Monday November 7 - 2:00pm
Please join us for a Desserts and Dialogue on Monday, November 7, at 2:00 PM ET featuring Rachel Atcheson. Rachel Atcheson currently serves as senior assistant to Mayor of NYC Eric Adams, as well as at-large director of the SUNY Downstate Committee on Plant-Based Health and Nutrition. She previously served as Mayor Adams’s deputy strategist focusing on plant-forward food policy in the city. She contributed to the establishment of Meatless Mondays in NYC public schools, the launch of the plant-based lifestyle medicine programs in NYC Health+Hospitals, and other public health and sustainability initiatives around plant-based nutrition.
The event will take place in the Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School in L-275. A dessert buffet, including vegan options, will be served!
Friday November 4 - 1:00pm
Please join us for a Pizza and Politics on Friday, November 4, at 1:00 PM ET featuring Michael D. Smith, the CEO of AmeriCorps. This event will take place in the Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School in Littauer 166. Pizza and salad will be served! Michael D. Smith is the eighth CEO of AmeriCorps, the federal agency for service and volunteerism.
Wednesday March 9 - 12:30pm
Please join us for a Pizza and Politics next Wednesday March 9, 2022, at 12:30 PM ET featuring Nsé Ufot, IOP Spring 2021 Fellow and CEO of the New Georgia Project.
Nsé Ufot is the chief executive officer of the New Georgia Project (NGP) and its affiliate, New Georgia Project Action Fund (NGP AF). Nsé leads both organizations with a data-informed approach and a commitment to developing tools that leverage technology with the goal of making it easier for every voter to engage in every election. Nsé and her team are also developing Georgia’s home-grown talent by training and organizing local activists across the state. She has dedicated her life and career to working on civil, human and workers’ rights issues and leads two organizations whose complementary aim is to strengthen Georgia’s democracy.
The event will take place in the first floor conference room (HKS-Littauer 166) at the Institute of Politics. Pizza will be served!
Space is limited and will be allocated by lottery.
How Did We Get Here? The Deterioration of Immigration Policy and Prospects for Progress: A Pizza and Politics Discussion with Doris MeissnerThursday October 7 - 5:00pm
The Biden Administration is grappling with immigration policy challenges at the border that have permeated American politics for decades. The Harvard Political Union and Citizenship Tutoring are hosting Doris Meissner, Commissioner, US Immigration and Naturalization Service (1993-2000), to speak on those challenges and potential pathways forward to improving policy.
This is an in-person event being held on campus, please RSVP here.
This event is being co-sponsored by Fuerza Latina.
Monday April 19 - 1:30pm
Thursday April 1 - 5:00pm
Join the HPU for a conversation on QAnon with Elahe Izadi, Staff Writer at the Washington Post. Those intending to join the conversation are encouraged to read Elahe's recently published article: The QAnon problem facing local journalism this election season - The Washington Post
We often hear about the impact of QAnon on our national politics. But at a time when QAnon seems as prevalent -- and mysterious -- as ever, how does the far-reaching ideology affect the communities in which we live? Join our conversation with Elahe Izadi to learn more about QAnon's impact on local communities, how the media explains the ideology to us, and what we might expect going forward.
Pelosi, Schumer, McConnell, and the Rest: Power Dynamics on the Hill (And How the Media Covers Them)Thursday March 11 - 6:00pm
Between the Republicans and Democrats, the House and the Senate, and a myriad of other offices and departments that make up the federal government, the power dynamics in Washington are ever-shifting and nothing if not predictable. Join the Harvard Political Union in a discussion with Andrew Taylor, National Staff Writer, Associated Press, on how these power dynamics impact our government, polarization, and how the media covers it all.
Click here to read Andrew Taylor's coverage of the 1/6 capitol insurrection.
Wednesday March 10 - 12:00pm
Why do politicians cooperate peacefully with organized criminal groups? Interactions between organized criminal groups and politicians are often either depicted as coercive or where the politician is a member
of the criminal group. Using mixed-methods research on Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, this project shows that there is a third explanation for cooperation: politicians willingly engage with organized criminal groups
at arms-length when it is in their electoral interest to seek out these arrangements and when they have a low chance of being caught.
Presented by Jessie Bullock, PhD Candidate in Government, Harvard University
Discussants: Professor Ignacio Cano, Professor of Sociology, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro;
Professor Ben Lessing, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Chicago
Moderated by Professor Frances Hagopian, Jorge Paulo Lemann Senior Lecturer on Government, Harvard University
Presented in collaboration with the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies and the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation.
Tuesday March 9 - 6:00pm
Join the Harvard Political Union, Women in Leadership and Fellow’s Program for a Women’s History Month discussion with Anna Malaika Nti Asare-Tubbs, Author of The Three Mothers: How the Mothers of Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and James Baldwin Shaped a Nation.
Wednesday February 10 - 12:00pm
Join HPU for a lunchtime conversation on the state of policing in America, recent events in D.C., and the options for improvement and reform.
Speaker: Charles Ramsey, former Chief of Police in Washington D.C. and Philadelphia; co-chair of the President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing (2014-2015)
Monday February 1 - 5:30pm
The Harvard Political Union Presents: Where Do We Go From Here?
Democracy Fortnight Finale
Monday, February 1, 5:30pm
Caroline Tervo ’18, Research Coordinator, Harvard University Department of Government; contributor, “Upending American Politics” (2020)
Wednesday January 27 - 1:00pm
The Harvard Political Union Presents: Impressions from Across the Pond
A Conversation with Members of Parliament
Wednesday, January 27, 1pm
The Lord Fox (Liberal Democrat), Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Stephen Hammond, MP (Conservative), former Transport, Local Government and Health Minister.
Alan Mak, MP (Conservative), Vice Chairman of the Conservative Party and Co-Chairman of the Conservative Party Policy Board; Founder & Chairman, All-Party Parliamentary Group on the Fourth Industrial Revolution;
The Rt. Hon. the Baroness Jay of Paddington (Labour politician, former Minister of State for Health)