Events at the IOP

  1. Fulfilling the Promise of a Treaty: Native Americans Claiming their Rights in the 21st Century

    Wednesday November 18 - 6:00pm

    Join us on Wednesday, November 18th at 6pm ET in observance and celebration of Native American/Indigenous Peoples Heritage Month, when the Institute of Politics hosts a conversation between Kimberly Teehee, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, and Andrew Lee, a Seneca Indian who serves on the Board of Governors of the Honoring Nations awards, a program of HKS’s Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development.

    Teehee is set to become the first delegate of a tribal nation to Congress, a position that would fulfill the terms of a 185 year-old treaty which signals a transformative moment for both Cherokee Nation and Native American people. It is an important initial step to recognizing the unique traditions, culture, and contributions of Native Americans. Teehee and Lee will discuss Native Americans in public service, self-governance, and how allies and unlikely alliances can help connect and amplify core issues facing the Native American communities in the 21st century. 

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  2. Latinx Leadership in America: A Conversation with Maria Hinojosa and Jorge Ramos

    Wednesday November 18 - 1:00pm

    With decades of journalistic and leadership experience between them, Maria Hinojosa and Jorge Ramos have championed progress and hope in U.S. Latinx communities while exposing how prejudice and failed policies have prevented the U.S. from reaching its potential as a nation of immigrants. They will join us in conversation, co-sponsored with the Center for Public Leadership and Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, in the JFK Jr. Forum on Wednesday, November 18th at 1:00pm ET. Drawing on their shared Mexican-American background, they will celebrate and consider the multifaceted, multicultural U.S. Latinx experience, as well as their journeys to be two of the most revered Latinx leaders in the country. The conversation will be moderated by Paola Ramos, Correspondent, VICE and VICE News; Contributor, MSNBC and Telemundo

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  3. A Conversation with Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley

    Tuesday November 10 - 6:00pm

    On Tuesday, November 10th at 6:00pm ET, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (MA-07) and IOP Fellow Brittany Packnett Cunningham will join in conversation to reflect on the historic turnout rates for the 2020 election, civic engagement, and the Democratic progressive agenda. The discussion will cover issues around economic inequality, transforming the criminal justice system, confronting the climate crisis, and addressing entrenched healthcare disparities further revealed by the global pandemic.  

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  4. Financial Stability Factors and the Severity of the Current Recession

    Tuesday November 10 - 4:00pm

    On Tuesday, November 10th at 4:00pm ET, join the Institute of Politics and Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government for the annual Robert Glauber Lecture delivered by Eric Rosengren, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, with Professor Roger Porter, IBM Professor of Business and Government at Harvard Kennedy School, moderating.

    As president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Eric Rosengren is a participant in the Federal Open Market Committee or FOMC, the monetary policymaking body for the United States.  In this talk, he will be exploring factors that influence financial stability and their role in the severity of the current recession. Rosengren will discuss the ramifications of low-interest rate policies, the impact on leverage, and the resulting consequences in economic downturns – based on the U.S. experience in the current recession.

    This lecture is made possible with the generous support of Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), formerly known as the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD).

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  5. Technology’s Influence in Society: A Conversation with Jim Steyer, Ellen Pao, and Shoshana Zuboff

    Monday November 9 - 6:00pm

    On Monday, November 9, at 6:00PM EST, join the Institute of Politics for a conversation with Jim Steyer, children's advocate, civil rights attorney, professor, and author of, Which Side of History?: How Technology Is Reshaping Democracy and Our Lives," with Ellen Pao, the CEO of Project Include and former CEO of Reddit and Shoshana Zuboff, Author, “The Age of Surveillance Capitalism” and Professor Emerita, Harvard Business School, to examine the impact of the technology sector on key aspects of our society, and offer constructive solutions for change. The discussion will be moderated by John Haigh, Co-Director of the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government. 

    With the omnipresence of technology in our society, our experts consider questions around ethics, accountability and the extraordinary impact on the next generation.  How does the industry address issues such as surveillance capitalism, the monetization of personal data and ultimately is there an opportunity for oversight and accountability of Big Tech?

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  6. Election 2020: What Just Happened?

    Thursday November 5 - 6:00pm

    On Thursday, November 5th at 6 PM ET, the Institute of Politics hosts a panel of top political strategists to breakdown and analyze the results of the 2020 election. The conversation will be moderated by IOP Director Mark D. Gearan ’78, and feature former and current IOP Fellows Karen Finney, Senior Advisor for Communications and Political Outreach for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, Scott Jennings, Senior Advisor to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Robby Mook, Campaign Manager for Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign, and Maya Rupert, Campaign Manager for Julián Castro's 2020 presidential campaign.

    Our expert panel will consider voter turnout, election access and security, the ​control of Congress, and the outcomes of state-local races around the country. How did the pressing issues of the day including the economy, Covid-19, racial and social justice, climate change, and foreign affairs influence the electorate? ​What will be the priorities of the winning candidates and parties? And how will the U.S. political landscape change over the next four years?

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  7. The Challenges Facing the Media on November 3rd and Beyond

    Wednesday October 28 - 6:00pm

    On Wednesday, October 28th at 6:00pm ET, join us for the 30th annual Theodore H. White Lecture on Press and Politics, delivered by Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post, with Shorenstein Center Director Nancy Gibbs moderating. 

