Democratization in the Arab World: Challenges and Prospects for the Future Study Group with former Tunisian president Dr. Moncef Marzouki will focus on the most specific obstacle to Arab democratization: Islamism. Discussion will include how has political Islam in its armed version as well as in its civil version been a gift from heaven to dictatorships. Students will also explore why democratic elections have favored Islamist parties, and why they have failed the test of power (the case of Tunisia and Morocco). Participants will then debate the question: “Now that...

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2022 Sep 29

The Crisis of Racial Justice in a Faltering Democracy

6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: 

JFK Jr. Forum, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge, MA -- Registration Required

On September 29, 2022, join the Institutional Antiracism and Accountability (IARA) Project in the JFK Jr. Forum for a discussion featuring Maya Wiley, president of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and former counsel to the mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio. The conversation will be moderated by Khalil Gibran Muhammad, director of the Institutional Antiracism and Accountability Project and Ford Foundation Professor of History, Race, and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School. We will hear from President Wiley about her vision for leading the nation through a...

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2022 Sep 30

Strengthening Democracy with Dollars? How Funding Changes Administrators' Behavior & Increases Voter Turnout

12:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: 

S050 (Concourse level), CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge St.

Join Christian Grose, Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at the University of Southern California for a talk on “Strengthening Democracy with Dollars? Increasing Funding for Elections Changes Administrators' Behavior and Increases Voter Turnout.” This discussion is part of the American Politics Speaker Series sponsored by the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation and the Center for American Political Studies.

This will be an in-person event open to Harvard ID holders only. Lunch will be served.

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2022 Sep 30

Indonesian Language Class - Every Friday

Repeats every week every Friday until Fri Dec 16 2022 except Fri Nov 11 2022, Fri Nov 25 2022.
2:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: 

Ash Center Conference Room, #226, 124 Mt Auburn Street, Suite 200N

Harvard community members and other Boston-area students and scholars are invited to join us during the fall semester every week for a free, Indonesian language class, starting Friday, September 9th and ending Friday December 16.**

Course Description 

This class is not for credit and open to all Harvard students, faculty, fellows, and staff members as well as other Boston-area students and scholars. The lessons will be conducted by ...

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2022 Oct 03

Lunchtime Study Group—Corruption and Anticorruption (Session 1): Politics of Anticorruption Campaigns

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

Ash Center Conference Room, #226, 124 Mt Auburn Street, Suite 200N

The connections between corruption management and democratic compromise are myriad, complex, and not commonly understood. What starts as an anticorruption campaign can end up as an instrument of cronyism and media control – undermining democracy. The first session will discuss the causes and consequences of anticorruption campaigns in the Philippines, with particular focus on the future of reforms under the new administration of President Marcos Jr.

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2022 Oct 04

Democratic Governance in Turbulent Times: The Experience of the Peruvian Transition and Emergency Government

6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: 

Tsai Auditorium, CGIS South

The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation invites you to a discussion sponsored by the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies featuring Dr. Francisco Sagasti, former president of Peru entitled "Democratic Governance in Turbulent Times: The Experience of the Peruvian Transition and Emergency Government." This discussion is moderated by Steven Levitsky, Professor of Government and Director of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies.

About the Discussion:    
An uncertain global and regional context,...

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2022 Oct 05

Lunchtime Study Group: Co-Creating Local Government Session 3: Lifting up the Hood on Local Government

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

WexG02 Seminar Room, Harvard Kennedy School

Join us for the third session of the fall semester student study group, Co-Creating Local Government. This session will share strategies for bringing residents and staff together on equal footing to jointly solve issues facing the community including examples from the Open Space Creation Task Force and the Parking Policy Task Force.

