Democracy, Law & Human Rights

DisabledStudent

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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Blindness

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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DisabilityPride

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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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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