Events at the IOP

  1. Study Group with Congressman Mac Thornberry: What is National Security?

    Tuesday September 28 - 4:30pm

    Join us on Tuesday, September 28 at 4:30pm ET for a Study Group with IOP Resident Fellow Congressman Mac Thornberry.

    What is National Security?
    How do the American people currently view national security?  What do they expect from their federal government?  Does national security include the Covid-19 response?  What about disinformation or foreign governments that seek to inflame domestic differences?  Does the public see resources devoted to national security as affecting their daily lives? How can they discern which issues are of greater or lesser importance?

    *RSVP by 10:00am ET on 9/28. You must register through this form and a limited number of seats will be allocated for in-person participation. We will notify you at noon the day of the study group via your Harvard email whether you will be joining in-person or via Zoom. 

    *AUDIENCE: These conversations are open to members of the Harvard community. Please RSVP with a valid Harvard email address.

    *OFF-THE-RECORD: In keeping with our long tradition at the IOP to ensure honest and candid discussions of politics, all IOP study groups are off-the-record.

    *The Institute of Politics is strictly observing all HKS COVID health and safety protocols. HKS buildings are closed to the public and attendance will be limited to the room capacity. You will be asked to show a Harvard ID prior to entry and doors to the space will open 10 minutes before the start time. Unvaccinated persons should make every effort to practice social distancing. Everyone must wear a mask indoors. No eating or drinking is permitted at indoor events.

  2. Study Group with Ashley Allison: The Biggest Coalition Ever- Leave No Community Out

    Tuesday September 28 - 5:00pm

    Join us on Tuesday, September 28 at 5:00pm ET for a Study Group with IOP Resident Fellow Ashley Allison

    The Biggest Coalition Ever - Leave No Community Out 
    When COVID-19 emerged, Indigenous communities were among the hardest hit communities and yet in 2020, they also had historic turnout in many battleground states (AZ, WI, MI, and GA), despite aggressive voter suppression efforts. The Native community is an important member of the coalition for civil rights but not always a focus for political campaigns. This study session will explore the various lessons learned over the last two years on how to build authentic coalitions with communities with different cultural and government structures.

    Ashley will be joined by Judith LeBlanc, Director, Native Organizing Alliance. 

    *RSVP by 10:00am ET on 9/28. You must register through this form and a limited number of seats will be allocated for in-person participation. We will notify you at noon the day of the study group via your Harvard email whether you will be joining in-person or via Zoom. 

    *AUDIENCE: These conversations are open to members of the Harvard community. Please RSVP with a valid Harvard email address.

    *OFF-THE-RECORD: In keeping with our long tradition at the IOP to ensure honest and candid discussions of politics, all IOP study groups are off-the-record.

    *The Institute of Politics is strictly observing all HKS COVID health and safety protocols. HKS buildings are closed to the public and attendance will be limited to the room capacity. You will be asked to show a Harvard ID prior to entry and doors to the space will open 10 minutes before the start time. Unvaccinated persons should make every effort to practice social distancing. Everyone must wear a mask indoors. No eating or drinking is permitted at indoor events.

  3. Sí, Se Puede: A Celebration of Heritage with Labor Rights Activist Dolores Huerta

    Tuesday September 28 - 6:00pm

    The JFK Jr. Forum proudly welcomes activist Dolores Huerta, Founder of the Dolores Huerta Foundation and co-founder of the United Farm Workers Association alongside Cesar Chavez, who has been a leading labor and civil rights advocate for the past 50 years. Dolores began her career as a teacher and saw the injustices that workers faced in the agricultural community in the 1960s and started to organize the community, registering voters and teaching workers how to negotiate powerful forces. Her decades-long work for civil rights and the power of political organizing to make change is summed up in the important slogan she coined for the movement: “Sí, se puede” (yes, we can). 

    This unique conversation will be moderated by Paola Ramos, Correspondent, VICE and VICE News; Contributor, MSNBC and Telemundo and Hauser Leader, Center for Public Leadership.

    This is a virtual event.​ Registration is required. Click here to RSVP.

    Co-Sponsored with the Center for Public Leadership.

  4. Study Group with Speaker Sara Gideon: One Nation vs. Many

    Wednesday September 29 - 4:30pm

    Join us on Wednesday, September 29 at 4:30pm ET for a Study Group with IOP Resident Fellow Speaker Sara Gideon. 

    One Nation vs. Many
    We often divide our states politically: red vs blue. But in fact, America's most essential and abiding divisions are not between red states and blue states, conservatives and liberals, or the faithful and the secular. Rather, our divisions stem from regional cultures with origins anchored in the differences between the rival Euro-American colonial projects and respect no state boundaries.  

