2012

2012 Nov 28

Where National Education Policy Goes Next to Succeed: Helping the States Arrange Their K-12 Systems to Work the Way Successful Systems Work

2:40pm to 4:00pm

Location: 

124 Mt. Auburn Street, Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA

Ted Kolderie, Senior Fellow at the Center for Policy Studies

About the Speaker
Ted Kolderie, senior fellow at the Center for Policy Studies, was a key force behind creating the nation’s K-12 chartering sector. The initial 1991 legislation in Minnesota later received an Innovations in American Government Award. In this meeting, Kolderie will discuss the next steps needed for the nation’s K-12 education reform strategy.

2012 Nov 15

The Pharaoh’s Curse: Muhammad Morsi and the Temptations of Power

11:45am to 1:00pm

Location: 

124 Mt. Auburn Street, Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA

Ellis GoldbergEllis Goldberg, Professor of Political Science, University of Washington

Co-Sponsored by the Middle East Initiative, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
Lunch will be served

About the Speaker
Ellis Goldberg is a professor of political science at the University of Washington where he teaches Middle Eastern politics. Most of his work has been on the political economy of Egypt in the 20th century including two monographs, Tinker, Tailor and Textile Worker and Trade, Reputation and Child Labor. His articles have appeared in Comparative Studies in Society and History, Comparative Politics, Comparative Political Studies, and Political Theory. He has been a visiting faculty member at Princeton University, the American University in Cairo and a visiting research fellow at Harvard. He lived in Cairo during the first six months of 2011 where he attended most of the major demonstrations and rallies before and after the collapse of the Mubarak government. He is now working on two books. One is a study of political theory by influential Arab intellectuals and its relation to the revolutionary uprising of 2011. The other is a study of the origins of the concept of the rule of law in Egypt and its impact on the structure of the court system. In 2007 Goldberg was a Carnegie Scholar and in 2012 he is a Guggenheim Fellow.

2012 Nov 14

Taking Our Country Back: The Crafting of Networked Politics from Howard Dean to Barack Obama

4:10pm to 5:30pm

Location: 

124 Mt. Auburn Street, Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA

Daniel KreissDaniel Kreiss, Assistant Professor, School of Journalism & Mass Communication, UNC-Chapel Hill

About the Seminar
Drawing on open-ended interviews with more than 60 political staffers, accounts of practitioners, and fieldwork, Daniel Kreiss will present on the previously untold history of the uptake of new media in Democratic electoral campaigning from 2000 to 2012. He has followed a group of technically-skilled Internet staffers who came together on the Howard Dean campaign and created a series of innovations in campaign organization, tools, and practice. After the election, these individuals founded an array of consulting firms and training organizations and staffed a number of prominent Democratic campaigns. In the process, they carried their innovations across Democratic politics and contributed to a number of electoral victories, including Barack Obama’s historic bid for the presidency, and currently occupy senior leadership positions in the president’s re-election campaign. This history provides a lens for understanding the organizations, tools, and practices that shaped the 2012 electoral cycle.... Read more about Taking Our Country Back: The Crafting of Networked Politics from Howard Dean to Barack Obama

2012 Nov 14

Preparing for Catastrophic Emergencies

12:15pm

Location: 

124 Mt. Auburn St., Suite 100, Room 106, Cambridge, MA

Wang Lanmin, Ph.D., Director, Earthquake Administration of Gansu Province, China, and Ash Center New World Fellow

Dr. Wang has been Director of Gansu Province’s Earthquake Administration since 2004; he also serves as one of the coordinators for earthquake emergency response across Northwest China. In this brownbag seminar, he discussed Gansu’s ongoing efforts to prepare for major natural disasters, focusing specifically on lessons learned from two recent events: the devastating Wenchuan Earthquake of 2008, which heavily affected southern Gansu, and the Zhouqu Debris Flow Disaster, which killed over 1,500 people in 2010.

Moderated by Dr. Arnold Howitt, Executive Director, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, and Faculty Co-Director, Program on Crisis Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School.... Read more about Preparing for Catastrophic Emergencies

2012 Nov 13

Political Stability at Risk: National Elections in Indonesia 2014 and Myanmar 2015

4:10pm to 5:30pm

Location: 

124 Mt. Auburn Street, Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA

Peter ErbenPeter Erben, International Foundation for Electoral Systems

About the Seminar
Indonesia, a developing democracy with experience in three rounds of national elections, and Myanmar/Burma, a nascent democracy, are both attempting to embrace the opportunities and manage the political risk of upcoming potentially fiercely competitive elections. The region needs electoral leadership that can inspire under-performing neighbors. Well executed elections can contribute to political stability, credible and effective governance, and ultimately spur growth. Can Indonesia and Myanmar, in each their particular context, overcome their challenges and in time develop to act as regional electoral role models? How can Myanmar learn from the achievements and shortcomings of elections in Indonesia?... Read more about Political Stability at Risk: National Elections in Indonesia 2014 and Myanmar 2015

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