Events at the IOP

  1. "Building and Leading Winning Teams", a Conversation with Tommy Amaker

    Tuesday October 15 - 12:00pm

    Join a conversation on team leadership with Tommy Amaker, Thomas G. Stemberg '71 Family Endowed Coach for Harvard Men's Basketball. In the 12 seasons since taking over as head coach of Harvard’s men’s basketball program, Coach Amaker has reinvented the Crimson into an Ivy League power with a national presence, directing Harvard to a period of unprecedented prosperity. The all-time winningest coach in program history, Amaker has led the team to three NIT appearances (2011, 2018-2019), seven Ivy League championships (2011-15, 2018-19), four NCAA tournament appearances (2012-15) and six 20-win seasons (2010-15).

    In conversation with Coach Amaker will be Center for Public Leadership Black Family Fellow Annie Odom, former U.S. Army Captain. Amaker and Odom will explore the common challenges of building and leadings winning teams, whether on the court or on the battlefield.

    Coach Amaker is serving as a CPL Hauser Leader and IOP Director’s Visiting Leader at Harvard Kennedy School for the 2019-2020 academic year. He also serves as an Executive Fellow at Harvard Business School. More about Coach Amaker can be found here.

    This event is free and open to the public.


    This event is co-sponsored by the Institute of Politics and the Veterans Impact Initiative.

  2. Study Group with Alice Stewart: Debates, Des Moines, and Decency: The Current State of Civility on the Campaign Trail

    Tuesday October 15 - 4:30pm

    Week 5: Debates, Des Moines, and Decency: The Current State of Civility on the Campaign Trail

    On the eve of the next 2020 Democratic Presidential Primary Debate, Alice Stewart pulls back the curtain on the presidential primary process in the early states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. Why do candidates go to the Iowa State Fair, the Red Arrow Diner in New Hampshire? How do candidates keep it civil in this era of toxic tweets? Join us for this timely discussion on the role of civility in politics.

    Location: Institute of Politics (L-163)

  3. Study Group with LaTosha Brown: Organizing The Power of the Sister Vote!: The Political Impact of Women Voters, Women Movements and 2020 Presidential Candidates On American Politics

    Tuesday October 15 - 4:30pm

    Week 5: Organizing The Power of the Sister Vote!: The Political Impact of Women Voters, Women Movements and 2020 Presidential Candidates On American Politics

    On January 21, 2017, the world witnessed one of the largest protest marches ever in modern history— all organized and led by women. In December 2017, the Republican Party received an unexpected, rare and historic defeat for a U.S. Senate seat in Alabama. This defeat also resulted from the work, coordination and political strategy led by women. Again, in the 2018 midterms we witnessed the work and leadership of women with the election of a new Congress that has more women members than ever in American history. In 2020, there will be more women Presidential candidates than ever in America’s history. In this study session, we will explore what has propelled this increased representation of women within political leadership. What has been the catalyst to the modern women’s movement? Are we moving towards reflective democracy? How is this political moment different from previous feminist and suffrage movements? How does gender identity and the formation of new gender non-conforming frameworks impact the political discourse? Are women movements’ building more power and if so, for whom? As a Black womanist activist, I will share my own experiences and observations about the tensions in the various women led movements and share strategies and challenges for tapping into the unlimited potential of organizing women to build a stronger reflective democracy.

    Guest: Tiffany Cross (Founder and Managing Editor, The Beat DC)

    Location: Institute of Politics (L-166) 


  4. The Changing Face of Poverty: Can Africa Surprise the World?

    Tuesday October 15 - 6:00pm

    Join us for the 2019 Robert S. McNamara Lecture on War and Peace with Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala on solutions to global poverty, moderated by Professor Zoe Marks.

  5. Debate Watch Event

    Tuesday October 15 - 8:00pm

    Join us at the Forum for the Democratic presidential primary debate from Westerville, Ohio.

    Doors Open at 7:30pm


  6. Study Group with Senator Jeff Flake: The Role of Media in Politics

    Wednesday October 16 - 4:30pm

    Week 5: The Role of Media in Politics

    We will discuss the role of media in politics and the responsibilities of those who
    produce as well as those who consume media content.

    Guest: Strauss Zelnick (Founder, Zelnick Media Capital and CEO, Take-Two Interactive Software)


  7. Study Group with H.E. Isabel Saint Malo de Alvarado: Gender Balance and Its Role in Business and Advancing Society

    Wednesday October 16 - 4:30pm

    Week 5: Gender Balance and Its Role in Business and Advancing Society

    Just a few years ago, women did not have the right to vote. In some countries, they still cannot be seen outside their homes without a father or husband. What is the cost to economies, governments, businesses, and society to not yet having reached a gender balance? What role does the advancement of women play on the achievement of the SDG's. As a champion for the global coalition on Equal Pay launched by WEF and ILO, we will cover key policies proposed and approved to solve this issue.

    Guest: Ambassador Karine Asselin (Executive Director, Global Affairs Canada and Former Canadian Ambassador to Panama, 2015-2018)

    Location: Institute of Politics (L-163)

  8. A Conversation with Mark Carney and Lawrence H. Summers

    Wednesday October 16 - 6:00pm

    A conversation with Bank of England Governor Mark Carney and Professor Lawrence H. Summers on the new international order.

  9. Thinking about Think Tanks with Ryan Berg

    Wednesday October 16 - 7:00pm

    Have a passion for research? Want to learn more about working at think tanks? Come to this discussion with Ryan Berg, a research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute who focuses on topics including transnational organized crime, narco trafficking, and illicit networks. Dr. Berg will speak about his research experience and help you understand what it's like to work at a think tank. This event is co-sponsored by the Alexander Hamilton Society, IOP Policy Program, and IOP Internships and Career Services.

    Location: Institute of Politics (L-166)

  10. Special Event with Deesha Dyer and Gayle King: DC Meets Hollywood: The Obama Era of Politics, Culture and Entertainment ***Open to Harvard ID Card Holders only***

    Thursday October 17 - 12:30pm

    Please note that this event is only open to Harvard ID card holders. Please RSVP here.

    In this special event, IOP Resident Fellow Deesha Dyer will be in conversation with television journalist Gayle King to discuss the Obama era of politics, culture and entertainment. From President Obama's campaign through the 8 years in office, celebrities gravitated to DC to attend social events like the White House Correspondents Dinner and the Kennedy Center Honors. We witnessed a surge of political activism from entertainers not seen before. What role does entertainment have in politics and how does the media cover and balance reporting with a shifting landscape of politics merging with cultural relevance? We'll also talk about Gayle King's road to a successful journalist career. Please RSVP here.

    Location: Nye ABC in the Taubman Building (5th Floor), Harvard Kennedy School

  11. A Public Address by Michelle Bachelet

    Friday October 18 - 4:00pm

    United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet will deliver a public address on global human rights.