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    • March 01, 2024
    • 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
    • Belfer Case Study Room, S020, CGIS SOUTH, 1730 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 0238

    *Please note that this is an in person event*

    On Friday, March 1, ClassACT’s Benazir Bhutto Leadership Program, along with Harvard’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs (WCFIA) and the Salata Institute, will host a daylong Symposium focused on climate change mitigation strategies in emerging economies. The Symposium will be available both in person at the Weatherhead Center and on Zoom.

    This one-day symposium will be the third that ClassACT has sponsored in collaboration with the Weatherhead Center.

    The Benazir Bhutto Leadership Program of ClassACT HR73 brings a Fellow or Fellows from majority-Muslim countries for one year in the Mason Fellows Program at Harvard Kennedy School. Our current Fellow, Nazmul Haque (see attached bio), has a long and successful career developing public-private partnerships in response to climate change in his native country, Bangladesh. Using his experience as a case study, our panelists will examine and enlarge upon the example offered by Nazmul, considering size of country, general economic and political factors, institutions, technology, and leadership and the inter-relationship of climate change mitigation with other national and international priorities.


    The participants in the program for the day include:

    • Ambassador Peter Galbraith AB ’73, Senior Diplomatic Fellow, Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation
    • Dustin Tingley, Professor of Government, Deputy Vice Provost, Advanced Learning, Harvard University
    • Nazmul Haque, Fellow, Benazir Bhutto Leadership Program, HKS
    • Leigh Hafrey AB ’73, Senior Lecturer, Communication and Ethics, MIT Sloan School of Management
    • Diego Osorio, MC/MPA ’09, Fellow, Weatherhead Scholars Program
    • Hélène Benveniste, Postdoctoral Fellow at the Salata Institute for Climate and Sustainability
    • Michael Hiscox PhD ’97, Clarence Dillon Professor of International Affairs, FAS
    • James Engell AB ’73, PhD ’78, Gurney Professor of English Literature and Professor of Comparative Literature

    • Erum Sattar LLM ’10, SJD ’17, Former Program Director and Lecturer, Sustainable Water Management Program (SWM), Tufts Institute of the Environment
    • Kimball Chen AB ’73, MBA ’78, Chairman, The Global LPG Partnership
    • Peter Tufano AB ’79, MBA ’84, PhD ’89, Baker Foundation Professor, HBS

    Accessibility Statement

    The Weatherhead Center for International Affairs welcomes individuals with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you would like to request accommodations or have questions about the access provided, please get in touch with Sarah Banse in advance of your participation or visit. Requests for Sign Language interpreters and/or CART providers should be made at least two weeks in advance, if possible. Please note that the Weatherhead Center will make every effort to secure services, but that services are subject to availability.

    • March 16, 2024
    • 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
    • Zoom event

    Nothing is more fundamental to the U.S. Constitution and our democracy than the right of every citizen to vote. While approximately 66% of the American voting eligible population turned out to vote in 2020*, the one-third  (approximately 77 million) eligible voters who did not vote represent the highest proportion of non-voters in a presidential election in one hundred years.** How do we change this dynamic, convince citizens that their vote, their voice matters and is a tool for change?

    ClassACT HR73 and JusticeAid are proud to present To The Ballot Box! Our Vote, Our Voice, a ZOOM public forum moderated by MSNBC’s Joy Reid H'91, with  Black Voters Matter (BVM) co-founders LaTosha  Brown and Cliff Albright, and a special presentation by Paine the Poet. Special guest moderator will soon be announced!

    The right to vote and participate in should not be a controversial issue, but it has become one. The forum will explore issues related to these rights, voter apathy, voter suppression as well as how to engage and motivate citizens in local communities and across the country to have a voice, register to vote and vote.

    Join us for this vibrant and timely discussion. 

    Joy Reid, Moderator, Harvard ’91, is an award-winning journalist and TV host of MSNBC’s The Reid Out. She is the author of Medgar and Myrlie: Medgar Evers and The Love Story That Awakened America

    Cliff Albright, Panelist, the co-founder Black Voters Matter, is a political economist, speaker and activist. He is a 2020 Soros Equality Fellow. 

    LaTosha Brown, Panelist, the co-founder Black Voters Matter, is an organizer, social justice activist and jazz singer.  Ms. Brown was a 2019 Resident Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School.

    Paine the Poet, who will be giving a special spoken word presentation, is a spoken word artist, activist, educator, and public speaker from Columbus, OH. He uses his gift of poetry and lyricism to bridge the gap between the “disenfranchised” and the society from which they have been detached.

    Black Voters Matter, the 2024 grantee-partner of JusticeAid, works to increase civic engagement and power building in predominantly Black communities. 

    *Pew Research Center:

    ** The Hill:

    • May 02, 2024
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Zoom event
    Our next forum will review the social and economic  outcomes generated by democratic capitalism. We will cover among other topics:
    1) job creation, perhaps one of the most important contributors to social stability and cohesion
    2) the historic impact of the fossil fuel industry, and the practical challenges of the transition to a green economy
    3) philanthropic and activist support historically provided by business

    4) the ever constant challenge of government providing appropriate guardrails  for the pursuit of profit. The recent experience of Chat , GPT provides an insightful case study.

