Events at the IOP

  1. HPU Summer Series Debate 1

    Wednesday May 27 - 8:00pm

    On Wednesday, the Harvard Political Union is kick-starting our "Summer Series" programming with the first Cambridge Debate of the season. We will be hosting as many debates as possible throughout the course of the summer. Likely, we will be trading off serious topics and lighter topics, too. 

    This week, we'll be taking on a very timely issue: Resolved: Due to Covid-19, nonviolent inmates should be released from US prisons. It's a divisive topic, but an important one. Former IOP President (and current HPU Exec member) Anna Duffy will be facing off against member Will Schrepferman. This is shaping up to be a great intellectual debate, so we hope to see you there.

    Zoom Link: https://harvard.zoom.us/j/94382379743?pwd=SlV6RGQ3di9UekhaYWlreXRrLzBwUT09

    As during the school year, the debate will take place on Wednesday (5/27) at 8pm ET. See you then!

  2. Fellows & Headlines with Mark Harvey

    Tuesday May 19 - 4:30pm

    Join us on Tuesday, May 19 at 4:30 PM ET via Zoom for a candid conversation with IOP Spring 2020 Resident Fellow Mark Harvey to discuss this week's headlines. Mark Harvey is the former Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Resilience Policy on the National Security Council Staff, and over the past 15 years, has helped author a wide variety of plans, policies, and doctrine to foster resilience through effective risk management.

    This conversation is open to students, staff, and faculty of Harvard College and Harvard Kennedy School as well as past Spring 2020 study group attendees. 

    • Event Date: 4:30 PM ET on Tuesday, 5/19
    • RSVP by 12:00 PM ET on Tuesday, 5/19
    • Zoom Information: An e-mail confirmation with Zoom participant information will be sent to your email on the day of the event. 
    • Off-The-Record: In keeping with our long tradition at the IOP to ensure honest and candid discussions of politics, this event is off-the-record.
  3. A Conversation with Prime Minister of Kosovo, Albin Kurti

    Monday May 18 - 12:00pm

     A Conversation with Prime Minister of Kosovo, Albin Kurti

    Please join the Prime Minister of Kosovo, Albin Kurti, in an online conversation at Harvard University about Prime Minister Kurti’s first 100 days in office and the current political crisis in Kosovo. This event will be moderated by Nicholas Burns, Goodman Family Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations at the Harvard Kennedy School. It is co-sponsored by the Harvard College Albanian Students Association, the Future of Diplomacy Project, and the Harvard Political Union.

    PLEASE NOTE: This webinar will be conducted via Zoom. Please register in advance for this meeting here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. This is open to Harvard affiliates or by invitation only.

    Biography

    Albin Kurti is the fourth Prime Minister of the Republic of Kosova, as well as the president of the biggest political party in the country, Lëvizja Vetëvendosje. Kurti joined the presidency of the Students Independent Union of the University of Prishtina (SIUUP) in August 1997, which organized peaceful, non-violent protests for the release of the university buildings and premises which were occupied by the authorities of the Serbian regime. When the war began in Kosova, in August 1998, Kurti began working as the Secretary of the Office of the General Political Representative of the Kosova Liberation Army (KLA), Adem Demaçi. When the NATO bombing of Serbia and Kosova commenced in March 1999, Kurti remained in Prishtina and was arrested by the Serbian police on April 27, 1999, and then imprisoned. When Serbian forces withdrew from Kosova on June 10, Kurti and many other Albanian political prisoners were transferred to Serbian prisons. Due to international pressure, Kurti was released on December 7, 2001.

    On April 23, 2003, Kurti graduated with a degree in Computer Science from the University of Prishtina. In June 2005, Kurti with other political activists co-founded “Lëvizja VETËVENDOSJE” (Movement for SELF-DETERMINATION!). He was the President of “Lëvizja VETËVENDOSJE!” until March 2015, and was re-elected as President of the Movement for Self-DETERMINATION! based on one member, one vote method in January 2018. Between 2005-2017, he spent almost one and a half years under arrest in Kosova, charged by the authorities of UNMIK, EULEX, and the Republic of Kosova. Kurti has served three terms in office as a member of the Assembly of the Republic of Kosova representing “Lëvizja VETËVENDOSJE!”. In 2017, Kurti was the MP who won the highest number of votes in the country. He was the Movement’s candidate for Prime Minister of Kosova. In the early parliamentary elections held on October 6th, 2019, Albin Kurti and the Movement for SELF-DETERMINATION! won the highest number of votes. Albin Kurti has published over 550 articles and has been invited to present at different renowned universities inside and outside the country. He has also served as the Chair of the Committee on Foreign Affairs at the Assembly. He is fluent in Albanian, English, and Serbian.

