Race and American Politics

Leah Wright RigueurRace and American Politics is a multidisciplinary series of seminars and roundtable conversations led by Leah Wright Rigueur, Assistant Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and cosponsored by the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research and the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy. The series will feature academic, practitioner, and journalistic perspectives from across the nation on the most pressing political and social issues related to race in the United States: state-sanctioned violence, protest and social movements, voting rights, political representation, and more. While the series will engage students and the HKS community in conversation to better understand these issues from a variety of disciplines and viewpoints, it is also intended to identify and spark discussion on promising policy solutions and implications for practice. 

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Upcoming and Previous Events

2020 Jun 25

Who Watches the Watchmen? A Discussion About Race and Policing Through the Lens of Popular Entertainment

Registration Closed 12:00pm to 1:15pm

Location: 

Virtual event

This event concluded on June 25, 2020. View the original description and event recording below.

When HBO series Watchmen premiered in October 2019, the show—a dramatically different take on Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’s original comic book/graphic novel—was noted for its direct confrontation of racism in America. Systemic racism, police brutality, collective trauma, and vigilante justice are all central themes to the TV remix. In light of ongoing deaths of Black Americans at the hands of police, nationwide protests, and calls for...

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2020 Jun 09

A Discussion on Black Lives, Protest, and Democracy

Registration Closed 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

Virtual event

This event concluded on June 9, 2020. View the original description and event recording below.

Protests continue to sweep across the United States following the violent killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Breonna Taylor in Louisville, and countless others at the hands of police. Join the Ash Center for a conversation with leading scholars and practitioners about the protests, their place in the long fight for social justice, and what they tell us about the state of democracy in America today.
 
Panelists include:

  • Dr....
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2019 Feb 26

Working Out the Relationship between Fitness and U.S. Public Policy

4:15pm to 5:30pm

Location: 

Land Lecture Hall, 4th Floor, Belfer Building, HKS

Join us and the Women and Public Policy Program for a conversation with Natalia Mehlman Petrzela, Associate Professor of History at the New School; and Kinitra Brooks, Advancing Equity through Research Fellow at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard, Audrey and John Leslie Endowed Chair in Literary Studies in the Department of English at Michigan State University. Petrezla is currently writing a book about American fitness culture titled, Fit Nation: How America Embraced Exercise as the...

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2018 Oct 17

Levar Stoney and Virginia’s Campaign to Restore Felon Voting Rights

4:15pm to 5:30pm

Location: 

Allison Dining Room, Harvard Kennedy School

Join Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney and Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Professor of History, Race, and Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School, for a discussion about the state of voting rights, including the restoration of voting rights for felons. 

Refreshments will be served. This event is co-sponsored by the Black Student Union at the Harvard Kennedy School.

2018 Apr 23

The Movement for Black Lives: Justice for Michael Brown 4 Years Later

4:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: 

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

Join the Institute of Politics, Ash Center, HKS Black Student Union, HKS Arts & Culture Caucus, IOP Politics of Race and Ethnicity (PRE) for a public screening of Stranger Fruit, a documentary about the killing of Michael Brown, in Rubenstein 306a at 4:00 PM followed by a forum discussion featuring:

  • Benjamin Crump, Attorney for families of Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, and Stephon Clark
  • Lezley McSpadden, Mother of Michael Brown
  • Jason Pollock, Documentary Filmmaker, Stranger Fruit
  • Jasmine Rand Attorney for families of Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin
  • Khalil Muhammad, Professor of History, Race, and Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School and Suzanne Young Murray Professor, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies, Moderator
  • Ashley Spillane, Senior Advisor to the Institute of Politics, Harvard Kennedy School, Roy and Lila Ash Student Fellow, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Moderator