Calendar: This Month

  1. Are Democracies in Peril?

    Tuesday September 5 - 6:00pm
    A panel discussion featuring HKS Faculty Marshall Ganz Senior Lecturer, Harvard Kennedy School Jane Mansbridge Charles F. Adams Professor of Political Leadership and Democratic Values, Harvard Kennedy School Khalil Gibran Muhammad Professor of History, Race, and Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School Suzanne Young Murray Professor, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University Meghan O'Sullivan Jean Kirkpatrick Professor of the Practice of International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School Dani Rodrik Ford Foundation Professor of International Political Economy, Harvard Kennedy School Kathryn Sikkink Ryan Family Professor of Human Rights Policy, HKS; Carol K. Pforzheimer Professor, Radcliffe Institute Nicco Mele (Moderator) Lecturer in Public Policy and Director, Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School A panel of Harvard professors including Marshall Ganz, Dani Rodrik, Jane Mansbridge, Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Meghan O'Sullivan, and Kathryn Sikkink joined moderator Nicco Mele onstage at the forum to discuss the current landscape of democracy in America. The panelists discussed, among other things, how contemporary characteristics of populism, free speech, the media, race, national history, and economic inequality impact the durability of our democratic institutions in 2017. The panelists also took questions from the audience regarding the power of protests and opposition, international relations, and electoral politics.   
  2. Protests, Partisanship & Fixing Politics: IOP Fellows Unplugged

    Thursday September 7 - 6:00pm
    A panel featuring IOP Fall 2017 Fellows Yohannes Abraham Former Senior Advisor to the National Economic Council and Deputy Assistant, Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs, White House Dan Balz Chief Correspondent, The Washington Post Jason Chaffetz U.S. Congressman (R-UT) (2009-2017) Former Chair, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Contributor, Fox News Network Karen Finney Senior Advisor and Spokesperson, Hillary Clinton 2016 Presidential Campaign Sally Jewell United States Secretary of the Interior (2013 to 2017) CEO, Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI) (200-2013) Mark Strand President, Congressional Institute Lois Romano (moderator) Strategic Advisor, Institute of Politics Former Washington Post Political Reporter and Editor The Institute of Politics officially welcomed six new fellows this semester with a panel discussion on their respective political experiences. The six fellows include Yohannes Abraham, Former Senior Advisor to the National Economic Council and Deputy Assistant, Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs, White House, Dan Balz,Chief Correspondent, The Washington Post, Jason Chaffetz, U.S. Congressman (R-UT) (2009-2017), Karen Finney, Senior Advisor and Spokesperson, Hillary Clinton 2016 Presidential Campaign, Sally Jewell, United States Secretary of the Interior (2013 to 2017) and CEO, Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI) (200-2013), and Mark Strand, President, Congressional Institute. The panelists discussed, among other topics, the 2016 Presidential Election, DACA, and remedies to "fix" politics.   
  3. The Digital Threat to Democracy

    Monday September 11 - 6:00pm
    Heather Adkins Manager Information Security, Google Molly McKew Foreign Policy and Strategy Consultant, Information Warfare Expert and Writer Robby Mook Senior Fellow, Defending Digital Democracy Project Campaign Manager, Hillary Clinton Presidential Campaign Debbie Plunkett Principal, Plunkett Associates LLC Former Director National Security Agency's Information Assurance Directorate Matt Rhoades Senior Fellow, Defending Digital Democracy Project Campaign Manager, Romney-Ryan 2012 presidential campaign Clint Watts Senior Fellow, Center for Cyber and Homeland Security, George Washington University Foreign Policy Research Institute Fellow Eric Rosenbach (moderator) Co-Director, Belfer Center for Science and International Affiars Co-Director, Defending Digital Democracy Project Chief of Staff, United States Department of Defense (2015-2017) Assistant Secretary of Defense, United States Department of Defense (2014-2015) Heather Adkins, Manager of Information Security at Google, Molly McKew, Information Warfare Expert, Robby Mook, Campaign Manager for Hillary Clinton's Presidential Campaign, Debbie Plunkett, Former Director of Information Assurance at the National Security Agency, Matt Rhoades, Campaign Manager for Mitt Romney's Presidential Campaign, and Clint Watts, Senior Fellow at the Center for Cyber and Homeland Security at George Washington University, joined moderator Eric Rosenbach, Director of the Defending Digital Democracy Project, for a panel discussion on dangers to democracy in the digital age ranging from threats to free and fair elections to the psychological influence of personalized internet content. 
  4. Gatekeepers: White House Chiefs of Staff

    Tuesday September 12 - 6:00pm
    Denis McDonough Chief of Staff to President Barack Obama (2013 – 2017) Andy Card President Franklin Pierce University (2014-2016) Chief of Staff to President George W. Bush (2001-2006) Mack McLarty Chairman, McLarty Associates Chief of Staff to President William Clinton (1993 -1994) Chris Whipple (moderator) Documentary Filmmaker and writer Author, The Gatekeepers: How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency Andy Card, Chief of Staff to President George W. Bush, Denis McDonough, Chief of Staff to President Barack Obama, and Mack McLarty, Chief of Staff to President William Clinton, joined moderator Chris Whipple, documentary filmmaker and author, for a panel discussion on the duties, privileges, and challenges faced by the president's most trusted advisors. The panelists discussed the role of discipline in limiting and prioritizing access to the President while maneuvering delicate political atmospheres, often times assuming the role of friend and others the role of counsel across decades of American history.         
  5. From Robinson to Kaepernick: The Evolution of Athlete Activism

