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February 2016

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Special Events:

Addressing Racial Justice in an Era of Political Correctness

6:00 pm

A CONVERSATION WITH PROFESSOR RANDALL KENNEDY

"THE POLITICS OF RACE: CAN WE TALK?" 

A TWO-PART SERIES HOSTED BY: THE HARVARD POLITICAL UNION AND THE POLITICS OF RACE AND ETHNICITY

Monday, February 01
 
8:30 pm
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JFK Jr. Forum:

Iowa Caucus Watch Party

8:30 pm

Join us for Iowa Caucus coverage and help us kick-off 2016!

Light refreshments will be served.

***Harvard ID Only***

Monday, February 01
 
8:00 pm
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Special Events:

Political Correctness: A Student Debate

8:00 pm

This debate is part of "The Politics of Race: Can We Talk?" A two-part series on Political Correctness and Racial Justice, hosted by the Harvard Political Union and Politics of Race and Ethnicity.

Tuesday, February 02
 
6:30 pm
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JFK Jr. Forum:

IOP Spring 2016 Open House

6:30 pm

Meet the Spring 2016 IOP Fellows!

Learn about IOP programs & how to get involved!

Politics of Race and Ethnicity ● The National Campaign for Political &
Civic Engagement ● Special Events and Conferences ● Harvard Political Review ● Internships & Careers Services ● Harvard Public Opinion Project ● Community Service Opportunities ● JFK Jr. Forum ● Student Policy Groups ● National Political Polling Project ● WIL ● Fellows and Study Groups

Wednesday, February 03
 
6:00 pm
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JFK Jr. Forum:

Pre-Release Screening of Jim: The James Foley Story

6:00 pm

Pre-Release Screening of

Jim: The James Foley Story

HBO Documentary Film

American photojournalist James “Jim” Foley was kidnapped in Syria in 2012 and went missing for two years before the infamous video of his public execution produced shockwaves and introduced much of the world to ISIS. From Foley’s close childhood friend Brian Oakes, the film explores Foley’s life through intimate interviews with his family, friends and fellow journalists, while fellow hostages reveal never-before-heard details of his captivity with chilling immediacy.

Thursday, February 04
 
1:00 pm
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Internship & Careers:

Internships and Career Services Office Hours

1:00 pm

Swing by the Internships and Career Services offices on the second floor of the IOP (rooms 277 and 278) to talk with our team between 1pm and 3pm.

Friday, February 05
 
 
 
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JFK Jr. Forum:

New Hampshire Primary Watch Party

6:30 pm

Join us for the first in the nation primary coverage with call-in analysis from special guests including David Axelrod! 

Light refreshments will be served.

***Harvard ID Only***

Tuesday, February 09
 
 
 
1:00 pm
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Internship & Careers:

Internships and Career Services Office Hours

1:00 pm

Swing by the Internships and Career Services offices on the second floor of the IOP (rooms 277 and 278) to talk with our team between 1pm and 3pm.

Friday, February 12
 
 
 
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4:15 pm
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Study Groups:

Sex and Race on Campus: Challenges from All Sides - led by Anurima Bhargava

4:15 pm

  1. Introduction
    1. Brief historical context and background.
    2. Description of my role within the Administration and within the civil rights community in addressing these questions.
    3. Discussion about current areas of focus and challenge.

Room: Littauer 166

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

Tuesday, February 16
 
4:15 pm
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Study Groups:

Effective Diplomacy in a Rapidly Changing World of Instant Communication and Asymmetric Threats - led by Ambassador Peter Westmacott

4:15 pm

1 • Techniques of Modern Diplomacy. 

Why choose such a career?  What’s it take?  How do the US and UK differ? Skillsets. Building relationships. Living the role. Knowing your subject. Making a difference.  Understanding and respect. Conducting negotiations, selling the deal and implementing the outcome.

 

 

Room: Faculty Dining Room, HKS

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

Tuesday, February 16
 
4:00 pm
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Study Groups:

Is Governing Possible? - led by Mayor Annise Parker

4:00 pm

The oldest profession.  I'll introduce myself, and touch on the decision points that led me from shy introvert to public person, from private to public sector, from lesbian activist to being named one of Time Magazines 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2010. 

 

We'll discuss how government and politics are distinct but overlapping systems, and why I believe governing is the oldest profession.  What does it means to have a responsibility to be in community, to participate?  What if we held an election and nobody came?

