Events at the IOP

  1. How the Internet Changed Politics: From Memes to the Insurrection

    Monday September 26 - 6:00pm

    Radicalization, particularly seeded through online media and communities, has impacted American politics in ways not seen before. Would the January 6th insurrection have happened if not driven by online mobilization tactics like memes and viral content to spread disinformation, promote extremist ideology, and prompt real-world action? Join us in the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum for a conversation on misinformation, disinformation, and how it spreads through online communities.

    Please click here to RSVP for an in-person seat.

  2. A Conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy

    Tuesday September 27 - 12:00pm

    Please join the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute, the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, the HKS Ukraine Caucus, and the Institute of Politics in person at the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum for a conversation with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy live from Ukraine, moderated by former U.S. Secretary of Defense and Belfer Center Director Ash Carter.

  3. Study Group with Prime Minister Stefan Löfven: Our Climate, Our Security, Our Democracy- Our Future

    Tuesday September 27 - 4:00pm

    Study Group with Prime Minister Stefan Löfven: Global Change and Challenges - An Introduction

    Ranging from peace and security to climate change, our world today has no shortage of crucial undertakings. Therefore, understanding how to approach and tackle them has never been more important. Join the former Prime Minister of Sweden, Stefan Löfven, as he shares personal insights and experiences regarding the biggest challenges facing our world today and our path forward. This initial session will serve as an introduction to both the Prime Minister and the students, and an overview of the weeks to come.

    RSVPs have closed for this event. You will be notified via your Harvard email if you will receive a seat in person or on zoom later this afternoon.

    AUDIENCE: These conversations are open to members of the Harvard community. Please RSVP with a valid Harvard email address.

    OFF-THE-RECORD: In keeping with our long tradition at the IOP to ensure honest and candid discussions of politics, all IOP study groups are off-the-record.

  4. Study Group with Judith LeBlanc: State of Native Nations

    Tuesday September 27 - 4:30pm

    Study Group with Judith LeBlanc: State of Native Nations

    Why are tribal governments an integral part of responding to the multi layered crisis, political, economic and social, affecting the US. Why is government to government relations between tribal and the federal governments foundational for democracy? How are tribal governments addressing the myriad of problems affecting tribal nations.

    With guest speaker Wayne Ducheneaux, Executive Director, The Native Governance Center.

    RSVP here by 10:00 AM Tuesday, 9/27  You must register through this form and a limited number of seats will be allocated for in-person participation. We will notify you at noon the day of the study group via your Harvard email whether you will be joining in-person or via Zoom. 

    AUDIENCE: These conversations are open to members of the Harvard community. Please RSVP with a valid Harvard email address.

    OFF-THE-RECORD: In keeping with our long tradition at the IOP to ensure honest and candid discussions of politics, all IOP study groups are off-the-record.

  5. Study Group with Secretary Natalie Tennant: The Politics of Voting

    Tuesday September 27 - 5:00pm

    Study Group with Secretary Natalie Tennant: If I don’t win, then you cheated and stole the election.

    Election deniers, subversion and sabotage are some of the biggest threats to democracy. The 2020 election created the atmosphere for the loser to say it was stolen or there was fraud. Now some state legislatures are making it easier to overturn elections whether it’s through bogus audits, overturning election boards or stripping Secretaries of State of their administration authority. Join Former West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant as she discusses these items that place our democracy on the brink.

    RSVP here by 10:00 AM Tuesday, 9/27 You must register through this form and a limited number of seats will be allocated for in-person participation. We will notify you at noon the day of the study group via your Harvard email whether you will be joining in-person or via Zoom. 

    AUDIENCE: These conversations are open to members of the Harvard community. Please RSVP with a valid Harvard email address.

    OFF-THE-RECORD: In keeping with our long tradition at the IOP to ensure honest and candid discussions of politics, all IOP study groups are off-the-record.

  6. The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: What It Takes To Survive And Actually Get Things Done In Political Life

    Tuesday September 27 - 7:00pm

    Join us for a conversation Mayor Bill De Blasio. He will discuss his experiences as an elected official, a candidate, and a campaign staffer. 

    RSVPs have closed for this event. You will be notified via your Harvard email if you will receive a seat in person or on zoom later this afternoon.

    Refreshments will be provided.

    AUDIENCE: These conversations are open to members of the Harvard community. Please RSVP with a valid Harvard email address.

    OFF-THE-RECORD: In keeping with our long tradition at the IOP to ensure honest and candid discussions of politics, all IOP study groups are off-the-record.

  7. Study Group with Governor Matt Mead: Partisanship / Bipartisanship

    Wednesday September 28 - 4:30pm

    Study Group with Governor Matt Mead: Partisanship / Bipartisanship

    Is bipartisanship a reality in today’s Congress?  Is it even wanted?  The Republican party has gone from President Reagan’s “big tent'', to excluding those they consider RINOs (republican in name only). Of the warnings given to us by some of our country’s founders, is the danger of hyperpartisanship. Are the notions that civil discourse and the marketplace of ideas are the best avenues to discover the best policies an outdated premise? Are we approaching a point where volume and perhaps even violence and threats replace consideration, reflection and debate?  Do moderates have any future in our political system?

    With guests Governor Steve Bullock, the former governor of Montana, and Jim Ogsbury, the Executive Director of the Western Governor Association.

