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March 2015

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Study Groups:

Breaking Ground: Running as the “First” of your Community - led by Christine C. Quinn

4:00 pm

Week Three

Breaking the barrier

Breaking the barrier of being the "first" from a community to gain elected office is not easy. In fact, it rarely occurs the first time it is attempted.

That said the act of running - even if you do not win - is critical to eventually breaking the glass ceiling and to forcing political change. This week's study group will analyze and discuss the amount of effort and planning required for victory and the positive results of running and not winning.

Room: Littauer 166, HKS

 
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Pizza & Politics:

UNDERGRADUATE Pizza and Politics: ISRAELI ELECTIONS

4:00 pm


PIZZA AND POLITICS

ISRAELI ELECTIONS 

HOSTED BY: THE IOP SPECIAL EVENTS COMMITTEE


 

With Professor Shai Feldman, 

Judith and Sidney Swartz Director Crown Center for Middle East Studies, Brandeis University

 
6:00 pm
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JFK Jr. Forum:

The Goldsmith Awards Ceremony

6:00 pm

Keynote address by
Marvin Kalb
Winner of the 2015 Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism
Veteran reporter for CBS News, NBC News, and former moderator of Meet The Press

 
2:00 pm
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Internship & Careers:

Internships and Career Services Office Hours

2:00 pm

IOP Internships and Career Services

 
4:00 pm
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Study Groups:

Modernizing Our Democracy: The Political and Policy Implications of the Digital Age - led by Matt Lira

4:00 pm

Winning Elections the Smart Way

Featuring: 

Zac Moffatt, Co-Founder, Targeted Victory 

Dave Carney, Chief Strategist, Abbott for Governor and Former White House Political Director

Justin Germany, Co-Founder, CRAFT Media; Leading Campaign Media Strategist

Dr. Dan Beckmann, Peabody & Emmy-Award Winning Journalist, ABC News, Creative Executive, Current TV, Digital Strategist, Obama-Biden 2008                          

 
4:00 pm
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Study Groups:

Money in Politics: How the New Norms Affect Campaigns, Legislation, and Political Life - led by Senator Kay R. Hagan

4:00 pm

Week Three: David Dixon, Partner, Dixon Davis Media:The Influence of Negative Attacks and Independent Expenditures on Political Advertising

 
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Special Events:

Women's Week Event: Callie Crossley

6:30 pm

A Discussion with

Callie Crossley

Callie Crossley is the host of Under the Radar with Callie Crossley, which airs on Sunday evenings from 6:00 to 7 p.m. on WGBH, 89.7 FM. Her weekly commentaries air Mondays during Morning Edition.

 
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Study Groups:

How Change is Effected: courts, legislation, grass roots - led by Martha Coakley

4:00 pm

Session #3: Grassroots and its relevance to addressing income inequality

Guests: Tim Foley, Executive Vice President Mass. SEIU 1199 and Deb Fastino, the Executive Director of the Coalition for Social Justice

The Coalition, with help from other organizers, was primarily responsible for organizing and moving ahead on raising the minimum wage and earned sick time in Massachusetts. They will discuss how they were able to organize a very successful grassroots movement here in Massachusetts that will impact efforts to address income inequality.

 
 
 
 
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Internship & Careers:

Surviving and Thriving in DC: A Career Roundtable with Torie Clark

7:00 pm

 

SURVIVING AND THRIVING IN DC: 

A CAREER ROUNDTABLE WITH TORIE CLARK


 

 
4:00 pm
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Study Groups:

Breaking Ground: Running as the “First” of your Community - led by Christine C. Quinn

4:00 pm

Week Four: So Now You've Won - Governing as a First

 

Who is our constituency? Who do you serve? Must you broaden your base? 

Does your community have unrealistic expectations of what you can achieve?

Come have a conversation about what it is like when the campaign is over and the governing begins.

