Events

Upcoming Events

2019 Sep 19

Investing and Innovating: Technology’s Role in Democracy Reform

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

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

From online voter registration to digital news media, Citizens are increasingly interacting with democracy and civil society aided by technology. Join us for a conversation with three of our 2019-20 Technology and Democracy Fellows, investors and experts from the technology community, about how digital tools, platforms, and products are being leveraged to better our democracy.  

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2019 Sep 19

JFK Jr Forum -- Hong Kong: the Future of One Country, Two Systems

6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: 

JFK Jr Forum, Littauer Building, Harvard Kennedy School
Join Ash Center Director Tony Saich along with Shorenstein Fellow and New York Times Beijing bureau chief Jane Perlez, and University of Notre Dame Associate Professor of Political Science Victoria Tin-bor Hui for a discussion in the JFK Jr Forum on Hong Kong: the Future of One Country, Two Systems. This discussion is sponsored by the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation and the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies. 
2019 Sep 20

Ash Community Speaker Series — Democracy Can’t Wait: Reaching the American Voter

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

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

Voter turnout plays a significant part in the health of our democracy. Join us for a discussion with four of our 2019-20 Technology and Democracy Fellows, experts on voter engagement and digital organizers, about the state of voter participation and how we can inspire even more people, from all communities, to get out and vote.

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2019 Sep 24

National Voter Registration Day

9:30am to 1:30pm

Location: 

JFK Jr. Forum, Harvard Kennedy School, 79 JFK Street

Join us to celebrate National Voter Registration Day. Faculty, staff, and students will be available to help voters register, update registration, and sign up for election alerts. 

Coffee, donuts, pizza, and more will be served throughout the morning. 

2019 Sep 25

Finding New Opportunities for Transparency, Accountability, and Civic Participation to Improve Health

2:15pm to 3:30pm

Location: 

WEX-G02 Seminar Room, Harvard Kennedy School

For the past several decades, transparency and accountability advocates and practitioners have pursued civic participation programs as promising mechanisms to solve persistent problems with primary health quality and demand. However, the research, including the recent Transparency for Development study led by the Harvard Kennedy School and Results for Development, has not been able to show a consistent positive picture of the link...

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2019 Sep 25

When, Where, and How Does Transparency and Accountability Improve Health?

4:15pm to 5:30pm

Location: 

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

Six years ago, the Transparency for Development (T4D) project sought to uncover new and unique evidence on the role of community-led transparency and accountability in improving health outcomes – and how and why we see mixed evidence when these interventions are implemented in the real world.  Based on large-scale mixed methods research utilizing quantitative and qualitative approaches in two countries (Indonesia and Tanzania) and small...

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2019 Sep 27

Ash Community Speaker Series -- Becoming a Data-Driven City: Translating Ideas into Practice

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

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

Join Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative’s summer fellows Joanna Bell, Lisa Setrakian, and Nicolas Diaz, for a conversation about their work with cities and city officials seeking to integrate data into their decision-making and operations. Santa Fe, Durham, and Sioux Falls have different levels of data maturity but they all seek to use data to improve outcomes for challenges that range from inclusive economic development to fire prevention. The group will discuss strategies for cities to become more data-oriented, to effectively work across silos, and to lay the groundwork for...

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2019 Oct 01

Study Group -- A Democracy Agenda: Conversations with Leaders in the Field [Session One]

12:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: 

124 Mt Auburn St, Suite 160S, Room 105

Join Miles Rapoport, Senior Practice Fellow in American Democracy, and Tova Wang, Ash Center Democracy Fellow, for the first session of a five-part study group which will examine various aspects of the burgeoning democracy reform movement sweeping through states across the country. Throughout the semester, leading advocates, organizers and scholars on voting rights, social movements, and structural election reform will share their unique experiences and perspectives. The group will discuss democracy reform campaigns, lessons learned, and the...

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2019 Oct 02

Book Talk -- Beaten Down, Worked Up: The Past, Present and Future of American Labor

4:00pm

Location: 

WCC 2004, Second Floor of Wasserstein Hall, Harvard Law School

Join the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation and the Harvard Law School Labor and Worklife Program for a discussion with Steven Greenhouse, long-time labor reporter for the New York Times, author of Beaten Down, Worked Up:  The Past, Present, and Future of American Labor....

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2019 Oct 03

Book Talk -- China's Urban Champions: The Politics of Spatial Development

12:00pm to 1:15pm

Location: 

Wiener Auditorium, Taubman Building, Ground Floor, Harvard Kennedy School

Join us for a discussion with Kyle Jaros, author of China's Urban Champions: The Politics of Spatial Development; Associate Professor in the Political Economy of China, University of Oxford. Meg Rithmire, F. Warren McFarlan Associate Professor of Business of Administration, Harvard Business School, will serve as a respondent. Ash Center Director Tony Saich, Daewoo Professor of International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School, will moderate. 