    RSVP here by 10:00 AM Wednesday, 9/28  You must register through this form and a limited number of seats will be allocated for in-person participation. We will notify you at noon the day of the study group via your Harvard email whether you will be joining in-person or via Zoom. 

    AUDIENCE: These conversations are open to members of the Harvard community. Please RSVP with a valid Harvard email address.

    OFF-THE-RECORD: In keeping with our long tradition at the IOP to ensure honest and candid discussions of politics, all IOP study groups are off-the-record.

  8. Study Group with Gloria Browne-Marshall: Music is Life Itself

    Wednesday September 28 - 5:00pm

    Study Group with Gloria Browne-Marshall: Music is Life Itself

    Music is a mechanism to open the mind to creative ideas. Society has placed the burden on musicians to reveal the complexities of life. But, then, what is the role of a musician in relation to activism? Is it to educate and enlighten? Or are musicians walking their own path and we just happen to be on the same road? This discussion with Delfeayo Marsalis will speak to how musicians can cultivate global connections, refresh the world-worn spirit of public servants and empower young people.

    Delfeayo Marsalis is a trombonist, composer, and producer dedicated to music and youth education. He is a member of the world-renowned Marsalis family of musicians.

    RSVP here by 10:00 AM Wednesday, 9/28  You must register through this form and a limited number of seats will be allocated for in-person participation. We will notify you at noon the day of the study group via your Harvard email whether you will be joining in-person or via Zoom. 

    AUDIENCE: These conversations are open to members of the Harvard community. Please RSVP with a valid Harvard email address.

    OFF-THE-RECORD: In keeping with our long tradition at the IOP to ensure honest and candid discussions of politics, all IOP study groups are off-the-record.

  9. How Will Global Democracy Survive?

    Wednesday September 28 - 6:00pm

    From the January 6th insurrection in Washington to the steady march of authoritarianism around the world, no corner of the globe has been safe from attempts to subvert democracy. What are the root causes of these forces, and how can we combat these threats?
     
    Join us in the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum on Wednesday, September 28, 2022, for a conversation with Professor Steven Levitsky, David Rockefeller Professor of Latin American Studies and Professor of Government at Harvard University, and Professor Daniel Ziblatt, Eaton Professor of Government at Harvard University and director of the Transformations of Democracy research unit at the WZB Berlin Social Science Center in Berlin, Germany. IOP Senior Advisory Committee member LaTosha Brown, Senior Practice Fellow in American Democracy at the Ash Center and co-founder of Black Voters Matter Fund, will moderate this discussion.

    Please click here to RSVP for an in-person seat.

  10. Study Group with Raul Alvillar: Midterms Mania: Raul’s Ultimate Guide to the Midterms

    Thursday September 29 - 4:30pm

    Study Group with Raul Alvillar: Midterms Mania: Raul’s Ultimate Guide to the Midterms

    Midterm elections are crazy! For many students, this is their first midterm election. This week, our study group will be a crash course in midterm elections. Who is running? What’s at stake? What are the key races to pay attention to? How will this affect the balance of power in Washington, DC, statehouses, and localities? Join the conversation to learn more about my ultimate guide to navigating midterm elections!

    RSVP here by 10:00 AM Thursday, 9/29  You must register through this form and a limited number of seats will be allocated for in-person participation. We will notify you at noon the day of the study group via your Harvard email whether you will be joining in-person or via Zoom. 

    AUDIENCE: These conversations are open to members of the Harvard community. Please RSVP with a valid Harvard email address.

    OFF-THE-RECORD: In keeping with our long tradition at the IOP to ensure honest and candid discussions of politics, all IOP study groups are off-the-record.

  11. Study Group with Stephanie Carlton: The Politicization of Healthcare

    Thursday September 29 - 5:00pm

    Study Group with Stephanie Carlton: The Politicization of Healthcare

    From "in the room" of the Affordable Care Act creation to three presidential campaigns.

    What are healthcare’s core challenges around costs, quality, and access?  What are the core solutions from both major political parties?  Where have politics impeded progress on healthcare (e.g., COVID-19 pandemic)?  Regardless of political affiliation, what are the imperatives to be addressed over the next 10 years?

    RSVP here by 10:00 AM Thursday, 9/29 You must register through this form and a limited number of seats will be allocated for in-person participation. We will notify you at noon the day of the study group via your Harvard email whether you will be joining in-person or via Zoom. 

    AUDIENCE: These conversations are open to members of the Harvard community. Please RSVP with a valid Harvard email address.

    OFF-THE-RECORD: In keeping with our long tradition at the IOP to ensure honest and candid discussions of politics, all IOP study groups are off-the-record.

  12. The Crisis of Racial Justice in a Faltering Democracy

    Thursday September 29 - 6:00pm

    On September 29, 2022, join the Institutional Antiracism and Accountability (IARA) Project in the JFK Jr. Forum for a discussion featuring Maya Wiley, president of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and former counsel to the mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio. The conversation will be moderated by Khalil Gibran Muhammad, director of the Institutional Antiracism and Accountability Project and Ford Foundation Professor of History, Race, and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School. We will hear from President Wiley about her vision for leading the nation through a national backlash against racial justice and unprecedented threats to American democracy.

    Please click here to RSVP for an in-person seat.