Events at the IOP

  1. CANCELLED: A Conversation with the Foreign Minister of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba

    Friday September 23 - 4:00pm

    UPDATE: Our Forum with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has unfortunately been cancelled. We apologize for this inconvenience, and we hope to reschedule Foreign Minister Kuleba to join us in the Forum at a later date.   

    Please join the Institute of Politics, the Future of Diplomacy Project, and Harvard Kennedy School’s Ukraine Caucus in the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum for a conversation with Dmytro Kuleba, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, moderated by Ambassador Paula Dobriansky (PhD '91), a Senior Fellow at the Future of Diplomacy Project. Seven months into Russia’s war of aggression, Ukraine faces multiple and ever-evolving diplomatic and security challenges to protect its territorial integrity. Minister Kuleba will discuss the conditions on the ground, the country’s current humanitarian and food security situation, the critical role of the U.S. and its European allies in supporting Ukraine’s resistance efforts, and the global implications of this conflict.

  2. Prime Minister of Croatia Andrej Plenković: Confronting Challenges to Democracy and Energy Security in Europe

    Wednesday September 21 - 6:00pm

    The Russian invasion of Ukraine presents a scale of challenges to the political stability in the West unseen since 1945. Deacceleration of economic growth and disturbances in reliable energy supplies are testing alliances, public support of government measures, and loyalty to democratic principles in Europe and beyond.

    Join us in the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum on Wednesday, September 21, 2022, as the prime minister of Croatia, Mr. Andrej Plenković, reflects on Croatia's path from its war of independence to becoming a fully integrated member of the EU and NATO. Grzegorz Ekiert (MA '87 PhD '91), director of the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, will moderate this conversation.

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  3. Issues Facing the Transgender Community: Progress, Backlash, and Paths Forward

    Tuesday September 20 - 6:00pm

    Join us in the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum for a discussion on the increased visibility of transgender people, the progress in securing transgender rights, the backlash that has taken place as a result, and ways that people can support transgender rights and lives moving forward. The Forum will feature a panel of guests who can speak to these issues in the United States and around the world.

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  4. Inflation Risks for America and the Global Economy

    Thursday September 15 - 6:00pm

    Secretary of the Treasury for President Clinton, Director of the National Economic Council for President Obama, and Harvard President Emeritus Lawrence H. Summers (PhD '82 LLD '07) has been central to the national debate surrounding inflation over the past year. President Biden signed a historic $700 billion Inflation Reduction Act in August designed to help the environment, strengthen the tax system, lower health care costs and reduce inflation.  Key parts of the tax enforcement legislation grew out of research that Summers and Natasha Sarin did at the Harvard Kennedy School. Join us on Thursday, September 15, 2022, in the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum for a conversation with Professor Summers, the Director of the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, and Linda Henry (MC/MPA' 21), managing director of Boston Globe Media Partners. They will discuss the landmark legislation and the risks still ahead for the US and global economy.

  5. Introducing the Fall 2022 IOP Resident Fellows

    Wednesday September 14 - 6:00pm

    Join us at the JFK Jr. Forum on September 14, 2022, at 6:00 PM ET as we introduce our Fall 2022 Resident Fellows Raul Alvillar, Gloria J. Browne-Marshall, Stephanie Carlton, Judith LeBlanc, Stefan Löfven, Matthew Mead, and Natalie Tennant, with a discussion moderated by IOP Interim Director Setti Warren.

  6. The Ukrainian Refugee Crisis

    Wednesday April 27 - 3:00pm

    According to the United Nations, more than 5 million people have fled Ukraine since the Russian invasion – most to neighboring Poland. Internationally-recognized chef and humanitarian José Andrés of the World Central Kitchen, Michelle Nunn, President and CEO of CARE USA, and Mayor Wojciech Bakun of Przemyśl, Poland, have been working on the frontlines of this humanitarian crisis in Przemyśl, a community of only 60,000 handling an influx of 1.2 million refugees from war-torn Ukraine. World Central Kitchen and CARE are among the relief organizations in Ukraine and Poland, helping Europe manage the greatest migration since World War II.

