Events at the IOP

  1. Undergraduate Lunch: Obama’s West Wing Staff (LGBTQ, Muslim, and Foreign Policy Community Liaisons)

    Monday October 15 - 1:00pm

    Come have lunch in Lowell House and hear from three former Obama administration officials who have served in senior level positions working to connect the federal government with America’s diverse communities. The event will feature Gautam Raghavan, President Obama's LGBTQ community liaison and member of the Pentagon's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" working group, Rumana Ahmed, former senior advisor to the National Security Council and President Obama's Muslim American community liaison, as well as Aneesh Raman, President Obama's speechwriter and a former CNN foreign correspondent. This event is sponsored by the Harvard South Asian Americans in Public Service (SAAPS) initiative and the Institute of Politics’ Gender & Sexuality in Politics Series.

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  2. What Does it Take to Govern: A view from the Right and Left?

    Monday October 15 - 4:30pm

    Guests: Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) and former Rep. Dan Boren (D-OK).

  3. The Buck Stops Here: Women and Fundraising

    Monday October 15 - 4:30pm

    Guest: Katie E. Walsh, Advisor, America First Policies; former Chief of Staff, Republican National Committee, and former White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Implementation, President Donald Trump Administration.

  4. West Wingers: Personal Stories of Public Service

    Monday October 15 - 6:00pm

    Rumana Ahmed
    Harvard Kennedy School, MPA/MC ’19
    Senior Advisor, Office for Global Engagement and Strategic Communications, National Security Council (2011 – 2016)
    Ned Price
    Special Assistant to the President, Spokesperson and Senior Director, National Security Council (2016-2017)
    Harvard Kennedy School, MPP ‘10
    Gautam Raghavan  
    White House LGBTQ & AAPI Liaison, White House (2011-2014)
    Raina Thiele
    Liaison for Intergovernmental Affairs, White House
    Harvard Kennedy School, MPP ‘09
    Stephanie Valencia
    Former Special Assistant to the President and Principal Deputy Director of Public Engagement
    Aneesh Raman ’01
    Speechwriter to President Barack Obama (2011-2013)


  5. Ice Cream and Conversation with House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi

    Tuesday October 16 - 2:30pm

    With 27 days remaining to the mid-term elections, this will be an important opportunity to engage the Leader in a discussion on key races and the legislative agenda for the next Congress. 

    You must enter the lottery to attend:
    Enter the lottery now for our Ice Cream and Conversation with House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi.

    We will live stream the full conversation on the IOP's Facebook page (Make sure you like our page so that you are notified with the video goes live).


  6. Storytelling Power: Art and Media in Activism

    Tuesday October 16 - 4:30pm

    Guest: Symone Sanders, CNN Political Commentator & Former National Press Secretary, Bernie Sanders for President and Sophia Bush, Activist and Actress.

  7. The Press Has Never Been More Vital to the Survival of Democracy

    Tuesday October 16 - 6:00pm

    29th Annual Theodore H. White Lecture on Press and Politics
    Jill Abramson
    Senior lecturer, Harvard University; political columnist, The Guardian; former executive editor, The New York Times
    Jane Mayer
    Staff Writer, The New Yorker; author, "Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right"
    David Nyhan Prize for Political Journalism
    David Von Drehle
    Columnist, The Washington Post


  8. The Briefing Room: Mar-A-Lago, Bedminster and Trump Hotels

    Wednesday October 17 - 4:30pm

    Guests: Newsmax CEO Chris Ruddy (via Skype); photographer Al Drago

  9. Do Drones Dream of Electric Sheep? Ethics and War in the 21st Century

    Wednesday October 17 - 4:30pm

    Guest: Eric Fanning, the 22nd Secretary of the Army under President Obama

  10. PIZZA AND POLITICS Queer Diplomacy: Representing the U.S. as an Openly Gay Ambassador

    Wednesday October 17 - 6:00pm

    A discussion with the Honorable Rufus Gifford, U.S. Ambassador to Denmark (2013-2017)

  11. Politics, Potholes, and Public Service: A Conversation with Mayor Levar Stoney

    Thursday October 18 - 8:45am

    Levar M. Stoney was sworn in as Richmond's 80th Mayor on Dec. 31, 2016. He is the youngest mayor ever elected to serve the city. Mayor Stoney was raised in Virginia by his grandmother and his father, a custodian

  12. Politics, Potholes, and Public Service with Antonio Villaraigosa

    Thursday October 18 - 4:30pm

    A study group led by former Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa