2015

2015 May 08

Free Indonesian Language Classes Offered at the Ash Center

Repeats every week every Friday until Fri May 15 2015 .
2:30pm to 4:00pm

2:30pm to 4:00pm

Location: 

124 Mt. Auburn Street, 2nd Floor, CR 226

Indonesian statuesThe Harvard Kennedy School Indonesia Program (HKSIP) and Harvard University’s Department of South Asian Studies and are pleased to offer two language class options for learning Indonesian (Bahasa Indonesia).... Read more about Free Indonesian Language Classes Offered at the Ash Center

2015 Apr 23

Strengthening Democracy Worldwide: International IDEA @ 20

4:10pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

Ash Center Foyer,124 Mount Auburn St, Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA

About the Event
Yves Leterme, the current Secretary General International IDEA will discuss the challenges facing efforts to strengthen democracy worldwide from the perspective of International IDEA, one of the leading inter-governmental organizations at the forefront of these initiatives. He will reflect on the record of success over the last two decades, since the organization’s founding in 1995, and consider the lessons for future developments and priorities.  The discussion will be moderated by Pippa Norris, the Paul. F. McGuire Lecturer in Comparative Politics.  Following the talk, a reception will be held in the Ash Center foyer.... Read more about Strengthening Democracy Worldwide: International IDEA @ 20

2015 Apr 24

Public Participation in the 21st Century: From the Arab Spring to Civic Hacking

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

Ash Center Foyer - 124 Mt. Auburn St., Suite 200-North, Cambridge

Ash Center Student Speaker Series
Nada Zohdy, MPP ’15, Taylor Woods, MPP ’15, and Rikki Dean, Ash Center Visiting Democracy Fellow
Friday, April 24, 2015, 12–1 p.m.

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

Lunch will be provided.

About the Event 

The world's attention has been captured by recent popular uprisings: Hong Kong, The Occupy Movement, the Arab Spring, and beyond. But what are the real...

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2015 Apr 21

Getting to Yes (or No): Making Ballot Initiatives More Voter-Friendly and Deliberative

4:10pm

Location: 

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

Featuring:

John Gastil, Professor and Head, Department of Communication Arts and Sciences, Penn State University
Jon Hecht, MA State Representative (D-Watertown)
Tyrone Reitman, Executive Director, Healthy Democracy Oregon
Carmen Sirianni (moderator), Morris Hillquit Professor of Labor and Social Thought, Brandeis University

About the event:

Join academics and practitioners in a panel discussion on the Citizens’ Initiative Review, an innovative approach to direct democracy through ballot initiatives.

More than 70% of the people in the US live in a state or city where direct democracy is available. In 2014, Americans in 42 states voted on altogether 158 ballot measures. Topics featured in these ballots included burning questions such as the minimum wage, criminal justice, guns, immigration and insurance. As an effect of citizens’ participation in these ballots, four states for example raised the minimum wages from the beginning of this year. Europe, on the other hand, awaited for the result of the Scottish independence referendum with fear and excitement in 2014. However, the complexity of current policy issues and investments of large interest organizations in referendum campaigns have raised concerns about the functioning of direct democracy.... Read more about Getting to Yes (or No): Making Ballot Initiatives More Voter-Friendly and Deliberative

2015 Apr 20

Articulatory Urbanism

1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

Room 124, Gund Hall, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

The concept of “articulation,” which has a long trajectory in geography, philosophy, social studies, and cultural theory, has had a much lesser impact on urban studies and architecture. In the work of Cities South of Cancer, ­the research group created and chaired by Felipe Hernández at the University of Cambridge, articulation has inherent potential for the study of the impact of subaltern agencies in the continuous development of cities. This talk explores the notion of articulatory urbanism, both theoretically and through the work of the CSC in various developing-world cities: Cali and Pereira (Colombia), Jakarta (Indonesia), Querétaro (Mexico), and Nanjing (China). The CSC proposes an approach to urbanism geared towards articulation rather then absorption and/or eradication. It seeks to strategically articulate diverse and often antagonistic elements in order to reconfigure the notion of city, helping to improve conditions of life for people in conflict-ridden communities.... Read more about Articulatory Urbanism

2015 Apr 17

Big Data, Privacy, and the Power of the Purse: Bringing Revenue Collection into the 21st Century

12:00pm

Location: 

Ash Center Foyer,124 Mt. Auburn St., Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA

Ash Center Student Speaker Series (Tax Week Special!)

Charles Data Alemi, MPP ’15
Yunjung Song, MPP ’15

Lunch will be provided

About the Event
As most celebrate (or mourn) the end of tax season here in the United States, we turn our attention overseas toward two efforts to make revenue collection more modern and transparent. On behalf of the South Sudan Customs Service, Charles Data Alemi has studied the challenges facing that new country’s attempts to better collect customs and indirect taxes levied on imports. In particular his talk will focus on the complexity of the current policy and the challenges presented by a lack of data availability. Yunjung Song will talk about her work exploring the potential for broader disclosure of taxpayer data in South Korea. By comparing the tax privacy policies of a number of other countries, she suggests a new tax data disclosure policy for the National Tax Service of South Korea. What is the right balance, she asks, between economic feasibility, operational feasibility, political feasibility, the public’s right to know, and tax data privacy?... Read more about Big Data, Privacy, and the Power of the Purse: Bringing Revenue Collection into the 21st Century

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