Room: Littauer 166, HKS

 
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JFK Jr. Forum:

Politics, Humor & Playing a Terrorist on TV

6:00 pm

A conversation with
Maz Jobrani
Comedian & Actor
Author of I'm Not a Terrorist, but I've Played One on TV
Comedy Central Axis of Evil Comedy Special
Showtime Brown and Friendly Comedy Special & I Come in Peace Comedy Special
Bassem Youssef
Spring 2015 Resident Fellow, Institute of Politics
Host, Al-Bernameg

***This event is for valid Harvard ID holders only.***

 

 
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Special Events:

Undergraduate Discussion: 50 YEARS AFTER SELMA: A STUDENT DINNER DISCUSSION

6:00 pm


50 YEARS AFTER SELMA: A STUDENT DINNER DISCUSSION

HOSTED BY: THE HARVARD POLITICAL UNION


With The Black Students Association and the Black Men's Forum

Join us for a Student Discussion, Dinner provided!

Tuesday, March 10th
6pm
Sever 210

 
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Internship & Careers:

Internships and Career Services Office Hours

2:00 pm

IOP Internships and Career Services

 
4:00 pm
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Study Groups:

Money in Politics: How the New Norms Affect Campaigns, Legislation, and Political Life - led by Senator Kay R. Hagan

4:00 pm

Week Four: Investing in Higher Education to Maintain a Competitive Edge

Dr. Arati Prabhakar from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), will discuss the need for continued investments in higher education, particularly in the STEM Fields, to meet the nation’s security needs in a changing world. DARPA was created in 1958 after the Soviet Union’s launch of Sputnik showed that a fundamental change was needed in America’s defense science and technology programs. DARPA led the effort to create the Internet, GPS and the stealth fighter.

 
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Study Groups:

How Change is Effected: courts, legislation, grass roots - led by Martha Coakley

4:00 pm

Session #4: INCOME INEQUALITY AND ECONOMIC JUSTICE (Part 2)

States were major forces in filing lawsuits against major Wall Street Banks for the crash of the economy and the foreclosure crisis.  How did the crisis happen, why wasn't it prevented, did the actions at state and/or federal level make any difference? Particularly, how did Massachusetts pursue relief through the courts and by working nationally? And what role can the courts play to address unfairness going forward?

Guest: Chief Justice Ralph D Gants, Massachusetts Supreme Court

 
 
 
 
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Study Groups:

Breaking Ground: Running as the “First” of your Community - led by Christine C. Quinn

4:00 pm

Week Five: Winning Takes Good Data
 
Breaking barriers takes a good plan and a good plan takes great data. Hear from Joel Benenson - President Obama's pollster about what it took to make history and run and win a historic Presidential campaign. And if we are lucky - maybe he will answer a question or two about his potential new Presidential candidate ?!?!
Guest: Joel Benenson, founder and CEO of Benenson Strategy Group. 
 

Room: Littauer 166, HKS

 
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Internship & Careers:

JobTalk with Health Leads

7:00 pm

    

 

 
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Special Events:

UNDERGRADUATE TRAINING WORKSHOP: DIGITAL ADVERTISING

7:00 pm

DIGITAL ADVERTISING TRAINING WORKSHOP

A one-hour training seminar, with representatives from leading technology companies, to teach students the fundamentals of online advertising; this training session would cover everything from the concepts of online ads to the basic logistics of how to create, target and run them. This training seminar would target students interested in working on political campaigns, while also appealing to the additional audiences of students interested in marketing, etc.

Matt Lira, IOP Fellow 
Anton Vuljaj, IMGE
Rob Saliterman, Google

 
2:00 pm
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Internship & Careers:

Internships and Career Services Office Hours

2:00 pm

IOP Internships and Career Services

 
4:00 pm
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Study Groups:

Modernizing Our Democracy: The Political and Policy Implications of the Digital Age - led by Matt Lira

4:00 pm

Week Five: LEADERSHIP SIMULATION: Crisis Governance in the Digital Age

Our leaders have always been challenged by an array of crises, from national security, weather and domestic policy - what skills and tools will the next generation of leaders need to meet the challenge in today's hyperactive digital world.  To help find the answer we will explore historic scenarios, but placed in today's world: from the Cuban Missile Crisis, to the Civil Rights movement, hurricane emergencies and more. 

Room: Faculty Dining Room, HKS

 
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Study Groups:

Money in Politics: How the New Norms Affect Campaigns, Legislation, and Political Life - led by Senator Kay R. Hagan

4:00 pm

Week Five: Looking Ahead to 2016: A better year for Democrats?

