Allison Dining Room, 5th Floor, Taubman Building, Harvard Kennedy School
The Ash Center cordially invites you to a lunch discussion of the Rohingya displacement crisis with the Foreign Minister of the People's Republic of Bangladesh, The Honorable Abul Kalam (A.K.) Abdul Momen, MC/MPA 1979.
David Dapice, Senior Economist with the Vietnam and Myanmar Programs at the Ash Center and Ninette Kelley, director of the New York office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) will serve as respondents. This event is open to the public, and no RSVP is necessary.
With clipboard often in hand, Ryan Pierannunzi MPP 2019 became something of a noodge around campus. A friendly noodge to be sure. Pierannunzi, who was honored by the Ash Center with the 2019 Martha H. Mauzy Award for the Advancement of Democratic Governance, was a lead student organizer of the Harvard Votes Challenge and worked through much of the 2018 fall semester to help register as many of his eligible HKS classmates to vote as he could. Pierannunzi and his fellow organizers, it turns out, were pretty successful at noodging, as over 90 percent of eligible HKS students ultimately participated in the challenge in the runup to the midterm elections.... Read more about Mauzy Award Winner Ryan Pierannunzi Takes Democracy Reform from the Classroom to the Campaign Trail
If voter participation is the cornerstone of democracy, American democracy is in poor shape, according to Harvard Kennedy School’s Archon Fung, Winthrop Laflin McCormack Professor of Citizenship and Self-Government. “American democracy would be a lot stronger if all Americans voted. Imagine a future, maybe five years from now, maybe 10 years from now, in which 80 or even 90 percent of Americans voted,” said Fung at the start of a panel discussion on June 27th organized by the Ash Center. “How can we get there?”