Events at the IOP

  1. Study Group with Raul Alvillar: The White House & My Life: How The Politics of the White House Affects Me

    Thursday October 6 - 4:30pm

    Study Group with Raul Alvillar: The White House & My Life: How The Politics of the White House Affects Me

    The White House is the one institution in American politics that affects all branches of government and elections across the board. This session will focus on what the White House is doing to mitigate losses and ensure there will be a positive outcome in this midterm election. We will analyze the influence of the President on the midterms and the importance of having a political environment that is favorable to the White House to ensure that policy the White House cares about can be implemented at a national level.

    Raul will be joined virtually by John McCarthy, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor to the Counselor to the President.

    RSVP here by 10:00 AM Thursday, 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.

  2. Study Group with Stephanie Carlton: National Security Leadership in the Era of New Strategic Threats

    Thursday October 6 - 5:00pm

    Study Group with Stephanie Carlton: National Security Leadership in the Era of New Strategic Threats

    What challenges do surging geopolitical (e.g., Russia, China) and tactical (e.g., cyber, energy) threats pose to American national security?  How has the American government’s approach to addressing national security threats changed over the last 100 years?  How have recent American political events (e.g., January 6, Afghanistan withdrawal) affected the view of American democracy abroad?  What lessons does history offer for the path forward? 

    Stephanie will joined by Professor Will Inboden, former member of the White House Security Council. 

    RSVP here by 10:00 AM Thursday, 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.

  3. Study Group with Prime Minister Stefan Löfven: Democracy versus Authoritarianism

    Tuesday October 11 - 4:00pm

    Study Group with Prime Minister Stefan Löfven: Democracy versus Authoritarianism

    President Biden has framed these times as a competition between democracy and authoritarianism. What makes authoritarianism attractive and why is democracy sometimes so difficult? Broadly, it’s clear that there is growing competition, with a Russia-China alliance versus the United States and the West. How does another huge block of nations in Africa and the Middle East factor into this?

    RSVP here by 10:00 AM Tuesday, 10/11  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.

  4. Study Group with Judith LeBlanc: Who Are We in the 21st Century? 

    Tuesday October 11 - 4:30pm

    Study Group with Judith LeBlanc: Who Are We in the 21st Century? 

    Crystal Echo Hawk initiated the first ever Native-led survey of Native peoples in 2020, the Indigenous Futures Survey. What do the findings indicate about the identity, political experience, and concerns of Native peoples in the 21st century? Why have federal and local government policies fallen short of meeting the needs of Native communities? How are Native peoples envisioning the future and possibilities of achieving sovereignty and racial justice?

    Judith will be joined by Crystal Echo Hawk, Executive Director of Illuminative - a Native narrative change organization

    RSVP here by 10:00 AM Tuesday, 10/11 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.

  5. Study Group with Secretary Natalie Tennant: Leading the Fight for Democracy in the Face of Threats

    Tuesday October 11 - 5:00pm

    Study Group with Secretary Natalie Tennant: Leading the Fight for Democracy in the Face of Threats

    The political environment after the 2020 election turned election administrators into a target for anger, frustration and disbelief. Natalie Tennant and Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson discuss the threats Secretary Benson faces and the work she continues to make elections safe, secure, fair and accessible.

    Natalie will be joined by Michigan Secretary of State, Jocelyn Benson

    RSVP here by 10:00 AM Wednesday, 10/12  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.

  6. National Coming Out Day

    Tuesday October 11 - 6:00pm

    Please join the Institute of Politics, the Shorenstein Center, and centers across the Harvard community for a Forum commemorating National Coming Out Day and discussing the progress and challenges facing LGBTQ+ Americans.

    Panelists include:

    • Keith Boykin, Author and Political Commentator
    • Ian Daniel HKS ‘23, Documentary Film Maker
    • Sally Kohn, Media Personality
    • Zander Moricz ‘26, Litigant in the “Don’t Say Gay” Lawsuit in Florida
    • Holly Ryan, Newton, MA City Councilor and Co-Chair of the Massachusetts Democratic Party’s LGBTQ+ Caucus
    • David Grasso (Moderator) HKS ‘09, CEO of Bold TV

    Please click here to RSVP for an in-person seat.

  7. Study Group with Governor Matt Mead: Rule of Law

    Wednesday October 12 - 4:30pm

    Study Group with Governor Matt Mead: Rule of Law

    Lincoln suggested that the rule of law and the Constitution should be the “political religion” of our country. Was what transpired at the Capitol on January 6th, 2021 a harbinger of what we may expect with future elections? Some candidates are now claiming elections are rigged, or going to be rigged, even before an election has actually taken place and then afterwards (despite court rulings), if they lose, refuse to accept the election results. Are we still a nation respectful of the rule of law?

    Governor Mead will be joined via Zoom by Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming 

    RSVP here by 10:00 AM Wednesday, 10/12  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.

  8. Study Group with Gloria Browne-Marshall: Documentary Films- Show Me Who You Are

    Wednesday October 12 - 5:00pm

    Study Group with Gloria Browne-Marshall: Documentary Films - Show Me Who You Are

    "Harriet Tubman: Visions of Freedom" and "Becoming Frederick Douglass" are powerful new films by Stanley Nelson, a legendary documentary filmmaker. Documentary films influence communities and change minds and capture imaginations. Documentary films can address social and political issues of the past and place them in a current context. What role does the documentary filmmaker play in social movements? What is the balance between information and inspiration in the making of a documentary film? 

    Gloria will be joined via Zoom by Stanley Nelson, documentary filmmaker and MacArthur Fellow.

    RSVP here by 10:00 AM Wednesday, 10/12  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.

  9. Study Group with Steph Carlton: Is Inclusive Economic Growth an Oxymoron?

    Thursday October 13 - 4:30pm

    Study Group with Steph Carlton: Is Inclusive Economic Growth an Oxymoron?   

    What are the advantages and core challenges of America’s largely capitalist system? What are the major solutions from conservatives and progressives to address systemic challenges? Where are the aspirations largely similar, even if the policies differ?  Regardless of political affiliation, what are the imperatives to be addressed over the next 10 years?

    RSVP here by 10:00 AM Thursday, 10/13  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.

  10. Study Group with Raul Alvillar: Who Has Control? How the Midterms Affect the Balance of Power in Congress

    Thursday October 13 - 4:30pm

    Study Group with Raul Alvillar: Who Has Control? How the Midterms Affect the Balance of Power in Congress

    Will the Democrats or Republicans take control of Congress this midterms cycle? Congress, the legislative branch in our government, is a cornerstone of our democracy. With polarization at all-time highs, razor thin margins in the House and Senate, the balance of power in Congress will determine what laws get passed and the impact of those laws on our democracy. This study group will look at the politics of Congress when one party is in the majority and when one party is in the minority, the possibilities of bipartisanship, and the consequences of midterm elections in Congress on the American people.

    RSVP here by 10:00 AM Thursday, 10/13  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.

  11. The 2022 Election and the Battle for America's Future: A Conversation with Alex Burns '08 and Jonathan Martin

    Thursday October 13 - 6:00pm

    New York Times senior political correspondent Jonathan Martin and Politico associate editor and columnist Alex Burns ’08 have written a definitive account of the 2020 presidential election, the first year of the Biden presidency, and the deep division between the country’s parties that has brought us to a political breaking point. Join us in the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum for a conversation on the fissures in America’s political system and the future of our democracy.

    Please click here to RSVP for an in-person seat.