Speaking at a student conference at the Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics, historian Doris Kearns Goodwin said the young may be able to prompt Americans to work together again politically.
Harvard's Advanced Leadership Initiative helps professionals transition to new careers aimed at solving societal problems.
U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter spoke about the ongoing war with Islamic State and touted the many public service opportunities in the military for students, even if they don’t envision a career on the battlefield.
Fifteen active-duty or veteran soldiers have matriculated at Harvard Law School this year. Among them is Anne Stark, who commanded a company that was responsible for the daily operations of a 500-soldier battalion.
New York financial expert George Koo is hoping to use his degree in international relations to propel him to a Ph.D. and later a potential job at the White House helping guide financial policy.
Inaugural winner Chelsea Clinton was on hand as the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health recognized Blake Mycoskie of TOMS Shoes with this year’s Next Generation Award.
U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren returned to Harvard, along with others, to advocate that undergraduates consider careers in public service, as part of the “Public Interested” conference.
Students in the Harvard University chapter of Engineers Without Borders have been rehabilitating and improving a potable water system in the rural town of Pinalito in the Dominican Republic.
The timely and effective use of social media in the hours and days following the Boston Marathon bombings may serve as a model for other law enforcement agencies in the United States, according to a report published as part of the New Perspectives in Policing Series by the Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management at Harvard Kennedy School.
Jack Schlossberg, grandson of President John F. Kennedy, honored the founder of an online charity that supports public schools and a combat veteran who is now a congresswoman during the 2013 John F. Kennedy New Frontier Awards.
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Herman "Dutch" Leonard, the George F. Baker Jr. Professor of Public Management, talks about relief efforts in the Philippines and the challenges facing those trying to help following a major typhoon on Nov. 8 that has killed more than 2,500 people.
Helping part of coastal Chile to recover completely and prosper following the deadly 2010 earthquake and tsunami is the guiding ethos of Recupera Chile, an initiative based at Harvard’s David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies that involves half a dozen Harvard Schools.
Since its inception in 1958, the Edward S. Mason Fellows Program has brought “demonstrated leaders from developing, newly industrialized and transitional economy countries” to the Harvard Kennedy School. This year there are 89 Mason Fellows from 51 countries.
He grew up poor in Prague, but Jirka Jelinek '13 used his College years to learn, grow, and discover other parts of the world.
Volunteerism — not whether, but how best to give back — was at the forefront of the “Alumni Think Big” conference session on Saturday, as eight Harvard graduates and one visiting practitioner presented their “Big Ideas That Will Change the World” at a Wintersession forum.
Joseph P. Kennedy III kicked off Wintersession’s “Public Interested?” conference on Saturday, speaking about his life in public service and urging audience members to create their own careers by following their passions.
Harvard University has chosen 10 teams as finalists in the President’s Challenge for social entrepreneurship. President Drew Faust created the challenge to encourage student teams from across the University to develop entrepreneurial solutions to five of the world’s most important social issues.
Brazilian urban specialist Edgard Gouveia Jr., who has won international attention for his approach to grassroots development through game play, demonstrates his techniques to Harvard students.
What will the next generation of social entrepreneurs need to succeed? Analysts debated the future of the budding field — and Harvard students demonstrated it — at Harvard Kennedy School on Feb. 24.
Annemarie Ryu ’13 hopes to create an American market for tasty, nutritious jackfruit, while helping to support struggling Indian farmers at the same time.
New York City’s Center for Economic Opportunity (CEO) was named the winner of the Innovations in American Government Award today by the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Kennedy School of Government.
Sonya Soni, a Harvard Divinity School student, is featured in the documentary “Keep a Child Alive with Alicia Keys,” which airs throughout December on Showtime.
Harvard students made good use last summer of the Presidential Public Service Fellowship Program, a new initiative that supports good works through financial grants.
Students at the Harvard Graduate School of Design mix reality and research during travel as Community Service Fellows, doing everything from helping tsunami victims to studying activist art.