    Speaker Gideon will be joined by Colin Woodard, New York Times bestselling historian and George Polk Award-winning journalist and author of American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America

    *RSVP by 10:00am ET on 9/29. You must register through this form and a limited number of seats will be allocated for in-person participation. We will notify you at noon the day of the study group via your Harvard email whether you will be joining in-person or via Zoom. 

    *AUDIENCE: These conversations are open to members of the Harvard community. Please RSVP with a valid Harvard email address.

    *OFF-THE-RECORD: In keeping with our long tradition at the IOP to ensure honest and candid discussions of politics, all IOP study groups are off-the-record.

    *The Institute of Politics is strictly observing all HKS COVID health and safety protocols. HKS buildings are closed to the public and attendance will be limited to the room capacity. You will be asked to show a Harvard ID prior to entry and doors to the space will open 10 minutes before the start time. Unvaccinated persons should make every effort to practice social distancing. Everyone must wear a mask indoors. No eating or drinking is permitted at indoor events.

  5. Study Group with Arnon Mishkin: Reporting Facts While Making Money: The Polarization of Media

    Wednesday September 29 - 5:00pm

    Join us on Wednesday, September 29 at 5:00pm ET for a Study Group with IOP Resident Fellow Arnon Mishkin. 

    Reporting Facts While Making Money: The Polarization of Media
    Over the past thirty years, the news media in America has migrated from one-size-fits-all (most cities dominated by one newspaper, three TV networks with a nightly newscast, and popular weekly newsmagazines) to a panorama of outlets, often catering to a single, partisan viewpoint. We will discuss the role of economics (how outlets make money), technology (the opportunities/challenges of the growth of cable TV and the internet), but especially politics, on the emerging definitions of journalism. And we will ask whether the emergence of these types of media has caused polarization, exacerbated it, and at the same time  simply benefited from it.

    Arnon will be joined by Amanda Bennett '75, Voice of America, Philadelphia Inquirer (2016-2020) and Bloomberg News

    *RSVP by 10:00am ET on 9/29. You must register through this form and a limited number of seats will be allocated for in-person participation. We will notify you at noon the day of the study group via your Harvard email whether you will be joining in-person or via Zoom. 

    *AUDIENCE: These conversations are open to members of the Harvard community. Please RSVP with a valid Harvard email address.

    *OFF-THE-RECORD: In keeping with our long tradition at the IOP to ensure honest and candid discussions of politics, all IOP study groups are off-the-record.

    *The Institute of Politics is strictly observing all HKS COVID health and safety protocols. HKS buildings are closed to the public and attendance will be limited to the room capacity. You will be asked to show a Harvard ID prior to entry and doors to the space will open 10 minutes before the start time. Unvaccinated persons should make every effort to practice social distancing. Everyone must wear a mask indoors. No eating or drinking is permitted at indoor events.

  6. Talloires Network Leaders Conference (TNLC2021): Global Institutions, Local Impact: Power and Responsibility of Engaged Universities

    Thursday September 30 - 8:00am

    Registration is now open for the Talloires Network Leaders Conference (TNLC2021) to be held on 30 September – 3 October 2021. Jointly hosted on the virtual campuses of Tufts University’s Tisch College of Civic Life and the Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School, the conference is a global gathering of higher education leaders and students from all regions of the world. 

    TNLC2021 is a movement-building event that will provide opportunities to critically reflect on the power and responsibility of engaged universities to work together--and in partnership with communities--to sustainably and equitably address global challenges. We have designed the conference to maximize engagement and forge connections, even in a virtual format, including special opportunities for student leadership and participation. Using several interactive technology platforms, the gathering will feature dynamic plenary sessions, highly interactive breakout sessions and workshops, virtual site visits, and thematic networking sessions. View the conference agenda here

    Participants will share ideas and build collaborations for action on important and interrelated issues, including Pandemic Recovery and Resilience, Conflict and Inequality, Climate Justice, Assessing Engagement, and Civic Engagement Futures.

    The conference will open with welcoming remarks from Tufts University President Anthony P.  Monaco, Harvard University President Lawrence Bacow and President Nieves Segovia of the Universidad Camilo José Cela (Spain).

    The conference will be held virtually. Harvard students who wish to register should register above with the promo code HRVRD21.

  7. Study Group with Trymaine Lee: Conditional Citizenship

    Thursday September 30 - 4:30pm

    Join us on Thursday, September 30 at 4:30pm ET for a Study Group with IOP Resident Fellow Trymaine Lee

    Conditional Citizenship
    Black people in America have yet to enjoy the fullness of American democracy or citizenship. Whether it’s voting rights, the racial wealth gap, access to quality health care or education, the carceral systems or environmental issues, Black people continue to experience inequities that have been baked into American society. Not just baked in but reinforced and maintained by society.

