Events at the IOP

  1. Fast Forum with Governor Hogan

    Thursday July 30 - 6:00pm

    On Thursday, July 30th at 6pm ET, the IOP welcomes Gov. Larry Hogan to the Fast Forum. Governor Hogan (R) is the 62nd governor of Maryland, chairman of the National Governors Association, and author of “Still Standing: Surviving Cancer, Riots, a Global Pandemic and the Toxic Politics that Divide America.”  Hogan joins the IOP in conversation with IOP Resident Fellow F'15 Doug Heye, CNN Political Commentator and former communications director for the Republican National Committee.

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  2. HKS Summer Teach-In | My Vote: Does it Matter?

    Tuesday July 28 - 6:00pm

    Join us on Tuesday, July 28 at 6:00 pm ET for our second installment of the HKS Summer Teach-In series centered around the topic of voting rights. Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard College students will once again join LaTosha Brown, co-founder of Black Voters Matter Fund and Harvard Kennedy School Visiting Fellow, in facilitating the conversations alongside leading activists, organizers and change-makers. 

    RSVP by 12:00 PM ET on Tuesday, 7/28

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

    Special Guests:

    • Dr. Carol Anderson, Charles Howard Candler Professor of African American Studies, Emory University; Author, White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Nation's Divide
    • Cornell William Brooks, Director, William Monroe Trotter Collaborative for Social Justice; Hauser Professor of the Practice of Nonprofit Organizations; Professor of the Practice of Public Leadership and Social Justice, HKS
    • Timothy McCarthy, Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy, HKS; Lecturer on Education, HGSE; Lecturer on History and Literature, Harvard College
    • Nse Ufot, CEO, New Georgia Project
  3. Fast Forum with Tom Steyer

    Wednesday July 22 - 6:00pm

    On Wednesday, July 22nd at 6pm ET, 2020 Democratic presidential candidate and business leader Tom Steyer joins the IOP to reflect on his experiences in the presidential primary, work to combat climate change, and commitment to philanthropic causes.

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  4. IOP Living Room: Working for Social and Racial Justice with Sophia Hunt '19, Tara Raghuveer '14, and Tori Wenger '14

    Wednesday July 15 - 6:00pm

    Join us in the virtual ‘IOP Living Room’ on Wednesday, July 15 at 6 PM ET for a conversation with Harvard College alums about pursuing work in economic justice, voting rights, and social and racial justice. This conversation will feature Sophia Hunt ‘19, PhD Student, Stanford University, Tara Raghuveer ‘14, Housing Campaign Director, People’s Action Institute and Director, KC Tenants, and Tori Wenger ‘14, Skadden Fellow at NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.

    This conversation is open to undergraduates at Harvard College and is part of our new virtual series, the IOP Living Room, which welcomes back alumni, former fellows, and friends of the IOP for interactive and candid discussions on issues of the day and career paths.

    • Event Date: Wednesday, July 15 at 6 PM ET
    • RSVP by 12:00 PM ET on Wednesday, 7/15 
    • 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. IOP Community Conversation with Brittany Packnett Cunningham

    Wednesday July 8 - 7:00pm

    The recent events regarding George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Ahmaud Arbery, among several other realities of injustice have reminded us all that history repeats itself. Such events that have occurred to Black people in this country are not new and many members of our community have been forced to deal with the scourge of racism that has plagued America for generations. 

    Given the enormity of this moment and its implication on our student community and their families, the Institute of Politics is creating a space for support, reflection, connection and healing. 

    On Wednesday, July 8th at 7pm ETBrittany Packnett Cunningham, IOP Director’s Leader and former Resident Fellow will join our student community to lead a conversation to discuss the current movement and ways we can each walk, act, write, or speak in the name of change. If you’d like to join the conversation, please RSVP HERE by Tuesday, July 7th at 11:59PM ET.

    The event is organized by the Institute of Politics’ Politics, Race and Ethnicity Program and in collaboration with the leadership of the Harvard Black Student Association, Association for Black Harvard Women, and Harvard Black Men's Forum.

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  6. Pizza and Politics with Tiq Milan

    Thursday June 25 - 7:00pm

    On Thursday, June 25th at 7pm ET, one of the leading voices for transgender equality Tiq Milan will join the Harvard Political Union for a virtual Pizza & Politics.  

    Milan is a speaker, writer and advocate in the LGBTQ+ community and previously served as national spokesperson for GLADD. Milan's work reflects on intersectional leadership, transgender rights and racial justice and ways his personal transgender experience has informed his views on masculinity, race and the gender binary. His work has appeared on MIC, Buzzfeed, and CNN and most recently for NBC News with his piece When Black lives matter, Black trans people must be freed from discrimination and violence.

    Note: This event is open to Harvard undergraduate students. Harvard College students can RSVP to join the conversation here.

