Spotlight on Harvard Political Union

Former IOP Fellow Farah Pandith leading HPU's event Pizza and Politics: Terrorist Recruitment in the Trump Era ​

Founded in 1832 as the Harvard Union, the Harvard Political Union (HPU) is the country's oldest collegiate debate society.  Today, the HPU is the center for political discourse and discussion on Harvard’s campus. The HPU fosters a community of friendly, questioning, and politically-minded students. It is their goal to foster healthy and constructive discourse on campus and beyond.  


HPU Chair Tyler Jenkins '19

They hold weekly club debates, organize discussions on political issues between students and expert guests, as well as host large-forum debates between student organizations, providing avenues for valuable and informed political dialogue on a wide range of issues.  Students from all experiences, backgrounds, and political philosophies come to have their opinions heard and challenged as a part of the HPU's welcoming community.

Lately, the Harvard Political Union has hosted conversations and debates about topics ranging from the impact of Trump's election on the American electoral system, the controversy surrounding Trump's 2005 Access Hollywood Tape, and the future of terrorist recruitment featuring notable guests such as Farah Pandith and David Fahrenthold.

If you're interested in getting involved in the HPU, email Tyler at manueltylerjenkins@college.harvard.edu

The thing I've valued most in my time in HPU is how we are able to engage in a level of constructive political discussion that you don't get to have as often these days. If you want a place to put your ideas out there, have them challenged, and still be friends in the end, HPU is the place for you.
— Tyler Jenkins '19, Chair of HPU