2021

Will Biden’s Infrastructure Proposal Meet America’s Urgent Need?

Will Biden’s Infrastructure Proposal Meet America’s Urgent Need?

March 31, 2021

President Biden unveiled an ambitious $2 trillion jobs and infrastructure proposal this week. The plan calls for $621 billion in spending for a variety of transportation initiatives, including funding roads and bridges, public transportation, rail improvements, airports and ports, as well as a bevy of new and expanded electric vehicle incentives. Congress is expected to act on the ambitious legislative proposal in the coming months. 

2021 Apr 13

Technology & Democracy Workshop: Developing Winning Narratives to Combat Disinformation

4:00pm to 5:15pm

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Zoom virtual workshop; registration required

Join us for a skills-building workshop with AY 2020-2021 Technology and Democracy Fellow Ashley Bryant, Principal at A/B Partners and Co-Founder of Win Black / Pa’lante. Ashley will lead an interactive session exploring evidence-based messaging and how to refine content strategies through testing in order to build narrative campaigns that engage, mobilize, and persuade target audiences amidst a swarm of disinformation.

Participants will examine the “Win Black” case study and identify how to use this model to build their own narrative campaigns to combat issue-based disinformation...

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2021 Apr 19

Voting Rights and Democracy Reform in the States and on the Hill

4:00pm to 5:00pm

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Virtual event, registration required

With Georgia passing legislation to dramatically restrict voting access, and with similar legislation pending in other states, fundamental issues of voting and democracy are now front and center in Congress. A sweeping set of election reforms recently passed the House as H.R. 1 and are now before the Senate. The fate of these efforts, and the future of fundamental Senate procedures such as the legislative filibuster, could be decided in the weeks ahead. Join the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation as we convene advocates from the states and Capitol Hill to discuss what is...

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2021 Apr 06

Tech & Democracy Workshop: Pitching and Writing an Op-Ed to Support Digital Campaigns

4:00pm to 5:15pm

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Register for virtual workshop

The 2020 Presidential Election, more so than any other, was run on digital platforms as we lived through the unprecedented realities of the Coronavirus pandemic. Effective campaign strategies for digital storytelling were dependent on not only originality, but on pitching and producing thoughtful media content. This highly interactive workshop, run by J.P. Carroll, former deputy director of Hispanic media for the Republican National Committee (2018-2020), will cover how to both pitch a story and then write a compelling opinion piece (op-ed), guiding participants...

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Orange skies in Beijing in 2013

Orange Skies in Beijing

March 23, 2021

A spring sandstorm and worsening air pollution came to a head last week in Beijing, causing the city and surrounding area to become enveloped in an orange smog. To better understand the storm and its impact on the environment, Chinese citizens and government, the Ash Center sat down with Jesse Turiel, Ash Center China Energy Postdoctoral Fellow. 

2021 Apr 02

Modernizing Asia’s Countryside

9:00am to 11:00am

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Virtual event, registration required

Join the Ash Center and Harvard-Yenching Institute for their annual roundtable discussion. An interdisciplinary panel of distinguished scholars from China, India, Japan, Korea and Vietnam will explore the record of successful and unsuccessful efforts at rural development in their own countries. Why have some programs succeeded in increasing productivity, improving infrastructure and public services, alleviating poverty, and ameliorating social and economic inequality, whereas others proved much less successful? What have Asian countries learned from these achievements and...

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