Events at the IOP

  1. Hi! I'm Running for Office: A Conversation with David Axelrod

    Thursday April 19 - 1:15pm

    Hi! I'm Running for Office: A Conversation with David Axelrod
    Moderated by Massachusetts State Senator Eric Lesser


    Please join us for a conversation on the nuts and bolts of campaigning and governing with David Axelrod, former chief strategist and senior advisor to President Barack Obama. The event will be moderated by Massachusetts State Senator Eric Lesser, who leads the “Hi! I’m Running for Office” series at Harvard Kennedy School. The discussion will cover campaign strategy and the "politics" of policy-making.

    A University of Chicago alumnus, David Axelrod is a veteran of American politics and journalism and the former chief strategist and senior advisor to President Barack Obama. He currently serves as director of the University of Chicago's non-partisan Institute of Politics; senior political commentator for CNN; and host of The Axe Files, a top-rated podcast jointly produced by CNN and his institute. Axelrod, a former political writer for the Chicago Tribune and, later, media strategist for 150 state, local and national political campaigns, is also the author of The New York Times best-selling memoir, "Believer: My Forty Years in Politics.”

    Eric P. Lesser was first elected to the Massachusetts Senate on November 4, 2014 and reelected in 2016. He is Senate Chairman of the Joint Committee on Economic Development & Emerging Technologies. Prior to becoming a state Senator, Lesser worked in the Obama White House, first as Special Assistant to Senior Adviser David Axelrod, and later as Director of Strategic Planning for the President’s Council of Economic Advisers. Lesser began as a young aide on President Obama’s historic 2008 presidential campaign, and was described as “the face of the promised Obama political generation” by the New York Times. Senator Lesser has a law degree from Harvard Law School and a bachelor’s degree in government from Harvard College. He is a Fellow with the Truman National Security Project and NewDEAL, and is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper.


  2. Where Do We Go from Here? Local Government and What Happens Next?

    Thursday April 19 - 4:15pm

    A Mayor for Change: Tackling National Issues at the Local Level

    In Mayor Hodges final study group, attendees will explore the current moment in America and the role local government and local leaders can and should play to move to a brighter future. 

  3. Will Behavioral Science Make The World a Better Place?

    Thursday April 19 - 6:00pm

    The 2018 Gustav Pollak Lecture Series on Research in Government
    A Conversation with
    David Halpern
    Chief Executive, United Kingdom’s Behavioural Insights Team
    Todd Rogers (Moderator)
    Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

  4. Policy Leads The Way: The Critical Role of Uber’s Public Policy Team

    Friday April 20 - 12:00pm

    Platforms, Networks, and New Power Technology’s Impact on Politics, Policy, and Elections

    More than five billion trips have been taken since Uber’s founding in 2009. From food delivery to self-driving cars, Uber has changed the way that the world thinks about transportation. Find out the key role that Public Policy plays in making possible Uber’s mission to bring transportation for everyone, everywhere.

    Guest: Justin Kintz, Head of Public Policy & Communications for the Americas at Uber Technologies, Inc.

  5. The Movement for Black Lives: Justice for Michael Brown 4 Years Later

    Monday April 23 - 6:00pm

    A Conversation with
    Benjamin Crump
    Attorney for families of Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, and Stephon Clark
    Lezley McSpadden
    Mother of Michael Brown
    Jason Pollock
    Documentary Filmmaker, Stranger Fruit
    Jasmine Rand
    Attorney for families of Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin
    Khalil Muhammad (Moderator)
    Professor of History, Race, and Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
    Suzanne Young Murray Professor, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies
    Ashley Spillane (Moderator)
    Roy and Lila Ash Student Fellow, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation

    4:00pm: Public screening of Stranger Fruit, a documentary about the killing of Michael Brown - Rubenstein 306

