Events at the IOP

  1. How to Achieve Racial Justice Through Organizational Transformation: Models That Work

    Wednesday November 30 - 6:00pm

    What models are effective at advancing racial justice and sparking organizational change? On Wednesday, November 30, join the Institute of Politics and Institutional Antiracism and Accountability Project at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation for a conversation with two pioneering architects of racial equity tools for the workplace, higher education, and non-profits. Gail Christopher, executive director of the National Collaborative for Health Equity and creator of the Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation (TRHT) framework, and Glenn Singleton, founder and president of Courageous Conversation® and author of Courageous Conversations About Race, will delve into the models they’ve developed and implemented with communities and organizations over several decades. Kim Janey, president and CEO of Economic Mobility Pathways (EMPath) and former mayor of Boston, will moderate the conversation.

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  2. Passing the Torch: Calling a New Generation to Leadership

    Tuesday November 29 - 6:00pm

    In the Spring 2022 Harvard Youth Poll, 56% of young Americans agreed that “politics today are no longer able to meet the challenges our country is facing.” Last year, more than half said that our democracy is “in trouble” or “failing.” The country is seeking new leadership to carry us through some of the greatest crises of our time, including climate change, pandemics, and threats to democracy. Please join the Center for Public Leadership and the Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School for a conversation with leading experts in government, the military, public service, and the private sector on why it is time for those in power to pass the torch and support the next generation of American leadership.

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  3. Honoring our Promises to America’s Heroes: A Conversation with Jon Stewart

    Friday November 18 - 4:00pm

    Jon Stewart is considered one of America’s top social and comedic voices. Over his 16-year run as host and executive producer of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Stewart redefined political satire in American culture. Since leaving The Daily Show, Stewart has used his voice in sustained advocacy for 9/11 first responders and war veterans’ health benefits. In 2019, he received the New York City Bronze Medallion for his “tireless advocacy, inspiration, and leadership [helping to] pass the permanent authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act.” He continued using his platform as an advocate for veterans by being instrumental in helping pass the Honoring our PACT Act of 2022, which expands healthcare access and funding to veterans exposed to toxic substances during their service, including burn pits. Stewart currently hosts and executive produces the EMMY nominated The Problem with Jon Stewart on AppleTV+, and he is an executive producer on CBS’s The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Stewart is also a New York Times best-selling author and an accomplished film director and producer.

    Join us in the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum for a Veterans Day discussion with Jon Stewart, host of The Problem with Jon Stewart, on his advocacy work for America’s veterans. This student-moderated conversation is part of the Veterans Impact Initiative, a collaboration between the Center for Public Leadership and the Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School to bridge the civilian-military divide.

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  4. Defenders of Democracy: A Conversation with Secretaries of State Brad Raffensperger and Natalie Tennant

    Tuesday November 15 - 6:00pm

    America’s secretaries of state – the people who often serve as our states’ chief elections officials – are on the frontlines of administering fair elections and protecting our sacred right to vote. Join us in the Forum for a discussion with Republican Brad Raffensperger, secretary of state of Georgia, and Democrat Natalie Tennant, IOP resident fellow and former secretary of state of West Virginia, for a post-midterms conversation on the integrity of our electoral system and threats to our democracy. CNN Senior Political Correspondent Abby Phillip ‘10, a member of the Institute of Politics Senior Advisory Committee, will moderate the conversation.

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  5. She Said: A Story That Helped Ignite the #MeToo Movement

    Thursday November 10 - 6:00pm

    In October 2017, New York Times journalists Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey broke the story of decades of sexual abuse allegations against Harvey Weinstein. Their work helped ignite the #MeToo movement, shift attitudes, and spur new laws, policies, and standards of accountability around the globe. Kantor and Ashley Judd MC/MPA '10, one of the first women to speak out publicly against Weinstein and actress in the upcoming film adaptation She Said, will join the Women and Public Policy Program, the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, the Center for Public Leadership, and the Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School in the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum to discuss how their story helped ignite the #MeToo movement and shatter decades of silence around the subject of sexual assault in Hollywood. Professor Iris Bohnet, co-director of the Women and Public Policy Program, will moderate.