     Join us virtually on Wednesday, April 27, at 3:00 PM ET as Chef José Andrés, Michelle Nunn of CARE USA and HKS ‘01, and Mayor Wojciech Bakun of Przemyśl, Poland, explain the immediate needs of people making the long journey to escape war. The conversation will be moderated by Institute of Politics Spring 2022 Resident Fellow and 20th Director of the Peace Corps Jody Olsen and Institute of Politics Student Leader Kate Klein ‘24, who recently worked as an aid worker in Przemyśl, the hometown of her great-grandparents.

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  7. Building Space for Arab Americans in Public Service: A Conversation with James Zogby and Noor Tagouri

    Monday April 25 - 6:00pm

    In 1985, James Zogby founded the Arab American Institute to serve the political and research needs of the Arab American community. In 2019, Noor Tagouri, an award-winning journalist, founded At Your Service Imprint, a production and consulting company meant to share representative stories. Join us on Monday, April 25 at 6:00pm for a conversation with Tagouri and Zogby on navigating the realm of public service, advocacy, and storytelling as Arab Americans are going beyond requesting a seat at the table to building space for an entire community.

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  8. Going Back: A Peace Corps Teacher Returns to China after Twenty Years

    Wednesday April 20 - 6:00pm

    Peter Hessler, staff writer at the New Yorker and contributing writer at National Geographic Magazine, returned to Fuling, China, twenty years after serving there as a Peace Corps volunteer. The radical transformations he observed to the geography, economy, and people from China’s urbanization fueled three of his bestselling books. Join us on Wednesday, April 20, at 6:00 PM ET for the 2022 S.T. Lee Lecture with Peter Hessler as he delves into his research in Fuling, experience teaching at Sichuan University, and his work covering the Chinese side of the pandemic for the New Yorker. 

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  9. Voting: A Right or a Requirement?

    Thursday April 14 - 6:00pm

    Should every American be allowed to vote -- or required to vote? On April 14 at 6:00 PM ET, the JFK Jr. Forum welcomes E.J. Dionne and Miles Rapoport to discuss how universal participation in our elections is essential to American democracy. Please join us for a timely conversation on civic duty and the active disenfranchisement that has put American democracy in crisis. Christine Chen and Cornell William Brooks will moderate the discussion.

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  10. A Conversation with Congressman Jamie Raskin

    Wednesday April 13 - 6:00pm

    The JFK Jr. Forum welcomes Congressman Jamie Raskin (AB ‘83, HLS ’87) back to Harvard for an in-person Forum on Wednesday, April 13. A former constitutional law professor and state senator, Raskin represents Maryland’s 8th Congressional District and is the author of Unthinkable: Trauma, Truth, and the Trials of American Democracy. Seven days after Raskin lost his son Tommy to suicide, insurrectionists stormed the U.S. Capitol. Raskin’s leadership as House impeachment manager during former President Trump’s second trial – while enduring that personal trauma – riveted the nation. Join us for a conversation with Congressman Raskin about the state of our democracy and the domestic and global challenges we face.

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  11. Lessons from Recent History for Strengthening the US Safety Net

    Tuesday April 12 - 6:00pm

    Over the past 40 years, the federal government has made major changes in programs to reduce poverty and raise living standards in America. What lessons can we draw from the expansion and contraction of differe​nt parts of the safety net about what factors help a program succeed in the political sphere and grow over time, and what factors make a program more likely to be cut?

    Join us on Tuesday, April 12 at 6:00 PM ET for the 2022 Edwin L. Godkin lecture with Bob Greenstein (AB 1967), founder and president emeritus of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and current visiting fellow in economic studies at the Brookings Institution. Jason Furman (AB '92, AM '95, PHD '04), Aetna Professor of the Practice of Economic Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and former chief economist to President Obama will moderate the conversation.

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  12. Progressive Capitalism

    Monday April 11 - 6:00pm

    Can technology foster inclusivity, bring about constructive dialogue, and strengthen democracy – or will it further divide our country? On Monday, April 11, 2022, the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum hosts Silicon Valley Congressman Ro Khanna (D-CA), who will offer remarks, followed by responses from Professors Amartya Sen and Michael Sandel on the practical and ethical implications of technological developments and their impact on the economy, democracy, and progressive policies.

    Congressman Ro Khanna (D-CA) serves as deputy whip of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and was a co-chair of Bernie Sanders’ 2020 presidential campaign. Nobel laureate economist Amartya Sen is the Thomas W. Lamont University Professor and Professor of Economics and Philosophy at Harvard University. Michael Sandel is the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government at Harvard University.

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