Events at the IOP

  1. Study Group with Carol Giacomo

    Thursday November 19 - 4:30pm

    Join us on Thursday, November 19 at 4:30pm ET for a study group with IOP Fellow Carol Giacomo. Carol Giacomo was a member of The New York Times editorial board from 2007-2020 writing opinion pieces about all major national security issues including nuclear weapons, Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan.

    SPECIAL GUEST: Robert Kagan is the Stephen & Barbara Friedman Senior Fellow with the Project on International Order and Strategy in the Foreign Policy program at Brookings. He is the author of The Jungle Grows Back: America and Our Imperiled World.

    RSVP by 12:00pm ET on Thursday, 11/19

  2. Study Group with Jorge Vasquez, Jr.

    Tuesday November 17 - 4:30pm

    Join us on Tuesday, November 17 at 4:30pm ET for a study group with IOP Fellow Jorge Vasquez, Jr. Jorge L. Vasquez, Jr. is the Director of the Power and Democracy Program with Advancement Project, a national non-partisan multi-racial, policy, communications, and legal action organization.

    SPECIAL GUESTS

    • Julio Ricardo Varela ‘90 is the Vice President of New Business development at Futuro Media Group; founder and publisher of LatinoRebels.com; co-host of In the Thick; and Senior Digital Editor of LatinoUSA.org.
    • Kiara Pesante Haughton is a Senior Vice President in the Issue Advocacy practice at BerlinRosen, where she leads work at the intersection of electoral politics, racial justice and culture.
    • Troy Blackwell, Jr. is a communications strategist and former head of press advance for the Tom Steyer Presidential Campaign.

    RSVP by 12:00pm ET on Tuesday, 11/17

  3. Study Group with Chasten Buttigieg

    Thursday November 12 - 4:30pm

    Join us on Thursday, November 12 at 4:30pm ET for a study group with IOP Fellow Chasten Buttigieg. Chasten Buttigieg is an author and LGBTQ+ advocate, who received his bachelor’s degree in theater and global studies from the University of Wisconsin—Eau Claire and his master’s in education from DePaul University. He has worked as a busboy, dog walker, nursing assistant, waiter, cashier, bartender, and most recently a middle school drama and humanities teacher.

    SPECIAL GUEST: Delegate Danica Roem (D-13th) represents the Thirteenth District in the Virginia House of Delegates. Del. Roem won a historic election in 2017 to become the first out-and-seated transgender state legislator in American history. Since then, she has joined a bipartisan coalition of state lawmakers in 2018 to expand Medicaid to 400,000 uninsured Virginians and raise teacher pay throughout the commonwealth.

    RSVP by 12:00pm ET on Tuesday, 11/12

  4. Study Group with Brittany Packnett Cunningham

    Tuesday November 10 - 4:30pm

    Join us on Tuesday, November 10 at 4:30pm ET for a study group with IOP Fellow Brittany Packnett Cunningham. Brittany Packnett Cunningham is a social justice activist, educator and writer. Leading at the intersection of culture and justice, she has and continues to build platforms to amplify, educate, and activate everyday people to take transformative action against every form of injustice.

    SPECIAL GUEST: Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (MA-07)

    RSVP by 12:00pm ET on Tuesday, 11/10

  5. Post-Election Debrief Conversations with IOP Fellows

    Thursday November 5 - 4:30pm

    Join us on Thursday, November 5 at 4:30pm ET for post-election debrief conversations with our IOP Fall 2020 Fellows. Drawing from their unique perspectives and professional experiences, each Fellow will lead a small group discussion where participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and share reflections.

    IOP Fall 2020 Fellows include Chasten ButtigiegCarol Giacomo, Mayor Michael Nutter, Alice Stewart, and Jorge Vasquez, Jr.

    • RSVP by 12:00pm ET on Thursday, 11/5
    • AUDIENCE: This conversation is open to individuals with a valid Harvard College email address.
    • ZOOM: An e-mail confirmation with links to separate Zoom rooms will be sent to your email on the day of the event. 
    • OFF-THE-RECORD: In keeping with our long tradition at the IOP to ensure honest and candid discussions of politics, this event is off-the-record.
  6. Election Day Study Group with IOP Fellows

    Tuesday November 3 - 4:30pm

    Join us on Tuesday, November 3 at 4:30pm ET for an Election Day study group with our IOP Fall 2020 Fellows. The Fellows will draw from their diverse professional experiences spanning elected office, politics, activism and journalism to share insights and commentary on this historic day. Topics of discussion will include the presidential race, state and local campaigns, in-person and mail-in voting, the role of the media, and more.

