Events at the IOP

  1. Hidden Figures: Celebrating Black Achievement in Space

    Wednesday February 24 - 6:30pm

    Join us in observance and celebration of Black History Month when the Institute of Politics hosts a conversation between NASA Astronaut Dr. Jeanette J. Epps and Charles F. Bolden Jr., Major General, USMC (Ret.), 12th NASA Administrator, and member of the Institute of Politics Senior Advisory Committee.

    Dr. Epps is slated to make history as the first Black woman crew member to work and live on the International Space Station in 2021. She will be joined in conversation with fellow former Astronaut Charles Bolden to reflect upon their challenges and success of their unique paths and contributions to public service and science.

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  2. Food as a Pathway to Peace?

    Wednesday February 24 - 1:00pm

    Earlier this month, Executive Director of the World Food Programme David Beasley outlined the challenges humanitarians face in building and sustaining peace, stating: “While achieving peace is difficult, sustaining peace is even harder. At a time when 270 million people are on the brink of starvation, with conflict a major cause compounded by climate extremes and exacerbated by COVID, this task has never been more difficult or urgent.”

    The 2020 Nobel Peace Prize recipient  World Food Programme Executive Director and IOP Resident Fellow S’99 David Beasley and Harvard Kennedy School Lecturer Janina Matuszeski will reflect on the challenges and dilemmas at the frontlines of humanitarianism and peacebuilding while also exploring collective solutions to the global famine we are facing. Join this conversation about combatting hunger across the globe and how food aid supports a pathway to a more stable and peaceful future.

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  3. A Portrait of John F. Kennedy: The Early Years

    Tuesday February 16 - 6:00pm

    Fredrik Logevall, Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard University professor of history and international relations, is joined in conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and biographer Jon Meacham to discuss Professor Logevall’s recent book JFK: Coming of Age in the American Century, 1917-1956.

    There are many biographies dedicated to chronicling the life of the 35th President. Historian Fredrik Logevall takes a compelling look into President John F. Kennedy’s youth and rise in politics. Logevall’s perspective on “the wider setting of the era” to draw out threads and themes, paints a portrait of a young man full of intellectual curiosity, privilege, and a genuine passion for politics. It is a fresh take on how President Kennedy’s early travels in Europe on the brink of war and the Middle East shaped his worldview and informed his framework of American global leadership. The Institute of Politics was founded in 1966 as a living memorial to President Kennedy. IOP Director Mark D. Gearan ‘78 will provide the introduction.

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  4. Where Do We Go from Here? Making Progress Toward Racial Equity

    Wednesday February 10 - 6:00pm

    In his inaugural address, President Biden denounced the rise of political extremism and white supremacy, stating: “A cry for racial justice some 400 years in the making moves us. A cry that can’t be any more desperate or any more clear. And now a rise of political extremism, white supremacy, domestic terrorism that we must confront and we will defeat.”

    In recognition of Black History Month, Harvard Kennedy School Academic Dean Iris Bohnet will moderate a conversation with Dr. Robert Livingston regarding the most effective path for addressing systemic racism. The interview will draw from Professor Livingston’s newly published book The Conversation: How Seeking and Speaking the Truth about Racism Can Radically Transform Individuals and Organizations.

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  5. Rebuilding Community: How Does America Once Again Go From ‘I’ to ‘We’?

    Tuesday February 9 - 6:00pm

    Join us for a conversation with HKS Professor Robert Putnam and Shaylyn Romney Garrett, co-authors of The Upswing: How America Came Together a Century Ago and How We Can Do It Again. In a sweeping look at the forces that have shaped the last century in American life, The Upswing offers some surprising answers to the question of how we have arrived at today's state of deep divisiveness, inequality, and social dislocation. Putnam and Garrett analyze the economic, social, political, and cultural trends and share some lessons from history on how to knit our society back together and usher in another American upswing. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jonathan Capehart will moderate the conversation.

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  6. Cooperative Internationalism and Domestic Inclusivity: Making Them Work Together

    Friday February 5 - 12:00pm

    COVID-19 exposed long-standing weaknesses on both global and domestic fronts. The global commons are chronically under-resourced. And inequalities in education and job markets are growing challenges, in both advanced and developing nations.

    Join us on for the 2021 Gordon Lecture featuring HKS alumnus and Senior Minister of Singapore, Tharman Shanmugaratnam MPA 1989, who chaired the G20 Eminent Persons Group on Global Financial Governance. He will discuss how we can achieve a more effective interplay of cooperative internationalism and national strategies to secure a safer and more inclusive world. Harvard Kennedy School Ford Foundation Professor of International Political Economy Dani Rodrik will serve as moderator.

