Events at the IOP

  1. Pathogens and Politics: China and the Coronavirus Outbreak

    Friday February 14 - 1:00pm

    RSVP here.

    In light of the novel Coronavirus and its rapid spread across one of the most populated nations in the world, Robert Delaney will be able to give him some insight into its impact on China and the world, and what the outbreak has shown us about politics.

    Robert Delaney is the South China Morning Post’s North America bureau chief. He spent 11 years in China as a language student and correspondent for Dow Jones, Newswires, and Bloomberg and continued covering the country as a correspondent and an academic after leaving. His debut novel, The Wounded Muse, draws on actual events of Beijing’s changing landscape while he lived there. His areas of expertise are China news, market news, international relations. He speaks English and Mandarin.



  2. CANCELLED: Pizza and Politics with Ruth Buffalo, North Dakota State Representative

    Monday December 2 - 5:00pm

    Cancelled due to inclement weather, may be rescheduled to the spring.

    The final Pizza and Politics of the semester will feature Ruth Buffalo, North Dakota State Representative. Representative Buffalo made history in the 2018 Midterm Elections as the first Native American Democratic woman to be elected to North Dakota’s legislature, defeating a four-term Republican incumbent. Facing an uphill battle in a race that disadvantaged some voters with restrictive voter ID laws, Representative Buffalo galvanized voters with a strong grassroots campaign that focused on the issues that were most pressing to her constitutents.

  3. Pizza and Politics with Caroline Adler Morales '04, Communications Director for former First Lady Michelle Obama

    Monday November 25 - 5:00pm

    As the semester draws to a close, please welcome back Caroline Adler Morales A.B. '04 back to campus for a discussion on her path to and experience in the White House.

    During her tenure in the White House under the Obama administration, Caroline Adler Morales served as the Communications Director for the First Lady and Special Assistant to the President. In this role, Caroline managed all communications functions for the First Lady, including determining messaging priorities, setting strategies related to digital, broadcast, and print press, and formulating policy rollouts. She currently serves as the Former First Lady's Communications Director.

  4. "Women on the Ballot: Pathways to Political Power", Pizza and Politics with Betsy McGregor

    Thursday November 14 - 12:00pm

    Federal Canadian Parliamentary Candidate Betsy McGregor visits to lead a discussion on women in politics. She recently published "Women on the Ballot: Pathways to Political Power". 

    In addition to running campaigns in 2008 and 2011 as a Federal Candidate in Canada, Betsy has served in many capacities to encourage women to enter politics and public service, including as a Facilitator for Campaign Colleges for Women (2011-2019), on the Harvard Women's Leadership Board. and as a fellow at Harvard Medical School (1999-2001) and at the Harvard Medical School (2002-2004).


  5. "Can Democrats Win in the South?" Pizza and Politics with the Honorable Mitch Landrieu, IOP Visiting Fellow Spring 2019

    Monday November 4 - 6:00pm

    The IOP is excited to welcome back the Honorable Mitch Landrieu to campus for a special Pizza and Politics discussion on leadership and American politics with focus on the Louisiana Governor's election on Nov. 16th.

    When Mitch Landrieu was sworn in as the 61st Mayor of New Orleans, he inherited a city in turmoil. NOLA and its people were still recovering from Hurricane Katrina. The city was on the brink of bankruptcy, had the highest-in-the-nation murder rate, and a police department under federal investigation. In 2016, Landrieu was voted “America’s top turnaround mayor” in a survey of mayors, compiled by Politico

    Under his inspiring leadership, New Orleans is currently recognized as one of the nation’s great comeback stories. The economy is growing and diversifying, in large part due to collaborative efforts Landrieu supported during his time in office. He fast-tracked several projects and secured billions in federal funding for schools, hospitals, parks and recreation, and critical infrastructure. He also brought sound fiscal management, balanced budgets, ethical contracting, and transparency to City Hall. And, by making public safety a top priority, Landrieu reformed the police department and drove down the city’s record number of homicides.

  6. Pizza and Politics with Brittany Packnett Cunningham, IOP Director's Leader, Fall 2019

    Monday October 28 - 7:15pm

    Join the after-Forum Pizza and Politics fascinating post-forum Pizza & Politics event with Brittney Packnett Cunningham, IOP Director's Leader (Fall 2019), IOP Resident Fellow (Fall 2018), #BlackLivesMatter Activist, Co-Founder of Campaign Zero, one of TIME Magazine's 12 New Faces of Black Leadership, and Co-Host of Pod Save the People. Brittany Packnett Cunningham will discuss her experiences working in public service​ for President Obama's 21st Century Policing Task Force and Teach for America, women's empowerment, and how to advocate for historically underrepresented and disadvantaged groups.

  7. Pizza and Politics with President Larry Summers

    Thursday October 10 - 6:00pm


    Undergraduate Pizza and Politics discussion with Larry Summers, Charles W. Eliot University Professor; Director, Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government; and President Emeritus of Harvard University.

    Due to high demand, this event will be lotteried. To enter the lottery, please click here.

  8. Pizza and Politics: Campaigning and Serving as an Independent Governor with The Honorable Bill Walker, Governor of Alaska (2014- 2018)

    Monday October 7 - 6:00pm

    In the next Pizza and Politics, HPU welcomes The Honorable Bill Walker, who will discuss his time campaigning and serving Alaska as it's eleventh Governor (2014-2018), his experience as an Independent, and his take on the current administration. Afterwards, he will be answering questions from the audience.

    Moderator: Kiera O'Brien '20

  9. "Brexit Britain: Where Next?": Pizza and Politics with Alan Mak MP, Member of Parliament for Havant

    Friday October 4 - 1:00pm

    Join the Harvard Political Union in welcoming to campus Alan Mak MP, Member of the British Parliament for Havant, for a riveting discussion on what's in store for Britain as it tackles Brexit.


    Alan Mak was first elected on 7 May 2015 as Havant's MP. He was re-elected on 8 June 2017 with an increased majority and the highest Conservative vote share in the constituency's history to continue his hard work for local residents and communities. 

    Alan won the Best New Conservative MP Award 2017/18 at the MP of the Year Awards, and currently also serves as a Parliamentary Private Secretary at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

  10. Pizza and Politics: Who Owns Poverty?: New Ways at Looking at Poverty Elimination

    Wednesday September 25 - 6:00pm


    Martin Burt, Author, Who Owns Poverty?; Founder & CEO, Fundación Paraguaya

    Moderator: Bianca Cordazzo '21

  11. Pizza and Politics: Inside look at the Criminal Justice System

    Monday April 29 - 6:00pm

    As a New York City homicide prosecutor, a civil and criminal defense attorney in high profile cases and as a CNN Contributor, author and analyst, Callan brings an insider perspective regarding the criminal justice system in urban America to “Pizza & Politics”.

    To RSVP, please click here.

  12. Pizza and Politics: Human-Centered AI: The Potential and Pitfalls

    Wednesday April 24 - 6:00pm

    Please join the IOP for a Pizza and Politics with Rana El Kaliouby, CEO of Affectiva and lead of the company's Emotion Science team.