Events at the IOP

  1. A Discussion with Representative Andy Kim

    Tuesday April 20 - 7:00pm

    Join the Politics of Race and Ethnicity and Asian Americans for Political Justice for a conversation with New Jersey's 3rd Congressional District Representative Andy Kim on everything from the role of identity in politics and representation to tangible actions that can be taken to respond to discrimination, specifically anti-AAPI sentiment and violence. 

    Representative Kim was elected in 2018. As a member of the House he serves on the Armed Services Committee, the Foreign Affairs Committee, and Committee on Small Business. He is the son of Korean immigrants and a product of South Jersey's public K-12 schools.

  2. Civics in Action: Teaching Black History

    Tuesday February 23 - 7:30pm

    Join the CIVICS and PRE communities in a discussion with Professor Anthony Jack, author of The Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges are Failing Disadvantaged Studentson how we teach black history in schools and ways we can promote antiracism in education.

    RSVP here to join the conversation on Tuesday, February 23rd at 7:30pm ET.

  3. Local Latina Leaders: Empowering and Representing Latinx in State and Local Government

    Wednesday October 14 - 4:00pm

    In celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, join us for a special virtual event to hear from three local Latina leaders in Massachusetts state and city government:

    • Rosalin Acosta – MA Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development
    • Judith Garcia – Chelsea City Councilor and Vice President
    • Tania del Rio – Executive Director, City of Boston’s Office of Women’s Advancement (and HKS alumna)

    Our esteemed panelistas will share their stories about their own paths to and within state & city government, their insights on the importance of Latinx leadership during the Coronavirus pandemic, and their ideas on how to inspire and involve more Latinas to serve in a variety of roles in state & city government. HKS Latinx Caucus co-chair Cassandra Duchan Saucedo will moderate, and there will also be audience Q&A.

    This virtual event will be on Wed, October 14th from 4-5pm ET (pre-registration is required here), and is being proudly co-hosted by the HKS Latinx Caucus, the Taubman Center for State & Local Government, the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston, the HKS Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging, and the Institute of Politics. ¡Nos vemos ahí!


  4. Harvard Political Union's Weekly Undergraduate Debate: Should the UC be Abolished?

    Wednesday April 1 - 8:00pm

    We'll be discussing: Resolved: The Harvard Undergraduate Council should be abolished. HPU member and UC Representative Ethan Johnstone is up against Aditya Dhar and Andrew Liang, this past semester's UC President runners-up, who ran on an "abolish the UC" platform.

    While the resolution specifically addresses the UC, we hope that it leads to some constructive debate on collegiate student government in general.

    It's going to be a great evening, and it all starts at 8pm ET on Wednesday, April 1st.

    The Zoom link is: Bring your snacks!

  5. Undergraduate Debate

    Wednesday March 25 - 8:00pm

    Join the Harvard Political Union for a debate on Harvard’s grading policies in the time of the Coronavirus. In order to bring people together in these turbulent times, weekly debates like the one this Wednesday are open to everyone in the IOP community.

    Should all classes be pass/fail? Should we adopt a “double A” grading scale? Does receiving letter grades matter to you? Come debate! 

    Founded in 1832, the Harvard Political Union (HPU) is America’s oldest collegiate debate union. It hosts weekly debates, Pizza & Politics, Director’s Dinners, campus debates, and conferences. Most importantly, the HPU is home to a politically vibrant community of undergraduates who believe that the inclusion of all viewpoints strengthens our conversations. Does that mean the partisan divide has anything to do with Harvard’s grading? Come find out! In order to bring people together in these turbulent times, weekly debates like the one this Wednesday are open to everyone in the IOP community.

    On Zoom, Wednesday, 8pm Eastern

  6. Lessons in Leadership: A Conversation with Cornell Brooks

    Monday March 19 - 2:45pm

    Lessons in Leadership: A Conversation with Cornell Brooks
    Visiting Professor of Social Ethics, Law & Justice, BU School of Theology and BU School of Law and former President & CEO, NAACP

  7. Main Streets and Back Roads of America: An Undergraduate Journalism Workshop

    Thursday February 15 - 6:00pm

    The Harvard Political Review and the Harvard Political Union welcome Salena Zito, Washington Examiner reporter and contributor to CNN and the New York Post, to share her experiences reporting from small town America during the 2016 presidential election.

    This will also serve as an information session for "Main Street and Back Roads of America: A Journalism Workshop," a HPR-HPU initiative that will give students the unique opportunity to experience main streets and back roads across New England and the Rust Belt with Salena Zito. This immersion experience will allow students to understand communities and the issues, concerns, and political perspectives that shape their worldviews, as well as an opportunity to publish writing for the Washington Examiner and the New York Post.

    Dinner will be served. 

  8. Conference on Redistricting Reform at Harvard

    Wednesday November 8 - 8:30am

    A day-long conference on gerrymandering, redistricting, and the fight for American democracy hosted by the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation and co-sponsored by the Institute of Politics.

  9. Building a Movement Across Communities of Color

    Wednesday April 13 - 6:00pm

    Building a Movement Across Communities of Color

    A Panel Discussion with

    Anurima Bhargava, Institute of Politics Fellow, former Chief of the Educational Opportunities Section of the Civil Rights Division at the U.S. Department of Justice

    Kristen Clarke, President and Executive Director, The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law 

    Felicia Escobar Carrillo, Special Assistant to President Obama for Immigration Policy, White House Domestic Policy Council

    Harvard Yard, Sever Hall, Room 103

    In partnership with Harvard South Asain Association and Black Students Association

    Pizza will be served 


    Monday November 16 - 8:00pm
  11. Undergraduate Harvard Political Union Discussion: The Shortcomings of the European Union

    Tuesday November 18 - 6:00pm
    A Discussion withProfessor Ben Friedman,
  12. Undergraduate Harvard Political Union Discussion with Professor Theda Skocpol

    Wednesday November 12 - 6:00pm
    Adams House Conservatory