 

 

Wednesday, February 17
 
4:00 pm
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Study Groups:

Art & Politics: Changing Hearts and Minds - led by Anne Hawley

4:00 pm

 

 

Room: Faculty Dining Room, HKS

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

Wednesday, February 17
 
6:00 pm
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JFK Jr. Forum:

Addressing the Zika Virus Threat

6:00 pm

A conversation with
 

Helen Branswell
Senior Writer, Infectious Disease and Global Health, STAT
 

Michael VanRooyen, M.D.
Director of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI), Harvard University
Chairman of Emergency Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
 

Howard Zucker, M.D.
Commissioner of Health, New York State
Former Assistant Director-General, World Health Organization
 

Wednesday, February 17
 
4:00 pm
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Study Groups:

Political Entrepreneurship: The Democratization of Influence - led by Karin Agness

4:00 pm

The first week will be an introduction to political entrepreneurship. Students will consider a case study in different ways that people, and particularly young people, are exerting influence in politics and culture, historically and today. The class will consider how technological trends are democratizing political influence—giving more people the opportunity to shape the national political discussion.

Thursday, February 18
 
4:00 pm
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Study Groups:

Money, Power, and Politics of International Finance - led by Christopher Smart

4:00 pm

I. U.S. Financial Diplomacy in the 21st Century (Feb. 18)

Thursday, February 18
 
12:30 pm
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Internship & Careers:

Translating Passion into Profession: Working in civil rights and racial justice

12:30 pm

Career Roundtable

Translating Passion into Profession:

Working in civil rights and racial justice

Friday, February 19
 
1:00 pm
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Internship & Careers:

Internships and Career Services Office Hours

1:00 pm

Swing by the Internships and Career Services offices on the second floor of the IOP (rooms 277 and 278) to talk with our team between 1pm and 3pm.

Friday, February 19
 
 
 
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JFK Jr. Forum:

HKS Public Service Week: A Conversation with Max Finberg

6:00 pm

Max Finberg
Director of AmeriCorps VISTA
 

Douglas Elmendorf
Dean, Harvard Kennedy School and Don K. Price Professor of Public Policy

Monday, February 22
 
4:15 pm
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Study Groups:

Sex and Race on Campus: Challenges from All Sides - led by Anurima Bhargava

4:15 pm

II. Portrait of Movements, Part I: Sexual Assault and Harassment

  1. Current campus movements to prevent and address sexual assault and harassment
    1. Description; Areas of Focus/Debate; What has worked
    2. Potential Speakers:
      1. Student Leaders (Know Your IX)
      2. Documentary filmmakers
      3. University President/Dean

Room: Littauer 166

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

Tuesday, February 23
 
4:15 pm
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Study Groups:

Effective Diplomacy in a Rapidly Changing World of Instant Communication and Asymmetric Threats - led by Ambassador Peter Westmacott

4:15 pm

2 • Leadership. 

Values. Getting the best out of people. Providing honest and regular feedback. Mentoring.  Communicating difficult messages. Maintaining morale and motivation in the public service. Breaking down barriers. Ending turf wars. How to ensure you draw on the best available talent, regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation or socio-economic background.

 

 

Room: Faculty Dining Room, HKS

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

Tuesday, February 23
 
4:00 pm
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Study Groups:

Is Governing Possible? - led by Mayor Annise Parker

4:00 pm

Who are you?  What do you believe, what are you willing to do to advance those beliefs, and what would constitute success?  Every race is a unique set of variables.  What are your skill sets? What are the problems that could derail you?

 

Campaigning and governing are different jobs, and offer unique challenges to different personality types.  Candidates are blank slates, free to take positions or promise solutions only loosely tethered to reality.  They compete to stand out from the pack. Campaigns have a beginning, middle and a finish line. 

 

Wednesday, February 24
 
4:00 pm
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Study Groups:

Art & Politics: Changing Hearts and Minds - led by Anne Hawley

4:00 pm

Room: Faculty Dining Room, HKS

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

Wednesday, February 24
 
4:00 pm
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Study Groups:

Political Entrepreneurship: The Democratization of Influence - led by Karin Agness

4:00 pm

One way that political entrepreneurs are driving change is by identifying problems and creating social change organizations that works to solve problems. This class will examine cases studies of successful non-profit and advocacy organizations that have been created to pursue social change. Students will consider both the strategic and practical challenges of creating social change organizations—from writing business plans, creating an organization, and tackling the challenge of fundraising.

 

Room: Littauer 166

Thursday, February 25
 
4:00 pm
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Study Groups:

Money, Power, and Politics of International Finance - led by Christopher Smart

4:00 pm

II. The Daily Verdict of Global Markets (Feb 25)

Thursday, February 25
 
1:00 pm
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Internship & Careers:

Internships and Career Services Office Hours

1:00 pm

Swing by the Internships and Career Services offices on the second floor of the IOP (rooms 277 and 278) to talk with our team between 1pm and 3pm.

Friday, February 26
 
 
 
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