  6. Navigating the Crisis in Transatlantic Relations

    Tuesday April 24 - 6:00pm

    A Conversation with
    Pedro Morenés
    Ambassador of Spain to the United States
    David O’Sullivan
    Ambassador of the European Union to the United States
    Julianne Smith
    Senior Fellow and Director of the Transatlantic Security Program, Center for a New American Security
    Peter Wittig
    Ambassador of Germany to the United States
    Nicholas Burns (Moderator)
    Roy and Barbara Goodman Family Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations, HKS
    Faculty Chair, Project on Europe and the Transatlantic Relationship; Future of Diplomacy Project

    Opening Remarks by
    Douglas Elmendorf
    Dean and Don K. Price Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

  7. Public Leadership and Africa’s Developmental Agenda

    Wednesday April 25 - 6:00pm

    Hakeem & Myma Belo-Osagie Panel
    A Conversation with
    H.E. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete
    Former President of the United Republic of Tanzania (2005-2015)
    H.E. John Agyekum Kufuor
    Former President of the Republic of Ghana (2001-2009)
    H.E. Olusegun Obasanjo
    Former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (1999-2007)
    H.E. Carlos Veiga
    Former Prime Minister of Cape Verde (1991-2000)
    Thoko Moyo (Moderator)
    Associate Dean for Communications and Public Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

  8. “The Final Year”: An Inside Account of Diplomacy in the Obama Administration

    Thursday April 26 - 6:00pm

    A Conversation with
    Greg Barker
    Director, The Final Year
    Samantha Power
    United States Ambassador to the United Nations (2013-2017)
    Anna Lindh Professor of the Practice of Global Leadership and Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
    Ben Rhodes
    Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications and Speechwriting (2009-2017)
    Mark Gearan (Moderator)
    Director, Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School

  9. Full Participation: Making Every Voice Count

    Monday April 30 - 4:00pm

    The 2018 Godkin Lecture
    A Conversation with
    Eric Holder
    Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice (2009-2015)
    Partner, Covington & Burling (2001-2009, 2015-present)
    Archon Fung (Moderator)
    Academic Dean and Winthrop Laflin McCormack Professor of Citizenship and Self-Government, HKS
    Co-Director, Transparency Policy Project, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, HKS

    Introductory Remarks by
    Douglas Elmendorf
    Dean and Don K. Price Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

    Enter the lottery HERE before Tuesday, April 24 at midnight.
    Selected participants will be notified via email on Wednesday, April 25.
    Selected participants must pick up their tickets at one of the following locations:
    The Institute of Politics, April 26 & 27 (10:00AM - 5:00PM), or April 30 (10:00AM - 1:00PM)
    The Science Center, April 26 (11:00AM - 2:00PM), or April 30 (11:00AM - 1:00PM)

  10. U.S. Infrastructure, Transportation, and Energy Policy in 2018: A Conversation with Former Obama National Economic Council Deputy Director Jason Miller

    Monday April 30 - 5:00pm

    Come to a discussion with Jason Miller, former Obama Deputy Assistant and National Economic Council Deputy Director. Miller will draw on his experiences leading White House policy-making related to infrastructure, transportation, and energy. The conversation will be moderated by Yohannes Abraham, Fall 2017 IOP Residential Fellow and Belfer Center Fellow. 

  11. The Future of Indigenous Self-Governance & Self-Determination

    Monday April 30 - 6:00pm

    A Conversation with
    Ms. Heather Kendall-Miller (Athabaskan)
    Senior Staff Attorney, Native American Rights Fund
    Hon. Oren Lyons (Onondaga)
    Chief & Faithkeeper, Onondaga Indian Nation
    Chairman Emeritus, Harvard’s Honoring Nations Board of Governors
    Hon. Nanaia Mahuta (Waikato-Tainui, Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Hine)
    Minister of Maori Development & Member of Parliament, New Zealand
    Hon. Jody Wilson-Raybould (We Wai Kai Nation)
    Minister of Justice & Attorney General, Member of Parliament, Canada
    Prof. Joseph Kalt (Moderator)
    Ford Foundation Professor (Emeritus) of International Political Economy, HKS
    Co-Director, Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development