Thursday March 4 - 6:00pm
What could Saddam Hussein, Somali pirates, Osama Bin Laden, and Captain Richard Phillips possibly have in common? A U.S. Navy Admiral, of course. And why would President Obama decide to give this departing Admiral a tape measure as a gift?
To find out the answers to these and other questions, please join the Institute of Politics as we welcome Admiral Bill McRaven (USN ret.), the former commander of United States Special Operations Command, Navy SEAL, and author of the #1 New York Times best-selling memoir Make Your Bed. Moderated by Brig. General Dana Born (USAF ret.), the conversation will focus on public service, leadership, national security, military non-partisanship, and the new challenges and opportunities younger generations must confront in our globalized society. IOP student leader and JFK Jr. Forum student committee member Ryan Tierney '24 will provide the introduction.
Friday March 5 - 1:00pm
On the eve of the first anniversary of the COVID-19 shutdown, the Institute of Politics gathers the experts from our final in-person Forum event last March to reflect on the past year. Our guests analyze the government and public health response, vaccine development and distribution, and what the future holds with a mutating virus and worldwide variants. How well did the government do with public messaging? Did the public heed the warnings and do their part to stop the spread of the virus?
Join the IOP as we welcome back Juliette Kayyem, Professor at the Harvard Kennedy School, Faculty Chair of the Homeland Security and Global Health Project; Helen Branswell, Senior Writer, Infectious Disease at STAT; and Dr. Michael J. Mina, MD, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health with moderator Rick Berke, Co-founder & Executive Editor at STAT and IOP Senior Advisory Committee Member.
Monday March 8 - 10:00am
In celebration of International Women’s Day 2021, Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan joins the Center for International Development, Belfer Center’s Middle East Initiative, Women and Public Policy Program, and the Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School to discuss women’s empowerment, cross-cultural dialogue, and innovative solutions to global challenges. The conversation will be moderated by Melani Cammett, Clarence Dillon Professor of International Affairs at Harvard.
Monday March 8 - 6:00pm
The U.S. and the world are at an inflection point, where resilient leadership and strategic reimagining of alliances, competition, and power are needed to rebuild at home and abroad. Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, with her steady voice of reason and analysis, consistently warning of the dangers of fascism and championing the ideals of democracy, is a source of inspiration to women and girls around the world.
Drawing on her decades of experience, Secretary Albright will discuss the leadership qualities needed to face new diplomatic challenges of the 21st century and share her reflections for aspiring public leaders seeking to chart new leadership paths, public service, and cooperation in the years ahead. In celebration of International Women's Day, this conversation is moderated by Menat Bahnasy AB 2022, Institute of Politics Student President, and Aoibheann Thinnes MPP 2021, Co-chair of Women in Defense, Diplomacy, and Development (W3D).