Past Events

  • 2016 Nov 29

    CAPS Inaugural Poll

    (All day)

    Harvard CAPS Inaugural Poll Reveals What the American Public Wants the New President and the New Congress to Address

    November 29, 2016

    Harvard University’s Center for American Politics (CAPS) launches a monthly poll series with its first post election survey. The inaugural CAPS poll, conducted November 18-21, 2016, examines public attitudes about on wide range of issues facing the new Administration and the new Congress, including immigration, trade, taxes, health care, job creation, crime, family leave, lobbying reform, and building America’s...

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  • 2016 Nov 10

    Post-Election Roundup with Bill Kristol, William Galston, and commentator Susan Shell

    Registration Closed 4:00pm to 8:00pm

    Location: 

    Tsai Auditorium, CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge St.

    Please join CAPS and the Program on Constitutional Government for a Post-Election Roundup discussion with Bill Kristol and William Galston, commentator Susan Shell, moderated by Harvey Mansfield. 

    Bill Kristol and William Galston will be meeting on this occasion for the thirteenth time in their much anticipated biennial debate, offering the perspectives of two political philosophers who are participants and shrewd observers, both of...

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  • 2016 Nov 07

    Michael Dukakis

    12:30pm to 2:00pm

    Location: 

    Belfer Case Study Room (S020), CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge St.

    The 2016 Presidential Election: What's at Stake?

    A conversation with Michael Dukakis, presented by the Program on U.S. - Japan Relations, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. Co-sponosored by the Center for American Political Studies (CAPS). 

    Michael Dukakis
    Distinguished Professor of Political Science, Northeastern...

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  • 2016 Nov 02

    CAPS Seminar with Christopher Beneke

    6:30pm to 7:30pm

    Location: 

    K262, CGIS Knafel Building, 1737 Cambridge St.

    Civil Evasions: Slavery, the Founders, and Rules of Religious Tolerance

    Join us for the CAPS Seminar with Christopher Beneke as he presents his talk, "Civil Evasions: Slavery, the Founders, and Rules of Religious Tolerance."

    This talk is free and open to the public.

    Chris Beneke is associate professor of History at Bentley University. He is the author of Beyond Toleration: The Religious Origins of American Pluralism (Oxford, 2006), and co-editor of The First Prejudice: Religious Tolerance and Religious Intolerance in Early...

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  • 2016 Oct 27

    Pre-Election Panel with Jill Lepore, Morris Fiorina, and Steve Ansolabehere

    4:00pm to 6:00pm

    Location: 

    K262, CGIS Knafel Building, 1737 Cambridge St.

    Please join CAPS for a Pre-Election Panel discussion with Jill Lepore and Morris Fiorina led by CAPS Faculty Director Stephen Ansolabehere on the upcoming U.S. presidential election. 

    Jill Lepore is the David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History at Harvard University. She is also a staff writer at The New Yorker. A prize-winning professor, she teaches classes in evidence, historical methods, humanistic inquiry, and American history. Much of her scholarship explores absences and asymmetries in the historical record, with a...

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  • 2016 Sep 30

    PCG Lunchtime Seminar: Jeb Bush

    12:00pm to 2:00pm

    Location: 

    Belfer Case Study Room, S020, CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge St.

    The Program on Constitutional Government presents a talk with Jeb Bush on "Conservative Policy Solutions for 21st Century Problems." Jeb Bush was a Republican presidential candidate in the 2016 election, and the 43rd Governor of Florida from 1999-2007.

    Please rsvp to pcg@gov.harvard.edu. Seating is limited.

  • 2016 Apr 15

    Sexual Harassment and the Evolving Civil Rights State

    2:00pm to 4:00pm

    Location: 

    Room K450, CGIS Knafel Building, 1737 Cambridge Street

    Please join us for the CAPS Seminar with Shep Melnick as he presents a chapter from his upcoming book, "Sexual Harassment and the Evolving Civil Rights State." The chapter is available for download here.

    Shep Melnick is the Thomas P. O’Neill, Jr. Professor of American Politics...

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  • 2016 Apr 01

    Political Analytics Conference 2016

    10:00am to 5:30pm

    Location: 

    Tsai Auditorium, CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge Street*

    *This event has concluded, to see video of the conference please click here.*

    The 21st century has seen a rapid influx of big data, computation, and analytical reasoning transform almost every walk of life. 2016 promises to be the year when data analysis reaches new...

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  • 2016 Mar 04

    What happened? A tale of two Americas, 1900 - 2000

    2:00pm to 4:00pm

    Location: 

    K450, CGIS Knafel Building, 1737 Cambridge Street

    Please join us for the CAPS Seminar with Robert Putnam as he speaks from his forthcoming book, "What happened? A tale of two Americas, 1900 - 2000."

    Measures of material well-being in America (e.g., per capita income; life expectancy) rose monotonically and mostly linearly throughout the 20th century. By contrast, measures of major aspects of American society, politics, and economics from 1900 to today following a puzzling, but uniform pattern - rising strongly and steadily from about 1900 to about 1970, then falling strongly and steadily from about 1970 to today....

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  • 2016 Feb 17

    Tocqueville Lecture with Bruce Western, in conversation with Stephen Tourlentes

    4:00pm to 6:00pm

    Location: 

    Lecture in Belfer Case Study Room, 1730 Cambridge Street - Reception on the 4th floor of CGIS Knafel, 1737 Cambridge Street

    Please join us on Wednesday, Feb. 17th for the Center for American Political Studies Tocqueville Lecture given by Prof. Bruce Western, in conversation with artist Stephen Tourlentes about the current state of the U.S. prison system. 

    4:00 – 5:00pm, Lecture in Belfer Case Study Room, 1730 Cambridge Street
    5:00 – 6:00pm, Reception on the 4th floor of CGIS Knafel, 1737 Cambridge Street

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