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1. Empowering a growing minority (Ganz) Harvard Gazette
2. Carmen Reinhart to Harvard Kennedy School (Reinhart) New York Times
3. Americans squeezed by higher rents, tight credit Reuters
Empowering a growing minority
It’s a question on many observers’ minds in an election year: Will Latinos vote in large numbers? And why, historically, haven’t they?
Davíd Carrasco, Neil L. Rudenstine Professor for the Study of Latin America, had an answer for a group of young Latinos gathered at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) on Wednesday, and it had very little to do with numbers (say, the 50 percent voter registration rate among Hispanics) or political theories. …
The Latino Leadership Initiative (LLI), where Carrasco was holding forth, might be Harvard’s most comprehensive attempt yet to help mend that deep-seated wound. Now in its third year, the program, sponsored by the Center for Public Leadership and funded by outside donors, brings promising college students to Harvard for a week of community-organizing training, personal reflection, and networking. …
…the core of the curriculum is developed around the ideas of Marshall Ganz, a senior lecturer in public policy at HKS who spent nearly three decades as an organizer, primarily with Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers in California. A part of Ganz’s focus is helping students to develop public narratives — of their own lives, their communities, and their shared mission.
Carmen Reinhart to Harvard Kennedy School
Carmen Reinhart , one of the world’s top economic experts on financial crises, has been appointed to the Harvard Kennedy School of Government as the Minos A. Zombanakis Professor of the International Financial System. By citations, she is (by a long shot) the most influential female economist in the world.
This is her first appointment at an Ivy League institution; she previously worked at the University of Maryland, Bear Stearns and the International Monetary Fund, and is currently a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics.
She began at Harvard this week, the Kennedy School announced Thursday in a news release.
Americans squeezed by higher rents, tight credit
… Five years after the housing bubble burst, the United States is in the midst of a housing affordability crisis. Home prices have fallen a third from their peaks, but many Americans cannot benefit because they cannot get a mortgage. …
With credit tight, many consumers have no choice but to rent. Others who can afford to buy are also renting, because they view real estate as a lousy investment. With this increased demand, rents in some cities have jumped by double-digit percentage rates.
"We have falling incomes, rising rents and nothing but substantial upward pressure on those rents," says Chris Herbert, director of Harvard University's Joint Center for Housing Studies. "And nothing in the cards suggests it will turn around anytime soon."