    The descendants of enslaved Africans in this country occupy a kind of citizenship that the law, the courts, the police and other systems respect only conditionally. The much-delayed citizenship of Black Americans has been under constant scrutiny, interrogation and attack in the years since it was legally codified in the 14th Amendment. And while freedom and democracy are core to the American story, Black citizenship, in its fullest sense, remains an aspiration, if not a myth. 

    The perimeters of American citizenship have been defined by notions of white supremacy, and those boundaries are constantly reinforced. We ask what full Black citizenship looks like and ways to achieve it.

    *RSVP by 10:00am ET on 9/30. You must register through this form and a limited number of seats will be allocated for in-person participation. We will notify you at noon the day of the study group via your Harvard email whether you will be joining in-person or via Zoom. 

    *AUDIENCE: These conversations are open to members of the Harvard community. Please RSVP with a valid Harvard email address.

    *OFF-THE-RECORD: In keeping with our long tradition at the IOP to ensure honest and candid discussions of politics, all IOP study groups are off-the-record.

    *The Institute of Politics is strictly observing all HKS COVID health and safety protocols. HKS buildings are closed to the public and attendance will be limited to the room capacity. You will be asked to show a Harvard ID prior to entry and doors to the space will open 10 minutes before the start time. Unvaccinated persons should make every effort to practice social distancing. Everyone must wear a mask indoors. No eating or drinking is permitted at indoor events.

  8. Study Group with Holly Kuzmich: Education Policy Over Twenty Years: From No Child Left Behind to Every Student Succeeds

    Thursday September 30 - 5:00pm

    Join us on Thursday, September 30 at 5:00pm ET for a Study Group with IOP Resident Fellow Holly Kuzmich

    Education Policy Over Twenty Years: From No Child Left Behind to Every Student Succeeds
    This second session on K-12 policymaking will explore the evolution of education policy.  We will dive into the implementation of the No Child Left Behind Act, how messaging continued to be an issue even after its passage, and how the law was changed and reauthorized a decade later. We’ll also explore how the education landscape looks today and what the major battles facing K-12 education policy are, especially after COVID-19 impacted the way students attended school over the past 18 months.

    Holly will be joined by Margaret Spellings, former White House Domestic Policy Advisor and U.S. Secretary of Education under President George W. Bush. 

    *RSVP by 10:00am ET on 9/30. You must register through this form and a limited number of seats will be allocated for in-person participation. We will notify you at noon the day of the study group via your Harvard email whether you will be joining in-person or via Zoom. 

    *AUDIENCE: These conversations are open to members of the Harvard community. Please RSVP with a valid Harvard email address.

    *OFF-THE-RECORD: In keeping with our long tradition at the IOP to ensure honest and candid discussions of politics, all IOP study groups are off-the-record.

    *The Institute of Politics is strictly observing all HKS COVID health and safety protocols. HKS buildings are closed to the public and attendance will be limited to the room capacity. You will be asked to show a Harvard ID prior to entry and doors to the space will open 10 minutes before the start time. Unvaccinated persons should make every effort to practice social distancing. Everyone must wear a mask indoors. No eating or drinking is permitted at indoor events.

  9. Study Group with Congressman Mac Thornberry

    Tuesday October 5 - 4:30pm

    Join us on Tuesday, October 5 at 4:30pm ET for a Study Group with IOP Resident Fellow Congressman Mac Thornberry.

    Defense Authorization Act
    For 60 straight years, with majorities and presidents of both parties, Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill have worked together to enact a Defense Authorization Act.  Is that cooperation breaking down too?  What will happen this year?  We will discuss the ways that the current political climate is affecting national security legislation as well as some of the key challenges facing the nation.

    Congressman Thornberry will be joined virtually by Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy (D, FL-7), Co-Chair, Blue Dog Coalition and Chief Deputy Whip, House Democratic Majority.

    *RSVP by 10:00am ET on 10/5. You must register through this form and a limited number of seats will be allocated for in-person participation. We will notify you at noon the day of the study group via your Harvard email whether you will be joining in-person or via Zoom. 

    *AUDIENCE: These conversations are open to members of the Harvard community. Please RSVP with a valid Harvard email address.

    *OFF-THE-RECORD: In keeping with our long tradition at the IOP to ensure honest and candid discussions of politics, all IOP study groups are off-the-record.

    *The Institute of Politics is strictly observing all HKS COVID health and safety protocols. HKS buildings are closed to the public and attendance will be limited to the room capacity. You will be asked to show a Harvard ID prior to entry and doors to the space will open 10 minutes before the start time. Unvaccinated persons should make every effort to practice social distancing. Everyone must wear a mask indoors. No eating or drinking is permitted at indoor events.

