2015

2015 Feb 18

50 Years after the Voting Rights Act: Strategies for Moving Forward

6:00pm

Location: 

JFK Jr. Forum, Harvard Kennedy School, 79 JFK St., Cambridge, MA

Signing Voting Rights ActCongressman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (D-VA), Penda D. Hair, Co-founder and Co-Director, Advancement Project, and Alex Keyssar, Matthew W. Stirling Jr. Professor of History and Social Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

We will explore the current and future prospects for voting rights on the 50th anniversary of the landmark Voting Rights Act. Voting has been the cornerstone of American democracy since the earliest days of the republic, and throughout our history the right has been progressively expanded, though in fits and starts, to our current universal suffrage. Yet a wave of legislation at the state level seeking to impose additional burdens on voting spells the end of our longstanding efforts to expand the right to vote. Given the Supreme Court’s 2013 decision in Shelby v. Holder, which struck down a key section of the Voting Rights Act, and the unlikelihood of a federal reauthorization of the VRA, what actions and strategies hold the greatest promise in protecting and promoting the right to vote in America?... Read more about 50 Years after the Voting Rights Act: Strategies for Moving Forward

2015 Feb 17

Urban Resilience and Natural Hazards in Asia: Film Screening and Panel Discussion

6:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: 

Land Hall, Fourth Floor, Belfer Building, Harvard Kennedy School

Next City logoAs the effects of climate change intensify and rapid urbanization continues across many parts of Asia, the region faces increased vulnerability to a range of natural hazards. This event features four short films that highlight innovative strategies for building disaster resilience in several major Asian cities (Bangkok, Da Nang, Phnom Penh, and Surat), followed by a panel discussion featuring academics and practitioners with expertise in disaster risk reduction and urban planning and policy. The films were produced by the online magazine Next City as part of the series “Asia H20: How Water Issues are Changing an Urbanized Continent,” which was funded by the Rockefeller Foundation.... Read more about Urban Resilience and Natural Hazards in Asia: Film Screening and Panel Discussion

2015 Feb 13

Prospects for Large-Scale Criminal Justice System Reform

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

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

Mary Rose Mazzola, MPP ’15 and Pamela Lachman MPP ’16

Lunch will be provided. This week’s student speaker seminar is on criminal justice and policing reform, building on last week’s Forum event with Dean Ellwood and this week’s HKS student-organized Future of Policing series to prepare constructive, tangible solutions to submit to President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing. The conversation will cover topics ranging from the effects of certified Batterer Intervention Programs on domestic violence recidivism to improving police/community relations, particularly with young people of color.... Read more about Prospects for Large-Scale Criminal Justice System Reform

2015 Feb 13

Free Indonesian Language Classes Offered at the Ash Center

(All day)

INDONESIAN LANGUAGE CLASSES AT HARVARD

The 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).

Please see below for course descriptions, locations, and times for each class.

Whether for research purposes, an upcoming trip to Jakarta, or for personal enrichment, we hope that these classes will provide a great opportunity to explore the culture and language of the fourth most populous country in the world...

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2015 Feb 12

Harvard Seminar on History and Policy

4:10pm

Location: 

WAPPP Cason Conference Room, Taubman 102

HKS Belfer BuildingThe Harvard Seminar on History and Policy is a forum for lectures and workshops that examine the relationship between our interpretation of the past and our approach to policy issues. Typically, each meeting features a presentation by an invited scholar whose cutting edge historical work-in-progress is informed by, or seeks to influence, ongoing policy debates. The aim of the seminar is to bring historical perspective to bear on the work and challenges facing policy makers, and to foster more awareness among historians of how their work can inform contemporary public concerns.... Read more about Harvard Seminar on History and Policy

Ash Center and The OpenGov Foundation Announce Winners of #Hack4Congress

Ash Center and The OpenGov Foundation Announce Winners of #Hack4Congress

February 3, 2015

13 Teams Competed in “Not-Just-for-Technologists” Hackathon to Fix Congress

Cambridge, Mass.  The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School and The OpenGov Foundation today announced the winners of last weekend’s #Hack4Congress competition to create common-sense solutions that would make the U.S. Congress more efficient, effective and accountable to citizens. The two-day event drew over 150 students, software developers, academics and everyday Americans... Read more about Ash Center and The OpenGov Foundation Announce Winners of #Hack4Congress

New Paper Explores Partisan Incentives to Politicize the Judiciary

New Paper Explores Partisan Incentives to Politicize the Judiciary

February 1, 2015

Cambridge, Mass. – A Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) Faculty Research Working Paper examining the politicization of the American judiciary finds that the higher the court, the more conservative and polarized it becomes. The paper’s authors, HKS Assistant Professor of Public Policy Maya Sen and Stanford University Assistant Professor of Political Science Adam Bonica, employed an original set of data largely derived from campaign contributions... Read more about New Paper Explores Partisan Incentives to Politicize the Judiciary

2015 Feb 06

Can Conditional Cash Transfers Improve Health and Education Outcomes on a Large Scale?

