IOP Now Archive

  1. Remka Nwana '23 Marks Juneteenth with Spoken Word Performance

    June 17, 2021

    IOP Summer of Service intern Remka Nwana '23 marks Juneteenth through her poetry at "Juneteenth at Harvard: A celebration of Black freedom, food, and family traditions," an event series organized by Harvard's Office for Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging.

  2. Institute of Politics to Host Bipartisan Program for Newly Elected Members of Congress

    December 3, 2020

    For Immediate Release - Thursday, December 3rd, 2020


    Sessions to focus on pressing national issues as lawmakers prepare for their public service. Harvard faculty and policy experts, including Kennedy School Dean Doug Elmendorf, Arthur Brooks, Cornell Brooks, Juliette Kayyem, and Amb. Wendy Sherman to lead sessions in December

    CAMBRIDGE, MA – The Institute of Politics (IOP) at Harvard Kennedy School today announced the 23rd convening of the Bipartisan Program for Newly Elected Members of Congress.

    Incoming lawmakers will be briefed on several national challenges and engage in conversation with Harvard’s faculty and other policy experts during four convenings in December. Topics include fighting COVID-19, rebuilding the economy, America’s role in the world, and the effects of the pandemic and economic recession on educational access, food security, criminal justice, and democratic governance.

    “Since 1972, the Bipartisan Program for Newly Elected Members of Congress has been an important part of lawmakers’ orientation to the House of Representatives.  While we will miss their presence in Cambridge this year, we are proud to offer the expertise of Harvard faculty and other policy experts as they begin their public service,” said Mark D. Gearan ‘78, Director of the Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School. “This program allows new Members of Congress the opportunity to get to know their colleagues, explore the policy implications of these important topics, and utilize the expertise of our faculty colleagues during the program and during their service.”  

    The program will also provide perspective on the transition from the campaign to Capitol Hill from current members of Congress, including Institute of Politics Senior Advisory Committee Members, Congressman Joe Kennedy (D, MA-04) and Congresswoman Elise Stefanik AB ’06 (R, NY-21), and Congressman Dan Crenshaw MPA’17 (R, TX-02) and Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (D, MA-07).

    Established in 1972, the Bipartisan Program For Newly Elected Members of Congress has hosted more than 700 incoming members including future Vice Presidents, Speakers of the House, Majority Leaders, presidential candidates, and Civil Rights champions. A comprehensive list of past participants can be viewed here.

    Given Harvard University’s remote learning environment this fall, newly-elected members will convene virtually over the course of four sessions throughout December. Note: These sessions are open to newly-elected members of Congress and closed to the public.

    About the Institute of Politics 

    The Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School was established in 1966 as a living memorial to President John F. Kennedy. The Institute’s mission is to unite and engage students, particularly undergraduates, with academics, politicians, activists, and policymakers on a non-partisan basis to inspire them to pursue pathways in politics and public service. The Institute blends the academy with practical politics and offers students the opportunity to engage in current events and to acquire skills and perspectives that will assist in their postgraduate pathways.

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  3. Harvard Youth Poll: Election 2020

    September 20, 2020



    Economy escalates to #1 issue for young Americans compared to March poll; majority do not approve of how President Trump has handled the current economic crisis 

  4. Institute of Politics Announces Fall 2020 Fellows to Address Election 2020, COVID-19 Pandemic, Social and Racial Justice

    August 24, 2020

    Fall 2020 Fellows Include Chasten Buttigieg, Carol Giacomo, and Jorge Vasquez Jr., and returning fellows Brittany Packnett Cunningham, Mayor Michael Nutter, and Alice Stewart

  5. An update from the Institute of Politics

    March 7, 2020

    Yesterday, Harvard University and Harvard Kennedy School released guidance related to the newly revised coronavirus precautions.

  6. Harvard Youth Poll Finds Majority of Young Americans Support Impeachment and Removal of President Trump

    November 17, 2019

    The Harvard Youth Poll finds young voters are divided on the scope and style of change needed for the nation, with important divides emerging between general election and democratic primary voters on ending private insurance, electoral college reform, and gun control.

  7. Amidst Heightened Engagement and Rise of Warren, Sanders’ Once Commanding Lead Narrow Among Young Voters

    November 4, 2019

    The Harvard Youth Poll finds "integrity" and "vision" rank as far more important than "youth" when choosing a president. Results of youth attitudes on topics including impeachment, institutional reform, gun control, and Medicare for All to be released on November 18th.

  8. Institute of Politics Announces New Members of Senior Advisory Committee

    November 1, 2019

    Former NASA Administrator Charles F. Bolden and Boston City Councilor Michelle Wu to Serve as Members of Senior Advisory Committee.

  9. Politics of Race & Ethnicity Spotlight

    October 25, 2019

    The Politics of Race and Ethnicity (PRE) program works to create a sustained, nuanced, welcoming and informed discussion on the intersection of race, ethnicity and politics.

  10. Women’s Initiative in Leadership Spotlight

    October 25, 2019

    The Institute of Politics’ Women’s Initiative in Leadership (WIL) was created to address the interest and importance of students of all gender and gender identities at Harvard in developing leadership skills.

  11. Career Conversation: On the Campaign Trail

    October 11, 2019

    Interested in working on a campaign? Damian Richardson ’20, Shreeya Panigrahi ’19, and Teddy Landis ’20 recently shared experiences from the 2020 Presidential campaign trail with their peers at the Institute of Politics.

  12. Civic Mobilization: Chinaza Asiegbu '22

    September 27, 2019

    Chinaza Asiegbu '22 reflects on her summer working with Integrity Initiatives International.