    IOP Fall 2020 Fellows include Chasten Buttigieg, Brittany Packnett Cunningham, Carol Giacomo, Mayor Michael Nutter, Alice Stewart, and Jorge Vasquez, Jr.

    RSVP by 12:00pm ET on Tuesday, 11/3

  7. Study Group with Mayor Michael Nutter

    Thursday October 29 - 4:30pm

    Join us on Thursday, October 29 at 4:30pm ET for a study group with IOP Fellow Mayor Michael Nutter. Michael Nutter served as the 98th Mayor of the City of Philadelphia. As mayor, he managed the City of Philadelphia through the Great Recession, and the City's credit rating was upgraded to “A” by the three major credit agencies for the first time since the 1970s.

    SPECIAL GUEST: Mayor Stephen K. Benjamin (Mayor of Columbia, South Carolina since 2010)

    RSVP by 12:00pm ET on Thursday, 10/29

  8. Study Group with Alice Stewart

    Tuesday October 27 - 4:30pm

    Join us on Tuesday, October 27 at 4:30pm ET for a study group with IOP Fellow Alice Stewart. Alice Stewart is a CNN Political Commentator, Communications Consultant, veteran Senior Communications Advisor on numerous presidential campaigns and an Emmy Award winning journalist.

    SPECIAL GUEST: Steve Cortes (Senior Advisor for Strategy, Donald Trump 2020 presidential campaign) 

    OVERVIEW: With one week to go until Election Day 2020, every minute counts, and campaigns are executing their "think strategically and act tactically" plans. What issues are the Trump campaign focusing on and how do they keep that focus with all the distractions? Alice Stewart talks with Trump 2020 Campaign Senior Advisor for Strategy, Steve Cortes about the final stretch to get out the vote.

    RSVP by 12:00pm ET on Tuesday, 10/27

  9. Study Group with Carol Giacomo

    Wednesday October 21 - 4:30pm

    Image courtesy of Lauren Bulbin.

    Join us on Wednesday, October 21 at 4:30pm ET for a study group with IOP Fellow Carol Giacomo. Carol Giacomo was a member of The New York Times editorial board from 2007-2020 writing opinion pieces about all major national security issues including nuclear weapons, Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan.

    SPECIAL GUEST: Secretary Madeleine Albright (Former U.S. Secretary of State, 1997 - 2001; Chair of Albright Stonebridge Group and Albright Capital Management)

    OVERVIEW: Is authoritarianism/nationalism the wave of the future? If not, what do democracies have to do to govern more successfully? Case studies include Turkey, Hungary, India, Israel and the United States.

    RSVP by 12:00pm ET on Wednesday, 10/21

  10. Study Group with Jorge Vasquez Jr.

    Tuesday October 20 - 4:30pm

    Join us on Tuesday, October 20 at 4:30pm ET for a study group with IOP Fellow Jorge Vasquez, Jr. Jorge L. Vasquez, Jr. is the Director of the Power and Democracy Program with Advancement Project, a national non-partisan multi-racial, policy, communications, and legal action organization.

    SPECIAL GUEST: Jorge Renaud (Regional Director of Policy and Advocacy for the Southwest, LatinoJustice PRLDEF)

    RSVP by 12:00pm ET on Tuesday, 10/20

  11. Study Group with IOP Fellow Chasten Buttigieg

    Thursday October 15 - 4:30pm

    Join us on Thursday, October 15 at 4:30pm ET for a study group with IOP Fellow Chasten Buttigieg. Chasten Buttigieg is an author and LGBTQ+ advocate, who received his bachelor’s degree in theater and global studies from the University of Wisconsin—Eau Claire and his master’s in education from DePaul University. He has worked as a busboy, dog walker, nursing assistant, waiter, cashier, bartender, and most recently a middle school drama and humanities teacher.

    SPECIAL GUEST: Lis Smith (Former Senior Advisor, Pete Buttigieg 2020 Presidential Campaign)

    TOPIC: Twitter is Not Real Life: The Importance of Talking with Voters, Not at Them

    RSVP by 12:00pm ET on Thursday, 10/15

  12. Study Group with Mayor Michael Nutter

    Tuesday October 13 - 4:30pm

    Join us on Tuesday, October 13 at 4:30pm ET for a study group with IOP Fellow Mayor Michael Nutter. Michael Nutter served as the 98th Mayor of the City of Philadelphia. As mayor, he managed the City of Philadelphia through the Great Recession, and the City's credit rating was upgraded to “A” by the three major credit agencies for the first time since the 1970s.

    SPECIAL GUEST: Mayor Muriel Bowser (Mayor of the District of Columbia, DC since 2015)

    RSVP by 12:00pm ET on Tuesday, 10/13

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