2020

2020 Nov 19

Protecting and Deepening Our Democracy: What Should We Do Now?

5:30pm

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Virtual event, registration required

Join Archon Fung for an exploration of some possible futures of American democracy and what can be done to create a more equal and inclusive democracy. Fung is the Winthrop Laflin McCormack Professor of Citizenship and Self-Government at the Harvard Kennedy School. His research explores policies, practices, and institutional designs that deepen the quality of democratic governance with a focus on public participation, deliberation, and transparency. He co-directs the Transparency Policy Project and leads democratic governance programs of the Ash Center for...

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2020 Nov 19

Book Talk -- Under Beijing's Shadow: Southeast Asia's China Challenge

4:00pm to 5:00pm

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Virtual event, registration required

Join the Ash Center and Harvard University Asia Center in discussion with author Murray Hiebert, senior associate of the Southeast Asia Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), about his new book Under Beijing's Shadow: Southeast Asia's China Challenge. Elina Noor, Director, Political-Security Affairs and Deputy Director, Asia Society Policy Institute, will serve as a respondent. Jay Rosengard, Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School, will moderate. 

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Lawrence stands with her foot and a baseball bat on top of an old typewriter

Moving Municipal Tech Out of the Typewriter Era

October 19, 2020

Boston likes to fashion itself as a global tech hub, proud of the legions of start-ups and tech workers who have made its economy the envy of cities around the country. Yet vestiges of Boston’s analog past can still be found, if you know where to look—such as in the long, brick-fronted building that sprawls over much of a block along Massachusetts Avenue in the city’s Dorchester neighborhood. From the building, which houses the city’s Inspectional Services Division (ISD), the sounds of aging IBM Wheelwriter 1500 electric typewriters, which until recently filled the ISD offices. used to be heard as permit-seekers hunched over its well-worn keys typing out applications for zoning variances.  

Johnson poses in advance of graduation wearing an HKS and HLS graduation stole

A Win for Democracy

October 16, 2020

Demarquin Johnson HLS/HKS 2020 stepped up to a podium for the first time as a freshman in high school in Missouri City, Texas, as a member of his school’s debate team. After several weeks spent doing research, he was prepared to defend the right to vote for citizens convicted of a felony. Fueled by a deep belief that felony disenfranchisement is unjust and a legacy of Jim Crow-era attempts to strip voting rights from Black people, he hammered home how prohibiting people from voting because they were formerly incarcerated runs contrary to the American belief in democracy.

Jorrit de Jong looks at a wall of screens, each screen with an image of a mayor participating in a session

Crisis Leadership Essentials for Mayors

October 16, 2020

The Ash Center sat down with HKS Senior Lecturer Jorrit de Jong, an Ash Center resident faculty member and the faculty director of the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative. The Initiative has been at the forefront of training mayors in management and leadership techniques since its establishment four years ago. de Jong has led numerous seminars for mayors with leading public health and crisis response experts from Harvard and around the country since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic early this year and recently. de Jong recently published a compendium on COVID-19 Crisis Leadership Essentials for Mayors

2020 Oct 26

Queer the Vote: Mobilizing the LGBTQ Community Ahead of the 2020 Elections

12:00pm to 1:00pm

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Virtual event, registration required

The LGBTQ community has made significant strides towards equality and progress in recent years, but has also faced renewed hostility and political setbacks. Across the country, practitioners and activists are working to mobilize a diverse coalition and encourage them to make their voices heard on Election Day. Join the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation as we discuss the priorities of LGBTQ voters and how they are being mobilized to get out and vote this November. Panelists include:

  • Chasten Buttigieg, Fall 2020 Fellow, Institute of...
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Q+A with Kimberlyn Leary

Q+A with Kimberlyn Leary

October 15, 2020

The Ash Center sat down with Kimberlyn Leary, an Ash Center faculty affiliate and key member of the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative’s leadership team, to discuss how she is leveraging her background in public health and negotiation to help equip mayors and senior city leaders from around the world to lead high-performing, innovative cities. Leary, an associate professor at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and a senior vice president of the Urban Institute, joined the Ash Center in fall 2019. 

2020 Oct 21

Beyond Beliefs: How Political Organizers Reach Christian Communities on the Margins

6:00pm to 7:00pm

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As the 2020 election looms, religion continues to play a consistent and dizzying role in American electoral politics. Traditionally, party operatives and pollsters on both sides of the aisle tend to treat religion as a constituency, using demographics to categorize different identity groups and predict voting patterns. However, as part of the larger debates about organizing strategy and tactics in the wake of 2016, scholars, journalists, and organizers themselves are starting to pay attention to the unexpected ways in which religion shows up in elections. This includes religion’s...

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2020 Oct 21

Value Clashes, Power Competition & Community Trust: Why An NGO's Earthquake Recovery Program Faltered

9:00am to 10:30am

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Value Clashes, Power Competition & Community Trust: Why An NGO's Earthquake Recovery Program Faltered in Rural China 

Join the Ash Center, Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, and Harvard-Yenching Institute (HYI) for a discussion with Deng Yanhua, Professor, School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Nanjing University; HYI Visiting Scholar, 2020-21. Anthony Saich, Daewoo Professor of International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School, will...

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