Events at the IOP

  1. Election 2020: What Just Happened?

    Thursday November 5 - 6:00pm

    On Thursday, November 5th at 6 PM ET, the Institute of Politics hosts a panel of top political strategists to breakdown and analyze the results of the 2020 election. The conversation will be moderated by IOP Director Mark D. Gearan ’78, and feature former and current IOP Fellows Karen Finney, Senior Advisor for Communications and Political Outreach for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, Scott Jennings, Senior Advisor to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Robby Mook, Campaign Manager for Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign, and Maya Rupert, Campaign Manager for Julián Castro's 2020 presidential campaign.

    Our expert panel will consider voter turnout, election access and security, the ​control of Congress, and the outcomes of state-local races around the country. How did the pressing issues of the day including the economy, Covid-19, racial and social justice, climate change, and foreign affairs influence the electorate? ​What will be the priorities of the winning candidates and parties? And how will the U.S. political landscape change over the next four years?

    RSVP here to join the JFK Jr. Forum

  2. Post-Election Debrief Conversations with IOP Fellows

    Thursday November 5 - 4:30pm

    Join us on Thursday, November 5 at 4:30pm ET for post-election debrief conversations with our IOP Fall 2020 Fellows. Drawing from their unique perspectives and professional experiences, each Fellow will lead a small group discussion where participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and share reflections.

    IOP Fall 2020 Fellows include Chasten ButtigiegCarol Giacomo, Mayor Michael Nutter, Alice Stewart, and Jorge Vasquez, Jr.

    • RSVP by 12:00pm ET on Thursday, 11/5
    • AUDIENCE: This conversation is open to individuals with a valid Harvard College email address.
    • ZOOM: An e-mail confirmation with links to separate Zoom rooms will be sent to your email on the day of the event. 
    • OFF-THE-RECORD: In keeping with our long tradition at the IOP to ensure honest and candid discussions of politics, this event is off-the-record.
  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 Study Group with IOP Fellows

    Tuesday November 3 - 4:30pm

    Join us on Tuesday, November 3 at 4:30pm ET for an Election Day study group with our IOP Fall 2020 Fellows. The Fellows will draw from their diverse professional experiences spanning elected office, politics, activism and journalism to share insights and commentary on this historic day. Topics of discussion will include the presidential race, state and local campaigns, in-person and mail-in voting, the role of the media, and more.

    IOP Fall 2020 Fellows include Chasten Buttigieg, Brittany Packnett Cunningham, Carol Giacomo, Mayor Michael Nutter, Alice Stewart, and Jorge Vasquez, Jr.

    RSVP by 12:00pm ET on Tuesday, 11/3

  7. 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.



  8. 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

  9. Study Group with Mayor Michael Nutter

    Thursday October 29 - 4:30pm

    Join us on Thursday, October 29 at 4:30pm ET for a study group with IOP Fellow Mayor Michael Nutter. Michael Nutter served as the 98th Mayor of the City of Philadelphia. As mayor, he managed the City of Philadelphia through the Great Recession, and the City's credit rating was upgraded to “A” by the three major credit agencies for the first time since the 1970s.

    SPECIAL GUEST: Mayor Stephen K. Benjamin (Mayor of Columbia, South Carolina since 2010)

    RSVP by 12:00pm ET on Thursday, 10/29

  10. The Challenges Facing the Media on November 3rd and Beyond

    Wednesday October 28 - 6:00pm

    On Wednesday, October 28th at 6:00pm ET, join us for the 30th annual Theodore H. White Lecture on Press and Politics, delivered by Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post, with Shorenstein Center Director Nancy Gibbs moderating. 

    As the 2020 election quickly approaches, are there similarities to 2016 or this a continuation of an unprecedented cycle in political history? How has the press evolved during the Trump administration and what effect did it have on covering the political landscape in the primaries and general election. With the growing absence of trust in the traditional press, what can be done to restore confidence in the institutions, and how does journalism survive and thrive moving forward.  

    RSVP here to the JFK Jr. Forum conversation.

  11. Catalyzing Global Leadership to Contain the Impact of COVID-19

    Wednesday October 28 - 12:00pm

    On October 28 at 12pm ET join us for “Catalyzing Global Leadership to Contain the Impact of COVID-19” with featured guests Peter Sands, Executive Director of The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and Atul Gawande MD, MPH, surgeon, writer, and public health leader.

    How do we galvanize a global response to COVID-19 that truly leaves no-one behind? So far OECD countries have mobilized over $10 trillion for their own domestic responses, but foreign aid to low and middle countries remains broadly flat. Will we succeed in making everyone safe from COVID-19, or will we replicate what we did with HIV and tuberculosis, the two most recent big pandemics affecting humanity, which are largely eliminated as a public health threat in rich countries, but still kill millions in poor, vulnerable and marginalized communities?

    RSVP for the JFK Jr. Forum conversation here.

  12. VIRTUAL PIZZA & POLITICS: LGBTQ+ History Month Discussion

    Tuesday October 27 - 7:00pm

    RSVP here.

    The IOP will be hosting alumnus Dr. Eric Cervini '14, author of The Deviant's War, in conversation with IOP Fellow Chasten Buttigieg. In celebration of LGBTQ History Month, they will be discussing LGBTQ+ history, culture, and politics. 

    Dr. Eric Cervini is an award-winning historian of LGBTQ+ politics and culture. He graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College and received his Ph.D. in history from the University of Cambridge, where he was a Gates Scholar. As an authority on 1960s gay activism, Cervini serves on the Board of Directors of the Harvard Gender and Sexuality Caucus and on the Board of Advisors of the Mattachine Society of Washington, D.C., a nonprofit dedicated to the preservation of gay American history. His award-winning digital exhibitions have been featured in Harvard’s Rudenstine Gallery, and he has presented his research to audiences across America and the United Kingdom. Dr. Cervini lives in Los Angeles.

    Chasten Buttigieg is an author and LGBTQ+ advocate, who received his bachelor’s degree in theater and global studies from the University of Wisconsin—Eau Claire and his master’s in education from DePaul University. He has worked as a busboy, dog walker, nursing assistant, waiter, cashier, bartender, and most recently a middle school drama and humanities teacher. He is currently serving as a Fall IOP Fellow.