Events at the IOP

  1. Indigenous Inspirers Panel

    Monday November 23 - 6:30pm

    The Harvard Political Union is co-sponsoring the Indigenous Inspirers Panel, a special event with the College Events Board, Harvard University’s Native American Program, and Natives at Harvard College. The Indigenous Inspirers Panel invites incredible panelists North Dakota State Rep. Ruth Buffalo, Autumn Peltier, Tara Houska, Pua Case, Chenae Bullock, and Sadada Jackson, who will be debunking Thanksgiving myths and offering an opportunity to learn about contemporary issues in Indigenous communities.

    Monday, November 23rd, 2020 at 6:30 PM EST

    RSVP here:

  2. 14th Annual Robert Coles “Call of Service” Lecture and Award

    Friday November 13 - 6:30pm

    PBHA is thrilled to announce the honoree for the 14th Annual Robert Coles “Call of Service” Lecture & Award: Tarana J. Burke! Join us on Friday, November 13th at 6:00 PM to honor her as our 14th awardee and lecturer. The event is free, open to the public, and will take place via Zoom webinar.

    For more than 25 years, activist and advocate Tarana J. Burke has worked at the intersection of sexual violence and racial justice. Fueled by commitments to interrupt sexual violence and other systemic inequalities disproportionately impacting marginalized people, particularly Black women and girls, Tarana has created and led various campaigns focused on increasing access to resources and support for impacted communities, including the ‘me too.’ movement, which to date has galvanized millions of survivors and allies around the world.

    In 2007 PBHA established a lecture and award that brings a significant figure in public service to campus each year to engender a commitment to service and draw attention to important social issues. The only award at Harvard focused on public service, this award is named in honor of Dr. Robert Coles: former PBHA volunteer and Board Member, child psychologist, civil rights activist, longtime Harvard Professor and Pulitzer Prize winning author. His book, “The Call of Service,” examines the idealistic spirit PBHA seeks to foster in our students and serves as a most fitting title for this annual lecture and award.

    RSVP here.

  3. From the Field: Reflections from the Campaign Trail

    Wednesday November 4 - 7:00pm

    Join a post-election debrief and Q&A Wednesday November 4th at 7:00pm ET with IOP students and recent Harvard College alums Teddy Landis ‘20, Damian Richardson ‘20, Anna Duffy ‘21, Samantha Frenkel-Popell ‘21, Luke Albert ‘22, & Eric Jjemba ‘21 moderated by IOP Student President Mari Jones ‘21. Students and alums will reflect on their experiences with getting out the vote, campaigning, and organizing for the 2020 election.

    *AUDIENCE: This conversation is open to undergraduates with a valid Harvard College email address.

    RSVP Here by 12:00pm ET on Wednesday, 11/4

  4. Post-Election Community Conversation

    Wednesday November 4 - 4:30pm

    Join us Wednesday November 4th at 4:30pm ET  for an informal space to gather and reflect on the 2020 US elections cycle, share post-election resources for students and discuss anything else on your mind! The conversation will be co-facilitated by IOP Student President, Mari Jones and IOP Director of Student Programs, Rob Watson. All IOP community members are welcome to join! Drop by for a few minutes or stay for the entire hour!

    *AUDIENCE: This conversation is open to undergraduates with a valid Harvard College email address.

    RSVP Here by 12:00pm ET on Wednesday, 11/4

  5. Election Night Rally

    Tuesday November 3 - 10:00pm

    Join the IOP student community Tuesday November 3rd at 10:00pm ET for an election night social of games and community building. 

    *AUDIENCE: This event is open to Harvard College undergraduates with a valid Harvard College email address.


  6. Election Day Lunch

    Tuesday November 3 - 12:00pm

    Join an informal lunchtime discussion Tuesday November 3rd at 12:00pm ET with IOP staff and student leadership on Election Day insights and updates from the field. We’ll share post-election resources for students and discuss our predictions for election night. Drop by to discuss anything on your mind!

    *AUDIENCE: This conversation is open to undergraduates with a valid Harvard College email address.



  7. Election Eve: Conversation with the IOP

    Monday November 2 - 5:00pm

    On the eve of U.S. Election Day, join the Institute of Politics Monday November 2nd at 5:00pm ET for a conversation with IOP Fellows Carol Giacomo, Tara Setmayer, Jorge L. Vasquez, Jr., and students, staff and affiliates from across Harvard College residential communities. We’ll be providing a space for community members to gain key insights from the field and unpack what to expect on election night and in the days to come.

    We’ll also feature highlights from the Harvard Youth Poll: Election 2020, last minute voter engagement opportunities with the Harvard Votes Challenge, and preview U.S. elections week programming and resources for students across the College. Drop by to discuss anything on your mind! The conversation will be moderated by IOP Director Mark Gearan ‘78 and include remarks from IOP Student President, Mari Jones '21, Harvard Public Opinion Project Student Chair, Justin Tseng '22 and Harvard Votes Challenge Co-chair, Amanda Powers '21. 

