Study Groups and Workshops

The Ash Center regularly supports a number of non-for-credit study groups and workshops for interested HKS, Harvard, and other Boston-area students to work and learn from practitioners and scholars affiliated with the Center. Most study groups and workshops are convened by fellows with varied backgrounds as political practitioners, policy advocates, technologists, and academics who are interested in sharing their real-world experiences. Unless otherwise noted, study groups require no prior registration or application. 

Spring Semester 2021 Study Groups and Workshops

China Study Student Group: Voices and Analysis from the Field 

This study group, held on seven Fridays 9:30AM-10:30AM ET to accommodate the widest range of time zones globally, engages Harvard graduate 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 also draw on the expertise of a range of HKS Ash Center Asia fellows from business and policy analysis and postdoctoral fellows. Our goal is to have students leave the group with a more nuanced and rigorous framework for examining China’s political and economic systems, but also a set of key questions around China’s future integration – or disintegration – with the world. Readings will be assigned. Because the program depends upon interactive discussions and will be capped at 20 students, we particularly encourage those who enjoy active participation and lively debate to sign up. Registration and acceptance are on a first-come, first-served basis—with priority going to Harvard Kennedy School students. Readings will be assigned. Registration information can be found here

Technology and Democracy Workshop Series 

The Ash Center's Technology and Democracy Workshop Series are hands-on, cocurricular events designed to help HKS students develop real-world technology skills. Led by a network of technology practitioners, participants spend work together and with the workshop leader to learn how to apply technical skills to impact real-word scenarios. Click here to view past Technology & Democracy Events and Workshops.

Upcoming Study Groups and Workshops

2021 Apr 13

Technology & Democracy Workshop: Developing Winning Narratives to Combat Disinformation

4:00pm to 5:15pm

Location: 

Zoom virtual workshop; registration required

Join us for a skills-building workshop with AY 2020-2021 Technology and Democracy Fellow Ashley Bryant, Principal at A/B Partners and Co-Founder of Win Black / Pa’lante. Ashley will lead an interactive session exploring evidence-based messaging and how to refine content strategies through testing in order to build narrative campaigns that engage, mobilize, and persuade target audiences amidst a swarm of disinformation.

Participants will examine the “Win Black” case study and identify how to use this model to build their own narrative campaigns to combat issue-based disinformation...

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