Past Events

  • 2021 Feb 24

    Leading Through Uncertain Times: A Conversation with LtGen Vincent Stewart

    5:00pm to 6:00pm

    Location: 

    Zoom

    Please join the Center for Public Leadership for a discussion with Retired Lieutenant General Vincent Stewart, USMC, former Deputy Commander of United States Cyber Command and 20th Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency. LtGen Stewart led the U.S. defense intelligence enterprise to inform warfighters, defense policymakers and force planners in the Department of Defense and the Intelligence Community, in support of U.S. military planning and operations and weapon systems acquisition. LtGen Stewart retired from the United States Marine Corps after 38 years of...

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  • 2021 Feb 24

    Food as a Pathway to Peace?

    1:00pm to 2:00pm

    Location: 

    Zoom

    An Institute of Politics Forum event co-sponsored by the Center for Public Leadership, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, and Future of Diplomacy Projec

    Earlier this month, Executive Director of the World Food Programme David Beasley outlined the challenges humanitarians face in building and sustaining peace, stating: “While achieving peace is difficult, sustaining peace is even harder. At a time when 270 million people are on the brink of starvation, with conflict a major cause compounded by climate extremes and exacerbated by COVID, this task has never been more...

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  • 2021 Feb 11

    Black Voters Matter: A Post-Election Conversation with LaTosha Brown

    4:30pm to 6:30pm

    Location: 

    Virtual Event

    Join a post-election conversation with LaTosha Brown, co-founder of Black Voters Matter Fund and co-founder of the Southern Black Girls Consortium.

    Ms. Brown is a 2020-2021 Hauser Leader at the Center for Public Leadership and a 2020-2021 American Democracy Fellow at Harvard's Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History. Throughout the 2020 U.S. election, Ms. Brown led the We Got the Power bus tour across the U.S. South to register people to vote and galvanize Black voter participation. In a recent interview, Ms. Brown said "We wanted people, we wanted Black voters in particular, to feel a sense of their power and their agency, and in spite of all odds, what we could do in pushing this country forward."

    This event will be moderated by Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Professor of History, Race and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and the Suzanne Young Murray Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies.

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  • 2021 Feb 10

    Where Do We Go From Here? Making Progress Toward Racial Equity

    6:00pm to 7:00pm

    Location: 

    Zoom

    In his inaugural address, President Biden denounced the rise of political extremism and white supremacy, stating: “A cry for racial justice some 400 years in the making moves us. A cry that can’t be any more desperate or any more clear. And now a rise of political extremism, white supremacy, domestic terrorism that we must confront and we will defeat.”


    In recognition of Black History Month, Harvard Kennedy School Academic Dean Iris Bohnet will moderate a conversation with Dr. Robert Livingston regarding the most...

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  • 2021 Feb 04

    Business and Biden: What the Private Sector Can Expect from the New Administration

    8:30am to 9:30am

    Location: 

    Virtual Event

    As the Biden Administration sets its policies in motion, the business community is preparing for transformative cross-sector partnerships and changes in regulation. Join us for a conversation with Bruce Mehlman and moderator Professor Mark Fagan, who will discuss expectations of the new administration, and how businesses may work with the government to address the most pressing issues of the day. The speakers will also take questions from attendees.
     
    Bruce Mehlman, Spring 2021 Hauser Leader, Center for Public Leadership
    Moderator: Mark Fagan...

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  • 2021 Feb 02

    Lessons in Leadership: A Conversation with Utah Governor Spencer J. Cox

    6:00pm to 7:00pm

    Location: 

    Zoom

    Please join the Center for Public Leadership and Taubman Center for State and Local Government for a discussion on the topic of compassionate conservatism with The Hon. Spencer J. Cox, Governor of Utah. Governor Cox was sworn in as Utah's 18th governor on January 4, 2021. Formerly Utah's Lt. Governor, Gov. Cox has a long history of public service in Utah, serving as City Councilor and Mayor for the city of Fairview, Sanpete County commissioner, and a member of Utah's House of Representatives. 

    During the conversation Governor Cox will discuss his campaign, which focused on...

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  • 2021 Feb 01

    What Does Public Service Mean To You?

    6:00pm to 7:00pm

    Location: 

    Zoom

     

    Public service comes in many forms. Whether through non-profits, government, or the military, our students have served in diverse ways all across the globe. Following a special introduction by CPL director Amb. Wendy R. Sherman, hear from three of the Kennedy School's own in a discussion over the different forms of public service as we kick off Public Service Week.

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  • 2021 Feb 01

    Public Service Week 2021

    Mon Feb 1 (All day) to Sun Feb 7 (All day)

    Location: 

    Virtual

    PSW2

    Public Service Week
    Together Through Service

    MONDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2021 - SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2021
    Click for volunteer opportunities

    Co-sponsored by the Center for Public Leadership, Degree Programs and Student AffairsStudent Public Service Collaborative
    Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, and the Institute of Politics, Public Service Week 2021 will be a time to safely volunteer, as well as reflect on the different aspects of public service. Though we are unable to volunteer together, Public Service Week 2021 will be an opportunity for our HKS community members across the globe to self-organize exciting service opportunities that tailor their interests.

    Need some ideas to get started? Visit here for a list of opportunities you may find interesting, but know that all volunteer efforts are welcomed! Be sure to register your service commitments (intended hours and organization), as our goal is to account for 2021 total hours of combined service throughout the week. See the bottom of this page for Public Service Week sponsored events, as well!

    *** The first 250 to register their volunteer efforts during Public Service Week will have the option to receive an HKS Serves t-shirt! ***

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  • 2021 Jan 29

    Lessons in Leadership: A Conversation with Indian Cabinet Minister Smriti Irani

    12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Location: 

    Zoom

    Please join the Center for Public Leadership, Women and Public Policy Program, and the India Caucus for a discussion on breaking gender barriers and dynasty politics in parliamentary democracies with Smriti Irani, Indian Cabinet Minister for Women and Child Development, and Textiles.

    Ms. Irani's transition from a popular TV star to a Union Cabinet Minister is a fascinating narrative. This conversation will trace her political journey from a popular TV star to a Union Cabinet Minister and also investigate the challenges and opportunities that exist in India...

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  • 2021 Jan 16

    Leadership and Happiness: A Virtual Conversation Between His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Arthur Brooks

    10:30pm to 11:30pm

    According to the best research available, the most successful and enduring leaders work to understand happiness and manage it in themselves and others. In this exclusive event, His Holiness the Dalai Lama will join Harvard Kenndy School (HKS) and Harvard Business School (HBS) professor and The Atlantic happiness columnist Arthur Brooks for a live class session of the popular HBS course, “Leadership and Happiness.” In conversation with Professor Brooks and a group of HBS students, His Holiness will share his ideas on how to be happier as a leader, and to make others happier as well.
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