Events at the IOP

  1. Biden-Harris: The First 100 Days

    Wednesday April 28 - 6:00pm

    As the Biden administration approaches 100 days of governing, there are signs of legislative and political successes – a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package, accelerated distribution of vaccines, and the "American Jobs Plan," a  $2.3 trillion infrastructure rebuilding agenda. While his approval rating is at historic highs, there are looming crises emerging at the US southern border, continuing challenges from populist forces, and a recent spate of mass shootings around the country.
    Join us on Wednesday, April 28 at 6PM ET for a discussion with Ayesha Rascoe, White House correspondent for NPR, Matthew Viser, national political reporter for The Washington Post with moderator Janet Hook, IOP Spring 2021 Fellow and national political reporter for the Los Angeles Times for a conversation around President Biden's 100 days.  They will analyze his successes and how he is facing challenges around navigating a fraught partisan political landscape, a second year of a global pandemic, and reassessing and rebuilding US foreign policy around the world.   

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  2. What is Stronger Than Hate? Lessons from Testimony, Media, and Scholarship

    Tuesday April 27 - 6:00pm

    The Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy and the Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School, along with USC Shoah Foundation, invite you to join Harvard President Lawrence S. Bacow and University of Southern California President Carol Folt for an event celebrating Harvard University's subscription to USC Shoah Foundation's Visual History Archive, making the archive available to the Harvard community.
    Opening Remarks:
    Harvard University President Lawrence S. Bacow
    University of Southern California President Carol Folt
    Panel Discussion: Media scholars and experts on how to combat the rise of hate and the disinformation that spreads it.
    How can we learn from lessons of the past to stop hate movements today? What role does the media play in stopping the spread of hateful ideologies? How are disinformation and media manipulation used as tools by extremist groups and individuals? How do current civil rights movements, like Black Lives Matter and Stop AAPI Hate, combat hateful ideologies today?
    The panel will include:

    • Marty Baron, former Executive Editor of The Washington Post
    • Cornell William Brooks, J.D., Professor of Practice at Harvard Kennedy School and former President & CEO of the NAACP
    • Joan Donovan, Ph.D., Research Director of the Shorenstein Center and scholar of disinformation and networked hate groups
    • Stephen Smith, Ph.D., Finci-Viterbi Exec. Director of USC Shoah Foundation, UNESCO Chair of Genocide Education
    • Nancy Gibbs (Moderator), Director of the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy and former Managing Editor of TIME

    USC Shoah Foundation's Visual History Archive allows users to search through and view more than 55,000 video testimonies of survivors and witnesses of genocide. Harvard University is a full subscriber to the Visual History Archive, providing access to the complete archive of 55,000 testimonies to the Harvard community. Harvard University affiliates can access the subscription through this Harvard Library database record.

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  3. CIVICS IN ACTION: Civic Education- Where Do We Go From Here?

    Tuesday April 27 - 1:30pm

    Come celebrate Massachusetts Civic Learning Week! Join Danielle Allen, Director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics and renowned civic innovator, for a conversation about the work we have left in developing effective models of civic education.

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  4. Behavioral Economics, Nudge, and Public Policy: A conversation with Richard Thaler

    Monday April 26 - 6:00pm

    Join us on Monday, April 26th at 6:00pm ET for the 2021 Gustav Pollak Lecture featuring Richard Thaler, Charles R. Walgreen Distinguished Service Professor of Behavioral Science and Economics at University of Chicago and recipient of the 2017 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, and moderator Todd Rogers, Professor of Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School.
    Behavioral science in policy making has rapidly expanded, inspired in crucial ways by Richard Thaler’s groundbreaking research in behavioral economics, finance, and the psychology of decision-making. Thaler will discuss themes from the forthcoming revision of his global best-selling book Nudge (co-authored with Harvard Law School Professor Cass Sunstein). Among the new ideas included are “sludge”, the “nasty stuff” that clogs up many aspects of life, and “smart disclosure” which is the idea that two decades into the 21st century the way required disclosures are transmitted should be updated to at least 20th century technology.

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  5. Harvard Youth Poll Spotlight: Gen Z — Overwhelmed but Dedicated to Fighting for a Better Tomorrow

    Friday April 23 - 4:00pm

    On Friday, April 23, 2021 at 4:00pm ET, join us for a discussion on the Spring 2021 Harvard Youth Poll from the Institute of Politics. John Della Volpe, Director of Polling at the Institute of Politics, and Jing-Jing Shen ‘23, Student Chair of the Harvard Public Opinion Project (HPOP), will join in conversation with Jacqueline Alemany ‘11, Congressional Correspondent and Anchor of Power Up at the Washington Post. They will examine poll findings around the Biden administration’s first 100 days, the future of the Republican Party, mental health, and the impact of social media, and they discuss what these trends allude to regarding engagement and organizing principles for the upcoming midterms. They will also explore what motivates Generation Z — “Zoomers” — and shapes their outlook on the future of the country, and that of their own lives.