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  7. Spring 2021 IOP Fellows Forum: Part 2

    Thursday February 4 - 6:00pm

    Join us for second night of the two part panel series featuring the Institute's Spring 2021 Fellows.

    Thursday, February 4th at 6:00pm ET, IOP Director Mark Gearan ‘78 will moderate a conversation with Governor Steve Bullock (Montana, 2013 – 2021), Bonnie Glick (Deputy Administrator and Chief Operating Officer of the U.S. Agency for International Development, 2019 – 2020), and Mayor Michael Tubbs (Stockton, California, 2017 – 2021). The discussion will focus on politics and policy-making from the local, state, and international level, as well as their pathways to public service. IOP student leader and co-chair of the Fellows and Study Group committee Nadia Douglas ‘23 will introduce the panel. We are delighted to partner with 2021 HKS Public Service Week programming and encourage the Harvard community to explore ways to engage in service opportunities HERE.

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  8. Spring 2021 IOP Fellows Forum: Part 1

    Wednesday February 3 - 6:00pm

    Join us for part one of a two night panel series featuring the Institute's Spring 2021 Fellows.

    On Wednesday, February 3rd at 6:00pm ET, IOP Director Mark D. Gearan ‘78 will moderate a conversation with Bill Kristol ‘73 (Director, Defending Democracy Together; Editor-At-Large, The Bulwark), Janet Hook ‘77 (National Political Reporter, Los Angeles Times Washington Bureau), and Nsé Ufot (CEO, New Georgia Project and New Georgia Project Action Fund). The discussion will focus on politics, journalism, and their pathway​s to public service. IOP student leader and co-chair of the Fellows and Study Group committee Victor Flores ‘23 will introduce the panel. We are delighted to partner with 2021 HKS Public Service Week programming and encourage the Harvard community to explore ways to engage in service opportunities HERE.

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  9. What Just Happened? Insurrection, Impeachment, and Inauguration

    Thursday January 28 - 6:00pm

    On Thursday, January 28 at 6 PM ET, the Institute of Politics will host a panel with strategists, journalists, and thought leaders to breakdown and analyze recent events.  The conversation will be moderated by IOP Senior Fellow Dan Balzand feature HuffPost Senior Political Reporter Igor Bobic, Biden-Harris Inauguration Executive Producer and IOP Resident Fellow F’09 Stephanie Cutter, and Editor-in-Chief of Lawfare Benjamin Wittes.

    From an inside account of the insurrection at the Capitol to the dynamics behind former President Trump’s unprecedented second impeachment and a celebration of unity and American values with the inauguration of the 46th President, our expert panel will delve into the chaotic and historic events of the past month. 

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  10. Election 2020: Youth in Power

    Thursday December 3 - 6:00pm

    On Thursday, December 3rd, 2020 at 6:00pm EST, join the Institute of Politics for a discussion on the unprecedented turnout and impact from young voters 18-to-29 years old. Ashley Allison, former National Coalitions Director for Biden for President, Peter Hamby, host of Snapchat’s Good Luck America and contributing writer for Vanity Fair, and Nsé Ufot, Chief Executive Officer of the New Georgia Project (NGP) and its affiliate New Georgia Project Action Fund (NGP AF), will join in a conversation moderated by John Della Volpe, Director of Polling at the Institute of Politics who was on leave in the fall semester from the Harvard Youth Poll to advise the Biden-Harris campaign. They will examine Biden’s communications and organizing strategy from the end of the primary season through Election Day that led to Obama-level margins of youth support.

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  11. A Conversation with Jacinda Ardern

    Tuesday December 1 - 5:00pm

    On Tuesday, December 1st at 5:00pm EST, join the Institute of Politics and the Center for Public Leadership for the 2020 Gleitsman International Activist Award featuring the Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand. The conversation will be moderated by Amb. Wendy R. Sherman, Professor of the Practice of Public Leadership and Director of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School.

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  12. A Conversation with Congresswoman Deb Haaland

    Monday November 30 - 4:00pm

    On November 30th at 4:00pm EST, join the Institute of Politics in observance and celebration of Native American/Indigenous Peoples Heritage Month featuring Congresswoman Deb Haaland (NM-01, D), a member of the Pueblo of Laguna tribe and moderated by Linda Bilmes, Daniel Patrick Moynihan Lecturer of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and former US Dept of Interior National Park Service Advisory Board member. The discussion will focus on the Congresswoman's efforts to address pressing issues of climate change, the disproportionate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Native communities, and reflect upon being one of the first two Native American women to serve in Congress.

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