Events at the IOP

  1. Beyond The Campaign Tactics: The Intersection of Politics and Policy

    Tuesday February 27 - 4:15pm

    Turning Policies into Campaign Issues
    An examination of how candidates tie policies into campaign themes and convert elections into policy referenda. One example is the 1994 midterm “Contract with America,” which I helped craft and market.

  2. Are We Still in This Together? The Death of Parties, the Rise of Tribalism in American Politics and What It Portends for Our Future

    Wednesday February 28 - 4:15pm

    America’s Urban/Rural Divide: Are We Still in This Together?
    Look at the 2016 map of presidential election results: Hillary Clinton’s support was confined to urban areas, government centers, and college towns…and Trump won everything else. Was this a last gasp for rural America, or does it portend something for our future? Scott Jennings invites Dave Wasserman of the Cook Political Report and Harvard Professor Ryan Enos, author of the new book “The Space Between Us,” to discuss what citizens in “fly-over country” are thinking in the age of Trump. What impact will Trump-era political conditions have on the midterms, which are historically bad for the party in power?

  3. Trolls, Threats, and Terror: Why is Hate Rising and What Can We Do About It

    Wednesday February 28 - 6:00pm

    Richard Cohen
    President, Southern Poverty Law Center
    Cornell William Brooks
    President and CEO, NAACP (2014-2017)
    President and CEO, New Jersey Institute for Social Justice (2007-2014)
    Senior Counsel and Special Counsel, Federal Communications Commission (1999-2007)
    2017 Visiting Fellow and Director of Campaigns and Advocacy Program (CAP), HKS
    Archon Fung
    Academic Dean and Winthrop Laflin McCormack Professor of Citizenship and Self-Government, HKS
    Co-Director, Transparency Policy Project, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, HKS
    Sarah Wald
    Senior Policy Advisor and Chief of Staff, HKS
    Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy, HKS
    Former Assistant Attorney General, MA
    Former President, Massachusetts Women’s Bar Association

  4. Platforms, Networks, and New Power Technology’s Impact on Politics, Policy, and Elections

    Thursday March 1 - 4:15pm

    Communicating in a crisis (And there’s almost always a crisis)
    From Congress to Uber, there’s always a crisis. But when a modern technology platform has a communications crisis, the scale and impact can be different than any other kind of PR or communications. We will explore the considerations in communicating for a platform and how challenging it can be to break through the fractured media environment today.

    Invited Guest Speaker: Andrew Noyes, VP of Communications at Hampton Creek, former Comms Uber and Facebook

  5. A Mayor for Change: Tackling National Issues at the Local Level

    Thursday March 1 - 4:15pm

    Allyship, Uncomfortable Conversations, and Talking Across Difference: A Conversation with Ana Marie Cox
    How do we come together to have the difficult conversations necessary to make change? What does it mean to be a committed ally? In her Crooked Media podcast “With Friends Like These,” Ana Marie Cox explores questions of allyship and uncomfortable conversations, especially in the current political climate. Ana Marie Cox is a distinguished journalist, podcaster, and media all-star. Founder of Wonkette, she has written for a variety of news outlets and is currently a writer for Syfy.

  6. Perspectives from the Front Lines of Massachusetts’ Opioid Battle

    Thursday March 1 - 6:00pm

    Alex Hogan
    Multimedia Journalist, STAT News
    Documentary Filmmaker, “Runnin” 
    Dr. Mark Eisenberg
    Primary Care Physician, Massachusetts General Hospital
    Advocate for Safe Injection Facilities
    Harvard Medical School, ‘80
    Sheila Burke (Moderator)
    Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy, HKS
    Executive Dean, HKS (1996-2000)
    Chief of Staff, Former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole (1985-1996)

  7. The Politics of Globalization: How Trade Became a Four-Letter Word

    Monday March 5 - 4:15pm

    The Business Case for Trade in the Trump Era
    If global businesses are the biggest beneficiaries of trade, what is their responsibility to defend it? Why have the traditional ways of influencing the political process failed—and how can business leaders take back the debate? It’s not all messaging though. Should businesses embrace new policies and practices? Are businesses getting what they want out of NAFTA renegotiation? Is it even a priority?

    Invited Guest: Ursula Burns, Former Chief Executive Officer, Xerox
    Burns is the former Chief Executive Officer of Xerox and current Chairman of Veon Corporation and Senior Advisor to Teneo. Additionally, Burns served as the Chair of the President’s Export Council during the Obama Administration

  8. Beyond The Campaign Tactics: The Intersection of Politics and Policy

    Tuesday March 6 - 4:15pm

    Selling Policies on the Campaign Trail
    Rallies, paid advertising, debates and staged events help make the case for policies in an election. Immense planning and preparation go into these tactics. Rallies were a major element of President Trump’s campaign. Debates have been turning points in presidential elections, perhaps most notably in the 2000 campaign between Vice President Al Gore and Texas Governor George W. Bush.

    Guest speaker TBD. [David Bossie, President of Citizens United, former deputy campaign manager of the Trump-Pence campaign, invited. Former Democratic National Committee Chair and Gore for President campaign manager Donna Brazile, invited.]

  9. The Art of the Political Revolution: Millennial, Progressive and the Future of the Democratic Party

    Tuesday March 6 - 4:15pm

    Millennials of Color + Activists + Black Women
    The coalitions working within and adjacent to the Democratic Party apparatus are in many ways driving the conversation (mainly because many of them have birthed powerful movements). This week, we will examine the intersection of three specific coalitions –millennials of color, black women and social justice activists. Our guests who have collectively launched very successful policy and organizing platforms, will share their personal stories as well as how they are effectively (and perhaps in the past not so effectively) navigated the left.

    Guest(s): DeRay McKesson, Brittany Packnett, Sam Singyanwe

  10. Goldsmith Awards Ceremony 2018 with Martha Raddatz of ABC News

    Tuesday March 6 - 6:00pm

    Keynote Speech by
    Martha Raddatz
    Chief Global Affairs Correspondent, ABC News
    Co-Anchor, This Week with George Stephanopoulos
    Nicco Mele (Moderator)
    Lecturer in Public Policy, HKS
    Director, Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy, HKS

  11. Are We Still in This Together? The Death of Parties, the Rise of Tribalism in American Politics and What It Portends for Our Future

    Wednesday March 7 - 4:15pm

    The History of Political Parties and Their Role in American Politics: Is the Two-Party System as We’ve Known It Dead?
    George Washington warned us: “…[political parties] may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion." Scott Jennings has invited former RNC Chief of Staff Mike Shields and former DNC Chief Executive Officer Amy Dacey to explore the weakness in the two-party system.

  12. Platforms, Networks, and New Power Technology’s Impact on Politics, Policy, and Elections

    Thursday March 8 - 4:15pm

    How does the technology world think about policy?
    Technology companies spent many years outside of the influence of government. But as technology companies push forward from the digital space to the real world, from health care to self-driving cars, they are intersecting with regulated spaces. How do technology companies, new and old, think about policy and how to influence it?