Harvard University’s Institute of Politics (IOP), located at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, today announced the appointment of Ken Duberstein, former Chief of Staff to President Ronald Reagan as Chairman – and five experienced political practitioners as new members – of the Institute’s Senior Advisory Committee. The Committee is responsible for guiding and advising Institute staff toward fulfillment of the IOP’s mission of inspiring young people to careers in politics and public service.
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The following is an op-ed written by the officers of the nonpartisan political organization UT Votes at the University of Texas at Austin. If you were to do a Google search of “The University of Texas at Austin,” you would encounter many recent articles about the University’s chapter of the Young Conservatives of Texas (YCT) and its attempts to host a game called “Catch an Illegal Immigrant,” in which participants would have been awarded $25 gift cards for “catching” mock illegal immigrants.
Conceived by two Harvard undergraduate students during the winter of 1999, Harvard University’s Institute of Politics Survey of Young Americans’ Attitudes toward Politics and Public Service began in 2000 as a national survey of 18-to 24- year old college undergraduates. Over the last 13 years, this research project has grown in scope and mission, as we now analyze 18- to 29- year olds on a broad set of longitudinal and current events issues. Each semester, IOP Director of Polling John Della Volpe leads a study group of undergraduates who collaborate to write, design and analyze the survey.
Authored by National Campaign student Dahler Battle, University of Virginia. Less than a year from now, Americans will have the chance to be heard through their ballots in the 2014 midterm elections, which will include competitions in all 435 congressional seats, 33 Senatorial seats, 38 governorships, and thousands of local offices. The year 2014 may not include any races for the history books such as the Presidential Elections of 2000 and 2008.
Authored by National Campaign student from UT Austin Chelsea O'Hara. After attending the conference at Harvard’s IOP in October, I have been involved in several events on the University of Texas at Austin campus where I engaged in public service and advocacy action. I attended the Texas Tribune Festival on UT campus as a volunteer for the Annette Strauss Institute on Civic Life. Most of my time at the festival, I was tabling in the ‘Students at the Festival’ lounge where we registered students to vote and exchanged opinions with other students on relevant Texas political and civic issues.
Authored by National Campaign Partricipant Hanna Hebert, Allegheny College. Performing public service through advocacy and politics is especially important to me, both on my campus and in my community. I am currently an Undergraduate Research Fellow at Allegheny College’s Center for Political Participation. There, I arrange for and host well known public speakers for campus wide events which are also open to the local community. This year’s focus area is Civil Rights.
Authored by Spring 2010 Resident Fellow Greg Nickels. As we reflect on the death and life of President Kennedy this week, my thoughts return to an enriching experience I was honored to share in the Spring of 2010. Harvard’s Institute of Politics (IOP) was established in 1966 as a living memorial to President Kennedy and “aims to inspire undergraduates to consider careers in politics and public service”. Each semester 5 or 6 political practitioners are invited to be resident IOP Fellows, sharing with students lessons on why politics matters. For someone who at age 16 discovered politics as a place to create positive change, the Fellowship represented a time of reflection and renewal.
Authored by Fall 2006 Institute of Politics Resident Fellow James F. Flug. In early 1960, Senator John F. Kennedy announced his candidacy for the Democratic Presidential nomination. His victory over Sen. Hubert Humphrey in the April Wisconsin primary was widely discounted because of the heavy Catholic vote there. All eyes turned to largely Protestant West Virginia, where the May contest might decide his viability as the Democratic nominee. At that time, WHRB, Harvard’s student radio station, was competing aggressively with the Harvard Crimson for student audience.
Authored by Institute of Politics Fall 2012 Resident Fellow John Carr. A half century is a long time, but I remember meeting John F. Kennedy when I was 10 years old. Meeting might be a little strong. After watching the motorcade, a family friend took me to a fundraiser, but we couldn’t get in. We found our way into a back hallway and Kennedy’s outstretched hand. Kennedy’s narrow election was a sign of Catholic acceptance and achievement. I came from a bi-partisan home, but we watched Kennedy’s rise and made it our own. I was obsessed with Kennedy, watched the convention, debates, election returns and Inauguration.
On October 27th, myself and five other students made our way to Faneuil Hall. We had been working as Liaisons for Karen Mills, who’s currently at the Institute of Politics as a resident fellow. Ms. Mills, the former head of the Small Business administration and member of the Obama cabinet, had been gracious enough to give us tickets to hear President Obama speak. As we waited to go through security, we speculated how the president would portray the issues of healthcare.gov, the online platform to sing up for health care. After a week of intense criticism, we all wondered how the president would react.