Events at the IOP

  1. IOP Fellows Unpack Politics: Bipartisanship, Activism, and the Road to 2020

    Tuesday February 5 - 6:00pm

    A Conversation with
    Barbara Comstock
    U.S. Representative (R, VA-10) (2015-2019)
    Carlos Curbelo
    U.S. Representative (R, FL-26) (2015-2019)
    Andrew Gillum
    Mayor of Tallahassee, FL (2014-2018)
    Aisha Moodie-Mills
    Immediate Past President & CEO of the Victory Fund & Institute (2015-2017)
    Democratic strategist
    Catherine Russell
    U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues (2013-2017)
    Michael Zeldin
    CNN Legal Analyst and former U.S. Department of Justice Official

    Spring 2019 Visiting Fellows:
    Gary Cohn
    Director of the National Economic Council (2017-2018)
    Heidi Heitkamp
    U.S. Senator (D-ND) (2013-2019)

    Mark D. Gearan (Moderator)
    Director, Institute of Politics




  2. State of the Union Watch Event

    Tuesday February 5 - 8:30pm

    Join us for a discussion & interactive viewing of the 2019 State of the Union on the Forum big screen. 

    Refreshments will be served!


  3. Big Tech and Democracy

    Wednesday February 6 - 6:00pm

    Susan Crawford
    John A. Reilly Clinical Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
    Special Assistant for Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy to President Barack Obama (2009)
    Dipayan Ghosh
    Spring 2018 Pozen Fellow, Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, HKS
    Former Privacy & Public Policy Advisor, Facebook
    Former White House Tech Policy Advisor
    Laura Manley
    Director of the Technology and Public Purpose Project, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, HKS
    Senior Consultant, World Bank Group and United Nations Department for Economic and Social Affairs
    Tom Wheeler
    Senior Research Fellow, Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy and Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, HKS
    Chairman of the Federal Communication Commission (2013-2017)
    Nicco Mele (Moderator)
    Lecturer in Public Policy and Director, Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy, HKS

  4. Politics & Pancakes: HKS Open House with Resident Fellows

    Thursday February 7 - 9:00am

    Join our Spring 2019 Resident Fellows for a breakfast Open House for the Kennedy School community.  We'll be serving up hot cakes to go with your hot takes. Syrup included. 

  5. Study Group with Former Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter

    Friday February 8 - 12:00pm

    Join Former Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter for the first session of a three-part spring semester 2019 study group on issues facing America’s cities. Nutter will draw on his time as a two-term mayor of Philadelphia and former member of the Philadelphia City Council to discuss how cities are grappling with issues related to corruption and ethics, criminal justice reform, economic development, and other issues.

  6. America and the World: A Conversation with Ambassador Caroline Kennedy & Senator Ed Markey

    Friday February 8 - 4:00pm

    A conversation with
    Ambassador Caroline Kennedy
    United States Ambassador to Japan (2013 to 2017)

    Senator Ed Markey
    United States Senator from Massachusetts


  7. Andrew Gillum: Who Are The Changemakers?

    Monday February 11 - 4:30pm

    Former Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum leads a weekly Study Group entitled "This Is What Democracy Looks Like." 

    "Who Are The Changemakers" is Mayor Gillum's first Study Group session and will provide an overview of the semester goals and topics for the coming weeks. 


  8. Brexit: What’s Next?

    Monday February 11 - 6:00pm

    Ed Balls
    Research Fellow, Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government, HKS
    United Kingdom Shadow Chancellor (2011- 2015)
    Harriet Cross
    British Consul General to New England
    Amanda Sloat
    Robert Bosch Senior Fellow, Center on the United States and Europe, Brookings
    Fellow, Project on Europe and the Transatlantic Relationship, Belfer Center for Science & International Affairs
    Cathryn Clüver Ashbrook (Moderator)
    Executive Director, The Future of Diplomacy Project and Executive Director, The Project on Europe and the Transatlantic Relationship, HKS


  9. Heidi Heitkamp and Gary Cohn: Debt, Deficit and Despair

    Monday February 11 - 7:15pm

    Former Senator Heidi Heitkamp and Gary Cohn co-lead a weekly study group entitled "The Real State of the Union." 

    The first week's topic is "Debt, Deficit and Despair." They'll ask and attempt to answer questions like: where are we and where are we heading? And, is 4% economic growth possible?  Plus a look into tax and fiscal policy.

  10. Barbara Comstock: A Woman in the Arena

    Tuesday February 12 - 4:30pm

    Former Representative Barbara Comstock leads a weekly Study Group entitled "A Woman in the Arena." Her study group will focus on the variety of jobs and opportunities available throughout government service and the political landscape and how these positions allow you to advance the issues and causes you care about in the public arena. 

    In the first week of Rep. Comstock's study group, she will introduce the goals and topics for the semester.

  11. Aisha Moodie-Mills: The Demographic Revolution 

    Tuesday February 12 - 4:30pm

    Aisha Moodie-Mills leads a weekly Study Group entitled "The Rise of the New American Majority." Each week will feature provocative discussions on the political implications of America’s demographic shift, the role of racial/identity politics in campaigns, the power of diversity with regards to candidates, campaigns, and Congressional staff, the implications for political parties, the 2020 Presidential contest, and much more!

    Aisha's first study group session, "The Demographic Revolution," will provide context and information about the study group and allow participants to get to know each other and Aisha.

  12. Michael Zeldin: Deep Dive into the Mueller Investigation

    Wednesday February 13 - 4:30pm

    Michael Zeldin leads a weekly study group entitled: "Independent Counsels and Presidential Investigations." This study group will focus on all aspects of the investigation of a sitting president of the United States -- the law, politics, and media.

    In his first session, Michael will take a deep dive into the Mueller Investigation. Why was he appointed? What is his mandate? How has he proceeded to date? Where might he be going? How will the takeover by the Democrats of the House of Representatives impact Mueller’s work?