This is a brown bag lunch event, refreshments will not be...

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2019 Oct 07

S.T. Lee Lecture -- A Flawed Giant: Zhou Enlai and China’s Prolonged Rise

6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: 

JFK Jr Forum, Littauer Building, Harvard Kennedy School

You are invited to the S.T. Lee Lecture presented by Chen Jian, the Distinguished Global Network Professor of History at NYU and NYU-Shanghai. Professor Chen's talk, entitled "A Flawed Giant: Zhou Enlai and China’s Prolonged Rise" will be moderated by Fred Logevall, the Laurence D. Belfer Professor of International Affairs at HKS. 

Chen Jian is the Distinguished Global Network Professor of History at NYU and NYU-Shanghai, Hu Shih Professor of History Emeritus and, from...

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2019 Oct 08

China's Belt and Road Initiative: Impact and Perceptions in Europe

12:00pm to 1:15pm

Location: 

Malkin Penthouse, Littauer Building, 4th Floor, Harvard Kennedy School

When China started promoting its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in 2013, Europe was always going to be a key destination for both the "Belt" and the "Maritime Road" with an open goal of targeting the European consumer market. While Beijing has tried to promote its initiative across Europe, the BRI concept remains unclear to a lot of Europeans. In addition, it has been hard to differentiate between Chinese foreign direct investments (with a total amount of EUR 17.3 billion in 2018, mainly in the UK, Germany and France) and BRI-related projects, which have been scarce in the European Union...

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2019 Oct 08

Study Group -- A Democracy Agenda: Conversations with Leaders in the Field [Session Two]

12:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: 

124 Mt Auburn St., Suite 200N, Room 226

Join Miles Rapoport, Senior Practice Fellow in American Democracy, and Tova Wang, Ash Center Democracy Fellow, for the second session of a five-part study group which will examine various aspects of the burgeoning democracy reform movement sweeping through states across the country. Throughout the semester, leading advocates, organizers and scholars on voting rights, social movements, and structural election reform will share their unique experiences and perspectives. The group will discuss democracy reform campaigns, lessons learned, and the...

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2019 Oct 29

Study Group -- A Democracy Agenda: Conversations with Leaders in the Field [Session Three]

12:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: 

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

Join Miles Rapoport, Senior Practice Fellow in American Democracy, and Tova Wang, Ash Center Democracy Fellow, for the third session of a five-part study group which will examine various aspects of the burgeoning democracy reform movement sweeping through states across the country. Throughout the semester, leading advocates, organizers and scholars on voting rights, social movements, and structural election reform will share their unique experiences and perspectives. The group will discuss democracy reform campaigns, lessons learned, and the...

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2019 Nov 07

Deliberative Democracy and Transforming Urban Policy Design in Buenos Aires

4:15pm to 5:30pm

Location: 

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

The case of Buenos Aires's Socio-Urban Integration Plan: How deliberative democracy is transforming urban policy design in Latin America's most ambitious slum upgrading program

In recent years, Buenos Aires City Government has set out to become a more inclusive and sustainable city, with a priority of serving the city's most vulnerable populations. The Housing Authority of the City of Buenos Aires has designed an innovative Socio-Urban Integration Plan which makes focus in the process by seeking to involve the relevant actors in the decision making of the slum...

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2019 Nov 12

Study Group -- A Democracy Agenda: Conversations with Leaders in the Field [Session Four]

12:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: 

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

Join Miles Rapoport, Senior Practice Fellow in American Democracy, and Tova Wang, Ash Center Democracy Fellow, for the fourth session of a five-part study group which will examine various aspects of the burgeoning democracy reform movement sweeping through states across the country. Throughout the semester, leading advocates, organizers and scholars on voting rights, social movements, and structural election reform will share their unique experiences and perspectives. The group will discuss democracy reform campaigns, lessons learned, and...

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2019 Nov 13

Book Talk -- They Don't Represent Us: Reclaiming Our Democracy with Author Lawrence Lessig

4:15pm to 5:30pm

Location: 

Allison Dining Room, 5th Floor, Taubman Building, Harvard Kennedy School

The Ash Center invites you to join a book talk with Lawrence Lessig, the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School and author of  They Don't Represent Us: Reclaiming Our Democracy. This talk will be moderated...

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2019 Dec 03

Study Group -- A Democracy Agenda: Conversations with Leaders in the Field [Session Five]

12:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: 

124 Mt Auburn St, Suite 160S, Room 105

Join Miles Rapoport, Senior Practice Fellow in American Democracy, and Tova Wang, Ash Center Democracy Fellow, for the final session of a five-part study group which will examine various aspects of the burgeoning democracy reform movement sweeping through states across the country. Throughout the semester, leading advocates, organizers and scholars on voting rights, social movements, and structural election reform will share their unique experiences and perspectives. The group will discuss democracy reform campaigns, lessons learned, and the...

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