2016

2016 Sep 22

A New Development Strategy for Southeast Asia

4:30pm to 5:45pm

Location: 

124 Mt. Auburn Street, Suite 100. Room 106

The Ash Center is inaugurating a new seminar series on Economic Development in East Asia. For our first installment of this new seminar series, we are pleased to host Professor Fukunari Kimura, the Dean of the Faculty of Economics at Keio University, the Chief Economist of Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA), and the President of the Japanese Society of International Economics for a discussion entitled: "A New Development Strategy for Southeast Asia based on the Expansion of Production Networks and Preferential Trade Agreements."

This...

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The Path to Local Government Leadership

The Path to Local Government Leadership

September 7, 2016

By: Maisie O’Brien, Ash Center Communications Coordinator

“Inequality was very apparent in my early life,” said MPP 2017 Glendean Hamilton.  She recalled the stark difference between the public elementary and middle schools she attended in the Bronx and the selective high school she would later commute two hours every day to attend. 

“In the Bronx, we didn’t have enough books or chairs, and what we did have was tattered,” she said.  Her mother, a single-parent who worked three jobs to provide for their family,...

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2016 Sep 07

Webinar: Building a Civic Engagement Toolkit for Election Officials

2:00pm to 3:00pm

Local election officials are where the rubber meets the road in our electoral process. But there are so few resources focused on helping officials keep pace with technology and improve communication with voters.

The Election Toolkit from the Center for Technology and Civic Life is an online library of tech resources, including tools like a Twitter guide, a free app to measure voter wait times, tools for publishing real-time election results, and a collection of civic icons. All of the tools in the Toolkit...

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2016 Oct 14

Collaborative Approaches to Civic Innovation

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

Ash Center Foyer, 124 Mt. Auburn St., Suite 200-North, Cambridge MA 02138

Ash Center Student Speaker Series

Speakers:

Glendean Hamilton, MPP '17
Maurits Waardenburg, MPP '16

About the Series

The Ash Center Student Speaker Series highlights and explores the implications and lessons learned from the research projects or applied learning experiences of Harvard University students supported by the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation. Each week, we invite two students to offer brief remarks on their work, or a response to one...

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2016 Oct 07

Democracy Entrepreneurship: Hands-on with Participatory Innovation

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

Ash Center Foyer, 124 Mt. Auburn St., Suite 200-North, Cambridge MA 02138

Ash Center Student Speaker Series

Hear from two Ash Center Summer Fellows in Innovation on their experience working on participatory democratic innovations: the Citizen's Initiative Review in Massachusetts, and Participatory Budgeting in New York City. Each of these innovations aim to make democracy work better for everyone, but are advocated for and marketed by independent...

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2016 Sep 23

Why Data Matter to Cities

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

Ash Center Foyer, 124 Mt. Auburn St., Suite 200-North, Cambridge MA 02138

Ash Center Student Speaker Series

Join Sean Alaback and George Simpson for a discussion on the importance of data to city governments. Both George and Sean were 2016 Ash Center Summer Fellows in Innovation, and worked on civic data projects at two very different scales. George, who worked in the Mayor’s office in Los Angeles, CA, worked between the Chief Data Officer and the Communications department, helping to craft and disseminate the City’s messaging around their data initiatives. Sean, as part of the Innovation Field Lab, developed a data tool called...

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2016 Sep 16

Media, Technology, and Civic Engagement

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

Ash Center Foyer, 124 Mt. Auburn St., Suite 200-North, Cambridge MA 02138

Ash Center Student Speaker Series

In the first Student Speaker Series event of the year, Glynis Startz and Cecily Tyler will discuss the role civic engagement has played in their work. Through two very different mediums—Glynis as an Ash Center Summer Fellow working on in-person and online engagement and outreach as part of a smart cities project in Chicago, and Cecily as a filmmaker using crowdsourced documentary film as a tool to empower communities to tell their own stories—both women have explored new and innovative ways to inspire people to take ownership over...

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Scott Mainwaring on Dilma Rouseff, Impeachment, and the Future of Democratic Governance in Brazil

Scott Mainwaring on Dilma Rouseff, Impeachment, and the Future of Democratic Governance in Brazil

September 1, 2016

Following the Brazilian Senate's overwhelming vote to remove Dilma Rouseff from office, the Ash Center sat down with Scott Mainwaring, the Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor for Brazil Studies at the Harvard Kennedy School for a conversation on her impeachment, the future of the Left in Brazil, and how the country may move forward politically.

What does her conviction portend for the future of democracy in Brazil?  

There are pros and cons. The optimistic scenario is that the prosecution of politicians for corruption will continue and...

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2016 Sep 20

Holding Governments and Journalists Accountable: Rights and Responsibilities of a Free Press in Thailand

12:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: 

Alison Dining Room, 5th Floor, Taubman Building, Eliot Street, Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, MA

Join the Harvard University Asia Center and the Ash Center for the 6th Thailand@Harvard Lecture with Pravit Rojanaphruk, Senior Staff Writer, Khao Sod English


Sponsored by the Thai Studies Program at the Harvard University Asia Center and the Ash Center, Harvard Kennedy School

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2016 Sep 27

China’s Rise in the Asia-Pacific Region and Japanese Foreign Policy

12:30pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

: Bowie-Vernon Room (K262), CGIS Knafel Building, 1737 Cambridge Street

The Ash Center is cosponsoring a discussion hosted by the Program on US-Japan Relations at  the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs entitled China’s Rise in the Asia-Pacific Region and Japanese Foreign Policy.

Makoto Iokibe, Chancellor, Prefectural University of Kumamoto, and Senior Fellow, Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University

Discussant: Arne Westad, S.T. Lee Professor of U.S.-Asia Relations, Harvard Kennedy School.

Moderator: Susan Pharr, Edwin O. Reischauer...

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2016 Sep 19

Developing China: The Remarkable Impact of Foreign Direct Investment

4:10pm to 5:30pm

Location: 

Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Suite 200N, 124 Mt Auburn Street, Cambridge

The Ash Center cordially welcomes you to a talk by Michael Enright, Director, Enright, Scott & Associates and Professor, School of Business, University of Hong Kong entitled Developing China: The Remarkable Impact of Foreign Direct Investment. This discussion will be moderated by William Overholt, President, Fung Global Institute and Asia Center Fellow, Harvard University

Cosponsored by:

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2016 Sep 02

Non-Credit Indonesian Language Class

Repeats every week every Friday, 5 times .
2:30pm to 4:30pm

2:30pm to 4:30pm
2:30pm to 4:30pm
2:30pm to 4:30pm
2:30pm to 4:30pm

Location: 

Ash Center, 124 Mt. Auburn Street, Suite 200N, R226, Cambridge, MA 02138

 Class Description

This class is not for credit and open to all Harvard students, staff members and the general public of the Greater Boston Area. The lessons will be conducted by Ms. Aria Citra Kusuma (Aria_Kusuma@hks.harvard.edu), a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA). All levels of skill – beginner, intermediate, and advanced – are welcome. The class will focus on the culture of Indonesia, as well as day to day...

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Bloomberg Philanthropies and Harvard University Launch Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative

August 25, 2016

Bloomberg Committing $32 Million for New Leadership Program for Mayors and Senior Aides; University to Design Comprehensive Program of Support to Advance Public Sector Management and Innovation 

NEW YORK – Bloomberg Philanthropies and Harvard University are jointly announcing the launch of the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative, an unparalleled collaboration to advance leadership, management and innovation in cities across America and around the world. Funded...

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