IOP 50th Celebration Highlights

Thank you to our student alumni, Fellows, students and friends who helped make the IOP's 50th celebration equally memorable and inspiring. From video remarks from President Obama and hearing from current students who are ready to change politics as we know it to commemorating your IOP memories in the StoryCorps booth and touring the Edward M. Kennedy Institute, we hope you left the weekend reconnected with old and new friends and reinvigorated to commit our lives to public service.

A Historic Perspective

The celebration honored the 50-year history of the Institute of Politics with a tribute to its founding director Dr. Richard Neustadt in the video below.

Harvard Political Review Timeline

In commemoration of the IOP’s accomplishments during the past half-century, the Harvard Political Review (HPR) compiled the following timeline, which consists of interviews with eight former IOP students and two former IOP directors interspersed with articles from the HPR’s archives to gain a glimpse into each decade of the IOP.

Visualization by Julia Steigerwald Schnall/Harvard Political Review

IOP 50 in the News

The Harvard Gazette took a visual look back at five decades of the IOP, sharing favorite photos from the JFK Jr. Forum. Additionally, the Harvard Crimson published a retrospective on the role the Institute has played in inspiring generations of Harvard graduates to pursue careers in politics and public service. 

“It helped prepare me for the very partisan political world right now. I am very respectful of people who disagree with me, and I have a record of working across the aisle, and that has served me well in Congress.” - Congressmember Elise Stefanik in the Crimson

A Message from President Obama

A Message from Elise Stefanik

A Message from Caroline Kennedy

A Look Into the Future of Politics

Congressman Joe Kennedy III led a conversation with Harvard undergraduates on how political parties, elections, and government, will evolve in the years to come.


Stories from the IOP

The IOP partnered with StoryCorps, a national oral history project, to collect interviews from IOP alumni and friends throughout the weekend. All participants were invited to record their favorite IOP memories in the StoryCorps booth. Their moving stories range from falling in love planning the New Members of Congress Conference as students and the importance of teaching civics in local schools, to alumni's lessons to share with current students. Listen to the stories here. 

A Picture-Perfect Event

We gathered a few of our favorite photos below. 

The IOP celebrated 50 years of creating the future of politics with a weekend-long celebration that welcomed back student alumni, Fellows, and friends.

Posted by The Institute of Politics at Harvard University on Tuesday, April 5, 2016


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