Hundreds of new students descended on the Harvard Kennedy School campus for their first day of classes Aug. 31. That night, a group of illustrious alumni harnessed that energy in a candid dialogue on the challenges and rewards of a career in public service. The talk was a kickoff for the Kennedy School’s 75th anniversary.
The Harvard Graduate School of Education on July 26 released a powerful video in support of the It Gets Better Project. The four-minute video features faculty, staff, and students sharing personal accounts of their childhood experiences and providing support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth.
“The road from policy development to implementation is usually long and rocky, one that must be trod with companions,” Paul Farmer, University Professor and co-founder of Partners In Health, told Harvard Kennedy School graduates on May 25.
Before he was a graduate of Harvard, Jeffrey Lynn Hall Jr. was a graduate of the streets of St. Louis, which taught him to look back and to give back.
Recent graduates commissioned as officers through ROTC are training, traveling, and plunging into combat.
In what is believed to be the largest gathering of uniformed students at the University since Winston Churchill spoke on campus in 1943, more than 170 Harvard veterans from all the service branches gathered at Cambridge's Sheraton Commander Hotel April 25 for a dinner honoring students who have served in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Across the University, public service programs are thriving, reinforcing Harvard’s founding mission of providing assistance to others.
A diverse Harvard community celebrated Interfaith Awareness Week during a moving ceremony at the Memorial Church on Monday (Feb. 7) evening, remembering the life and message of the late Martin Luther King Jr.
A winter break trip to the Navajo Nation in New Mexico shows the realities of poverty to a group of Harvard undergraduates.
Like much of Africa, Liberia relies on ineffective, dirty sources of energy. Coming off a fellowship at Harvard’s Advanced Leadership Initiative, Richard Fahey has one big goal: to transform the country’s electrical grid from the bottom up.
One year after the deadly earthquake in Haiti, Harvard undergraduates and faculty from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences are trying to develop a way to quickly provide shelter to victims of disasters. The Rapid Deployment Disaster Relief Shelter is one of a dozen initiatives funded by the new President’s January Innovation Fund for winter break.
Building on the library model developed by industrialist Andrew Carnegie in the late 1800s, philanthropist John Wood and his nonprofit, Room to Read, are aiding education in the developing world.
Harvard students and friends spend two weeks working and helping an impoverished corner of the Dominican Republic.
A Harvard undergraduate travels to China to visit an orphanage she aided from afar, and sees the impact of her public service.
Outgoing HAA President Teresita Alvarez-Bjelland says the group’s interest in public service is expanding by leaps and bounds. Incoming President Robert R. Bowie Jr. plans to continue strengthening the alumni community.
Concluding a year of expanded volunteer efforts at Harvard, president announces new fellowships that will allow students to do well by doing good.
Harvard University today (April 23) announced that Sumner M. Redstone has contributed $1 million to be used by Harvard College and Harvard Law School. This contribution by Redstone, a graduate of both Schools, will establish scholarships for 20 Redstone Scholars to attend Harvard College for the 2010–11 academic year.
Two-day panel at the Center for Public Leadership examines the shifting role of film as a vehicle for social change, with new technologies creating fresh insights.
Harvard students and alums share thoughts on service while doing community service work in the South.
Public service at Harvard increasingly reaches well beyond its gates, as student and alumni volunteers journey far to do good works.
Harvard undergrads on Alternative Spring Break learn construction techniques while helping to complete a rebuilt Alabama church.
Harvard students and alumni arrive at work sites to begin construction, tutoring, other tasks as part of Alternative Spring Break, a tradition of public service initiated by the student-run Phillips Brooks House Association.
An HGSE student project over January break leads young students to create photographic art, along with exhibits in two countries.
First grants from Harvard fund to aid Haitian community in helping employees to take care of their families.
A member of the Harvard women’s squash team recounts the squad’s combination training and service trip to India during winter break, and how team members were changed in the process.
Bady Balde, a learned émigré from Guinea, uses Harvard’s Bridge Program to go from Dining Services worker to bank teller to Harvard Kennedy School graduate student.