Events at the IOP

  1. With People, By People, For People: Local Organizing and Electoral Success in Minnesota

    Thursday March 22 - 4:15pm

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

    A Conversation with Executive Director of TakeAction Minnesota Dan McGrath.

    What does it look like to organize on a local level? Local organizing has been especially important for electoral success, and with midterms coming up this fall, it is as important as ever. TakeAction Minnesota is a people’s network and nationwide leader of local organizing, advocating for issue campaigns like minimum wage and Ban the Box. 

    Guest: Dan McGrath, Executive Director of TakeAction Minnesota

  2. Why Gridlock Rules Washington and How We Can Solve the Crisis [POSTPONED]

    Thursday March 22 - 6:00pm

    This event has been postponed due to weather.

    A Conversation with
    David Jolly
    Congressman (R-FL 13, 2014-2017)
    Analyst, CNN & MSNBC
    Patrick Murphy
    Congressman (D-FL 18, 2013-2017)
    Mark Gearan (Moderator)
    Director, Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School

  3. Pizza and Politics: Strengthening Democracy in the South with KY Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes

    Friday March 23 - 1:00pm

    Join the IOP's Harvard Political Union and SOUTTH (Southerners Organizing Urgent Transformation Through Harvard College) for Pizza and Politics with Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes!

    Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is Kentucky's 76th Secretary of State and the youngest female Secretary of State in the nation, one of few statewide-elected women in the South. Her bipartisan efforts are recognized nationally for economic development and election administration. Among her achievements is the establishment of, the Commonwealth's online voter registration portal. Her election initiatives protect the right to vote for all Kentuckians, especially military voters, voters with disabilities, and victims of domestic violence. She is an advocate for early voting for all Kentuckians.

    When President Trump’s Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity requested Secretaries of State to provide sensitive voter information on registered voters in every state, Secretary Grimes memorably responded on MSNBC, with the majority support of other Secretaries behind her: "There's not enough bourbon here in Kentucky to make this request seem sensible... Not on my watch are we going to be releasing sensitive information that relate to the privacy of individuals."

    As Kentucky's chief business official, Grimes implemented the Commonwealth's first online business portal and streamlined state laws to help grow Kentucky's economy. Grimes and her husband, Andrew, live in Lexington.

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  4. The Digital Economy, Taxes, and Outsourcing

    Monday March 26 - 4:15pm

    The Politics of Globalization: How Trade Became a Four-Letter Word

    As international trade agreements and norms have evolved over time, rules and disciplines have been created around issues ranging from agriculture, to goods (manufactured and others), services and in areas like intellectual property. In the world of the digital economy in which we live, trade rules are being considered that will impact the role of the Internet and data flows across national borders. Specifically, will trade principles enshrine a free and open Internet favoring open cross-border data flows OR will more restricted data flows and concepts of national “digital sovereignty” apply instead?

    Guest: Robert Holleyman, Deputy United States Trade Representative (2014-2017) and President & CEO of the Business Software Alliance, the trade consortium that represents the interest of major software houses globally.

  5. Cupcakes and Conversation with Rep. Brett Guthrie

    Tuesday March 27 - 12:30pm

    Join Congressman Brett Guthrie, who represents Kentucky's 2nd Congressional District, for Cupcakes and Conversation in Littauer 166!

  6. Let's Talk Digital

    Tuesday March 27 - 4:15pm

    The Art of the Political Revolution: Millennial, Progressive and the Future of the Democratic Party

    In this study group, Symone will sit down with Guy Cecil, Chairman of Priorities USA, to dissect the digital space and political communication with millennials. Over the last year, various factions of the Democratic Party apparatus have moved to better understand the digital space. What should digital programs focus on? What kinds of methods should be employed to identify and target key voters? How can Democrats use digital campaigns to identify new and unlikely voters?