  10. Study Group with Ashley Allison

    Tuesday October 5 - 5:00pm

    Join us on Tuesday, October 5 at 5:00pm ET for a Study Group with IOP Resident Fellow Ashley Allison

    *RSVP by 10:00am ET on 10/5You must register through this form and a limited number of seats will be allocated for in-person participation. We will notify you at noon the day of the study group via your Harvard email whether you will be joining in-person or via Zoom. 

    *AUDIENCE: These conversations are open to members of the Harvard community. Please RSVP with a valid Harvard email address.

    *OFF-THE-RECORD: In keeping with our long tradition at the IOP to ensure honest and candid discussions of politics, all IOP study groups are off-the-record.

    *The Institute of Politics is strictly observing all HKS COVID health and safety protocols. HKS buildings are closed to the public and attendance will be limited to the room capacity. You will be asked to show a Harvard ID prior to entry and doors to the space will open 10 minutes before the start time. Unvaccinated persons should make every effort to practice social distancing. Everyone must wear a mask indoors. No eating or drinking is permitted at indoor events.

  11. Study Group with Speaker Sara Gideon: Separation of Powers- Tribal, State and Federal Relations

    Wednesday October 6 - 4:30pm

    Join us on Wednesday, October 6 at 4:30pm ET for a Study Group with IOP Resident Fellow Speaker Sara Gideon. 

    Separation of Powers - Tribal, State and Federal Relations 
    For the last 12,000 years, Native American peoples have inhabited the land we now call Maine.  Four tribes—the Maliseet, Micmac, Passamaquoddy and Penobscot, distinct and individually governed, are known collectively as the Wabanaki people.  Together, they are working towards fairness and equality, including changing the interpretation of the 1980 Maine Indian Land Claims Act , which put the Wabanaki in a separate category from the other nearly 500 federally-recognized tribes across the country  when it comes to sovereignty and the applicability of federal legislation. 

    Speaker Gideon will be joined by Ambassador Maulian Dana of the Penobscot Nation

    *RSVP by 10:00am ET on 10/6You must register through this form and a limited number of seats will be allocated for in-person participation. We will notify you at noon the day of the study group via your Harvard email whether you will be joining in-person or via Zoom. 

    *AUDIENCE: These conversations are open to members of the Harvard community. Please RSVP with a valid Harvard email address.

    *OFF-THE-RECORD: In keeping with our long tradition at the IOP to ensure honest and candid discussions of politics, all IOP study groups are off-the-record.

    *The Institute of Politics is strictly observing all HKS COVID health and safety protocols. HKS buildings are closed to the public and attendance will be limited to the room capacity. You will be asked to show a Harvard ID prior to entry and doors to the space will open 10 minutes before the start time. Unvaccinated persons should make every effort to practice social distancing. Everyone must wear a mask indoors. No eating or drinking is permitted at indoor events.

  12. Study Group with Arnon Mishkin: Shy Tories and Vocal Democrats: Why Opinion is so Challenging to Measure

    Wednesday October 6 - 5:00pm

    Join us on Wednesday, October 6 at 5:00pm ET for a Study Group with IOP Resident Fellow Arnon Mishkin. 

    Shy Tories and Vocal Democrats: Why Opinion is so Challenging to Measure
    The growth of partisanship has made it increasingly challenging to measure public opinion. The types of questions that once were considered useful barometers of an individual’s attitude and thought process is now only a way of assessing what their partisan affiliation is. Over the past 20 years, for reasons still not clear but likely linked to polarization, Republicans have consistently done better on election day that media polls estimated. We will analyze this problem with a set of pollsters who are involved with both the media and political campaigns.

    Arnon will be joined by Jennifer Agiesta, CNN Politics Polling Director.

    *RSVP by 10:00am ET on 10/6. You must register through this form and a limited number of seats will be allocated for in-person participation. We will notify you at noon the day of the study group via your Harvard email whether you will be joining in-person or via Zoom. 

    *AUDIENCE: These conversations are open to members of the Harvard community. Please RSVP with a valid Harvard email address.

    *OFF-THE-RECORD: In keeping with our long tradition at the IOP to ensure honest and candid discussions of politics, all IOP study groups are off-the-record.

    *The Institute of Politics is strictly observing all HKS COVID health and safety protocols. HKS buildings are closed to the public and attendance will be limited to the room capacity. You will be asked to show a Harvard ID prior to entry and doors to the space will open 10 minutes before the start time. Unvaccinated persons should make every effort to practice social distancing. Everyone must wear a mask indoors. No eating or drinking is permitted at indoor events.

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