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

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

Ash Center Student Speaker Series

Clio Dintilhac (MPP/ID ’16), Amri Ilmma (MPP/ID ’16 and HKS Indonesia Program Student Fellow), and Dian Kusuma (DSc candidate, HSPH, and HKS Indonesia Program Fellow)

Lunch will be provided.

About the Event
Conditional Cash Transfers (CCTs) are a popular yet sometimes controversial public policy approach to improving social welfare by rewarding healthy and productive behaviors with money. We have been sending Harvard students to Indonesia to study CCTs for a number of years – come learn the real story from HKS Indonesia Program Fellow Dian Kusuma (DSc candidate, HSPH) and HKS MPA/ID students Clio Dintilhac and Amri Ilmma. Clio and Amri’s recent winter SYPA research on the key political and administrative challenges faced by CCTs focused on increasing take up rates among current beneficiaries and expanding the program in terms of both coverage and benefits. Dian’s ongoing research analyzes conditional cash transfers as a key component of a sustainable national health insurance system. The speakers will share their work studying the impact of CCTs on health and education outcomes in Indonesia, addressing questions such as: How do CCTs work? Wherein lies their greatest potential?... Read more about Can Conditional Cash Transfers Improve Health and Education Outcomes on a Large Scale?

2015 Feb 05

Challenges to Democracy: The Future of Policing

6:00pm

Location: 

JFK Jr. Forum, Harvard Kennedy School, 79 JFK St., Cambridge, MA

Police carProfessor Phillip Goff, UCLA, Mayor Annise D. Parker, City of Houston, Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey, Philadelphia Police Department, and Dean David Ellwood (Moderator)

Recent events in Ferguson, New York City, and across the nation have laid bare the high levels of distrust and tensions that define relations between police and citizens in many communities. These episodes of police violence, and the contentious responses that followed, have revealed an important divide in how different citizens engage with and are treated by police and criminal justice institutions – experiences that are quite often shaped by race.... Read more about Challenges to Democracy: The Future of Policing

2015 Jan 30

Fixing Congress Panel Discussion

4:10pm to 7:00pm

Location: 

Allison Dining Room, 5th floor of the Taubman Building, HKS campus

Flag and Capitol

Panel discussion with former U.S. Representative Bill Delahunt and HKS faculty to identify solutions for solving congressional dysfunction with reception to follow.

The Ash Center invites you to a kickoff panel for its weekend #Hack4Congress “Not for Technologist” hackathon. Panelists will address key structural problems that undermine the efficacy of Congress and explore solutions for improving the lawmaking process; facilitating cross-partisan dialogue; modernizing congressional participation; closing the representation and trust gaps; and reforming campaign finance.... Read more about Fixing Congress Panel Discussion

2015 Jan 30

#Hack4CongressA Not-Just-for-Technologists Event to Fix Congress with the OpenGov Foundation

Fri Jan 30 (All day) to Sun Feb 1 (All day)

Location: 

Harvard Kennedy School of Government

Capitol and flag**Find information on challenges, useful resources, and post your own ideas on our #Hack4Congress Hackpad site**
Watch these video invitations from Member of Congress!

Rep. Darrell Issa Invites You to #Hack4Congress

Rep. Jared Polis Wants You to #Hack4Congress

Opening Panel and Reception
Friday, January 30, 2015; 4:10pm – 7 p.m
Allison Dining Room, 5th Floor Taubman Building

Panelists

Archon Fung, Ford Foundation Professor of Democracy & Citizenship and Academic Dean, Harvard Kennedy School (Moderator)

Bill Delahunt, Former U.S. Representative (D-MA)

David King, Senior Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

Maggie McKinley, Climenko Fellow and Lecturer on Law, Harvard Law School... Read more about #Hack4CongressA Not-Just-for-Technologists Event to Fix Congress with the OpenGov Foundation

2015 Jan 22

Free Webinar: The Challenge of Performance Leadership

1:00pm

Location: 

Online Webinar

Bob BehnLike all public executives, you have to produce results. You might be a city public-works director, a state public-health commissioner, or a regional EPA administrator. It doesn’t make any difference. You are expected to produce results.

But how? Indeed, what results are you responsible for producing? And what does it mean to improve your organization’s performance?... Read more about Free Webinar: The Challenge of Performance Leadership

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