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  6. Rep. Luis Gutiérrez: A Lifetime of Public Service, Immigration Reform, and Human Rights Activism

    Thursday April 22 - 6:00pm

    Join Citizenship Tutoring and Fuerza Latina for a special conversation with immigrant rights activist, Congressman Luis Gutiérrez, to learn more about his life in public service, immigration advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill, and prospects for Congress & the US moving forward!


  7. The Decisive Decade for Climate Action

    Thursday April 22 - 6:00pm

    Join us on Earth Day, Thursday, April 22nd at 6:00pm ET, with Christiana Figueres, international leader on climate change and former Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and now Co-founder of Global Optimism. Kathryn Sikkink, the Ryan Family Professor of Human Rights Policy at Harvard Kennedy School, will moderate the conversation as this year’s Robert S. McNamara Lecture on War and Peace. 
    As we begin this critical decade for climate action with growing momentum for protecting and restoring our global commons, the intensity of this moment makes it a uniquely compelling and privileged time to be alive. How we achieve a sustainable well-being for everyone, everywhere on a thriving planet and protect the most vulnerable from the worst impacts of climate change will be the most defining chapter in the story of our species — one we can only write together. As we stand at this turning point, our responsibility is clear. The future we choose lies in the hands of each of us alive today.

    We are proud to host this event in association with the Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment (C-CHANGE), Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

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  8. IOP Earth Day Celebration

    Thursday April 22 - 4:00pm

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    Celebrate Earth Day at the IOP! Join PRE, STEAM, and our co-sponsors to explore our interactions with the Earth through art and music by Harvard students, presentations from our co-sponsors, and curated radio audio programming. The event is open to all, and join for your chance to win raffle prizes including IOP swag and more!


  9. 100 Days in 60 Minutes: A Conversation with Mayor Daniella Levine Cava and Mayor Rick Blangiardi

    Wednesday April 21 - 6:00pm

    We hear political candidates and the media reference the "first 100 days in office" all the time while on the road campaigning for office. Many establish elaborate plans, road maps, and agendas for what they'll do, if elected, in those critical first few months in office. How do those best-laid plans pan out once in office during normal times? How does a newly elected executive official take the helm during a pandemic? Please join the Harvard Kennedy School's Institute of Politics and the Taubman Center for State and Local Government for a John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum on Wednesday, April 21st, 2021 at 6:00 pm ET for a virtual discussion with Mayor Rick Blangiardi (City and County of Honolulu, HI) and Mayor Daniella Levine Cava (Miami-Dade County, FL) on their transition from campaigning to their first 100 days of governing.

    Mayor Blangiardi and Mayor Levine Cava assumed office in 2021 and late 2020, respectively, amidst a devastating pandemic, struggling economy, and widespread calls to action on social and racial inequities. We will hear how they navigated these and other issues in their early months of governance, what they have accomplished, and what lies ahead. Mayor Blangiardi and Mayor Levine Cava participated in the 2020-21 Transition Term, a Taubman Center fellowship program that places Harvard Kennedy School students in the offices of newly elected governors, county executives, and mayors to support their transition from campaigning to governing.

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  10. A Discussion with Representative Andy Kim

    Tuesday April 20 - 7:00pm

    Join the Politics of Race and Ethnicity and Asian Americans for Political Justice for a conversation with New Jersey's 3rd Congressional District Representative Andy Kim on everything from the role of identity in politics and representation to tangible actions that can be taken to respond to discrimination, specifically anti-AAPI sentiment and violence. 

    Representative Kim was elected in 2018. As a member of the House he serves on the Armed Services Committee, the Foreign Affairs Committee, and Committee on Small Business. He is the son of Korean immigrants and a product of South Jersey's public K-12 schools.

  11. Virtual Pizza & Politics: German MP Lars Klingbeil: The Future of The US-German Relationship

    Monday April 19 - 1:30pm

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    Join the Harvard Political Union in the next Pizza and Politics discussion with Lars Klingbeil, Member of the Bundestag, the German Federal Parliament. He will be discussing German elections, US/European relations and Germany’s perception of the United States post Trump.  

  12. The Abraham Accords: A Pathway to Peace with Economic Prosperity

    Friday April 16 - 1:00pm

    In a historic breakthrough, the Abraham Accords paved a path previously blocked for over 25 years with the full normalization of relations between Israel and Bahrain, Kosovo, Morocco, Sudan, and the United Arab Emirates. It was an important step toward creating the Middle East of the 21st century — a framework for peace and stability premised on economic development and opportunity. The opening of diplomatic relations provides cooperation points around growth and prosperity, leading to an increase in tourism, business, entrepreneurship, space exploration, and investment.

    Join us on Friday, April 16th at 1pm ET, Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to the U.S. His Excellency Yousef Al Otaiba and Ambassador of the Kingdom of Bahrain to the U.S. His Excellency Shaikh Abdulla bin Rashid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa with moderator The Honorable Bonnie Glick, IOP Fellow S'21 and former Deputy Administrator/Chief Operating Officer of the U.S. Agency for International Development. The conversation and Q&A session will focus on accomplishments to date and a vision for a way forward to expand the Abraham Accords. 

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