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Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative Open House – September 21, 2020, 5:30pm

Please join the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative’s annual Open House on Monday, September 21 at 5:30pm to hear about exciting student engagement opportunities. Learn about student fellowships and field lab courses where you can gain hands-on experience with city governments as well as research assistant roles where students carry out important work with Initiative projects, city leaders, or investigative researchers.

This event is open to only Harvard students (registration required). Register here.

IGA-229: Gender, Sex and War – Gender and Public Policy (GAPP) Seminar with Dara Kay Cohen

IGA-229: Gender, Sex and War – The Gender and Public Policy Seminar has been designed by Dara Kay Cohen to give students an opportunity to engage with leading-edge scholars and practitioners working to advance gender equality. Because the subject of “gender and public policy” is too wide ranging and global to address within a single semester, we aim to focus the course each year on a “spotlight” issue.

The spotlight focus for the Fall 2020 semester is gender, sex and war. We will begin with a review of theoretical constructs, then turn to a series of policy relevant questions on the politics and policy of sex, gender, and political violence. Topics will include the causes and consequences of war; wartime sexual violence; the supply of and demand for female members of non-state armed groups; and the regulation of sex and gender within state armed forces. The course will include discussions of research design and implementation, as well as the implications of research on policy responses and interventions. The research will include some U.S. perspectives, but will primarily consider the international dimensions of gender, sex and political violence.

The class meets Tuesdays and Thursdays. On Tuesdays, there will be a mixture of short lectures and participatory activities, including students leading a class discussion of the assigned readings. On Thursdays, students will attend two meetings during the class period. First is the HKS Women and Public Policy Program (WAPPP) research seminar, which is held from 12:00-12:45pm. The research seminars will be hosted by WAPPP and are open to the HKS community; they take place every Thursday for 12 weeks, from September 10-December 3. Guest speakers from the WAPPP seminar will then join our class for the remainder of the class time, where students will have an opportunity to engage with the speakers about their research and career paths. Readings for the Tuesday class sessions will provide background and a broader research perspective on the Thursday presentations. This course is likely to be particularly beneficial to students who are interested in understanding and working to address the gendered causes and consequences of war. Our primary objective is to equip students with a theory-based understanding of gender, sex and political violence, and with a quiver of potential policy interventions. Please contact Prof. Cohen or her faculty assistant Sarah McLain with any questions.

Judith E. Heumann delivers the 2019 Gustav Pollak Lecture

Appearing Tuesday night in the JFK Jr. Forum at the Harvard Kennedy School, Disability rights activist Judith E. Heumann called for private and public institutions to include the perspectives of disabled individuals in discussions about diversity and equality.  Hosted by the MLD Area and the Institute of Politics, Heumann delivered the Gustav Pollak endowed lecture in moderated discussion with MLD Area Chair and HKS Senior Lecturer Hannah Riley Bowles. Harvard Kennedy School graduate Sara Minkara, who introduced Heumann at the event, highlighted the activist’s influence on policymakers around the world.

Heumann has a long career as both an activist and organizer, but also working within multiple presidential administrations and with the World Bank. She brought a unique historical perspective to the long fight to enact legislation promoting disability rights in the U.S. and worldwide, and spoke persuasively about the ongoing need to enforce the laws and spread awareness that true inclusion remains a critical, but still far off, goal.  View the complete event on the IOP Forum webpage.

Judith Heumann and Hannah Riley Bowles on stage @ JFK Jr. Forum
Judith Heumann and Hannah Riley Bowles on stage @ JFK Jr. Forum (Photo Credit: Martha Stewart)

Congratulations to the HKS Class of 2017!

We congratulate all of the Harvard Kennedy School masters and Ph.D. students who will be receiving their degrees today. We also specially recognize all of the students who have earned the Certificate in Management, Leadership, and Decision Sciences. While at HKS, these 223 students have shown a sustained commitment to enhancing their leadership potential,  and now they are poised to excel in their future public service endeavors.
The MLD Area faculty and staff wish our graduates all the best for the summer ahead and into the future.

For a closer look at the Harvard Kennedy School Class of 2017, read the HKS press release. HKS Commencement details, including the schedule of events and live stream links, can be found on the HKS website. Information on Harvard University’s 366th Commencement events and activities can be found on the university’s website.