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March 6, 2015 - Free Indonesian Language Classes Offered at the Ash Center  
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Please join us every Friday at 2:30 p.m. in room #226 at the Ash Center (Ash Large Conference Room) beginning on Friday, Sept. 5th as we explore the culture and language of Indonesia. These classes are not for credit and are open to all Harvard students, staff members and the general public of the Greater Boston area. The lessons will be conducted by Mr. Kurniawan (kurniawan@hks.harvard.edu), a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant, and all levels of skill – beginner, intermediate, and advanced – are welcome. More»

Please join us every Friday at 2:30 p.m. in room #226 at the Ash Center (Ash Large Conference Room) beginning on Friday, Sept. 5th as we explore the culture and language of Indonesia. These classes are not for credit and are open to all Harvard students, staff members and the general public of the Greater Boston area. The lessons will be conducted by Mr. Kurniawan (kurniawan@hks.harvard.edu), a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant, and all levels of skill – beginner, intermediate, and advanced – are welcome. More»

March 6, 2015 - Student Speaker Series: Do 'We The People' Know Best? Direct Democracy in Action from National Independence to Workers' Benefits  
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Ash Center Student Speaker SeriesJoanna Penn, MPP ’15, Georgia Hollister Isman, MC '15, and Quinton Mayne, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Public Policy (moderator)Friday, March 6th, 2015, 12–1 p.m.Ash Center Foyer, 124 Mount Auburn Street, Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MAThe recent referendum on Scottish independence was seen by some as a high point for democracy in the country with record turn out of over 80%. Yet referenda may be better tools for from policies than others. In Massachusetts, recent policy victories through the referendum process, notably on paid sick leave, have sparked excitement, but most policy issues are dealt with through candidate campaigns. This discussion will use the different experiences across the Atlantic to discuss different ways that voters tackle and reason about issues in electoral politics. Does direct democracy offer a solution to the dissatisfaction the public feels about politicians? How do campaigns differ when they’re asking people to make a policy decision rather than elect someone to represent them? Are certain kinds of issues better served by referendum process then candidate elections, and vice versa? More»

Ash Center Student Speaker Series
Joanna Penn, MPP ’15, Georgia Hollister Isman, MC '15, and Quinton Mayne, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Public Policy (moderator)
Friday, March 6th, 2015, 12–1 p.m.
Ash Center Foyer, 124 Mount Auburn Street, Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA
The recent referendum on Scottish independence was seen by some as a high point for democracy in the country with record turn out of over 80%. Yet referenda may be better tools for from policies than others. In Massachusetts, recent policy victories through the referendum process, notably on paid sick leave, have sparked excitement, but most policy issues are dealt with through candidate campaigns. This discussion will use the different experiences across the Atlantic to discuss different ways that voters tackle and reason about issues in electoral politics. Does direct democracy offer a solution to the dissatisfaction the public feels about politicians? How do campaigns differ when they’re asking people to make a policy decision rather than elect someone to represent them? Are certain kinds of issues better served by referendum process then candidate elections, and vice versa? More»

March 20, 2015 - 'Fixing Congress' Panel Discussion and Reception  
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The Ash Center, HKS Alumni Relations and Resource Development, and HKS Alumni Network of San Francisco invite you to a kickoff panel for the San Francisco #Hack4Congress “Not Just for Technologists” hackathon. The panel will address key structural problems that undermine the efficacy of Congress and explore solutions for improving the lawmaking process in addition to better to facilitating cross-partisan dialogue, and modernizing congressional participation. Panelists will also discuss the prospects and strategies for integrating technology into the operations of Congress today. More»

The Ash Center, HKS Alumni Relations and Resource Development, and HKS Alumni Network of San Francisco invite you to a kickoff panel for the San Francisco #Hack4Congress “Not Just for Technologists” hackathon. The panel will address key structural problems that undermine the efficacy of Congress and explore solutions for improving the lawmaking process in addition to better to facilitating cross-partisan dialogue, and modernizing congressional participation. Panelists will also discuss the prospects and strategies for integrating technology into the operations of Congress today. More»

April 1, 2015 - The Loneliness of the Black Republican: Pragmatic Politics and the Pursuit of Power  
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Leah Wright Rigueur, Artur Davis and Alex KeyssarWednesday, April 1, 2015, 4:10 p.m.Ash Center Foyer124 Mount Auburn St, 2nd Floor North, Cambridge, MA Co-sponsored by the Malcom Wiener Center for Social Policy and the Hutchins Center for African and African American ResearchCovering more than four decades of American social and political history, The Loneliness of the Black Republican examines the ideas and actions of black Republican activists, officials, and politicians, from the era of the New Deal to Ronald Reagan’s presidential ascent in 1980. Their unique stories reveal African Americans fighting for an alternative economic and civil rights movement—even as the Republican Party appeared increasingly hostile to that very idea. Black party members attempted to influence the direction of conservatism—not to destroy it, but rather to expand the ideology to include black needs and interests. More»

Leah Wright Rigueur, Artur Davis and Alex Keyssar
Wednesday, April 1, 2015, 4:10 p.m.
Ash Center Foyer
124 Mount Auburn St, 2nd Floor North, Cambridge, MA

Co-sponsored by the Malcom Wiener Center for Social Policy and the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research

Covering more than four decades of American social and political history, The Loneliness of the Black Republican examines the ideas and actions of black Republican activists, officials, and politicians, from the era of the New Deal to Ronald Reagan’s presidential ascent in 1980. Their unique stories reveal African Americans fighting for an alternative economic and civil rights movement—even as the Republican Party appeared increasingly hostile to that very idea. Black party members attempted to influence the direction of conservatism—not to destroy it, but rather to expand the ideology to include black needs and interests. More»

April 13, 2015 - Ethics in Public Life: Good Practitioners in a Rising Asia  
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The topic of moral competence is generally neglected in the study of public management and policy, yet it is critical to any hope we might have for strengthening the quality of governance and professional practice. What does moral competence consist in? How is it developed and sustained? These questions are addressed in Professor Kenneth Winston's book, Ethics in Public Life, through close examination of selected practitioners in Asian countries making life-defining decisions in their work. This book talk will include speakers Kenneth Winston, Lecturer in Ethics, and Christopher Robichaud, Lecturer in Ethics & Policy, and will be moderated by Anthony Saich, Director of the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation. More»

The topic of moral competence is generally neglected in the study of public management and policy, yet it is critical to any hope we might have for strengthening the quality of governance and professional practice. What does moral competence consist in? How is it developed and sustained? These questions are addressed in Professor Kenneth Winston's book, Ethics in Public Life, through close examination of selected practitioners in Asian countries making life-defining decisions in their work. This book talk will include speakers Kenneth Winston, Lecturer in Ethics, and Christopher Robichaud, Lecturer in Ethics & Policy, and will be moderated by Anthony Saich, Director of the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation. More»

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