    Guest: Guy Cecil, Chairman of Priorities USA and former Executive Director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

  7. Moving from Campaigning to Governing

    Tuesday March 27 - 4:15pm

    Beyond The Campaign Tactics: The Intersection of Politics and Policy

    When elections are over, how do the winners translate campaign platforms into legislation? How do they decide which campaign issues are first in the queue when it comes to the legislative process, and how do they ensure that political momentum is maintained through that process? For example, some analysts suggest it was a mistake for the Trump Administration and the new Republican Congress to make repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act their first priority.

    Guest: The Honorable Joshua Bolten, CEO of the Business Roundtable, former White House Chief of Staff to President George W. Bush, Director of the Office of Management and Budget, and policy director for Bush-Cheney 2000.

  8. #TimesUp #MeToo and Beyond: Action, Accountability, and a Cultural Reckoning

    Tuesday March 27 - 6:00pm

    A Conversation with
    Tina Tchen
    Partner, Buckley Sandler
    Leader, Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund
    Mona Charen
    Syndicated Columnist
    Senior Fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center

  9. A Conversation with U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY)

    Wednesday March 28 - 4:15pm

    Are We Still in This Together? The Death of Parties, the Rise of Tribalism in American Politics and What It Portends for Our Future

    Republicans have a favorable map as they defend their slim 51-49 advantage in the U.S. Senate. Given the implications for the Trump agenda, what is the Senate landscape in 2018? Join Scott Jennings and U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) for a discussion on the midterm battle for the U.S. Senate, McConnell’s observations on today’s politics, and an autographed copy of The Long Game, McConnell’s autobiography.

    ***This study group is lotteried***

    Please enter the lottery here before Monday, March 26, 2018 at 11:30pm.
    Selected participants will be notified on Tuesday, March 27, 2018. 

  10. Climate Change, Biodiversity and the Future of Conservation in America

    Wednesday March 28 - 6:00pm

    A Conversation with
    Edward O. Wilson
    Pellegrino University Research Professor, Emeritus in Entomology at Harvard University
    Author, The Origins of Creativity, Half-Earth: Our Planet’s Fight for Life
    Two-time Pulitzer Prize Winner
    Terry Tempest Williams
    Writer-in-residence, Harvard Divinity School
    Naturalist and Environmental Writer
    Author, The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks
    Jonathan B. Jarvis
    Director, U.S. National Park Service (2009-2017) 
    Executive Director, Institute for Parks, People and Biodiversity, University of California, Berkeley
    Author, The Future of Conservation in America: A Chart for Rough Water
    Linda J. Bilmes (Moderator)
    Daniel Patrick Moynihan Senior Lecturer in Public Policy, HKS
    Member, National Park Service Advisory Board

  11. The Personal, The Political, The Police and The Precinct

    Thursday March 29 - 4:15pm

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

    Every elected official is a human being, and every elected official has to govern regardless of personal comfort or convenience. In Nov. 2015, Jamar Clark was shot and killed by members of the Minneapolis Police Department. His death was followed by an unprecedented 18-day occupation by demonstrators on the grounds of the Fourth Police Precinct. It was a time that tested alliances and friendships, including in Mayor Hodges' personal and professional life. Her Chief of Staff John Stiles and his husband, President of SEIU Local 26 in Minneapolis, both close friends of the Mayor, were at the heart of that moment and those tensions, and the three did not always agree with one another. How does a public servant navigate those waters? How does the community?

    Guests: John Stiles, former Chief of Staff to Mayor Betsy Hodges and Javier Morillo, SEIU Local 26 President.

  12. Thomas Piketty

    Friday March 30 - 4:00pm

    Rising Inequality and the Changing Structure of Political Conflict
    The Inaugural James M. and Cathleen D. Stone Lecture in Economic Inequality

    Thomas Piketty
    Professor at EHESS and the Paris School of Economics.
    Author of the international best-seller, 'Capital in the Twenty-First Century'
    Douglas Elmendorf (Moderator)
    Dean, Harvard Kennedy School
    Don K. Price Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School