    As the 2020 election quickly approaches, are there similarities to 2016 or this a continuation of an unprecedented cycle in political history? How has the press evolved during the Trump administration and what effect did it have on covering the political landscape in the primaries and general election. With the growing absence of trust in the traditional press, what can be done to restore confidence in the institutions, and how does journalism survive and thrive moving forward.  

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  8. Catalyzing Global Leadership to Contain the Impact of COVID-19

    Wednesday October 28 - 12:00pm

    On October 28 at 12pm ET join us for “Catalyzing Global Leadership to Contain the Impact of COVID-19” with featured guests Peter Sands, Executive Director of The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and Atul Gawande MD, MPH, surgeon, writer, and public health leader.

    How do we galvanize a global response to COVID-19 that truly leaves no-one behind? So far OECD countries have mobilized over $10 trillion for their own domestic responses, but foreign aid to low and middle countries remains broadly flat. Will we succeed in making everyone safe from COVID-19, or will we replicate what we did with HIV and tuberculosis, the two most recent big pandemics affecting humanity, which are largely eliminated as a public health threat in rich countries, but still kill millions in poor, vulnerable and marginalized communities?

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  9. Election 2020: Behind the Decision Desk

    Friday October 23 - 2:00pm

    On Friday, October 23 at 2 PM ET, join the Institute of Politics and Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy for a discussion with newsroom leaders on navigating the complexity of Election coverage this November. Nancy Gibbs, Director of the Shorenstein Center and formed Editor-in-Chief of TIME, will be joined in conversation with Brian Carovillano, Vice President and Managing Editor of the Associated Press, David Chalian, Vice President and Political Director of CNN, and Chuck Todd, Host of NBC News Meet The Press.

    With the potential for a turbulent and prolonged election outcome, will newsroom leaders clearly outline their reasoning and standards behind their coverage leading into November 3rd? How will they educate the public on the range of election laws and nuances state by state and can their coverage mitigate confusion around the results? Ultimately, can the media help build the confidence and trust of the public to embrace election outcomes in the coming weeks?

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  10. The Leadership Playbook: Insights from Great Leaders

    Monday October 19 - 6:00pm

    No two leaders are the same. But through conversation with some of the world’s greatest CEOs and game changers, David M. Rubenstein has found commonalities among the motivations and challenges that shape the careers of leaders who thrive—how do they handle decision-making, risk, innovation, and crisis? Harvard President Lawrence S. Bacow has helmed institutions of higher learning for almost two decades. Drawing on principles and stories from Rubenstein’s new book, How to Lead: Wisdom from the World’s Greatest CEOs, Founders, and Game Changers, the two will share stories of leaders they have admired throughout the courses of their own careers, and why.

    Moderated by Amb. Wendy R. Sherman, the conversation will also look at leadership across the fields of business, education, and government. What are metrics for success? Do different sectors demand different skills? With decades of experience leading organizations and managing change, the group will share personal successes, failures, and leadership observations from the field.

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  11. Election 2020: The Power of Ballot Initiatives

    Thursday October 15 - 6:00pm

    On Thursday, October 15th at 6pm ET, join the Institute of Politics and Harvard Votes Challenge for a conversation on the power of ballot initiatives. This November, voters in 32 states will decide 120 statewide ballot measures that will impact policy surrounding elections, taxes, labor, and criminal justice reform. Ballot measures provide a unique form of direct democracy, allowing citizens to put forth an idea for a statutory or constitutional change and gather signatures to place it on the ballot.

    With less than a month left to cast ballots in this election, we welcome Angel Sanchez and Jesse Mermell to share their first-hand experience with ballot initiatives and to discuss the power of direct democracy.  

    In 2018, Florida voters in a bipartisan moment approved an amendment to the state's constitution that restored voting rights to as many as 1.4 million residents who'd been barred from voting because they had a prior felony conviction. Sanchez was sentenced to 30 years in prison when he was 16 years old. Today he is a law graduate from the University of Miami and works at the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition​, advocating to restore ex-felons voting rights in Florida.

    This fall, Massachusetts voters will consider a measure to enact ranked-choice voting, allowing voters to rank candidates in order of their preferences. Mermell, a former 4th Congressional District candidate, was narrowly defeated in the Democratic primary, which saw the top two candidates take less than 23 percent of the vote each and a winner declared without a majority.

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    The Harvard Votes Challenge is a nonpartisan initiative that strives to build a civic culture at Harvard University by increasing voter registration and participation among students, staff, and faculty. In Fall 2018, the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation and Institute of Politics launched the Harvard Votes Challenge to promote student voter registration and turnout across Harvard. Make a plan to vote at

  12. There and Back Again: Leadership Lessons from the Farm to Silicon Valley

    Thursday October 8 - 6:00pm

    On Thursday, October 8, 2020 at 6pm ET, join us for “There and Back Again: Leadership Lessons from the Farm to Silicon Valley” with John L. Hennessy, James F. and Mary Lynn Gibbons Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, Stanford University School of Engineering; 10th President of Stanford University; and Chairman of Alphabet, in conversation with David R. Gergen, Professor of the Practice of Public Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School; CNN Contributor. Harvard Kennedy School Dean Douglas W. Elmendorf will provide a welcome to the 2020 Godkin Lecture.

    From the east coast to the west coast, leadership strategies are constantly changing, and in the midst of a global pandemic we look to leaders to create new paradigms to survive and thrive in these unprecedented times. We welcome an experienced innovator in academia, technology, and private sector to discuss how to draw upon experiences at educational institutions, silicon valley, and business to create innovative public policy.

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