Making Democracy Work

The Making Democracy Work Seminar Series is a public dialogue series examining practical solutions to strengthening democracy and public engagement and participation in government in the United States and around the world.  The Ash Center will be convening academics, practitioners, technologists, community members, and elected officials to explore solutions to our democratic deficit.

2018 Feb 22

Book Talk: "Democracy in America?"

4:15pm to 5:30pm

Location: 

Bell Hall, 5th Floor, Belfer Building, Harvard Kennedy School , 79 JFK St., Cambridge, MA

Join us for a book talk with Benjamin Page and Martin Gilens, the authors of Democracy in America? What Has Gone Wrong and What We Can Do About It. Archon Fung, HKS Academic Dean and Winthrop Laflin McCormack Professor of Citizenship and Self-Government, will moderate. Jane Mansbridge, Adams Professor of Political Leadership and Democratic Values, will serve as a respondent. 

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2017 Nov 08

Conference on Redistricting Reform at Harvard

(All day)

Location: 

Ames Courtroom, Austin Hall, Harvard Law School

You are cordially invited to join the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation for a day-long conference on gerrymandering, redistricting, and the fight for American democracy. As the Supreme Court prepares to hand down its decision in the most important case on political gerrymandering in a generation, join us for a convening of scholars, practitioners, and activists from around the country, as we seek to understand a path forward on redistricting reform. Our panelists will provide unique insight into the history of gerrymandering, the role of race in...

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2017 Feb 15

Women and Leadership: Responses to Challenging Times

4:15pm to 5:30pm

Location: 

Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Suite 200N, 124 Mt Auburn Street, Cambridge

Please join us for a discussion about women and leadership, featuring:

  • Leah Wright Rigueur, “Intersectionality at the Core”
    • Assistant Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
  • Melissa Williams, “Representing Women in Theory and Practice”
    • Professor of Political Science, University of Toronto and Senior Visiting Scholar, Ash Center
  • Jane Mansbridge, "Organizing as Women and Avoiding Common Failures”
    • Adams Professor of Political Leadership and Democratic Values, Harvard Kennedy School

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2017 Mar 23

Understanding Red State Rage & What To Do About It

6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: 

John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum, 79 John F. Kennedy St, Cambridge, MA 02138

Join us for a discussion with Arlie R. Hochschild, Professor Emerita of Sociology at University of California, Berkeley. Professor Hochschild's most recent research focuses on the rise of the American right–the topic of her latest book, Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right (The New Press, September 2016), a finalist for the National Book Award.

Based on intensive interviews of Tea Party enthusiasts in Louisiana, conducted over the last five years and...

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2016 Nov 30

What It Means to be a Progressive Today and How to Maintain Optimism

4:10pm to 5:30pm

Location: 

Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Suite 200N, 124 Mt Auburn Street, Cambridge

Join us for our next seminar with Baroness Tessa Jowell as she leads a discussion entitled: "What It Means to be a Progressive Today and How to Maintain Optimism."

The British Labor Party has been the standard bearer for progressive politics and policy in England for more than a century. Since its foundation the British Labour Party has been essentially a coalition from social democracy to socialism. While always evolving the Labour Party, as dismal opinion polling shows, is becoming a mass membership movement rather than a government in waiting. How can center left...

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