  7. Fast Forum with Annise Parker & Julian Cyr

    Thursday June 25 - 1:00pm

    In celebration of Pride Month, the Institute of Politics welcomes Mayor Annise Parker, CEO and President of the Victory Fund and Victory Institute, and Massachusetts State Senator Julian Cyr for a Fast Forum on Thursday, June 25th at 1pm ET. Together, they will discuss their efforts to support LGBTQ+ candidates and increase the LGBTQ+ representation in elected offices across the country.

    Prior to her role at the Victory Fund, Annise Parker served as Mayor of Houston from 2010 to 2016, one of only two women to have been elected mayor, and notably the first openly LGBTQ mayor of a major American city. Parker served as an IOP Resident Fellow following her tenure in Houston to lead a weekly study group focused on municipal leadership and running for office on the state and local levels.

    Julian Cyr serves in the Massachusetts Senate representing Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, and Nantucket. First elected to the State Senate on November 8, 2016, Cyr is the youngest senator in Massachusetts State House. Cyr has experience in public policy, health advocacy, and social justice and previously served on the Massachusetts Commission on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning (LGBTQ) Youth. In 2017, Cyr was selected for the Victory Fund's Bohnett Leaders Fellowship at Harvard Kennedy School's Senior Executives in State and Local Government.

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  8. Fast Forum with German Ambassador Emily Haber and Fred Hochberg

    Wednesday June 24 - 7:00pm

    On Wednesday, June 24th at 7pm ET, German Ambassador to the United States Emily Harber joins IOP Resident Fellow S'18 Fred Hochberg and the Harvard Community for a Fast Forum conversation on the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, transatlantic relations amid the 2020 election, and Germany’s plans as they ready to assume the presidency of the Council of the European Union.

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  9. IOP Living Room: Election 2020 with Robby Mook and Alice Stewart

    Tuesday June 23 - 12:00pm

    Join us on Tuesday, June 23 at 12 PM ET for a conversation with IOP former Fellows Robby Mook (2017 - 2018) and Alice Stewart (Fall 2019) to discuss presidential campaigns, the 2020 election, and the headlines of the day. This event is part of our new virtual series, the IOP Living Room, which welcomes back alumni, former fellows, and friends of the IOP for interactive and candid discussions on issues of the day and career paths. 

    Mook is currently President of the House Majority PAC, fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Defending Digital Democracy Project, and was the campaign manager for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign. Stewart is a CNN Political Commentator and veteran Republican communications advisor on numerous campaigns, and an Emmy Award-winning journalist.

    This conversation is open to undergraduates at Harvard College.

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  10. Fast Forum with Omar Jimenez

    Monday June 22 - 7:00pm

    Given the enormity of this moment and its impact on our community, the Institute of Politics is committed to creating space and programming for reflection, connection, action, and healing. The Institute has developed a series of events featuring elected leaders, activists and journalists to reflect on their own experience in civic life in this historic moment. On Monday, June 22nd at 7pm ET, CNN correspondent Omar Jimenez joins us to share his experience reporting on the George Floyd protests from Minneapolis and discuss his on-the-ground coverage during historic moments, including the trials for the officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray, the 2019 wildfires in California, and the death of NBA legend Kobe Bryant.

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  11. Undergraduate Virtual Pizza and Politics with John Pence, Senior Advisor for President Trump's 2020 Campaign

    Wednesday June 3 - 7:00pm

    This event has been postponed.

    The Harvard Political Union's first Virtual Pizza and Politics of the summer will take place on Wednesday, June 3rd at 7:00pm ET with John Pence, Senior Advisor for President Trump’s 2020 Campaign.  Mr. Pence works closely with the RNC to organize the President’s political activities and grassroots recruitment initiatives. Their goal is to build the largest grassroots operation in American history. John also advises campaign operations and fundraising efforts. Prior to joining the Trump Campaign, Mr. Pence practiced corporate law in Indiana and worked in several Latin American countries as a researcher and English teacher. He is fluent in Spanish and often works with the Campaign's Latinos for Trump coalition. His father is Congressman Greg Pence of Indiana’s 6th Congressional District and his uncle is Vice President Mike Pence. John and his wife Giovanna reside in Virginia.

  12. Fast Forum: Symone Sanders

    Monday June 1 - 7:00pm

    Our first Fast Forum of the summer will take place on Monday, June 1st at 7:00pm ET with IOP Resident Fellow S‘18 Symone Sanders. Sanders is a senior advisor to Joe Biden’s presidential campaign and author of No, You Shut Up: Speaking Truth to Power and Reclaiming America. In 2016, at the age of 25, Sanders became the youngest presidential press secretary on record while working on U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders then-presidential campaign. Sanders will reflect on her personal experiences on the campaign trail and discuss her work in fighting against oppression, injustice, and inequality. The conversation will be moderated by Mark D. Gearan ‘78, Director of the Institute of Politic with an introduction by Araoluwa Omotowa '22, Director of Diversity and Outreach, Institute of Politics Student Advisory Committee. 

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