Democracy, Law & Human Rights

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DISABILITY AWARENESS SERIES: Harvard, Disability, and Belonging

May 18, 2021

Michael Ashley Stein

I visited Harvard Law School (HLS) for the first time in the Spring of 1985, a few weeks after receiving an invitation to enroll. I was excited by the opportunity, and travelled to Cambridge to meet with the Dean of Students in order to discuss what my life, as a wheelchair user, would be like at HLS. Aside from an extended hospital and...

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DISABILITY AWARENESS SERIES: Accessibility is a Social Right

May 18, 2021

Peter Slatin

I was in a cab heading to LaGuardia Airport on my way to a business meeting in Miami. Although the driver had initially been fearful of my guide dog, the ride was uneventful -- until we arrived curbside at the terminal. As we pulled up, he leapt from his seat and shouted at the top of his lungs, “Help him! He can’t see!”

I had...

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DISABILITY AWARENESS SERIES: Come Out Disabled and Proud, Even If You Have a Non-Stereotypical Disability

May 18, 2021

Kathleen Bogart

The documentary film “Crip Camp” did not win an Oscar, but it’s still a win for disability pride. The movie focused on a unique summer camp where people with many different types of disabilities formed a community that was ultimately the catalyst for the American disability rights movement. At the Academy Awards, three wheelchair users (and a...

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Culture

The Future of Cultural Diplomacy

May 11, 2021

By Carla Dirlikov Canales

Cultural diplomacy is one of the oldest and most important tools of statecraft. Often referred to as “soft power,” a phrase coined by University Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus Joseph Nye, the power of culture offers the ability to create connections and persuade in a way that may advance national interests more effectively than traditional diplomatic and geopolitical means. The soft power of cultural diplomacy...

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The Time is Now for New York State to Commit to Reduce Child Poverty - An Interview with Kate Breslin and Dede Hill of the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy

April 13, 2021

By James Lytle

The Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy is a leading New York State policy analysis and advocacy organization working to shape policies to improve health, welfare, and human services for all New Yorkers, especially...

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USA

COVID-19 RECOVERY SERIES: Next Steps in Our Post-COVID Political World: A Blueprint for Blue-State Organizations

April 1, 2021

By Charles Douglas III and David Domke

To whom much is given, much is required. That’s a lesson often taught in Black communities like the neighborhood that one of us, Charles, grew up in. His father, a former Black Panther, made sure that his children understood...

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Who was Responsible for January 6th?

January 28, 2021

By Michael Klarman

President Trump was the proximate cause of the violent assault on the Capitol on January 6, 2021. His words of incitement to a crowd of thousands of angry supporters -- including “[y]ou’ll never take back your country with weakness” -- may well qualify for criminal punishment notwithstanding the First Amendment. And those presidential words inciting...

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Social Impact Review

EDITOR'S NOTE

January 20, 2021

On this cold January day, as the sun beamed through the grey clouds, Joseph R. Biden, Jr. took the oath of office as the 46th President of the United States, expressing infinite hope and representing strong winds of change blowing through a Washington, DC, locked down, yet still proud. American flags were dancing on the steps of the Capitol and all along the great stretch of the National Mall. Today, on the very Capitol steps where two...

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POST-ELECTION SERIES: A Passion for Prevention and a Warning for the Unprepared - An Interview with Howard Koh, M.D., MPH

November 19, 2020

By Matt Nathan, M.D., and Susan Carney Lynch, Dr.PH

Dr. Howard K. Koh is one of the most influential healthcare leaders in the world today. He is the Harvey V. Fineberg Professor of the Practice of Public Health Leadership at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health and the Harvard Kennedy School....

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POST-ELECTION SERIES: A 2020 Presidential Candidate of Color Reflects on the New President-Elect - An Interview with Governor Deval Patrick

November 19, 2020

By Mary Jo Meisner

Originally from the South Side of Chicago, Deval Patrick came to Massachusetts at 14, when he was awarded a scholarship to attend Milton Academy. After Harvard College & Law School, he clerked for a federal appellate judge and then launched a career as an attorney and business executive, becoming a staff attorney at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, a partner at two Boston law firms and a senior executive at two Fortune 50 companies. In...

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POST-ELECTION SERIES: Over 74 Million Votes for Trump and Party Polarization is Stronger than Ever - An Interview with Dr. Robert Blendon

November 19, 2020

By Sally Bagshaw

Dr. Robert J. Blendon is currently the Richard L. Menschel Professor of Public Health and Professor of Health Policy and Political Analysis, Emeritus, at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He holds appointments as a Professor of Health Policy and Political Analysis at both the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health...

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