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Distinguished Visitor Program

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The Mimi and Peter E. Haas Distinguished Visitor Program provides an opportunity for students and faculty to connect with prominent individuals whose lives and careers have had significant public impact and who have distinguished themselves in one or more forms of public service. Distinguished visitors help bridge the divide between knowing and doing and between theory and practice. The 10-week residency program allows distinguished visitors to reflect upon their work while offering a variety of venues to share their story with a new generation of leaders.

Residency includes:

  • Delivering the Mimi and Peter E. Haas Distinguished Visitor Lecture on Public Service and the University
  • Leading a weekly discussion with undergraduate and graduate students on relevant civic and political topics
  • Forging connections with faculty who have relevant disciplinary expertise
  • Connecting with community partners and deepening the interplay between theory and practice
  • Writing or researching projects

For more information about the Distinguished Visitor program, contact Tom Schnaubelt.

2022 Distinguished Visitor

Marshall Ganz lecturing

Educator, organizer, and author Marshall Ganz is the Rita E. Hauser Senior Lecturer in Leadership, Organizing and Civil Society at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He teaches, researches, and writes on leadership, narrative, strategy, and organization in social movements, civic associations, and politics. As a young man he spent 16 years with the United Farm Workers, gaining experience in union, political, and community organizing and serving on the national executive board. Later he worked with grassroots groups to develop new organizing programs and designed innovative voter mobilization strategies for local, state, and national electoral campaigns. He was instrumental in the design of the grassroots organization for the 2008 Obama for President campaign.

Ganz has published in the American Journal of Sociology, American Political Science Review, American Prospect, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Stanford Social Innovation Review and elsewhere. His most recent book, Why David Sometimes Wins: Leadership, Organization and Strategy in the California Farm Worker Movement earned the Michael J. Harrington Book Award of the American Political Science Association. He holds an MPA and PhD from Harvard.

Ganz was on campus for several weeks during winter and spring quarters. He delivered the Mimi and Peter E. Haas Distinguished Visitor Lecture on Public Service on January 12, 2022. The event was virtual and open to the public.

Marshall Ganz delivers the virtual Distinguished Visitor lecture

Democracy in America: 'Busy being born or busy dying?’
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    Read Marshall Ganz's reflections

    Previous Distinguished Visitors