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Will Butler Arcade Fire

Arcade Fire's Will Bulter on Voting & Civic Participation

July 19, 2018

In Boston for a performance with Arcade Fire, the Montréal-based rock band he helped found, the Ash Center sat down Will Butler, a 2017 graduate of Harvard Kennedy School’s mid-career MPA program for a conversation on the intersection of public policy, the arts, and his efforts to strengthen a culture of public engagement and participation in government and elections.  

Scott Mainwaring

Scott Mainwaring on Party Systems in Latin America

July 17, 2018

The Ash Center sat down with Scott Mainwaring, the Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor for Brazil Studies and an Ash Center resident faculty affiliate. Mainwaring also serves as faculty co-chair of the Brazil Studies Program at Harvard University’s David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies. Mainwaring is editor of the recently published Party Systems in Latin America: Institutionalization, Decay, and Collapse (Cambridge University Press, 2018).... Read more about Scott Mainwaring on Party Systems in Latin America

Yuheng Wen

Fellows Focus: Dalio Scholar’s Campaign for Education Equality in China

July 16, 2018
Born and raised in a rural village in central China’s Henan Province, Yuheng Wen MPA ’19, dropped out of middle school at age 13. Now, two decades later, he is at Harvard exploring ways to promote education equality in China in part with the support of the Ash Center’s Dalio Scholars program, which provides scholarships to graduate students from China who are proven leaders in philanthropy or who demonstrate clear philanthropy sector leadership potential.
Teachers protest for higher wages

Ash Alumna Sparks Community Organizing in Jordan

July 16, 2018

Nisreen Haj Ahmad MC/MPA ’08, a former visiting research fellow at the Ash Center, spent the first seven years of her professional career enmeshed in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks as a legal adviser to the Palestinian negotiating team. By the end of her tenure as a Palestinian negotiator, “I was depressed,” she recalls. “I studied law to defend the rights of oppressed people.” However, the minutiae and grinding pace of negotiations led Haj Ahmad to question whether the power of law was sufficient to impact the lives of ordinary Palestinians.

In 2007, wanting to gain new perspective, she seized an opportunity to attend Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) as a mid-career student.


Upcoming Events

2018 Sep 05

2018 Ash Center Open House

4:00pm to 6:00pm


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


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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