Ash Center foyer, 124 Mt Auburn Street, Suite 200N
Join Ashutosh Varshney, Sol Goldman Professor of International Studies and the Social Sciences at Brown University and Ash Center resident fellow, for a discussion on India's 2019 national elections. Professor Varshney will discuss the major policy issues dominating the campaign and examine likely political scenarios following the vote. Scott Mainwaring, Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor, Harvard...
In this issue, we tell the story of how Ash faculty, staff, & students led the charge in a school-wide campaign to get students to the polls. We also introduce Jennifer Musisi, Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative Mayor in Residence, and Roy and Lila Ash Fellow Ryan Swann MC/MPA 2019. Included are...
Just days after Ryan Swann MC/MPA 2019 and his identical twin brother, Bryan MC/MPA 2019, walked across the stage to accept their diplomas at Prince George’s County Largo High School in Maryland, the brothers enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserve and were en route to basic training in Parris Island, South Carolina.
“I come from a large family of veterans and public servants,” says Ryan Swann, recipient of the Ash Center's 2018–19 Roy and Lila Ash Fellowship in Democracy, a scholarship that is awarded to a meritorious mid-career student with a proven dedication to democratic governance and public-sector innovation. “I really felt the need to serve.”... Read more about Roy and Lila Ash Fellow Ryan Swann: A Story of Service
Room 436, Wexner Building, Fourth Floor, Harvard Kennedy School
Over the past academic year, four students worked closely with Harvard Kennedy School’s Jorrit de Jong and Ash Center’s Cecily Tyler to pilot a unique course offering and explore the video essay as an integrative teaching tool in field-based and design-oriented classes. Join us for the premiere of four video essays, the culmination of the student and teaching team’s yearlong effort. The screening will be followed by a discussion about how video and other multimedia can be an integral part of coursework.... Read more about Learning through Video Essays: A Screening & Discussion on Using Video as a Student Learning Tool
Getting eligible Harvard students to vote in US elections shouldn’t be hard, should it? After all, the University prides itself on being a training ground for emerging leaders, inculcating into successive generations of students the values and importance of civic engagement and democratic governance. But it turns out that many of these same students don’t exercise what is arguably democracy's core right and responsibility while at Harvard: showing up at the polls.... Read more about Harvard Votes
The Ash Center sat down for a conversation with Kathryn Sikkink, Ryan Family Professor of Human Rights Policy at HKS and one of Ash’s newest faculty affiliates.
You are known for your work on international human rights issues, but you also helped co-chair the School's participation in the Harvard Votes Challenge with Archon Fung. How did you go from the world of human rights, and the responsibility to protect, to voting?