    Wednesday September 13 - 6:00pm
    Dr. Harry Edwards Professor Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley Author, The Revolt of the Black Athlete James Brown Host, The NFL Today on CBS Sports & Thursday Night Football, CBS Sports and NFL Network Special Correspondent, CBS News Harvard College ‘73 Dr. Harry Edwards, an esteemed professor and author, addressed the forum on athlete activism ranging from Jessie Owens to Jackie Robinson to Colin Kaepernick. Dr. Edwards spoke about what it means to be an activist in the twenty-first century and how the role of athlete activist has changed over the decades. Television host and Harvard graduate of ’73 James Brown moderated the forum.
  6. A Conversation with CIA Director Mike Pompeo

    Thursday September 14 - 6:00pm
    Mike Pompeo Director, Central Intelligence Agency Graham T. Allison Douglas Dillon Professor of Government, Harvard Kennedy School ***THIS EVENT IS TICKETED*** Enter the lottery HERE before Sunday, September 10 at midnight.  Selected participants will be notified by email Monday, September 11 via email. Ticket Pick up Information: Institute of Politics at HKS: 9 AM – 5 PM on Tuesday, September 12 & Wednesday, September 13 Science Center: 11 AM – 2 PM on Wednesday, September 13 & Thursday, September 14 A valid ID must be presented to pick up a ticket. No Exceptions.
  7. DACA: What's Next?

    Friday September 15 - 4:00pm
    Jason Corral Staff Attorney, Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program Roberto G. Gonzales Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education Carlos Rojas Special Projects Consultant, Youth on Board Massachusetts-based Immigrant Rights Advocate Dan Balz (moderator) Chief Correspondent, The Washington Post Fall 2017 Resident Fellow, Institute of Politics Dan Balz, Chief Correspondent for the Washington Post, moderated a discussion in the forum regarding the legislative future of DACA, or Deffered Admittance for Childhood Arrivals. Moderator Dan Balz was joined onstage by Jason Corral, Staff Attorney, Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program, Roberto G. Gonzales, Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education, and Carlos Rojas, Special Projects Consultant, Youth on Board. The panelists discussed, among other things, personal experiences with the DACA program, potential legislative changes or differences that we might expect from this administration, and their own ideas on how to fix or change DACA. 
  8. Conversations with Kirkland: Robby Mook

    Monday September 18 - 7:30pm
    Conversations with Kirkland in partnership with The Harvard Political Union   Rhetoric vs. Results in Politics Today with Robby Mook Join a conversation with Robby Mook, former campaign manager and strategist for Secretary Hillary Clinton’s 2015-2016 presidential campaign. Mook is currently a senior fellow in the Defending Digital Democracy Project at the Belfer Center, and serves as a CNN political commentator. His political successes include the 2013 election of Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe – the first time in 40 years that Virginians elected a governor from the same party as the sitting U.S President – and the 2008 election of Jeanne Shaheen, New Hampshire’s first woman Senator. He also was state director for Clinton’s 2008 presidential primary campaign in three states where she defeated Barack Obama in the primaries. In 2012, he served as Executive Director of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. RSVP:    
  9. Strengthening Collaboration in a Fractured World-Featuring Special Guest, Yo-Yo Ma

    Wednesday September 20 - 4:15pm
    The 2017 Malcolm H. Wiener Lecture on International Political Economy Klaus Schwab, MPA 1967 Founder and Executive Chairman, World Economic Forum Yo-Yo Ma Cellist Board Member, World Economic Forum David Gergen (Moderator) Public Service Professor of Public Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School Faculty Director, Center for Public Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School
  10. Portrait of a Presidency: Pete Souza's Photography of the Obama Years

    Wednesday September 20 - 6:00pm
    Pete Souza Former Chief Official White House Photographer for U.S. Presidents Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama Ann Marie Lipinski, NF '90 (Moderator) Curator, Nieman Foundation for Journalism, Harvard University Pete Souza, former White House photographer for Presidents Reagan and Obama, addressed the forum regarding his time spent as a presidential photographer. He focused on his time during the Obama administration, displaying photographs and recounting memories at several key points during the Obama presidency. The forum was moderated by Ann Marie Lipinski, curator of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard.
  11. Will You Still Have a Job When the Robots Arrive? AI and its Impact on the Workforce

    Thursday September 21 - 6:00pm
    Jason Furman Professor of the Practice of Economic Policy, Harvard Kennedy School Chairman, White House Council of Economic Advisors (2013-2017) Francesca Rossi AI Ethics Global Leader, IBM Research Wilson White Public Policy and Government Relations Senior Counsel, Google Greg Ip (Moderator) Chief Economics Commentator, The Wall Street Journal TFS is launching a global civic debate on the governance of Artificial Intelligence. JOIN THE DEBATE HERE >> In the first phase of the debate, we are relying on 4 quick questionnaires, of which one is dedicated to “AI & the Workforce” (the other three are focused on understanding the “AI revolution”, “AI for the common good” and “Possible futures by 2045”). Your responses will be used by the Forum event moderator Greg Ip to drive the conversation so we are really counting on your participation!