2018

2018 Sep 18

Polling China: Understanding Public Opinion Across China

4:15pm to 5:30pm

Location: 

Ash Center foyer, 124 Mt Auburn St, Suite 200 North, Cambridge

Join us for a conversation with Ash Center Director and Daewoo Professor of International Affairs Tony Saich and Jesse Turiel, a PhD candidate from Boston University, as they discuss their groundbreaking public opinion survey project in China. Starting in 2003, Saich developed a series of surveys to measure satisfaction with various levels of government in China. Through 2016, the survey project ultimately captured opinion data from 32,000 individual respondents, making it the most ambitious public opinion research project conducted on a nationwide scale to date in China. ...

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2018 Oct 18

Book Talk -- Deep Roots: How Slavery Still Shapes Southern Politics

4:15pm to 5:30pm

Location: 

Ash Center Foyer, 124 Mount Auburn St., Floor 2, Suite 200N

Join authors Maya Sen, Associate Professor of Public Policy, HKS, and Matt Blackwell, Assistant Professor of Government, Harvard, in discussion about their recent book, Deep Roots: How Slavery Still Shapes Southern PoliticsOrlando Patterson, John Cowles Professor of Sociology, Harvard, will moderate.

Deep Roots: How Slavery Still Shapes Southern Politics

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T&D team

Ash Center Introduces 2018-19 Technology and Democracy Fellows

August 1, 2018
Cambridge, MA – The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School is pleased to announce its newest cohort of Technology and Democracy Fellows— six technology and digital leaders from around the country committed to improving the health of American democracy. This year’s fellows have demonstrated a deep passion for using technology to strengthen our democracy through citizen engagement, social empowerment, and government transparency and...
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City Lights

Ash Center Report Makes Key Policy Recommendations for Cities Grappling with Data Analytics

July 30, 2018
Cambridge, MA – Today, the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School released a white paper capturing lessons learned from a variety of municipal-level data analytics projects to help cities better understand how data- and tech-enabled innovations are aiding urban governance.
 
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Archon Getting to 80

Getting to 80%, Ash Sets a Challenge for Increased Voter Participation

June 1, 2018
“Our democracy depends on voting,” said Archon Fung, Winthrop Laflin McCormack Professor of Citizenship and Self-Government and director of the Ash Center’s Democratic Governance Program, at the opening of an all-day symposium on increasing voter participation sponsored by the Ash Center; the Institute of Politics; and the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy. The event, “Getting to 80%: A Symposium Advancing Voter Participation,” convened on May 3 at Harvard Kennedy School and brought together journalists, technologists, business leaders, elected officials, scholars...
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Kelly Clark

From Kinshasa to Richmond, Kelly Clark Works to Empower Community

July 25, 2018

Kelly Lugbill Clark MPP 2018 was driving along the streets of Kinshasa in April 2015 when the news came over the radio that the death of a young African American man in police custody named Freddie Gray had touched off days of rioting in Baltimore. Clark, winner of the Ash Center’s 2018 Martha H. Mauzy Award for the Advancement of Democratic Governance, was in the Democratic Republic of the Congo helping to oversee human rights and democracy programming for the Carter Center of Atlanta. She was pressed by her Congolese colleagues on why she had traveled thousands of miles to work when America was plainly grappling with human rights issues of its own.... Read more about From Kinshasa to Richmond, Kelly Clark Works to Empower Community

Lower Mekong River Basin

Ensuring the Future of the Lower Mekong Basin

July 25, 2018

A small, intensely blue, frozen pool sits isolated in a sparsely populated area of the Tibetan Plateau in Qinghai, China. It is hard to imagine, but this bit of ice, the Lasagongma Spring, is the start of a river that serves as the lifeblood to 60 million people.

With spring’s arrival, the ice melts and the pool is awash as mountain snows turn to water and flood the valley. Ultimately, the water will flow through China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam, entering Vietnam’s Mekong Delta and then emptying into the South China Sea (or the East Sea to the Vietnamese). In total, the waters of the Greater Mekong Basin help feed an estimated 300 million people... Read more about Ensuring the Future of the Lower Mekong Basin

Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership

Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative Announces Second Class of Mayors Go Back to School

July 25, 2018

New York, NY – The Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative today announced the second class of forty mayors from around the world who will participate in the yearlong education and professional development program designed exclusively for mayors. The forty mayors joined Harvard faculty and renowned management experts in New York City this week for a 3-day, immersive classroom experience and convening to kick-off the program.

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