Events at the IOP

  1. Special Event with Ambassador Katherine Tai

    Monday November 7 - 1:00pm

    Please join the IOP for a special event on Monday, November 7, at 1:00 PM featuring Ambassador Katherine Tai. Ambassador Katherine Tai was sworn in as the 19th United States Trade Representative on March 18, 2021. As a member of the President’s Cabinet, Ambassador Tai is the principal trade advisor, negotiator, and spokesperson on U.S. trade policy. The conversation will be moderated by Professor Karen Dynan. Karen Dynan is a professor of practice in the Department of Economics at Harvard University. She served as assistant secretary for economic policy and chief economist at the U.S. Department of the Treasury from 2014 to 2017, leading analysis of economic conditions and development of policies to address the nation’s economic challenges. 

    The event will take place at the Institute of Politics in HKS Littauer 166. Lunch will be provided. Space is limited; please RSVP by 9:00 AM on Friday, November 4. You will be notified if you received a space no later than 5:00 PM that day.

    Registration for this event is now closed.

  2. Reckoning with Power, History & Legacy: Student Roundtable with Amber Payne

    Wednesday March 30 - 7:00pm

    Reckoning with Power, History & Legacy: Student Roundtable with Amber Payne 

    Join us for an in-person roundtable with virtual guest Amber Payne, Co-Editor in Chief of the Emancipator, Boston Globe, for a conversation on power, history & legacy on Wednesday, March 30

    Amber Payne was a 2021 Nieman fellow at Harvard University. She formerly served as managing editor of, leading editorial and digital video strategy; executive producer of Teen Vogue and Them; and, in 2015, launched NBCBLK, a section of dedicated to elevating the conversation around Black identity, social issues, and culture. Amber started her career at NBC Nightly News producing breaking news and feature stories.

    *RSVP by noon ET on Wednesday, March 30. Refreshments & desserts will be served! 

    *AUDIENCE: This in-person roundtable conversation is open to Harvard ID holders. Please RSVP with a valid Harvard email address.

    *LOCATION: Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School, IOP Conference Room (L-166)

  3. Reckoning in the field of Racial Justice & Philanthropy: Student roundtable with Dr. Carmen Rojas

    Wednesday March 23 - 7:00pm

    Join us for an in-person roundtable with virtual guest Dr. Carmen Rojas, president and CEO of the Marguerite Casey Foundation, for a conversation on racial justice and philanthropy on Wednesday, March 23

    Prior to joining Marguerite Casey Foundation, Dr. Carmen Rojas was the co-founder and former CEO of The Workers Lab, an innovation lab that invests in entrepreneurs, community organizers, and government leaders to create replicable and revenue-generating solutions that improve conditions for low-wage workers. For more than 20 years, Carmen has worked with foundations, financial institutions, and nonprofits to improve the lives of working people across the United States. 

    *RSVP by midnight ET on Tuesday, March 22. Refreshments & desserts will be served! 

    *AUDIENCE: This in-person roundtable conversation with is open to Harvard ID holders. Please RSVP with a valid Harvard email address.

    *LOCATION: Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School, IOP Conference Room (L-166)

  4. Talloires Network Leaders Conference (TNLC2021): Global Institutions, Local Impact: Power and Responsibility of Engaged Universities

    Thursday September 30 - 8:00am

    Registration is now open for the Talloires Network Leaders Conference (TNLC2021) to be held on 30 September – 3 October 2021. Jointly hosted on the virtual campuses of Tufts University’s Tisch College of Civic Life and the Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School, the conference is a global gathering of higher education leaders and students from all regions of the world. 

    TNLC2021 is a movement-building event that will provide opportunities to critically reflect on the power and responsibility of engaged universities to work together--and in partnership with communities--to sustainably and equitably address global challenges. We have designed the conference to maximize engagement and forge connections, even in a virtual format, including special opportunities for student leadership and participation. Using several interactive technology platforms, the gathering will feature dynamic plenary sessions, highly interactive breakout sessions and workshops, virtual site visits, and thematic networking sessions. View the conference agenda here

    Participants will share ideas and build collaborations for action on important and interrelated issues, including Pandemic Recovery and Resilience, Conflict and Inequality, Climate Justice, Assessing Engagement, and Civic Engagement Futures.

    The conference will open with welcoming remarks from Tufts University President Anthony P.  Monaco, Harvard University President Lawrence Bacow and President Nieves Segovia of the Universidad Camilo José Cela (Spain).

    The conference will be held virtually. Harvard students who wish to register should register above with the promo code HRVRD21.

  5. IOP Fall 2021 Resident Fellows and Program Meet & Greet

    Thursday September 9 - 7:00pm

    Join the IOP Fall 2021 Resident Fellows on Thursday, September 9 at 7PM ET for a Meet & Greet where you can learn more about the Fellows, their work in politics and public service, and the study groups they will lead this semester. The six Fellows’ professional experiences span elected office, politics, activism and journalism and their unique perspectives will enrich study group conversations, office hours, and special events throughout the fall semester.   

    IOP Fall 2021 Resident Fellows include Ashley Allison, Honorable Sara Gideon, Holly Kuzmich, Arnon Mishkin, Trymaine Lee, and Congressman William "Mac" Thornberry.  Learn more about the Fall 2021 Fellows here.

    In addition, learn about the Special Events and Conferences, JFK Jr. Forum and other opportunities to get involved with the Institute of Politics.

