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Can we share what we learned (and didn’t) on Paltrek and iTrek?


By Will Whitehurst (MPP 2022) The author of The Citizen’s recent op-ed “What they didn’t tell you on Israel trek” didn’t attend iTrek and assumed how participants processed the published itinerary. Neither he nor I can project 282 attendees’ individual experiences. However, I’m compelled to share my perspective as an actual attendee. The status quo […]

Two truths (and many lies): Witnessing and unlearning in today’s occupied Palestine


By Shreya Nathan (MPA 2022) It’s an oddly familiar student experience to board a flight alone and be greeted by friendly faces in every row. Settling into a 12-hour journey to Tel Aviv, my seatmates and I recognized our matching Harvard Kennedy School gear. “Are you at HKS too? Which Israel Trek bus are you […]

Know Thyself: Why students at the Kennedy School should take arts classes


By Randy Kotti (MPA/ID Class of 2022) A Tuesday afternoon. The semester had just started, and I was already caught in the frenzy of everyday Harvard life. I took a sandwich to my room and opened a TED talk on leadership for my next class. “Make a difference,” “create value,” “change the world”: I had […]

My Dear Israeli Friends, Your Privilege Blinds You


By Dr. Yasmeen Abu Fraiha Ever since The Crimson Editorial Board came out with its endorsement of BDS and the Free Palestine movements, the negative responses to it have been frantic. Accusations are being made of antisemitism and rejection of the right of Israel to exist, and everyone has something to say about this.  That […]

An Open Letter to the Harvard Crimson from the Israeli Students of Harvard


By Harvard Kennedy School Israel Caucus & Harvard College Israel Caucus Earlier this month the Harvard Crimson published an editorial endorsing the Boycott, Divest, Sanction (BDS) movement against Israel. We, the Israel societies of Harvard College and the Harvard Kennedy School, would like to respond.  It is important to note that we welcome criticism of […]

Gender Equity at HKS: The Time for Change is Now


By Sehr Taneja (MPP 2022) In 2019, I arrived at the Harvard Kennedy School after two years working in Indian politics, where I would often have to squint to see another woman around me. I was hopeful that here I would find ways to achieve equal representation. In my first year, however, I had only […]

Why Professor Seglin’s Column Writing Class Goes to Bid Every Year


By Yogesh Kumar (MC/MPA) I am a visiting professor at Dr. B.R Ambedkar University Delhi. I had given up hope that I would find a professor at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) whom I wanted to emulate in my own career. Then I took a class with Professor Jeffrey Seglin. DPI 830B: Column and Op Ed […]

Ask What You Can Do, Harvard Kennedy School


By Saty Rao Sankurathripati (MPA 2022) “Specialists without spirit, sensualists without heart”. Writing about bureaucracy in 1904, little did German sociologist Max Weber know that his description could extend to the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) in 2022. Next month, hundreds of students will don regalia for their HKS graduations. They will leave Cambridge having been […]

Missing the Other Side in Palestine and Israel


By Adam Schneider (MPP/JD) Last week, Harvard Law School hosted the event Bearing Witness, during which participants of the Palestine Spring Break Trek (Pal-Trek) reflected on their experiences. The event provided a valuable opportunity to hear from my friends on the trek sharing stories about what they saw and learned. However, it became apparent that […]

Does development have a diversity problem?


By Nikita Taniparti (CID Growth Lab) To some, this question may seem absurd. The work of development is to improve quality of life and expand economic opportunity across diverse global communities, and graduate programs such as the MPA/ID program at HKS are enormously diverse in national origin, gender, and professional and lived experience. Yet, a […]

Law Banning Marital Rape in India Crucial Amidst Global Instability


By Ratna Gill (MPP 2022) India is engaged in a heated debate about whether to make marital rape illegal. Far from criminalizing the act, the section of India’s Penal Code on sexual offenses specifically calls out marital rape as “not rape.” It reads, “Sexual intercourse or sexual acts by a man with his own wife, […]

Making Course Selection Easier at HKS


By Sumant Narain (MCMPA 2022) It was the start of the academic year at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) in August 2021.  Nikoli* – a civil servant from Croatia and a mid-career Master in Public Administration (MCMPA) candidate – was already finding it tough to acclimate to a new country amid the pandemic.  She had to […]

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