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The Harvard Seminar on History and Policy is a forum for lectures and workshops that examine the relationship between our interpretation of the past and our approach to policy issues. Typically, each meeting features a presentation by an invited scholar whose cutting edge historical work-in-progress is informed by, or seeks to influence, ongoing policy debates. The aim of the seminar is to bring historical perspective to bear on the work and challenges facing policy makers, and to foster more awareness among historians of how their work can inform contemporary public concerns.
Moshik Temkin and Alex Keyssar, Organizers
Please contact Gina Abbadessa for more information or to be added onto the list.
Seminar schedule, subject to change
Mason Williams, Postdoctoral Fellow, The New School
"The Long Punitive Turn: The Evolving Politics of Crime in New York City"
Fredrick Cornelius Harris, Professor of Political Science, Columbia University
"Black Elites and the Politics of Respectability as Public Policy"