Events at the IOP

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Hi! I'm Running for Office- New Hampshire Primary with MA State Senator Eric Lesser

    Saturday January 25 - 8:00am

    Enter the lottery for the upcoming January 25 session by Thursday, January 16, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. EST. Lottery results will be announced on Friday, January 17, 2020.

  7. "Harvard's 21st Century Vision: Innovation and Expansion in Allston" Director's Breakfast with Tom Glynn, Allston Land Company CEO

    Tuesday November 12 - 8:30am

    Tom Glynn, CEO of the Allston Land Company, will be the featured guest at this Director's Breakfast and will be leading the discussion about the 21st-century vision for Harvard's expanding Allston campus. RSVP here.


  8. "Building and Leading Winning Teams", a Conversation with Tommy Amaker

    Tuesday October 15 - 12:00pm

    Join a conversation on team leadership with Tommy Amaker, Thomas G. Stemberg '71 Family Endowed Coach for Harvard Men's Basketball. In the 12 seasons since taking over as head coach of Harvard’s men’s basketball program, Coach Amaker has reinvented the Crimson into an Ivy League power with a national presence, directing Harvard to a period of unprecedented prosperity. The all-time winningest coach in program history, Amaker has led the team to three NIT appearances (2011, 2018-2019), seven Ivy League championships (2011-15, 2018-19), four NCAA tournament appearances (2012-15) and six 20-win seasons (2010-15).

    In conversation with Coach Amaker will be Center for Public Leadership Black Family Fellow Annie Odom, former U.S. Army Captain. Amaker and Odom will explore the common challenges of building and leadings winning teams, whether on the court or on the battlefield.

    Coach Amaker is serving as a CPL Hauser Leader and IOP Director’s Visiting Leader at Harvard Kennedy School for the 2019-2020 academic year. He also serves as an Executive Fellow at Harvard Business School. More about Coach Amaker can be found here.

    This event is free and open to the public.


    This event is co-sponsored by the Institute of Politics and the Veterans Impact Initiative.

  9. Director's Breakfast: Christ in Crisis: A Discussion to Help Heal the Divide Separating Americans

    Monday October 7 - 8:30am

    Former IOP Visiting Fellow Jim Wallis will join IOP Director Mark Gearan and guests at a Director’s Breakfast for a discussion about his new book, Christ in Crisis: Why We Need to Reclaim Jesus.  Wallis’ recent book provides a path of spiritual healing and solidarity to help us heal the divide separating Americans.  

    This event is open to current Harvard Students.  If you would like to attend, please fill out this form.  

  10. Director's Breakfast: How Lessons from Ancient Rome Can Help Prepare Students to Lead

    Thursday October 3 - 8:30am

    Dean Emma Dench of Harvard’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences will engage students in a conversation on how lessons from Ancient Rome can help prepare them for leadership roles.  

    Hosted by IOP Director Mark Gearan

    This event is open to current Harvard Students.  If you would like to attend, please fill out this form.  

  11. Harvard Political Union's Democratic Presidential Debate

    Thursday September 26 - 7:00pm

    An exciting debate featuring one speaker from the following groups:
    -Harvard College Democrats for Cory
    -Harvard College Democrats for Pete
    -Harvard College Democrats for Bernie
    -Harvard College Democrats for Biden
    -Harvard College Democrats for Warren
    -Harvard College Democrats for Kamala
    -Harvard College Democrats for Yang

    ~Insomnia Cookies will be provided!~

    Topics of the debate include but are not limited to climate change, healthcare, foreign policy, and education. There will be an opportunity for audience questions!

  12. HKS Open House with Resident Fellows

    Friday September 13 - 12:00pm