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

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 
2018 Feb 26

Deep Roots: How Slavery Still Shapes Southern Politics

12:15pm to 1:30pm

Location: 

Land Hall (Belfer 400), Harvard Kennedy School

Join the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy's Inequality and Social Policy program for a discussion with Maya Sen, Associate Professor, Harvard Kennedy School. This event is co-sponsored by the Race and American Politics series. 

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2017 Oct 18

White Nationalism: Media and the Lessons from Charlottesville

12:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: 

Ash Center Foyer, 124 Mt. Auburn Street, Suite 200 North

You are invited to join Nicole Hemmer, Assistant Professor in Presidential Studies at the University of Virginia's Miller Center; Shorenstein Center Fellow Tyler Bridges; and Saida Grundy, Assistant Professor of Sociology and African American Studies at Boston University, for a discussion entitled White Nationalism: Media and the Lessons from Charlottesville. The talk will be moderated by Karen Finney, a fellow at Harvard's Institute of Politics and former Senior Advisor for Communications and Political Outreach and Senior Spokesperson for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.... Read more about White Nationalism: Media and the Lessons from Charlottesville

2017 Sep 27

Organizing for Freedom: Then and Now with Hollis Watkins

4:15pm to 5:30pm

Location: 

Ash Center Foyer, Suite 200N, 124 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA

The Ash Center invites you to a discussion with Hollis Watkins, Founder and President of Southern Echo, SNCC Veteran, Freedom Singer, and author of Brother Hollis: The Sankofa of a Movement Man. Watkins will be joined by Eric Leslie, MC-MPA 14, Founder/Lead Organizer of Union Capital Boston. The talk with be moderated by Marshall Ganz, Senior Lecturer in Public Policy, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Harvard Kennedy School.... Read more about Organizing for Freedom: Then and Now with Hollis Watkins