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Roll of 'I Voted' stickers

Valerie Jarrett on the value of a vote and reaching Gen-Z

September 23, 2020

Following the 2016 presidential election, senior advisor to then President Barack Obama Valerie Jarret and First Lady Michelle Obama poured over election return data. “Michelle Obama and I did a lot of soul searching trying to figure out what happened,” said Jarrett during a virtual discussion moderated by Harvard Law School Lester Kissel Professor of Law David Wilkins, hosted by Harvard Votes Challenge, the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, and Institute of Politics, this Tuesday to mark National Voter Registration Day. “I think the number that really jumped out at us was that nearly 100 million eligible Americans did not vote. That’s a big number in a country that depends on democracy, which requires civic engagement and participation at the most fundamental level.” 

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2020 Sep 25

China Study Student Group - Voices and Analysis from the Field [Session One]

11:00am to 12:00pm

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Virtual event, registration required

This first session will serve as an introduction to the group and feature Professors Tony Saich and Edward Cunningham. 

China Study Student Group: Voices and Analysis from the Field 

This study group, held on six Fridays 11am-12pm to accommodate the widest range of time zones globally, engages HKS degree students to understand China’s rise and its role in the world moving forward. Led by Professors Tony Saich and Edward Cunningham, who leverage a combined 75 years of experience working in and with China, the program will...

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2020 Oct 02

China Study Student Group - Voices and Analysis from the Field [Session Two]

11:00am to 12:00pm

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Virtual event, registration required

This second session is titled, "Chinese Corporations in the US: Bridging Divides" and will feature Ash Center Research Fellow Wenchi Yu.

China Study Student Group: Voices and Analysis from the Field 

This study group, held on six Fridays 11am-12pm to accommodate the widest range of time zones globally, engages HKS degree students to understand China’s rise and its role in the world moving forward. Led by Professors Tony...

Read more about China Study Student Group - Voices and Analysis from the Field [Session Two]

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2020 Oct 06

Rising: AAPI Engagement and the 2020 Elections

4:00pm to 5:00pm

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Virtual event, registration required

The national reckoning on racial inequity, amidst the continued spread of Covid-19, has spurred major efforts to ensure full participation and a strong turnout in November’s elections. This is particularly true among the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community – the fastest growing minority group and a major voting bloc. Join us for a conversation with leading practitioners in the field on the importance and state of current efforts to engage AAPI voters, AAPIs’ role and connection to the Black Lives Matter movement, and the stakes of the upcoming election.... Read more about Rising: AAPI Engagement and the 2020 Elections

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