2011

2011 Mar 30

Reconciling Diversity and Democracy

4:10pm to 5:30pm

Location: 

Pop Center, 9 Bow Street, Cambridge, MA

Irene BloemraadThe Process and Policies of Immigrant Political Incorporation
Irene Bloemraad, University of California, Berkeley

About the Seminar
Attacking multiculturalism has become a political cliché, from German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s proclamation in October 2010 that a multicultural approach had “utterly failed” in Germany, to David Cameron’s speech in February 2011 implying that such policies might foster terrorism. The alternative, for many politicians of the right and left, is stronger integration policies and greater normative emphasis on common citizenship, an argument also advanced by academics. This juxtaposition – between multiculturalism on one hand and common citizenship on the other – implies that there is a zero-sum trade-off between the two. Can democracy and immigrant-driven diversity be reconciled? And if so, in what ways – through policies of assimilation, multiculturalism. or something else?

This talk takes as its starting point critiques of multicultural policy and ideology, and the arguments of the political theorists who defend a multicultural approach. Using evidence on immigrants’ naturalization, their success in gaining office and indicators of trust and civic participation from various Western democracies, Dr. Bloemraad will show that immigrants tend to be more politically integrated in countries identified as more multicultural. She will draw on a comparison of the United States and Canada to discuss some of the reasons why this might be the case.... Read more about Reconciling Diversity and Democracy

2011 Mar 29

Playing Between Elephants: Film Screening and Discussion

4:00pm to 6:30pm

Location: 

Land Lecture Hall, Belfer Building, 4th Floor

Playing Between Elephants filmAbout the Event
"Playing Between Elephants subtly, yet compellingly shows the fears as well as the lives involved in the reconstruction of post-tsunami Aceh" ~ The Jakarta Post

A post-screening discussion will feature:

      • Nelden Djakababa, Amsterdam University
      • Jonatan Lassa, Ash Center
      • Doreen Lee, Northeastern University

Directed by Aryo Danusiri (Ph.D. Candidate, Harvard University), this critically-acclaimed film won the Jakarta Independent Film Festival’s 2007 Human Rights Award and the Brussels Independent Film Festival’s 2008 Best Documentary Award.... Read more about Playing Between Elephants: Film Screening and Discussion

2011 Mar 28

A Reassessment of Indonesian Economic Development: From Chronic Drop-out to Shy Come-out

4:15pm to 5:30pm

Location: 

124 Mt. Auburn Street, Suite 100, Cambridge, MA

Arianto A. Patunru, Universitas Indonesia

About the Seminar
More than four decades ago Indonesia’s economy was so bleak, it was dubbed as a “chronic drop-out.” But then it rose up very impressively to become one of the “East Asian miracles.” It maintained reasonably high growth in three decades until the Asian financial crisis broke out. Again, it bounced back and even appeared resilient when the recent global financial crisis came. However, despite the commendable progress, its growth seems to be hindered by constraints on the supply side. At this seminar, Indonesian Economist Arianto A. Patunru, director of the Institute for Economic and Social Research, Department of Economics, Universitas Indonesia assesses the structural change that has taken place and briefly reviews the social development, ie. poverty, unemployment, and inequality issues.... Read more about A Reassessment of Indonesian Economic Development: From Chronic Drop-out to Shy Come-out

2011 Mar 23

Democracy without Accountability: Promiscuous Power Sharing and Presidential Domineering in Indonesia

4:10pm to 5:30pm

Location: 

124 Mount Auburn, Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA

Daniel SlaterDan Slater, University of Chicago

About the Seminar
The fall of Indonesia’s New Order regime in 1998 set the stage for competitive elections, but not necessarily for competitive elites. Political elites primarily responded to democratic transition by promiscuously sharing power, not vigorously competing for it. By carving up the cabinet among all significant parties, they constructed what amounted to a party cartel. This threatened to stifle party opposition and effectively immunize party elites from accountability to Indonesian voters. The introduction of direct presidential elections in 2004 disrupted this initial party cartel, but did not necessarily destroy it. Cross-party networks and norms against excluding fellow elites who wish to share executive power appear to remain entrenched. Despite having held three admirably free and fair national elections, Indonesia continues to confront an “accountability trap” between party collusion and the dysfunctional pattern of democratic politics most structurally prone to displace it: presidential domineering.... Read more about Democracy without Accountability: Promiscuous Power Sharing and Presidential Domineering in Indonesia

2011 Mar 23

Soft Power and China’s People-to-People Diplomacy (2011)

6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: 

Theater Room, Harvard Faculty Club

Mme. Li Xiaolin, Vice President, Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries
Moderator: Julian Chang, Executive Director, Ash Center

RSVP Information
Since room space is limited, please RSVP.

Your name will be randomly selected for a Forum ticket. Winners will be notified via email by Sunday, March 20. Photo ID is required for registration at the room door.

About the Speaker
Mme. Li Xiaolin is the Executive Vice President of Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC),...

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2011 Mar 22

Elder Abuse Webinar Series: Forensic Markers

3:00pm to 5:00pm

Location: 

Online Webinar

About the Webinar
Join us for this free event and listen to experts discuss what they know about bruising as well as the important role of forensic information and technology in effectively investigating cases of elder abuse and neglect. Ample time will be allocated for audience Q & A. The panel will include:

  • Andy Mao (moderator) – Senior Counsel for Health Care Fraud and Elder Abuse, Department of Justice

  • Lisa M. Gibbs, M.D. – Associate Medical Director, Family Medicine, School of Medicine at University of California, Irvine

  • Cherie Hill – Detective, Anaheim Police Department

  • Richard Harruff, M.D., Ph.D. – Chief Medical Examiner, Seattle-King County, Washington... Read more about Elder Abuse Webinar Series: Forensic Markers

2011 Mar 22

Japan in Crisis: Exploring the Consequences of a Cascading Disaster

4:15pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

Goodman Classroom, L-140, Littauer Building, Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, MA

A Harvard Community Discussion

About the Seminar
On March 11, 2011, a magnitude 9.0 earthquake struck off the east coast of Japan, triggering massive tsunami waves that swept away whole towns and taking the lives of as many as 10,000 people. The earthquake also caused damage to several of Japan’s nuclear reactors, and authorities continue to struggle to bring that crisis under control.

In this panel discussion, faculty members, researchers, and guest panelists will explore the implications of this catastrophic chain of events and discuss the multi-fold challenges facing Japan as it struggles to respond and recover. Dr. Arnold M. Howitt, Executive Director, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Harvard Kennedy School, will moderate a panel that includes:

      • Professor Michael W. Golay, Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
      • Jun Kurihara, Senior Fellow, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Harvard Kennedy School
      • Professor Herman B. “Dutch” Leonard, Harvard Kennedy School & Harvard Business School
      • Professor Shoji Tsuchida, Faculty of Safety Science, Kansai University, Japan

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