"...has an obligation to serve the public"
The Educated Citizen
Authored By Katherine Culbertson '18
We’ve all heard about the use of online media in political campaigns, especially in Obama’s groundbreaking presidential races. But do we truly realize the advertising power that the Internet holds in our digital world? I, for one, did not.
This Tuesday night, IOP’s Special Events Committee and Matt Lira’s Study Group were lucky enough to be joined by a panel of four of the best and brightest in online advertising: Annie Lewis of Facebook, Anton Vuljaj of IMGE, Rob Saliterman of Google, and Sean Duggan of Pandora. These marketing geniuses shared valuable insights into what makes digital advertising so powerful in today’s political campaigns.
Do you like March Madness? Do you like presidents? Then you should vote in the IOP’s “Presidential March Madness: Funniest Slam Dunks from the Commander-in-Chief.” We’ve picked sixteen of the funniest one-liners from the forty-four presidents and sorted them into four regions: On Being President, On Dogs, Founding Fathers, and Facial Hair. First round voting will close on March 31st and the winners from each region will advance to the Final Four. Final four voting will then close on April 4th with the top two vote-getters advancing to the championship. Finally, championship voting will close on April 7th and the completed bracket will be posted for all to see, post, Tweet, criticize, and debate. Follow us on Twitter (@HarvardIOP) and Facebook so you don’t miss your chance to vote in the three rounds!
Authored by 2015 Spring IOP Fellow Martha Coakley.
Just as I was planning my study group this Spring to encourage students to think about ways to make change, a young woman walks into my office. She is on a mission, because she believes that the Massachusetts law regarding forensic evidence in assault cases is outdated and unfair to her and others. She wants to change it. She has spoken to advocates, legislators, and filed a bill. But it is HER voice - her story about the unfairness that affected her- that will make her a champion. She is willing to devote time and energy to something she really cares about, and is using tools available to try to make that happen. Brava! I am encouraged that change and progress might have a future.
Authored by HPOP Chair Ellen Robo.
As a member of Harvard Public Opinion Project (HPOP), I have poured over thousands of poll question crosstabs. I have learned a lot about my generation. We view community service (70%) as a lot more honorable than running for office (31%) and as a result we are much more likely to be involved in community service (31%) than in political or government groups (7%). We care less about marijuana legalization (44% support) than student debt (57% major problem) or income inequality (52% major problem).
Authored By Christopher Cruz, Student Communications Fellow and '18.
Classes didn’t resume until Monday morning, but Sunday night the IOP was bustling with activity as the Harvard Political Review launched its Spring issue. Staff writers eagerly waited outside room L-166 as the masthead held one final meeting before the launch. When the doors opened it was refreshing to see so many fellow writers and friends, but there was only a few minutes to catch up as copies of the magazine quickly began being distributed. With its sleek design featuring the word “Criminal” behind bars, the magazine was instantly an eye catcher. The rest of the magazine was also beautifully laid out, no doubt due to the countless hours of work by the HPR’s design team.
Authored By Marcus Dennis '18.
If you want to hear a true “rags to riches” story than look no further than the Honorable Tarja Halonen. However, “riches” were never her goal nor was it what she would ultimately accomplish; instead, from the impoverished conditions of post-World War II Finland, Halonen would become the future President of Finland. The former President would begin her visit to the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum at the Institute of Politics by offering a brief background of where she is from. She stated that “being poor was not unusual during her youth” and that she came from a “working-class family” and community, and therefore, could not even recognize that she was relatively “poor” because that was all she was surrounded by. When prompted on what she believes the key was to her escaping these conditions, she quickly responded that it was the fact that her parents were willing to “invest in her education.”
Elise Stefanik served on the Institute’s Student Advisory Committee as Vice President and graduated from Harvard University in 2006. On January 3, 2015 she became the youngest woman ever elected to Congress. Elise took the time to discuss why she thinks more young women don’t run for office, narrowing the gap on gender equality and what the future of the GOP and American politics in general may hold.
On February 20th, 2015, two recent Harvard alumni shared their post-graduation paths and jobs, giving advice to undergraduates.
Jyoti Jasrasaria ’12 currently is the Director for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. Caitlin Lewis ’13 is the External Affairs Manager at the Times Square Alliance in New York City. Jasrasaria and Lewis shared a brief account of how they became interested in public service, what their connection was to the IOP, and what their career paths were from graduation to today.
Christine C. Quinn, an accomplished leader with more than 20 years of experience in public service, is widely recognized as one of the most effective elected officials in New York history. Chris has received extensive praise for her unmatched leadership and management skills from leading editorial boards, civic organizations and good government groups alike, and has spent her career in public service developing and implementing policies and services that are critical to the lives of New Yorkers.
Authored By Niyat Mulugheta '18
Simply put, the current state of gridlock in American politics is an unfortunate one. The extreme partisan nature of our government is debilitating our legislative system and in turn, creating a sense of disillusionment and distrust among the American electorate. In the Fall 2014 Harvard Political Opinion Project poll of millennials, 60 percent of respondents disapproved of Democrats in Congress and 72 percent disapproved of Republicans in Congress, illustrating the manifestation of these negative sentiments amongst the youngest of voters.