  4. Fellows & Headlines with Tara Setmayer

    Wednesday April 29 - 4:30pm

    Join us on Wednesday at 4:30 PM EDT via Zoom for a candid conversation with IOP Spring 2020 Resident Fellow Tara Setmayer to discuss this week's headlines. Tara Setmayer is a CNN Political Commentator, ABC News Political Contributor and former GOP communications director on Capitol Hill.

    This conversation is open to students, staff, and faculty of Harvard College and Harvard Kennedy School as well as past Spring 2020 study group attendees. 

    • Event Date: 4:30 PM EDT on Wednesday, April 29
    • RSVP by 12:00 PM EDT on Wednesday, 4/29: https://forms.gle/2tVCcbwyztxW4egt7  
    • Zoom Information: An e-mail confirmation with Zoom participant information will be sent to your email on the day of the event. 
    • Off-The-Record: In keeping with our long tradition at the IOP to ensure honest and candid discussions of politics, this event is off-the-record
  5. Fellows & Headlines with Lord Darroch

    Tuesday April 28 - 4:00pm

    Join us on Tuesday, April 28 at 4:00 PM EDT via Zoom for a candid conversation with IOP Spring 2020 Resident Fellow Lord Darroch to discuss this week's headlines. Lord Darroch's diplomatic career spans over 40 years, primarily focusing on national security issues and European policy while serving as the British Ambassador to the United States (2016-2019), National Security Adviser to Prime Minister David Cameron (2012-2015), Permanent Representative to the European Union (2007-2011), and EU Adviser to Prime Minister Tony Blair (2004-2007).

    This conversation is open to students, staff, and faculty of Harvard College and Harvard Kennedy School as well as past Spring 2020 study group attendees. 

    • Event Date: 4:00 PM EDT on Tuesday, 4/28
    • RSVP by 12:00 PM EDT on Tuesday, 4/28: https://forms.gle/gHZtPysojGuuDmkZ7
    • Zoom Information: An e-mail confirmation with Zoom participant information will be sent to your email on the day of the event. 
    • Off-The-Record: In keeping with our long tradition at the IOP to ensure honest and candid discussions of politics, this event is off-the-record.
  6. A Conversation on the Situation in North Korea with Dr. John Park, Director, Korea Project, Harvard Kennedy School

    Monday April 27 - 7:00pm

    Virtual Pizza and Politics via Zoom - RSVP Here

    A Conversation on the Situation in North Korea with Dr. John Park, Director, Korea Project, Harvard Kennedy School

    Monday, April 27, 2020

    7:00 p.m. EDT

  7. IOP Summer Stipend Info Session

    Wednesday April 22 - 5:00pm

    Join the IOP Internships & Career Services team on Wednesday, April 22 at 5:00 PM EST via Zoom to learn more about the IOP Summer Stipend Program and answer any questions you may have about finding remote summer internship opportunities in politics and public service and completing the IOP Summer Stipend application. 

    This conversation is open to undergraduates at Harvard College.

    Please RSVP by 12:00 PM EST on Wednesday, 4/22 and an e-mail confirmation with Zoom participant information will be sent to your email on the day of the event. 

    More information about the IOP Summer Stipend Program: 

  8. Fellows & Headlines with the IOP Spring 2020 Resident Fellows Cohort

    Tuesday April 21 - 4:30pm

    Join us on Tuesday, April 21 at 4:30 PM EST via Zoom for a candid discussion of this week’s headlines with the Institute of Politics Spring 2020 Resident Fellows:

    • Tiffany Cross, Co-Founder and Managing Editor, The Beat DC
    • Lord Darroch, British Ambassador to the United States (2016-2019)
    • Mark Harvey, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Resilience Policy, National Security Council (2018-2020)
    • Rohini Kosoglu, Chief of Staff, Kamala Harris For The People Presidential Campaign and U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (2017-2019)
    • Tara Setmayer, CNN, ABC Political Commentator and GOP Congressional Communications Director (2006-2013)
    • Governor Bill Walker, Governor of Alaska, Independent (2014-2018)

    This conversation is open to newly admitted students, undergraduates, staff, and faculty of Harvard College, Harvard Kennedy School affiliates, and past Spring 2020 study group attendees.

