Events at the IOP

  1. Honoring our Promises to America’s Heroes: A Conversation with Jon Stewart

    Friday November 18 - 4:00pm

    Jon Stewart is considered one of America’s top social and comedic voices. Over his 16-year run as host and executive producer of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Stewart redefined political satire in American culture. Since leaving The Daily Show, Stewart has used his voice in sustained advocacy for 9/11 first responders and war veterans’ health benefits. In 2019, he received the New York City Bronze Medallion for his “tireless advocacy, inspiration, and leadership [helping to] pass the permanent authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act.” He continued using his platform as an advocate for veterans by being instrumental in helping pass the Honoring our PACT Act of 2022, which expands healthcare access and funding to veterans exposed to toxic substances during their service, including burn pits. Stewart currently hosts and executive produces the EMMY nominated The Problem with Jon Stewart on AppleTV+, and he is an executive producer on CBS’s The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Stewart is also a New York Times best-selling author and an accomplished film director and producer.

    Join us in the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum for a Veterans Day discussion with Jon Stewart, host of The Problem with Jon Stewart, on his advocacy work for America’s veterans. This student-moderated conversation is part of the Veterans Impact Initiative, a collaboration between the Center for Public Leadership and the Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School to bridge the civilian-military divide.

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

  2. Study Group with Steph Carlton: TN Supreme Court Justice Sarah Campbell-Policy progress- but the Judiciary?

    Thursday November 17 - 5:00pm

    In 1986, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was unanimously confirmed by the US Senate, including the support of Senator Ted Kennedy.  Yet today, Supreme Court Justices are often identified with partisan affiliations and conservative vs progressive policy positions – and their confirmation votes often fall along party lines.  What has changed?  What are the implications of recent Supreme Court decisions for policy priorities and the process to achieve them?

    Steph will be joined in person by Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Sarah Campbell.

    RSVP here by 10:00 AM Thursday, 11/17 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 Raul Alvillar: A Divided Nation & Congress: What’s Next for the Political Parties?

    Thursday November 17 - 4:30pm

    This study group will conclude the 2022 midterms cycle with a look at how a divided Congress will impact President Biden’s political agenda. As Republicans are likely to take the House and Democrats will keep the White House and Senate, we will talk about gridlock in divided government. Finally, we will discuss the future of both political parties and the lessons learned from the midterms, leadership restructuring within both caucuses, and what can actually get done in the next 2 years.

    RSVP here by 10:00 AM Thursday, 11/17 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 Prime Minister Stefan Lofven: Climate Change: A Collective Struggle

    Thursday November 17 - 4:00pm

    Study Group with Prime Minister Stefan Lofven: Climate Change: A Collective Struggle

    How can we combine efforts to reduce emissions and build a better society?

    RSVP here by 10:00 AM Thursday, 11/17

    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 Gloria Browne-Marshall: Theater- Creating a Legacy and Lifting Communities

    Wednesday November 16 - 5:00pm

    Study Group with Gloria Browne-Marshall: Theater - Creating a Legacy and Lifting Communities

    Theater can make us feel empathy and anger. Actors, directors and producers can be activists. Both stage and film productions are windows into issues that affect our lives and provide a better understanding of our world. Social justice issues of personal concern to the creative person can bring deeper nuances to a role and the project. Creatives can create a body of work that becomes both their signature and their legacy. In so doing, we can all benefit. But what is the process actors use when deciding to take a particular role involving social justice?

    RSVP here by 10:00 AM Wednesday, 11/16  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. Defenders of Democracy: A Conversation with Secretaries of State Brad Raffensperger and Natalie Tennant

    Tuesday November 15 - 6:00pm

    America’s secretaries of state – the people who often serve as our states’ chief elections officials – are on the frontlines of administering fair elections and protecting our sacred right to vote. Join us in the Forum for a discussion with Republican Brad Raffensperger, secretary of state of Georgia, and Democrat Natalie Tennant, IOP resident fellow and former secretary of state of West Virginia, for a post-midterms conversation on the integrity of our electoral system and threats to our democracy. CNN Senior Political Correspondent Abby Phillip ‘10, a member of the Institute of Politics Senior Advisory Committee, will moderate the conversation.

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

  7. She Said: A Story That Helped Ignite the #MeToo Movement

    Thursday November 10 - 6:00pm

    In October 2017, New York Times journalists Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey broke the story of decades of sexual abuse allegations against Harvey Weinstein. Their work helped ignite the #MeToo movement, shift attitudes, and spur new laws, policies, and standards of accountability around the globe. Kantor and Ashley Judd MC/MPA '10, one of the first women to speak out publicly against Weinstein and actress in the upcoming film adaptation She Said, will join the Women and Public Policy Program, the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, the Center for Public Leadership, and the Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School in the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum to discuss how their story helped ignite the #MeToo movement and shatter decades of silence around the subject of sexual assault in Hollywood. Professor Iris Bohnet, co-director of the Women and Public Policy Program, will moderate.

    Please click here to RSVP for the in-person conversation.

  8. POSTPONED: Study Group with Steph Carlton: How Do We Choose a Different Path and Make Progress?

    Thursday November 10 - 5:00pm

    Study Group with Steph Carlton: How Do We Choose a Different Path and Make Progress?

    This study group is postponed and Steph Carlton's next study group will occur on 11/17.

    When it comes to debate, what needs to be different in future approaches vs what is occurring today? How can leaders create allies on the opposing side? How might the answer differ for elected officials, philanthropy, members of the media, or think tank experts?

    Study group challenge: Study group members can volunteer to role play the opposing side of an issue they are passionate about, exploring arguments and facts that support the opposing position, as well as the set of personal values that might support the opposing position. In the debrief, study group member can offer constructive feedback on what surprised them from the role play and what both sides of the issue might have in common.

    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 Raul Alvillar: Election Day Hot Takes- The Post-Game Reflection

    Thursday November 10 - 4:30pm

    Election Day Hot Takes - The Post-Game Reflection

    This study group will analyze the hot takes from Election Day. We will take stock of the results of the 2022 midterm elections and look at the election returns from the House, Senate, and gubernatorial races. Based on Election Day outcomes, we will discuss the impact the midterm elections will have on the Biden administration’s political agenda. Join us for Raul’s hot takes as we look at what worked, didn’t work, and reflect upon the highs and lows of the midterm election cycle.

    RSVP here by 10:00 AM Thursday, 11/10 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 Mayor Bill de Blasio: Keeping Cool- The Personal and Political of Crises in NYC

    Wednesday November 9 - 7:00pm

    Study Group with Mayor Bill de Blasio: Keeping Cool - The Personal and Political of Crises in NYC

    RSVP here by 10:00 AM Wednesday, 11/9  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. 2022: What Just Happened and What's Next

    Wednesday November 9 - 6:00pm

    The day after the 2022 midterm elections, join us in the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum with Harvard Kennedy School’s top political experts for a discussion of the night’s results, control of Congress and state houses across the country, and what the midterms mean for our government and our democracy.

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

  12. Study Group with Gloria Browne-Marshall: Success Needs Creativity

    Wednesday November 9 - 5:00pm

    Study Group with Gloria Browne-Marshall: Success Needs Creativity

    Doug Elmendorf will discuss how art influences his public service and how creative power can be a viable tool for transformation at the intersection of artistic expression and civic engagement. We will discuss how the arts can be a mechanism for sustaining the spirit of public service as well as act as a vehicle for constructing strategies for problem-solving, community engagement and creating the next new idea for a better world. 

    RSVP here to attend, you will receive a confirmation email shortly after registering.

    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.

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