EVENTS AT KSG
Struggle for the Soul of the 21st Century Former President
Bill Clinton rallied the crowd at the ARCO Forum in November.
In his second visit to Harvard, Clinton compared the current
fight against terrorism to a struggle for the soul of
the 21st century. Clinton expanded on globalization,
public service, and the fact that recent events had provided
the United States with an opportunity to play a truly historic
and critical role in the world.
Ma, Im a Bureaucrat! At a November Forum event called
Look Ma, Im a Bureaucrat, Attracting the Millennial
Generation into Government, Sam Heyman, founder of the
nonprofit Partnership for Public Service, said he hoped to
mobilize a national call to government service.
Heyman has donated $25 million to launch the partnership dedicated
to revitalizing government through public-private partnerships.
This event was part of a two-day executive session devoted
to the problems of the public sector workforce in the 21st
Prime Minister Brings a Message of Hope In the aftermath
of the September 11 attacks, Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern
offered advice to those involved in negotiating a peace settlement
in the Arab-Israeli conflict. His advice: Stick with
it. Build the process and trust. You wont love them.
You probably wont ever love them. Ahern is known
for his significant role in establishing the 1998 Good Friday
Assesses September 11 At the Theodore H. White Lecture
on Press and Politics last fall, CNN prime anchor and senior
correspondent Judy Woodruff reflected on her industrys
successes and failures while covering the news following the
events of September 11. Journalism in general, television
in particular, has risen brilliantly to the occasion,
she told the crowd at the Forum. In her criticism, Woodruff
said that networks reliance on pundits to analyze events
undermines their own credibility.
Says Good Government Is the Only Way Democratic Republic
of Congos President Joseph Kabila outlined his vision
for bringing prosperity and democracy to his war-torn country
during a recent visit to the Forum. To be the democratic society
it wishes to be, Kabila said, his country must continue to
map out a plan for economic growth, address human rights issues,
and clear the way for free, fair, and democratic elections.
We must raise more expectations as a government
that good government is the only way.
with a Touch of Paint This years Serve-A-Thon was
a slightly different experience for Kennedy School volunteers
than in years past. They worked with students from the Citizen
Schools program at Woodrow Wilson Elementary School
in Dorchester to paint vast numbers of knee-high white picket
fences, walkways, and gardens in the Warren Gardens housing
community in Roxbury, which was chosen by City Year as one
of several impact sites. Sometimes beautifying
and promoting a certain kind of environment does a lot more
for establishing community norms and unity than one might
think, says Kathryn Crewe, a second year MPP student
who volunteered at the event.
Only Womens Policy Journal Launched They
started with a vision of a journal that would address women
and public policy, but the Women Students Association (WSA)
had little publishing and editorial experience. This fall,
with help from faculty and staff at the school, the first
issue of the Womens Policy Journal was published.
The new journal focuses on capturing and communicating the
good work that is going on globally, as well as raising tough
questions for issues that have yet to get on the political
Appointed Special Assistant at the Office of Homeland Security
Reporting to Governor Tom Ridge, Richard Falkenrath, assistant
professor of public policy, is serving as special assistant
to the president and senior director for policy and plans.
Falkenraths responsibilities include drafting the national
strategy for homeland security and developing the offices
Serves in India Kennedy School Lecturer Robert Blackwill
is serving as U.S. ambassador to India as the country expands
its military cooperation with the United States, which began
with joint military exercises in the Arabian Sea last fall.
At the diplomatic helm in India, Blackwill is focussing his
energies on the Bush administrations policy of treating
India as an emerging power in its
Professor Honored with National History Book Award The
Right to Vote: The Contested History of Democracy in the United
States has earned Alexander Keyssar, a Kennedy School professor,
the Albert J. Beveridge Award. The award is given annually
to the best English-language book on American history.
at United Nations Economist Jeffrey Sachs, director of
the Centerfor International Development, was named in February
as a special advisor to the UN on poverty, health, and educational
goals. He will be working with the UN Development Programme,
which is coordinating the UN's campaign for the Millennium
Kennedy School Professor Wins Nobel Prize One of the recipients
of the 2001 Nobel Prize in Economics, Michael Spence, began
his career here at the Kennedy School as an assistant professor.
In his work, Spence who shared this prize with two
other economists challenges one of the basic tenets
of traditional economic theory, namely that market participants
have the information they need to make rational decisions.
BITS AND PIECES
Jones Hosts PBSs Media Matters At the helm
of the new PBS show Media Matters, Alex Jones, director
of the Shorenstein Center, explores contemporary journalism
from the inside, providing new insight into how and
how well the new media do their job. Last falls
show focused on how well networks like CNBC and CNN/FN cover
the business world.