    Event Date: 4:30 PM EST on Tuesday, April 21

    RSVP by 12:00 PM EST on Tuesday, 4/21

    Zoom Information: An e-mail confirmation with Zoom participant information will be sent to your email on the day of the event.

    Off-The-Record: In keeping with our long tradition at the IOP to ensure honest and candid discussions of politics, this event is off-the-record.

  9. Pizza and Politics with Vice Admiral Matthew L. Nathan, M.D., Retired (former surgeon general of the United States Navy)

    Monday April 20 - 7:00pm

    RSVP Here.

    Join us virtually for a conversation on the military’s medical and leadership challenges due to coronavirus with the former surgeon general of the United States Navy, Vice Admiral Matthew L. Nathan, M.D., Retired.

    Vice Admiral Nathan (retired) was and the 37th surgeon general of the United States Navy, responsible for 64,000 personnel, including those deployed with Navy and Marine Forces and those in tertiary care medical centers, teaching hospitals, and more than 50 stand-alone hospitals and clinics over five continents. He brokered healthcare policy supporting care for recovering warriors, combat trauma, and over one million beneficiaries receiving care ranging from neonates to geriatrics, while also coordinating humanitarian assistance and disaster relief globally. Vice Admiral Nathan was co-chair of the Recovering Warrior Task Force and commander/CEO of the National Naval Medical Center Bethesda and Walter Reed Army Medical Center. A medical doctor, he is currently an Advanced Leadership Fellow at Harvard University and recently was senior vice president of WakeMed, a regional healthcare system in Raleigh, North Carolina.

  10. Immigration Advocacy in Times of Crisis: Pizza and Politics with the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition

    Thursday April 16 - 6:30pm

    RSVP Here: https://forms.gle/KKijXVvJux4M7guD8

    Join Cit Tut and HPU for a discussion with Amira Al-Subaey and Emily Reiniger from the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy (MIRA) Coalition! 

    The MIRA Coalition is the largest group in New England promoting the rights and integration of immigrants and refugees. The group has worked to secure millions of dollars in state funding for programs that support the social, civic and economic integration of immigrants and refugees. Additionally they advocate for progressive policies at the state, local and national levels, and fight to defeat anti-immigrant measures. The MIRA Coalition has also helped thousands of green card holders to become U.S. citizens and registered thousands of new Americans to vote.

    Amira Al-Subaey is the coalition’s Field Organizer and Membership Coordinator, working to expand the services offered to immigrants and their communities. Emily Reiniger is the Citizenship Program Manager at the MIRA Coalition and has previously served for a year and a half as an AmeriCorps member in the Citizenship Program.

     

  11. VIRTUAL EVENT Running and Winning Down Ballot Races: Workshop with Run for Something

    Wednesday April 15 - 6:00pm

    Sign up here for this event

    Join Ross Morales Rocketto and Manuel Espitia from Run for Something for a workshop on the nuts and bolts on running for down ballot office.

    Do you want to see change in your community? Thinking about running for office but don't know where to start? Leadership opportunities exists at every level of government and down-ballot office offers impactful ways to get things done. This workshop will help you explore down ballot races and how to launch your campaign. 

    This event is co-hosted by Institute of Politics' Campaign & Advocacy Program (CAP) and the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School.

    Recieve Access to the Virtual Event   

    Registration is required to recieve access to the event. Harvard affiliates (students, faculty, staff and fellows) please register with your Harvard email to recieve a Zoom invitation. All other community members please register to recieve an invitation to a YouTube live event. 

    Registration will close one hour before the event, at that time both Zoom information and YouTube live details will be sent out. 

    Sign up here for this event

  12. VIRTUAL PIZZA & POLITICS Pathogens and Politics: How the Coronavirus is Taking a Devastating Toll on Black America

    Tuesday April 14 - 7:00pm

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    Join this week's conversation on how the coronavirus is taking a devastating toll on the black community with Dr. Camara Phyllis Jones, Evelyn Green Davis Fellow, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University; Senior Fellow, Morehouse School of Medicine; Adjunct Professor, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University.

    Please read Dr. Jones’ Op-ed in Newsweek prior to the event.   

    Co-sponsored by Harvard Political Union and Politics of Race and Ethnicity.

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