Events at the IOP

  1. 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.

    RSVP for the JFK Jr. Forum conversation here.

  2. 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.

    RSVP to join the conversation in the virtual JFK Jr. Forum.

    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 voteschallenge.harvard.edu.

  3. 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.

    RSVP to join the conversation in the virtual JFK Jr. Forum.

  4. Election 2020: The Latinx Perspective on Political Journeys in the United States

    Wednesday October 7 - 6:00pm

    Join us on Wednesday, October 7th at 6pm ET for a conversation on the Latinx perspective on political journeys in the United States. The 2020 election marks a historic milestone for Latinx voters and candidates. Across the country, Latinx candidates are running for office in record numbers and an estimated 32 million voters are from the Latinx community, the largest group of minority voters. What will the voting patterns in the diverse Latinx community look like? When you see people on the ballot that mirror your community, are you more likely to vote? How will the changing demographics impact local, state, and federal elections now and in the future? Finally, do candidates and voters fully understand the importance of the Latinx community in the political, economic, and social fabric of American society?  
     
    In observance and celebration of Latinx/Hispanic Heritage Month, we welcome political and governmental leaders and advocates for a discussion moderated by Jorge L. Vasquez, Jr., IOP 2020 Fellow and Director of the Power and Democracy Program with Advancement Project, with panelists:

    • Melissa Mark-Viverito, Former President of the Latino Victory Project, former Speaker of the New York City Council, District 8- El Barrio/East Harlem and the South Bronx
    • Kenneth Romero, Executive Director of the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators

    RSVP to join the conversation in the virtual JFK Jr. Forum.


    Elección de 2020: El Perspectivo Latino: Caminos Políticos en los Estados Unidos

    Únete a nosotros el Miércoles, 7 de Octubre, a las 6pm ET para discutir el perspectivo Latino en los caminos políticos en los Estados Unidos. La elección del 2020 marca un logro histórico para los votantes y candidatos Latinos. A travez del país, latinos estan presentándose como candidatos en números récord y unos estimados 32 millones de votantes son latinos, el grupo mas grande de minorías. Como serán los patrones de votar en la diversa comunidad latina? Cuando ves a candidatos que se parecen a ti, seras mas probable de votar? Como impactarán los cambios demográficos a elecciones locales, estatales, y federales ahora y en el futuro? Finalmente, verdaderamente entienden los candidatos lo importante que es la comunidad latina, politicamente, economicamente, y socialmente para los Estados Unidos?

    En observación del mes de la herencia hispana y latina, les damos la bienvenida a lideres y activistas politicos y gubermentales para una discusion moderada por Jorge L. Vasquez, Jr., invitado del IOP 2020, director del Programa de Poder y Democracia con el Proyecto Avanzamiento, con panelistas:

    • Melissa Mark-Viverito, Ex-Presidenta Provisional del Proyecto Victoria Latina, ex-Oradora del Ayuntamiento de Nueva York, Distrito 8- El Barrio/East Harlem y el South Bronx
    • Kenneth Romero, Director Ejecutivo de la Camarilla Nacional de Legisladores Latinos Estatales

    Link para registrarse: https://harvard.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ekgZApr3TfOe_7ch5gShvQ

  5. A conversation with Alphonso David, Human Rights Campaign

    Thursday October 1 - 7:00pm

    The quest for equity and inclusion in the LGBTQ community has historically faced many obstacles and in these challenging times the urgency to protect marginalized and vulnerable communities is even more pressing.  With election 2020 front of mind, what will the LGBTQ community look like as we gaze down the two paths in front of us: a Biden Presidency or a second Trump term.  We bring together a prominent advocate and civil right leader with an academic thought leader to discuss the past, present and future of LGBTQ rights.

    RSVP to join the virtual JFK Jr. Forum conversation.

  6. The 2020 Matchup: First Presidential Debate

    Tuesday September 29 - 6:00pm

    On Tuesday, September 29th at 6pm ET, join David Gergen, who has advised four Presidents; Joe Lockhart, who has prepared candidates for debates; and Lynn Sweet, who has covered numerous presidential campaigns, to discuss what we can expect from President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden as they prepare to take the stage in Cleveland for the first of three debates before Election Day. 

    RSVP to join the virtual JFK Jr. Forum conversation.

