Events at the IOP

  1. Fast Forum with Omar Jimenez

    Monday June 22 - 7:00pm

    Given the enormity of this moment and its impact on our community, the Institute of Politics is committed to creating space and programming for reflection, connection, action, and healing. The Institute has developed a series of events featuring elected leaders, activists and journalists to reflect on their own experience in civic life in this historic moment. On Monday, June 22nd at 7pm ET, CNN correspondent Omar Jimenez joins us to share his experience reporting on the George Floyd protests from Minneapolis and discuss his on-the-ground coverage during historic moments, including the trials for the officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray, the 2019 wildfires in California, and the death of NBA legend Kobe Bryant.

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  2. Fast Forum: Symone Sanders

    Monday June 1 - 7:00pm

    Our first Fast Forum of the summer will take place on Monday, June 1st at 7:00pm ET with IOP Resident Fellow S‘18 Symone Sanders. Sanders is a senior advisor to Joe Biden’s presidential campaign and author of No, You Shut Up: Speaking Truth to Power and Reclaiming America. In 2016, at the age of 25, Sanders became the youngest presidential press secretary on record while working on U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders then-presidential campaign. Sanders will reflect on her personal experiences on the campaign trail and discuss her work in fighting against oppression, injustice, and inequality. The conversation will be moderated by Mark D. Gearan ‘78, Director of the Institute of Politic with an introduction by Araoluwa Omotowa '22, Director of Diversity and Outreach, Institute of Politics Student Advisory Committee. 

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  3. HPU Summer Series Debate 1

    Wednesday May 27 - 8:00pm

    On Wednesday, the Harvard Political Union is kick-starting our "Summer Series" programming with the first Cambridge Debate of the season. We will be hosting as many debates as possible throughout the course of the summer. Likely, we will be trading off serious topics and lighter topics, too. 

    This week, we'll be taking on a very timely issue: Resolved: Due to Covid-19, nonviolent inmates should be released from US prisons. It's a divisive topic, but an important one. Former IOP President (and current HPU Exec member) Anna Duffy will be facing off against member Will Schrepferman. This is shaping up to be a great intellectual debate, so we hope to see you there.

    Zoom Link:

    As during the school year, the debate will take place on Wednesday (5/27) at 8pm ET. See you then!

  4. A Conversation with Prime Minister of Kosovo, Albin Kurti

    Monday May 18 - 12:00pm

     A Conversation with Prime Minister of Kosovo, Albin Kurti

    Please join the Prime Minister of Kosovo, Albin Kurti, in an online conversation at Harvard University about Prime Minister Kurti’s first 100 days in office and the current political crisis in Kosovo. This event will be moderated by Nicholas Burns, Goodman Family Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations at the Harvard Kennedy School. It is co-sponsored by the Harvard College Albanian Students Association, the Future of Diplomacy Project, and the Harvard Political Union.

    PLEASE NOTE: This webinar will be conducted via Zoom. Please register in advance for this meeting here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. This is open to Harvard affiliates or by invitation only.


    Albin Kurti is the fourth Prime Minister of the Republic of Kosova, as well as the president of the biggest political party in the country, Lëvizja Vetëvendosje. Kurti joined the presidency of the Students Independent Union of the University of Prishtina (SIUUP) in August 1997, which organized peaceful, non-violent protests for the release of the university buildings and premises which were occupied by the authorities of the Serbian regime. When the war began in Kosova, in August 1998, Kurti began working as the Secretary of the Office of the General Political Representative of the Kosova Liberation Army (KLA), Adem Demaçi. When the NATO bombing of Serbia and Kosova commenced in March 1999, Kurti remained in Prishtina and was arrested by the Serbian police on April 27, 1999, and then imprisoned. When Serbian forces withdrew from Kosova on June 10, Kurti and many other Albanian political prisoners were transferred to Serbian prisons. Due to international pressure, Kurti was released on December 7, 2001.

    On April 23, 2003, Kurti graduated with a degree in Computer Science from the University of Prishtina. In June 2005, Kurti with other political activists co-founded “Lëvizja VETËVENDOSJE” (Movement for SELF-DETERMINATION!). He was the President of “Lëvizja VETËVENDOSJE!” until March 2015, and was re-elected as President of the Movement for Self-DETERMINATION! based on one member, one vote method in January 2018. Between 2005-2017, he spent almost one and a half years under arrest in Kosova, charged by the authorities of UNMIK, EULEX, and the Republic of Kosova. Kurti has served three terms in office as a member of the Assembly of the Republic of Kosova representing “Lëvizja VETËVENDOSJE!”. In 2017, Kurti was the MP who won the highest number of votes in the country. He was the Movement’s candidate for Prime Minister of Kosova. In the early parliamentary elections held on October 6th, 2019, Albin Kurti and the Movement for SELF-DETERMINATION! won the highest number of votes. Albin Kurti has published over 550 articles and has been invited to present at different renowned universities inside and outside the country. He has also served as the Chair of the Committee on Foreign Affairs at the Assembly. He is fluent in Albanian, English, and Serbian.

