Events at the IOP

  1. Study Group with Bob Cohn: The Changing Media World

    Monday September 23 - 4:30pm

    The changing media world. As digital upstarts (Vice, Vox, Drudge, Huffington Post) brought new tools and new sensibilities to political coverage, legacy media had to learn fast.

    Guests: Nancy Gibbs, former Editor, TIME and Adam Moss, former Editor of New York Magazine and The New York Times Magazine.

    Location: Institute of Politics (L-163)


  2. Study Group with Alice Stewart: What’s down the road for President Donald Trump in 2020?

    Tuesday September 24 - 4:30pm

    Week 2: What’s down the road for President Donald Trump in 2020?

    President Trump has the luxury of being an incumbent president leading into the 2020 election.  With the help of the Republican National Committee and supporting groups, Trump is able to raise money and galvanize voters. Alice Stewart is joined by Trump for President Communications Director Marc Lotter to discuss the messaging and direction of the road to November 2020.  

    Guest: Marc Lotter, Director of Strategic Communications for the re-election campaign of President Donald J. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence

    Location: Institute of Politics (L-163)

  3. Study Group with LaTosha Brown: To Vote or Not To Vote: Whose Democracy Is This?

    Tuesday September 24 - 4:30pm

    Week 2: To Vote or Not To Vote: Whose Democracy Is This?

    How did formerly incarcerated people organize themselves and their allies to restore voting rights to over 1.4 million people in Florida?  How did they win such a sweeping victory in a battleground state? How do we strengthen democracy in an environment where the right to vote for many is openly being attacked and challenged by those in positions of power at the highest levels of government? Can we protect the right to vote with a weakened Voting Rights Act?  Is democracy a modern political desire and/or value for Americans?

    Who are the organizations and organizers that are leading efforts to expand the electorate and/or shrink the electorate? In this study session, we will discuss and explore some of the most effective and innovative strategies being used in this current political environment to address voter suppression, mobilize voters and expand democracy

    Guests: Desmond Meade is a voting rights activist and Executive Director of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition. As chair of Floridians for a Fair Democracy, Meade led the successful effort to pass Florida Amendment 4, a 2018 state initiative that restored voting rights to over 1.4 million Floridians with previous felony convictions.[2]In April 2019, Time magazine named Meade as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.[3]

    Greg Palast, National Investigative Reporter for the Guardian and Rolling Stone, Producer of The Best Democracy that Money Can Buy documentary. 
    Location: Institute of Politics (L-166)
  4. Study Group with Senator Jeff Flake: The Future of Conservatism

    Wednesday September 25 - 4:30pm

    Week 2: Bush 43 and the burden of conservative governance. 

    The election of Barack Obama. The rise of the tea party, the failure of immigration reform and laying the groundwork for a populist movement.

    Location: Littauer Building (L-150) at the Harvard Kennedy School, 79 JFK St.

  5. Study Group with H.E. Isabel Saint Malo de Alvarado: The Panama Papers, How Does a Government Deal with an External Crisis?

    Wednesday September 25 - 4:30pm

    Week 2: The Panama Papers, how does a government deal with an external crisis.

    Millions of documents leaked by a consortium of journalists, exposing financial and attorney – client information. Including information about public figures worldwide, simultaneously, around the globe, in all major newspapers and agencies. The leak of information created local and global stress. Named after Panama, it represented a major challenge to the government, seriously affecting the image of the country. We will address the reputational consequences and the impact on Panama ́s agenda on global financial services.  

    Guest: Ambassador Gian Castillero, lawyer, former member of the National Council on Foreign Relations. Designed and executed with the Panamanian government the strategy to face the Panama Papers scandal and recuperate image.

    Location: Institute of Politics (L-163)