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  6. 2022: What Just Happened and What's Next

    Wednesday November 9 - 6:00pm

    The day after the 2022 midterm elections, join us in the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum with Harvard Kennedy School’s top political experts for a discussion of the night’s results, control of Congress and state houses across the country, and what the midterms mean for our government and our democracy.

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  7. First Light: The Indian Child Welfare Act Revisited

    Monday November 7 - 6:00pm

    The Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) is a federal law that resulted from years of pressure from Indigenous communities and their allies. Passed in 1978, it seeks to keep Indigenous children with their families as a response to evidence that Native American children were being systematically removed from their families and cultural and kinship ties. ICWA is now being challenged - arguments will be heard by the United States Supreme Court on November 9, 2022.

    Join us for a screening of First Light, which documents the forced removal of Indigenous children and tells the story of an unprecedented experiment in truth-telling and healing for Wabanaki people and child welfare workers in Maine. After the short film, we will have a panel conversation about ICWA, its history, impacts, and why it matters today.

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  8. The 2022 Godkin Lecture with Governor Charlie Baker

    Thursday November 3 - 6:00pm

    Join us in the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum for the Edwin L. Godkin Lecture delivered by Charlie Baker, 72nd governor of Massachusetts, and co-hosted by the Taubman Center for State and Local Government, the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston, and the Institute of Politics. The Godkin Lecture will focus on the essentials of democratic governance and the duties of the citizen.

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  9. Year One: A Political Odyssey

    Thursday October 27 - 6:00pm

    HBO’s new documentary “Year One: A Political Odyssey” is an unprecedented front-seat account of the Biden administration’s tense first year, marked by security threats at home and abroad. David E. Sanger – a White House Correspondent for The New York Times and a member of three Pulitzer Prize-winning Times teams – guides the documentary as it follows the President's inner circle into the White House, the State Department, the CIA, and the Pentagon. Against the backdrop of America’s response to the ongoing pandemic, January 6, and the withdrawal from Afghanistan, the film explores the revival of superpower conflict with Russia and China: culminating in the Russian invasion of Ukraine and new fears that Moscow could make good on its nuclear threats. 

    Please join David E. Sanger ‘82, Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School, and Emmy-winning filmmaker John Maggio for a discussion of “Year One: A Political Odyssey” and the global challenges that President Biden faced from Inauguration Day 2021 to the State of the Union speech of March 2022.    

    This Forum will include clips from the HBO documentary “Year One: A Political Odyssey.” Confirmed attendees who register by Noon ET on October 25 will also receive an email with special 48-hour access to watch the full documentary prior to the Forum, courtesy of HBO.

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  10. A Conversation with Dr. Anthony Fauci

    Wednesday October 26 - 6:00pm

    Dr. Anthony Fauci has served as the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the U.S. National Institutes of Health since 1984. He is the chief medical advisor to President Joe Biden and has advised seven presidents on HIV/AIDS and many other domestic and global health issues, including the COVID-19 pandemic. He will discuss his lifetime of public service in a conversation moderated by AIDS and LGBTQ+ rights activist Peter Staley, a Fall 2016 IOP Resident Fellow.

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  11. The Power of Young People in American Democracy: A Conversation with Senator Ed Markey

    Tuesday October 25 - 6:00pm

    A member of Congress since 1976, Senator Edward J. Markey of Massachusetts is a leader on climate and clean energy solutions, environmental protection, nuclear non-proliferation, technology, and consumer protection. In 2020, Senator Markey won an historic re-election to the U.S. Senate in part by mobilizing the youth vote around climate action and a Green New Deal. Please join us in the Forum for a student-led conversation on the Senator's deep connection to the leadership of young people, the midterm elections, and the challenges facing our democracy today.

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  12. Global Democracy and American Leadership: A Conversation with David Ignatius and Deval Patrick

    Monday October 24 - 6:00pm

    Join the Center for Public Leadership and the Institute of Politics in the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum for a conversation with Washington Post foreign affairs columnist and novelist David Ignatius, one of the most influential opinion journalists in the country. Governor Deval Patrick, co-director of the Center for Public Leadership, will moderate a wide-ranging conversation on America’s moral and democratic leadership in the world and how emerging leaders can effectively defend democratic norms.

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