    *Audience: This conversation is open to Harvard College students and residential staff.

    RSVP here by 12:00pm ET on Monday, 11/2

  8. First Presidential Debate Watch Party and Live Analysis

    Tuesday September 29 - 8:45pm

    Planning to watch the first presidential debate? Want to hear what other students have to say about President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden’s debate performance? Come join our IOP virtual debate watch and live-analysis on Zoom! 

    The Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School invites students from Harvard and fellow IOPs to convene for a virtual watch party as President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden take the stage in Cleveland for the first presidential debate. Students will have the opportunity to watch the debate and simultaneously share their reactions in real-time with one another in a facilitated conversation led by student pollsters from the Harvard Youth Poll. 

    RSVP to join the conversation (Harvard undergraduates)

    RSVP to join the conversation (other colleges and universities)

  9. Advancing a National Movement for Full Participation in Elections

    Friday September 25 - 3:00pm

    The Harvard undergraduate community is invited to join the Institute of Politics (IOP) at Harvard Kennedy School’s National Campaign Election 2020 series this Fall. 

    The IOP’s National Campaign brings together students and administrators from colleges and universities across the nation to engage with one another on issues of civic and political participation, and to develop best practices for increasing democratic engagement on campus. 

    This Fall, Harvard and the IOP are committed to providing a space for students and administrators to build a network of collaboration around our theme of Advancing a National Movement for Full Participation in Elections. We will convene our first session with a cohort of students who represent a diversity of political backgrounds and perspectives, as well those who are active on their campus and communities in civic engagement and voter readiness programs. 

    Register here. There is no cost to participate.  


    You can view the proposed agenda on Whova and overview of the September convenings below:     

    • Tuesday, September 22nd, 6:00pm ET: National Voter Registration Day

    Join the Institute of Politics’ JFK Jr. Forum for a special discussion to mark National Voter Registration Day.

    A 2-hour virtual program with national thought leaders and practitioners who are leading movements to achieve full participation in elections. Participants will have the opportunity to exchange best practices and discuss high-impact strategies to amplify their voter engagement efforts within their campus ecosystem. Register Here

    • Tuesday, September 29th, 9:00pm - 11:00pm ET: Presidential Debate Live-Analysis + Watch Party  

    A virtual gathering for National Campaign participants to simultaneously watch the first Presidential Debate and share their reactions and analysis in real time. The conversation will be facilitated by the student pollsters behind the Harvard Youth Poll. Additional details regarding registration will be shared next week.


    If you have any questions, please reach out to the Institute’s Events and Outreach Coordinator, Andrew Vincent

  10. HKS Open House

    Wednesday September 16 - 12:00pm

    Join us to meet and hear from IOP staff and fellows Alice Stewart and Jorge Vazquez Jr. about their plans for 2020 Fall study groups. In addition, learn about the JFK Jr. Forum, Special Events and Conferences, and other opportunites to get involved with the Institute of Politics.

    Register Here

  11. IOP Fall 2020 Fellows Meet & Greet

    Thursday September 10 - 5:00pm

    Join the IOP Fall 2020 Fellows on Thursday, September 10 at 5:00pm 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. 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 2020 Fellows include Chasten Buttigieg, Brittany Packnett Cunningham, Carol Giacomo, Mayor Michael Nutter, Alice Stewart, and Jorge Vasquez Jr.​ Learn more about the Fall 2020 Fellows here.

    RSVP by 12:00 PM ET on Thursday, September 10

    This conversation is open to Harvard College undergraduates. Please RSVP with a valid Harvard College email address.

  12. IOP Community Conversation with Brittany Packnett Cunningham

    Wednesday July 8 - 7:00pm

    The recent events regarding George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Ahmaud Arbery, among several other realities of injustice have reminded us all that history repeats itself. Such events that have occurred to Black people in this country are not new and many members of our community have been forced to deal with the scourge of racism that has plagued America for generations. 

    Given the enormity of this moment and its implication on our student community and their families, the Institute of Politics is creating a space for support, reflection, connection and healing. 

    On Wednesday, July 8th at 7pm ETBrittany Packnett Cunningham, IOP Director’s Leader and former Resident Fellow will join our student community to lead a conversation to discuss the current movement and ways we can each walk, act, write, or speak in the name of change. If you’d like to join the conversation, please RSVP HERE by Tuesday, July 7th at 11:59PM ET.

    The event is organized by the Institute of Politics’ Politics, Race and Ethnicity Program and in collaboration with the leadership of the Harvard Black Student Association, Association for Black Harvard Women, and Harvard Black Men's Forum.

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