    Registration and more information TBD.

Past events

February 21, 2024 6 Steps to Promoting Your NonProfit on Social Media
January 17, 2024 Creating a 501(c)(3): What You Really Need To Know, With Leonard Easter '73
December 12, 2023 A Ten Point Plan for Building a Board of Directors in the Nonprofit World with Ron Dieckmann
November 13, 2023 Zoom Forum: Update on Ukraine
August 16, 2023 Biodiversity Treaty Strategy Group
June 21, 2023 Honoring the Leadership Legacy of Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto
June 01, 2023 ClassACT Symposium: From the Charles River to Half-Earth: 50 Years to 50 Percent
June 01, 2023 ClassACT Symposium: Reinventing American Democracy for the 21st Century
May 20, 2023 ClassACT Conversation with the BBLP Fellows
May 11, 2023 ClassACT Bridges Forum
May 02, 2023 Meet and Greet with BBLP Fellow Laila Khondkar and Leigh Hafrey '73
April 25, 2023 Washington, D.C. Pre-Reunion Regional Gathering
April 22, 2023 Charleston Pre-Reunion Regional Gathering
April 17, 2023 Zoom Forum: Protecting Half-Earth: Opportunities and Obstacles
April 02, 2023 Los Angeles Pre-Reunion Regional Gathering (Tentative)
March 28, 2023 Minneapolis Pre-Reunion Regional Gathering
March 01, 2023 Zoom Forum: Addressing Anxiety & Depression In Young Adults: Leveraging What Works
February 08, 2023 San Francisco Pre-Reunion Regional Gathering
November 11, 2022 Boston Pre-Reunion Regional Gathering
November 02, 2022 NYC Pre Reunion Regional Gathering
October 20, 2022 Half-Earth: Conserving Biodiversity From the Deep Sea to Mt. Everest
September 12, 2022 Voter Suppression: A Cancer in our Body Politic
April 07, 2022 LGBTQ Youth Rights: Protecting the Queer Frontier
March 16, 2022 ClassACT HR73 Presents: A Conversation on Russia's War on Ukraine
December 16, 2021 Can 21st-Century Capitalism Reverse School Failure, Climate Change, and Income Inequality?
October 25, 2021 Climate Change and Water Crises: Drought, Flood, Contamination … and What We Can Do About It
October 19, 2021 JusticeAid Fall Concert: Mavis Staples and Amy Helm
October 19, 2021 JusticeAid Author Talk with Prof. Kris Henning at Busboys & Poets
June 10, 2021 Gerrymandering: Our Democracy At Risk
May 20, 2021 Health Disparities and the COVID-19 Vaccine
March 25, 2021 Racism and the Criminal System: Communities Fight for Justice
January 11, 2021 When the Stage Goes Dark: Performing Arts in COVID Time
November 17, 2020 Schools + COVID = Inequity Amplified
October 20, 2020 Fascism: Are We There Yet?
September 24, 2020 Call to ClassACTion: Turn Out the Vote
July 30, 2020 Health Disparities: Lessons from COVID-19
June 30, 2020 Social Justice and Race in America
June 18, 2020 Game Changer: Sports in the Pandemic Era
May 07, 2020 ClassACT Zoom Forum: Mental Health in the Age of COVID-19
November 01, 2019 Reception for New BBLP Fellow Nadia Rehman
October 22, 2019 JusticeAid Baylor Project Concert
October 15, 2019 JusticeAID Matthew Whitaker Concert
September 28, 2019 Kids Care Everywhere Autumn Soiree
September 10, 2019 Sports Analytics Club: The Benefit of HBCUs Developing Data Science Programs
April 16, 2019 JusticeAid Concert for the Immigrant Defense Center
April 15, 2019 JusticeAid Public Forum on Indefensible: The Atrocity of Crimmigration
April 13, 2019 South Asia Symposium – Challenges Facing the Leaders of Tomorrow
April 12, 2019 Weatherhead Assembly
April 27, 2018 Dinner and Conversation
April 21, 2018 Chicago ClassACT Weekend 2018
May 24, 2017 JusticeAid Concert: Gotta Serve Somebody
May 23, 2017 JusticeAid Panel: Justice, Mental Health, and Incarceration
April 07, 2017 Benazir Bhutto Leadership Program Associate and HR '73 Classmate Dinner
December 05, 2016 Benazir Bhutto Leadership Program Assembly
September 29, 2016 ClassACT Board Retreat
May 14, 2016 ClassACT Weekend 2016
April 19, 2016 Benazir Bhutto Leadership Program Boston Launch Event
February 19, 2016 Benazir Bhutto Leadership Program New York Launch Event
November 20, 2015 White Pony Express
October 15, 2015 ClassACT Weekend 2015
November 12, 2014 Washington D.C. Local-Connection Event: El Rincon

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