2021

The Responsibility of Intellectuals to a Changing City

The Responsibility of Intellectuals to a Changing City

December 8, 2021

George R. Greenidge. Jr. HGSE ‘96, Ash Center Democracy Visiting Fellow, doesn’t draw a line between scholarship and community advocacy, using both to combat gentrification and racial injustice.

Dennis Kwok and his fellow lawmakers stand outside the entrance of the Legislative Council chamber on the day they were disqualified from their lawmaker roles by the National People's Congress.

Hong Kong as the Canary in the Coal Mine

December 8, 2021

Ash Fellow and Former Hong Kong Legislator Dennis Kwok shares why he believes China’s crackdown on political rights in the special administrative region is a warning to the international community.

2021 Dec 10

Deconstructing Race

12:00pm to 1:30pm

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Virtual event, registration required

Professor Hakeem Jefferson will discuss his forthcoming paper, "Deconstructing Race," which takes seriously the idea that race is socially constructed by endeavoring to deconstruct it. In particular, this work focuses on deconstructing the category “Black”—a racial category that has been uniquely and stringently defined throughout American history. Using an innovative conjoint experimental design, the authors surveyed a diverse sample of Americans to examine several sociopolitical antecedents of Blackness and ask: how flexible is the category “Black” in American society...

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2021 Dec 08

The State of Redistricting and the 2022 Elections

4:00pm to 5:00pm

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Virtual event, registration required

We are in the midst of one of the most rancorous redistricting sessions in our country’s history. Partisan officials – mostly but not only in conservative legislatures – are using the drawing of new congressional, state and local election districts to amass disproportionate power for themselves. How successfully can this be resisted? Meanwhile, the many independent/nonpartisan commissions established in states in recent years were meant to help avoid this problem. Are they working to do...

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Will Redistricting Reforms Stave off Partisan Gerrymandering?

Will Redistricting Reforms Stave off Partisan Gerrymandering?

November 19, 2021

Benjamin Schneer, Assistant Professor of Public Policy at HKS and a faculty affiliate of the Ash Center, discusses trends in the redistricting process, the role that non-partisan redistricting commissions are likely to play over the coming year, and how partisan gerrymandering might tip the balance of power in Washington, D.C., and state capitals nationwide.

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