Conference Center Blog Articles

International Conference on Technology and Innovation for Global Development

June 4th-5th, 2012

The Harvard Kennedy School of Government


By Sujata K. Bhatia  |  August 29, 2012

Women Making Democracy

March 29th-30th, 2012

Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study


This article was jointly drafted by John Corbett, Mathilde Montpetit, and Sarah Moon.


The “Women Making Democracy” conference held by the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study on March 29th and 30th attempted to examine the role of women in the Arab Spring from a variety of angles. Its panelists drew from a refreshingly diverse variety of fields; though the majority of speakers were academics, a Gallup pollster, a UN official, and the playwright Ibrahim El-Husseini—whose play “Comedia Al-Ahzaan” (Comedy of Sorrows) attempted to offer an aesthetic nuance to an otherwise conventional discussion—also took part.

By Mathilde Montpetit  |  August 29, 2012

The One-State Conference
March 3rd-4th, 2012
The Harvard Kennedy School of Government

When is an idea so dangerous that it should not be voiced?  When does political discourse become hate speech?  Which proposals are appropriate for the university, and which should not even receive the tacit acknowledgment that comes with the permission to use its space?

By Michael Mitchell  |  March 8, 2012