2018

Innovations in American Government Awards

Ash Center Announces Finalists for Innovations in American Government Award

July 23, 2018

Cambridge, MA – Today, the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, announced the finalists for the 2018 Innovations in American Government Award. Seven programs, listed below, will compete for a $50,000 grand prize this fall in Cambridge.... Read more about Ash Center Announces Finalists for Innovations in American Government Award

Will Butler Arcade Fire

Arcade Fire's Will Bulter on Voting & Civic Participation

July 19, 2018

In Boston for a performance with Arcade Fire, the Montréal-based rock band he helped found, the Ash Center sat down Will Butler, a 2017 graduate of Harvard Kennedy School’s mid-career MPA program for a conversation on the intersection of public policy, the arts, and his efforts to strengthen a culture of public engagement and participation in government and elections... Read more about Arcade Fire's Will Bulter on Voting & Civic Participation

Scott Mainwaring

Scott Mainwaring on Party Systems in Latin America

July 17, 2018

The Ash Center sat down with Scott Mainwaring, the Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor for Brazil Studies and an Ash Center resident faculty affiliate. Mainwaring also serves as faculty co-chair of the Brazil Studies Program at Harvard University’s David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies. Mainwaring is editor of the recently published Party Systems in Latin America: Institutionalization, Decay, and Collapse (Cambridge University Press, 2018).... Read more about Scott Mainwaring on Party Systems in Latin America

Yuheng Wen

Fellows Focus: Dalio Scholar’s Campaign for Education Equality in China

July 16, 2018
Born and raised in a rural village in central China’s Henan Province, Yuheng Wen MPA ’19, dropped out of middle school at age 13. Now, two decades later, he is at Harvard exploring ways to promote education equality in China in part with the support of the Ash Center’s Dalio Scholars program, which provides scholarships to graduate students from China who are proven leaders in philanthropy or who demonstrate clear philanthropy sector leadership potential... Read more about Fellows Focus: Dalio Scholar’s Campaign for Education Equality in China
Teachers protest for higher wages

Ash Alumna Sparks Community Organizing in Jordan

July 16, 2018

Nisreen Haj Ahmad MC/MPA ’08, a former visiting research fellow at the Ash Center, spent the first seven years of her professional career enmeshed in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks as a legal adviser to the Palestinian negotiating team. By the end of her tenure as a Palestinian negotiator, “I was depressed,” she recalls. “I studied law to defend the rights of oppressed people.” However, the minutiae and grinding pace of negotiations led Haj Ahmad to question whether the power of law was sufficient to impact the lives of ordinary Palestinians.

In 2007, wanting to gain new perspective, she seized an opportunity to attend Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) as a mid-career student... Read more about Ash Alumna Sparks Community Organizing in Jordan

2018 Sep 24

Harvard Votes Challenge Presents: Activating the Youth Vote

6:00pm

Location: 

JFK Jr. Forum, Harvard Kennedy School, 79 JFK Street

Join us and Harvard's Institute of Politics for an event featuring: 

  • Jessica Browning, National Co-Chair, College Republican National Committee
  • David Hogg, Co-Founder, March for Our Lives
  • Johnathan Rangel, Youth Activist with 99Rootz
  • Bria Smith, Representative, Milwaukee Youth Council, Senior at Franklin High School, Milwaukee WI
Dr. Tu Anh

Vietnam Executive Leadership Program Celebrates 10th Anniversary

June 28, 2018
The Ash Center sat down with Dr. Vu Thanh Tu Anh, Dean of the Fulbright School of Public Policy and Management, the first academic unit of Fulbright University of Vietnam. Dr. Tu Anh, also a non-resident fellow at the Ash Center, was in Cambridge for the 10th anniversary of the Vietnam Executive Leadership Program (VELP), an executive education program run by the Ash Center, which provides public policy training to senior Vietnamese government officials.... Read more about Vietnam Executive Leadership Program Celebrates 10th Anniversary
SCOTUS

Maya Sen on Anthony Kennedy's Retirement

June 27, 2018

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement from the country’s top court Wednesday (June 27). Kennedy has long been a crucial swing vote on key Supreme Court decisions, and his replacement has the opportunity to significantly change the ideological makeup of the court. Maya Sen, associate professor of public policy at Harvard Kennedy School, has researched the political leaning of courts and is an expert Supreme Court watcher. We asked her about the impact Kennedy’s retirement will have on the court and the country... Read more about Maya Sen on Anthony Kennedy's Retirement

2018 Sep 12

Book Talk: Rethinking America’s Highways

4:15pm to 5:30pm

Location: 

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

Join Robert Poole, Director of Transportation Policy at the Reason Foundation, author of Rethinking America’s Highways, for a discussion. Stephen Goldsmith, Daniel Paul Professor of the Practice of Government and the Director of the Ash Center Innovations in American Government Program, will moderate. 

Rethinking America’s Highways: A 21st Century Vision for Better Infrastructure

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