    RSVP by 12:00 PM ET on Thursday, September 8th

    This conversation is open to Harvard College undergraduates and Harvard Kennedy School students. Please note, we will be abiding by HKS room capacity guidelines at this event.  

  6. Combatting Anti-Asian Racism and Misogyny: What is our Local Community Doing?

    Monday May 24 - 9:30am

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    This public discussion will highlight key challenges of racism, misogyny and other discrimination faced by our Asian and Asian-American community, the responses of local organizations who have long sought to address such challenges, and what more needs to be done in our own communities. Speakers represent perspectives from the Harvard Kennedy School’s staff, faculty and student groups, as well as leading local non-profits.

    Speakers include:

    • Anisha Asundi, Research Fellow: Gender Specialist, Harvard Kennedy School Women and Public Policy Program
    • Carolyn Chou, Executive Director, Asian American Resource Workshop
    • Dr. Kathy Pham, Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
    • Nick Sung, Harvard Kennedy School MPP '21
    • Dr. Kaori Urayama, Senior Program Manager, Harvard Kennedy School Ash Center

    William Huang, Harvard Kennedy School MPP '22, will give welcome.

    This event is organized by the Harvard Kennedy School Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, and co-sponsored by the Harvard Kennedy School Asian-American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Caucus, Women and Public Policy Program, Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging, Institute of Politics, the Harvard University Asia Center, and Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies.

  7. SUSTAINING YOUTH POWER: Spring 2021 National Campaign Conference for Civic and Political Engagement

    Friday May 21 - 5:00pm

    The Spring 2021 National Campaign Conference for Civic and Political Engagement hosted by the Institute of Politics (IOP) at the Harvard Kennedy School registration is now open. Click here for more information and to register.

    Each year, the National Campaign Committee welcomes students, faculty and administrators from more than 35 colleges and universities across the country to Harvard for the Institute of Politics's National Campaign for Political and Civic Engagement. Over the course of the weekend, we celebrate young leaders, facilitate discussions, panels, and town halls about a variety of pertinent political issues, and train students to increase civic engagement back on their campuses and in their communities. Our last conference focused on breaking down barriers to democracy in our communities and on our campuses leading up to the Presidential election in 2020. 

  8. Future of Tech Commission Town Hall: A Public Discussion on Creating Safe, Healthy Online Spaces for All Americans

    Tuesday May 18 - 12:00pm

    Register here.

    The impact of the coronavirus pandemic has reminded American families of the enormous possibilities and advantages of technology today and in the future. Please join us for this public town hall, led by the Future of Tech Commission, to generate input and feedback on the most urgent tech policy issues facing our economy and democracy.

    In this town hall sponsored by the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government (M-RCBG), and co-sponsored by the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy and the Institute of Politics, we’ll be discussing how to protect the safety and health of Americans on online platforms, and how to foster a trustworthy and authentic public square of information that protects the health and safety of our families and kids. Hosted by John Haigh, M-RCBG Co-Director, the event will feature robust opportunities for audience engagement and comment, following brief remarks from:

    •Former Gov. Deval Patrick, Future of Tech Co-commissioner
    •Governor Charlie Baker (R-MA)
    •Sen. Edward Markey (D-MA)
    •Jonathan Zittrain, American Professor of Internet Law, Harvard Law School and Co-Founder, Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society
    •Joan Donovan, Research Director, Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy and Leader of the Technology and Social Change Project
    •Deb Roy, Executive Director MIT Media Labs: Co-founder and Chair of Cortico

    Submit questions on RSVP (or email them to

  9. CIVICS IN ACTION: Civic Education- Where Do We Go From Here?

    Tuesday April 27 - 1:30pm

    Come celebrate Massachusetts Civic Learning Week! Join Danielle Allen, Director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics and renowned civic innovator, for a conversation about the work we have left in developing effective models of civic education.

    RSVP Here

  10. Rep. Luis Gutiérrez: A Lifetime of Public Service, Immigration Reform, and Human Rights Activism

    Thursday April 22 - 6:00pm

    Join Citizenship Tutoring and Fuerza Latina for a special conversation with immigrant rights activist, Congressman Luis Gutiérrez, to learn more about his life in public service, immigration advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill, and prospects for Congress & the US moving forward!


  11. IOP Earth Day Celebration

    Thursday April 22 - 4:00pm

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    Celebrate Earth Day at the IOP! Join PRE, STEAM, and our co-sponsors to explore our interactions with the Earth through art and music by Harvard students, presentations from our co-sponsors, and curated radio audio programming. The event is open to all, and join for your chance to win raffle prizes including IOP swag and more!


  12. Arab American Heritage Month Career Roundtable

    Friday April 9 - 4:00pm

    Join the Arab American Heritage Month Career Roundtable for a conversation with Arabs involved in public service and organizing on their experiences in the field. We'll touch on how identity has influenced their pursuits and values, the value of representation, and how their journey into public service! Speakers will include Amna Ali, founder of the Black Arabs Collective, Hassaan Shahawy, '16, HLS '22, former Rhodes Scholar and current President of the Harvard Law Review, and Rana Al Kaliouby, Co-Founder and CEO of Affectiva, author of Girl Decoded, and AI and Emotion AI thought leader. 

    This event hosted by the IOP's Internship and Career Services program, the Society of Arab Students, Arab Professional Network, and the Harvard Arab Alumni Association.

    RSVP here to join the conversation.