Guest: Guy Cecil, executive director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee

***All study groups are off-the-record and not for media coverage***

Room: Littauer 166, HKS

 
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Study Groups:

How Change is Effected: courts, legislation, grass roots - led by Martha Coakley

4:00 pm

Session #5: Inside the 2014 Run for Governor:  A Change for Massachusetts?

How do campaigns promote change?  What issues, strategies, and results   AFTER a campaign affect the governance to follow? An inside look at the 2014 campaign for Massachusetts Governor, with guests Democratic Lt. Gov. nominee Steve Kerrigan, and Gubernatorial  Finance Chair Paul Bernon, including the role of campaign finance, grass roots, primary strategy and general  election strategy. How much does what happens across the country affect individual governors’ races?  What does that mean for 2016? 

 
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Study Groups:

Critical Mass: What Happens When Women Start to Rule the World - led by Jay Newton-Small

4:00 pm

Week Five:
The Courts: For years Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg has argued that there needed to be more women in the nation’s courts. Now that there are more women, not only on the Supreme Court but on federal courts, the difference is already being felt. Justice is supposedly blind, but an increase from 25% to 34% in women on the federal courts have led to more cases of bias being heard as studies show that female justices tend to empathize better with those being discriminated against. A look at how women are changing the courts.
 
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JFK Jr. Forum:

Moneyball for Government

6:00 pm

Jim Nussle
President and CEO of the Credit Union National Association
Director, Office of Management and Budget, White House (2007–2009)
Peter Orszag
Vice Chairman of Corporate Investment Banking and Chairman of the Financial Strategy and Solutions Group, Citigroup
Director, Office of Management and Budget in the White House (2009-2010)
Nina Easton (moderator)
Senior Editor & Columnist, Fortune
Chair, Fortune Most Powerful Women International

 
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Internship & Careers:

Summer Stipend Info Session

2:00 pm

Summer Stipend Info Session

 
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Pizza & Politics:

UNDERGRADUATE PIZZA AND POLITICS: Financial Regulation

5:00 pm


 Larry Summers, Charles W. Eliot University Professor, President Emeritus of Harvard University

In the wake of the Great Recession, have we installed the safeguards that will prevent the financial meltdown of 2008? Can we be sure we banks will no longer be able to become too big to fail? Come join us for Pizza and Politics on Financial Regulation with former Director of the National Economic Council Larry Summers.

 
 
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JFK Jr. Forum:

A Conversation with Lawrence Summers and Jason Furman

6:00 pm

Economy & Policy

Lawrence H. Summers
Charles W. Eliot University Professor of Harvard University.
Director of the National Economic Council (2009-2011)
Secretary of the Treasury of the United States (1999- 2001)
Jason Furman
Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, White House
Harvard College ‘92

 
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Pizza & Politics:

UNDERGRADUATE PIZZA AND POLITICS: Climate Change

7:00 pm

HOW DO WE PLAN FOR AND IMPLEMENT REAL SOLUTIONS FOR CLIMATE CHANGE?

 

With Andrew Rainer, Esq. Former head of AGO Environmental Crimes Strike Force

 Sue Reid, Conservation Law Foundation

George Bachrach, Executive Director of the Environmental League of Massachusetts

and Martha Coakley, IOP Fellow

 
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Internship & Careers:

American Whistleblower Tour: Essential Voices for Accountability

4:00 pm

Join us for a conversation with Jesselyn Radack, Department of Justice whistleblower and GAP attorney to intelligence whistleblowers Edward Snowden, Thomas Drake & John Kiriakou, and Dr. Walt Tamosaitis, Hanford Nuclear Reservation engineering & safety whistleblower, moderated by Dana Gold, Senior Fellow with the Government Accountability Project and Network Fellow with the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics.

 
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Study Groups:

Breaking Ground: Running as the “First” of your Community - led by Christine C. Quinn

4:00 pm

Week Six

Does the press give barrier breaking candidates a harder time? Does running as a first add to the press challenges or is it an opportunity? Are women candidates treated more harshly by the press?

Ask these questions and others of someone who can answer first hand - Howard Wolfson, communications director to Hillary Clinton's 2008 Presidential campaign. 

Room: Littauer 166, HKS

***All study groups are off-the-record and not for media coverage***