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2022 Oct 06

Breakfast Study Group — Challenges and Prospects of Democracy in the Arab World (Session 5)

8:45am to 10:15am

Location: 

WexG02 Seminar Room, Harvard Kennedy School

Session five of the Democratization in the Arab World: Challenges and Prospects for the Future Study Group with former Tunisian president Dr. Moncef Marzouki will focus on the role of the economy in the victory the revolution (2010-2011) and its role in the return to power of the counter revolution (2014-2022). Discussion will also touch on topics related to the challenges of long political transitional stages and the disagreement over priorities between an elite obsessed with freedoms and a majority obsessed with the urgency of improving its standard of living. Participants will then...

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2022 Oct 07

Indonesian Language Class - Every Friday

2:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: 

Ash Center Conference Room, #226, 124 Mt Auburn Street, Suite 200N

Harvard community members and other Boston-area students and scholars are invited to join us during the fall semester every week for a free, Indonesian language class, starting Friday, September 9th and ending Friday December 16.**

Course Description 

This class is not for credit and open to all Harvard students, faculty, fellows, and staff members as well as other Boston-area students and scholars. The lessons will be conducted by ...

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2022 Oct 12

Lunchtime Study Group: Co-Creating Local Government Session 4: Lifting up the Hood on Local Government

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

WexG02 Seminar Room, Harvard Kennedy School

Join us for the fourth session of the fall semester student study group, Co-Creating Local Government. Cities like Somerville are changing rapidly. To ensure this change meets the needs of the community, residents and local government need to have a shared vision of what they want their community to be. This session will look at the creation of SomerVision 2020 and 2030 as well as Somerville’s zoning overhaul.

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2022 Oct 12

Brazilian Democracy Under Attack: 1964 and 2022

12:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: 

Virtual event, registration required

Join us for a David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies event cosponsored by the Ash Center and the Future of Diplomacy Project at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. 

In 1964, a military coup d’Etat, supported by sectors of civil society, inaugurated two decades of dictatorship in Brazil. In 2022, a right-wing government works to undermine democratic institutions and find justification for another period of authoritarianism. There is much in common in the political rhetoric used to attack democracy in both periods: antidemocratic...

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2022 Oct 14

Policy Outcomes and Voter Turnout: Evidence from Farmers’ Trade War Experiences

12:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: 

K354 (3rd Floor), CGIS Knafel Building, 1737 Cambridge St.

Join Neil Malhotra, Edith M. Cornell Professor of Political Economy at Stanford Graduate School of Business for a talk on “Policy Outcomes and Voter Turnout: Evidence from Farmers’ Trade War Experiences.” This discussion is part of the American Politics Speaker Series sponsored by the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation and the Center for American Political Studies.

This will be an in-person event open to Harvard ID holders only. Lunch will be served.

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2022 Oct 14

Indonesian Language Class - Every Friday

2:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: 

Ash Center Conference Room, #226, 124 Mt Auburn Street, Suite 200N

Harvard community members and other Boston-area students and scholars are invited to join us during the fall semester every week for a free, Indonesian language class, starting Friday, September 9th and ending Friday December 16.**

Course Description 

This class is not for credit and open to all Harvard students, faculty, fellows, and staff members as well as other Boston-area students and scholars. The lessons will be conducted by ...

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2022 Oct 17

Lunchtime Study Group—Corruption and Anticorruption (Session 2): Corruption Control in Public Service Delivery

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

Ash Center Conference Room, #226, 124 Mt Auburn Street, Suite 200N

Session two explores the range of anticorruption strategies that can improve public service delivery at different stages of policy. What are the strengths and weaknesses of a sector-by-sector approach to understanding different forms and solutions to corruption in public services? Lessons...

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2022 Oct 19

Lunchtime Study Group: Co-Creating Local Government Session 5: Facing Our Biggest Challenges Together

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

Rubinstein 414 Democracy Lab, Harvard Kennedy School

Join us for the fifth and final session of the fall semester student study group, Co-Creating Local Government. Cities are ground zero for our greatest challenges- climate change, safe and stable housing, racial equity and justice, opioid crisis, COVID response and so much more. Drawing on the lessons from the previous session, this session will engage participants around how local governments can engage residents to co-create solutions to the challenges we face.

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