Events

Upcoming Events

2018 Sep 05

2018 Ash Center Open House

3:00pm to 5:00pm

Location: 

124 Mt. Auburn Street, Suite 200N, Floor 2

Join us at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation’s 2018 Open House!

Learn about the Ash Center’s research, course offerings, and programs fostering excellence in democratic governance and innovation.  Hear about our many student resources including travel grants, fellowships, experiential learning programs, and research opportunities. 

Our faculty and fellows will be available to meet and answer questions during the event. Food and drink will be...

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2018 Sep 12

Book Talk: Rethinking America’s Highways

4:15pm to 5:30pm

Location: 

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

Join Robert Poole, Director of Transportation Policy at the Reason Foundation, author of Rethinking America’s Highways, for a dicsussion. Stephen Goldsmith, Daniel Paul Professor of the Practice of Government and the Director of the Ash Center Innovations in American Government Program, will moderate. 

Rethinking America’s Highways: A 21st Century Vision for Better Infrastructure

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2018 Sep 18

Polling China: Understanding Public Opinion Across China

4:15pm to 5:30pm

Location: 

Ash Center foyer, 124 Mt Auburn St, Suite 200 North, Cambridge
Join us for a conversation with Ash Center Director and Daewoo Professor of International Affairs Tony Saich and Jesse Turiel, a PhD candidate from Boston University as they discuss their groundbreaking public opinion survey project in China. Starting in 2003, Saich developed a series of surveys to measure satisfaction with various levels of government in China. Through 2016, the survey project ultimately captured opinion data from 32,000 individual respondents, making it the most ambitious public opinion research project conducted on a nationwide scale to date in China. 
2018 Oct 04

Democracy in Hard Places Seminar -- Democracy When You Least Expect It: Strong State Democratization in Authoritarian Asia

4:15pm to 5:30pm

Location: 

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

The conventional wisdom is that democracy emerges from the ashes of a collapsed authoritarian regime. In other words, democratic prospects look most enticing when dictatorships become weak, unstable or fall. Counterintuitively, democracy in Asia has tended to emerge when authoritarian regimes have been relatively strong. We call this democracy-through-strength, and illuminate this model through historical examples in Taiwan, Korea and Indonesia, and assess the prospects of democracy in authoritarian stalwarts like China.

Join Joseph Wong, Ralph and Roz Halbert Professor of Innovation at the Munk School of Global Affairs, a Professor of Political Science in the Faculty of Arts and Science, University of Toronto, in discussion. Scott Mainwaring, Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor of Brazil Studies, will moderate.... Read more about Democracy in Hard Places Seminar -- Democracy When You Least Expect It: Strong State Democratization in Authoritarian Asia

2018 Oct 18

Book Talk -- Deep Roots: How Slavery Still Shapes Southern Politics

4:15pm to 5:30pm

Location: 

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

Join authors Maya Sen, Associate Professor of Public Policy, HKS, and Matt Blackwell, Assistant Professor of Government, Harvard University, in discussion about their recent book, Deep Roots: How Slavery Still Shapes Southern Politics

Deep Roots: How Slavery Still Shapes Southern Politics

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2018 Oct 25

Democracy in Hard Places Seminar: How to Think About Democratic Dissatisfaction and Populism in the West

4:15pm to 5:30pm

Location: 

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

Join Sheri Berman, Professor of Political Science at Barnard College, Columbia University, for a discussion analyzing various explanations for growing dissatisfaction with liberal democracy and rising populism in the West.  The talk will cover some of the main causes put forward by scholars and pundits, assess the evidence for these various causes, and suggest some ways the research agenda and our understandings of these crucial phenomena can move forward.... Read more about Democracy in Hard Places Seminar: How to Think About Democratic Dissatisfaction and Populism in the West