  5. VIRTUAL EVENT Running and Winning Down Ballot Races: Workshop with Run for Something

    Wednesday April 15 - 6:00pm

    Sign up here for this event

    Join Ross Morales Rocketto and Manuel Espitia from Run for Something for a workshop on the nuts and bolts on running for down ballot office.

    Do you want to see change in your community? Thinking about running for office but don't know where to start? Leadership opportunities exists at every level of government and down-ballot office offers impactful ways to get things done. This workshop will help you explore down ballot races and how to launch your campaign. 

    This event is co-hosted by Institute of Politics' Campaign & Advocacy Program (CAP) and the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School.

    Recieve Access to the Virtual Event   

    Registration is required to recieve access to the event. Harvard affiliates (students, faculty, staff and fellows) please register with your Harvard email to recieve a Zoom invitation. All other community members please register to recieve an invitation to a YouTube live event. 

    Registration will close one hour before the event, at that time both Zoom information and YouTube live details will be sent out. 

    Sign up here for this event

  6. Harvard Political Union's Weekly Undergraduate Debate: Are Authoritarian or Democratic Governments Better Placed to Combat Coronavirus?

    Wednesday April 8 - 6:00pm

    In this week's iteration of the HPU debate, we will be discussing whether democratic or authoritarian governments are better positioned to combat the spread of infectious diseases like COVID-19. 

    Join the Zoom Here 

  7. Fellows & Headlines with Governor Bill Walker

    Tuesday April 7 - 4:30pm

    Join us on Tuesday, April 7 at 4:30 PM EST via Zoom for a candid conversation with IOP Spring 2020 Resident Fellow, Governor Bill Walker, to discuss this week's headlines. Governor Walker is an attorney and businessman who served as the 11th governor of Alaska, from 2014 to 2018. He was only the second governor born in Alaska, and he was the only Independent governor in the nation during his term.

    This conversation is open to students, staff, and faculty of Harvard College and Harvard Kennedy School as well as past Spring 2020 study group attendees. 

    RSVP by 12:00 PM EST on Tuesday, 4/7 

    Zoom Information: An e-mail confirmation with Zoom participant information will be sent to your e-mail on the day of the event.

  8. VIRTUAL EVENT: A Full Census Count Amidst Pandemic

    Wednesday April 1 - 12:00pm

    Census Day is Wednesday, April 1st! Counting every person in the census is critical to the proper functioning of a democracy. Join a conversation with census experts for an update on the 2020 census and bring your questions on how we can achieve a full count.

    • Jonathan Tran, California Endowment
    • Teresa Acuña, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation (Moderator)
    • Jay Saini, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law

    Tune into the discussion 

    Please visit YouTube to participate in the live chat and ask questions during the event 

    This event is co-hosted by the IOP, the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School and the Harvard Votes Challenge, a nonpartisan initiative that strives to build a civic culture at Harvard University by reaching full participation in voting and the census. For more information about participating in the Census as a Harvard community member, please visit the Harvard Votes Challenge website.

  9. Fellows & Headlines with Rohini Kosoglu

    Tuesday March 31 - 4:30pm

    Join us on Tuesday, March 31 at 4:30 PM EST via Zoom for a candid conversation with IOP Spring 2020 Resident Fellow, Rohini Kosoglu, to discuss this week's headlines. Rohini Kosoglu is a senior advisor to U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris, having most recently served as Chief of Staff to her presidential campaign, Kamala Harris for the People.

    This conversation is open to students, staff, and faculty of Harvard College and Harvard Kennedy School as well as past Spring 2020 study group attendees. Use the link below to RSVP. 

    RSVP by 12:00 PM EST on Tuesday, 3/31: 

    Zoom Information: An e-mail confirmation with Zoom participant information will be sent to your e-mail on the day of the event.

  10. IOP Special Event: A Student Q & A with Ambassador Samantha Power and Dan Pfeiffer

    Tuesday February 25 - 5:00pm

    Ambassador Samantha Power, 28th U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations; Anna Lindh Professor of the Practice of Global Leadership and Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School and William D. Zabel ’61 Professor of Practice in Human Rights, Harvard Law School 

    Dan Pfeiffer
    Author, Un-Trumping America: A Plan to Make America a Democracy Again; Co-host of the podcast, Pod Save America; former Senior Advisor President Barack Obama for Strategy and Communications

    Tuesday, February 25, 2020
    5:00 p.m.
    Wexner Commons, Harvard Kennedy School

    Harvard I.D. required

  11. Mock Nevada Caucus

    Friday February 21 - 2:30pm

    Come support your favorite candidates and learn about the workings of caucuses through a student lead simulation of the Nevada Democratic Caucus.

    Presented by the Harvard Political Union.

  12. A Discussion with Kostas Bakoyannis MPA '04, Mayor of Athens, Greece

    Wednesday February 5 - 12:00pm

    We are pleased to announce the first Director's Lunch of the semester with The Honorable Kostas Bakoyannis MPA ’04, Mayor of Athens, Greece and a dynamic elected leader. Mayor Bakoyannis brings a wealth of experience from both the public and private sectors. In addition to his mayoral role, he is the vice president of the Hellenic Agency for Local Development and Local Government, a council member of the European Council on Foreign Relations and a Greek Leadership Council member of the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN).

    RSVP here.