Study Groups

Study groups present a tremendous opportunity for students to learn informally from leading public servants, political practitioners, journalists, academics, and more. Organized as semester-long, not-for-credit weekly seminars, study groups are hosted by the Institute's Fellows and other distinguished group leaders. Study group topics range from local to global issues, and are offered in a variety of formats, including project-based working groups, skill-building workshops, and traditional Q&A-based discussion groups. All study groups are closed to the press and not for attribution.

Spring 2019 Study Group Schedule 

Room Monday Tuesday
(4:30–5:45 PM)
Wednesday
(4:30–5:45 PM)

Thursday
(4:30-5:45) 

 

L-280

 

Senator Heidi Heitkamp and Gary Cohn
"The Real State of the Union"
7:15pm - 8:30pm
     
L-166

 

Rep. Barbara Comstock
“A Woman in the Arena: From Intern to Congresswoman”

Rep. Carlos Curbelo
"Congress: The Art of the Impossible"

Ambassador Cathy Russell 
“Why Women and Girls Matter to U.S. Foreign Policy”

L-163
(FDR)

 

Aisha Moodie-Mills
"The Rise of the New American Majority"

Michael Zeldin
“Independent Counsels and Presidential Investigations”

 

 

L-230

 

Mayor Andrew Gillum
"This Is What Democracy Looks Like"
(4:30–5:45 PM)

     
 

Spring 2019 Study Groups begin the week of Monday, February 11, 2019 and conclude the week of April 5, 2019.
 

Study group topics range from local to global issues, and are offered in a variety of formats, including project-based working groups, skill-building workshops, and traditional Q&A-based discussion groups.

No prior experience with, or knowledge of, the topic is necessary. Participation in discussion is encouraged, as is weekly attendance, but neither is mandatory. Consistent with the Institute's mission, study groups are designed specifically to involve undergraduates, but they are open to all Harvard students, faculty, and staff, as well as the general public.

Study Groups are open to the public; however, preferential seating will be designated for both undergraduate and graduate students of the University. Also, because of room occupancy constraints and fire code regulations some people may not be able to enter the designated room of the study group. In keeping with IOP study group tradition, all study groups are closed to press and not for attribution. No reporting on the study group is permitted.

An archive of past study group outlines is available here

Student Liasons

The liaison program offers Harvard undergraduates a unique opportunity to interact with and get to know one of our Resident Fellows - public figures with exceptional careers and experiences in politics and public service - in an intimate & personal setting. Liaison teams of six help plan, produce and publicize a study group each week. Students often describe the experience as one of the most memorable they've had at Harvard, and we encourage everyone to apply!

  • We recommend you attend the IOP Open House at the beginning of each semester to meet the new Fellows and review their study group outlines.

  • Complete the short online application, which asks questions about interests, special skills, and relevant experience. Students can apply to be a liaison, a member of the Fellows Selection Committee, or a member of the Leadership Team. More about those positions will be posted closer to the application deadline.
  • The student co-chairs, in consultation with IOP staff, carefully review the applications under name-blind conditions and inform applicants of decisions close to a week after the application deadline.

If you have any questions about the process, or about the program in general, please don't hesitate to contact the program co-chairs EJayy and Kate.

Chaired by: EJayy DeVaughn | elijahdevaughn@college.harvard.edu and Kate Krolicki | kkrolicki@college.harvard.edu​