  7. Election 2020: Republicans Challenge the President

    Thursday September 24 - 6:00pm

    In unprecedented ways, prominent Republican officeholders, campaign strategists, and officials from previous Republican administrations have mobilized in support of Democratic nominee Joe Biden. How does the recent creation of groups like Republican Voters Against Trump, The Lincoln Project and “43 Alumni for Biden” impact the upcoming election and the future of the Republican party? Panelists will discuss how disaffected Republican strategists and thought leaders are breaking with their party to persuade voters in the upcoming presidential election. 

    RSVP to join the virtual JFK Jr. Forum conversation.

  8. National Voter Registration Day: Chief Election Officers in a Pandemic

    Tuesday September 22 - 6:00pm
    We invite you to celebrate National Voter Registration Day with Harvard Votes Challenge in the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum. This fall, Secretaries of States across the country face the unique challenge of administering the 2020 Election against the background of the coronavirus pandemic, including maintaining public health while voting and planning for an increase in absentee voting. The Institute of Politics welcomes two public servants representing the Democratic and Republican Party who have a deep understanding of navigating the complexities of serving as Secretary of State: 
     
    - Jocelyn Benson HLS ’04, Secretary of State, Michigan
    - Trey Grayson’94, Secretary of State, Kentucky (2004-2011), Director, Institute of Politics (2011-2014)
     
    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 voteschallenge.harvard.edu. 
  9. National Voter Registration Day

    Tuesday September 22 - 6:00pm

    We invite you to celebrate National Voter Registration Day with Harvard Votes Challenge in the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum at 6pm ET on Tuesday, September 22nd.

    The fall elections face unprecedented challenges of administering voting during a global pandemic,  maintaining public health protocols while planning for a substantial increase in absentee voting. Across the country, Secretaries of State are in the center of this historic moment and we welcome two public servants, a Republican and Democrat, who knows these responsibilities first hand to discuss these contemporary challenges.  

    Jocelyn Benson HLS ’04, Secretary of State, Michigan

    Trey Grayson ’94, Secretary of State, Kentucky (2004-2011), Director, Institute of Politics (2011-2014)

    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 voteschallenge.harvard.edu.

  10. A Conversation with Chasten Buttigieg

    Thursday September 17 - 6:00pm

    On Thursday, September 17 at 6pm ET, join IOP Fall Fellow Chasten Buttigieg, Author, I Have Something to Tell You, and LGBTQ+ Advocate in conversation with Betsy Hodges, Mayor of Minneapolis, MN (2014 – 2018) and IOP Resident Fellow S‘18.

    Buttigieg serves as a Fall Fellow where he leads a study group focused on finding your voice and path in public service. Over the past year, as a middle-school drama and humanities teacher, Buttigieg traveled cross-country in support of the presidential campaign of his husband, former Mayor Pete Buttigieg ‘04. Long before his travels to big cities and small towns, Buttigieg was growing up gay in a small Midwestern town in rural Michigan. In his recent memoir, he shares how he overcame numerous obstacles on his journey to finding acceptance as a gay man and recounts his process of coming to his family, friends, community, and the world. 
     

  11. From Al Qaeda to QAnon: The Rise of Hate and Extremist Ideology Post 9/11

    Tuesday September 15 - 6:00pm

    Nineteen years have passed since the tragic attacks on September 11, 2001. Are we safer today? Though billions have been spent on gathering intelligence, blocking financial assets, and trying to stop radicalization, extremist ideology is still thriving. Recruits are getting younger. "Hate armies" are growing in America and around the world. What are the solutions to this expanding threat and what lessons have we learned from 9/11? Have we made progress in the fight against extremism? Why is countering violent extremism important? Why are violent far-right extremists surging in the 21st century?

  12. IOP Fellows Unpack Politics

    Thursday September 10 - 6:00pm

    The dynamic group of the Institute's Fall 2020 Fellows join the Forum for a far-reaching conversation about the 2020 election as well as their own pathways to public service and politics. The six Fellows span interests in elected office, politics, activism and journalism and bring their unique perspectives to the discussion.

    Fall 2020 Fellows include Chasten ButtigiegBrittany Packnett Cunningham, Carol Giacomo, Mayor Michael Nutter, Alice Stewart, and Jorge Vasquez Jr. The conversation will be moderated by IOP Director Mark D. Gearan ‘78.

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