2019

2019 Feb 04

Bloomberg Harvard Summer Fellowship Information Session at Harvard Business School

4:30pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

Hawes Hall 101, Harvard Business School

Do you want to help cities design, develop, and implement innovative approaches and practices and have an impact at the local level? Are you interested in a career in city government? Attend this information session to learn more about multiple summer fellowship opportunities in participating U.S. cities with the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative.

About the Fellowship

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2019 Jan 30

Bloomberg Harvard Summer Fellowship Information Session at Harvard Kennedy School

4:30pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

Rubenstein 414, David Ellwood Democracy Lab, Harvard Kennedy School

Do you want to help cities design, develop, and implement innovative approaches and practices and have an impact at the local level? Are you interested in a career in city government? Attend this information session to learn more about multiple summer fellowship opportunities in participating cities with the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative.... Read more about Bloomberg Harvard Summer Fellowship Information Session at Harvard Kennedy School

2019 Feb 12

Study Group: Democracy Reform

12:00pm to 1:15pm

Location: 

124 Mt Auburn Street, Suite 200N, Room 226

Join us for the inaugural session of the Democracy Reform: Through the Practitioner’s Lens study group with Miles Rapoport. This first session will be a conversation with Rapoport on whether democracy reform's time has come in the United States. This study group is open to the Harvard and broader Boston-area university community and requires no prior registration or application. Lunch will be served. 

About the Study Group

Join Miles Rapoport, Senior Practice Fellow in American Democracy, for a four-part study group which...

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2019 Feb 26

Film Screening – Isaac Pope: The Spirit of an American Century

5:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: 

434 AB, Wexner Building, Fourth Floor, Harvard Kennedy School
Please join the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, and the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation for a film screening of, “Isaac Pope: The Spirit of an American Century.... Read more about Film Screening – Isaac Pope: The Spirit of an American Century
2019 Feb 04

2019 John T. Dunlop Memorial Forum feat. Congressman Joe Kennedy III

4:00pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

Wasserstein Hall, Room 2036, Milstein East ABC, Harvard Law School, 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138

Join us and the Harvard Law School Labor & Worklife Program for the 2019 John T. Dunlop Forum featuring Congressman Joe Kennedy III.  Congressman Kennedy will discuss his recent call for “moral capitalism” and outline how he believes a new Congress can recalibrate our country’s economy back towards American workers.

This event is at capacity. A live stream of the event will be available here. 

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2019 Mar 01

Ash Community Speaker Series: Why Local Democracy Still Matters for Urban Schools

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

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

Join Ash Center Visting Democracy Fellow Jonathan Collins, Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow and Visiting Professor of Political Science and Education at Brown University, in discussion about the way that people interact with their municipal governments and their local school boards.  Collins will explore how policies and outcomes produced by school boards both begin with the extent to which school boards establish a culture of deliberation with the public - a culture that can be measured.  He will also illustrate how the racial context of...

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2019 May 03

Study Group: Reimagining Civic Discourse on Social Media

4:15pm to 6:15pm

Location: 

Harvard Kennedy School

The application for this study group has closed. 

Students and fellows at Harvard and surrounding universities are invited to apply for a spring semester study group with Ash Center Fellow Deepti Doshi, Director of Community Partnerships at Facebook, MC/MPA '12; and Mo Safdari, former Program Manager for Election Integrity at Facebook, MBA/MPP. 

Building constructive civic discourse on social media is an urgent challenge. This study group will take you behind the scenes to...

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2019 Apr 04

Study Group: Reimagining Civic Discourse on Social Media

4:15pm to 6:15pm

Location: 

Harvard Kennedy School

The application for this study group has closed. 

Students and fellows at Harvard and surrounding universities are invited to apply for a spring semester study group with Ash Center Fellow Deepti Doshi, Director of Community Partnerships at Facebook, MC/MPA '12; and Mo Safdari, former Program Manager for Election Integrity at Facebook, MBA/MPP. 

Building constructive civic discourse on social media is an urgent challenge. This reading group will...

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2019 Mar 07

Democracy in Hard Places -- Democratizing the Party: The Effects of Primary Election Reforms in Ghana

4:15pm to 5:30pm

Location: 

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

Join Nahomi Ichino, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Michigan, in disucssion. Tarek Masoud, Professor of Public Policy and Sultan of Oman Professor of International Relations, will moderate. 

Ghana's major parties recently reformed primary election rules which offers a rare opportunity to assess the effects franchise expansion in contemporary new democracies, where universal suffrage was already established at independence. In this talk, Ichino will propose that democratizing candidate selection by expanding the primary electorate has two consequences in patronage-oriented political systems: the electorate will have more diverse preferences and vote buying will become a less effective strategy. These changes, in turn, affect the types of politicians who seek and win legislative nominations.  Using an original dataset on candidate entry and nominations, she will show that expanding the primary electorate opened paths to office for politicians from social groups that were previously excluded, including women and members of ethnic groups outside a party's core national coalition.... Read more about Democracy in Hard Places -- Democratizing the Party: The Effects of Primary Election Reforms in Ghana

2019 Feb 28

Democracy in Hard Places -- Populism's Threat to Democracy: Comparative Lessons for the U.S.

4:15pm to 5:30pm

Location: 

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

Join Kurt Weyland, Mike Hogg Professor in Liberal Arts, University of Texas at Austin Department of Government, in discussion. Scott Mainwaring, Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor for Brazil Studies, HKS, will moderate. 

To elucidate the prospects of U.S. democracy under President Trump, this talk will analyze the regime impact of populist chief executives in Europe and Latin America. Professor Weyland's investigation finds that institutional weakness is a crucial permissive cause for democratic backsliding. Yet even in weaker institutional settings, authoritarian regression only advances under special circumstances, namely when acute yet resolvable crises or extraordinary bonanzas allow populist leaders to win overwhelming support – and then override institutional constraints. Because none of these conditions prevails in the U.S., an undemocratic involution is exceedingly unlikely.

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2019 Feb 21

Book Talk -- Playing by the Informal Rules: Why the Chinese Regime Remains Stable despite Rising Protests

12:00pm to 1:15pm

Location: 

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

Join us and Harvard's Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies for a discussion with Yao Li, China Public Policy Postdoctoral Fellow at the Ash Center, author of Playing by the Informal Rules: Why the Chinese Regime Remains Stable despite Rising ProtestsElizabeth Plantan, China Public Policy Postdoctoral Fellow at the Ash Center, will serve as a respondent. Anthony Saich, Ash Center Director, Daewoo Professor of International Affairs, HKS, will moderate. 

Lunch will be served.
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