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Can Higher Ed Renew Our Democracy?

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Communiqué Spring 2015, Volume 16

Communique Magazine

Communiqué Spring 2015, Volume 16

In this issue, we recap our recent #Hack4Congress events and highlight the work of Bright Idea Award winners from across the country.  We also profile Roy and Lila Ash Fellow Humayun Sarabi and the organization he founded to advocate for women’s rights in Afghanistan.

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Hacking the Hill

#Hack4Congress helps unlock the power of democratic participation

Communiqué: Fall 2014, Volume 15

Communique Magazine

Communiqué: Fall 2014, Volume 15

In this issue, we are launching a new layout that we hope you will find compelling, both aesthetically and in substance. The cover story outlines the center’s recent research and initiatives promoting innovation in city governance and urban policy. In addition, we reflect on the first year of our Challenges to Democracy 10th anniversary event series and introduce a faculty Q & A and ”Alumni in the Field” feature.

Communiqué: Spring 2014, Volume 14

Communique Magazine

Communiqué: Spring 2014, Volume 14

In this issue, we highlight Secretary of State John Kerry’s meeting with alumni from the Fulbright School in Vietnam as well as recent events organized by the Center. Events include a forum marking the 35th anniversary of the normalization of US-China relations, a meeting of the Project on Municipal Innovation Advisory Group, and a panel discussion on immigration held in Lawrence, MA. Other articles focus on the senior fellowship of Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone and ”Why Was Boston Strong?,” a white paper analyzing the emergency response to the Boston Marathon bombing.

Communiqué: Winter 2013, Volume 13

Communique Magazine

Communiqué: Winter 2013, Volume 13

In this issue, the Ash Center commemorates its 10th anniversary with the launch of a public dialogue series on Challenges to Democracy. Director Tony Saich and Dean Ellwood travel to Myanmar and Indonesia. And, we highlight the third and final paper in our series of occasional papers on ”Improving the Local Landscape for Innovation.”

Communiqué: Spring 2013, Volume 12

Communique Magazine

Communiqué: Spring 2013, Volume 12

In this issue, we highlight the Ash Center’s extended commitment to the study of public policy and governance in China detailing new executive training commitments and the outcomes from the Challenge and Cooperation conference. We spotlight a standing-room only screening of ”A Whisper to a Roar,” which featured a post-film panel discussion with Egyptian Activist Esraa Abdel Fattah, and describe the latest research of Mark Moore and Jorrit de Jong.