The Institute of Politics, a living memorial to President Kennedy aiming to inspire students to careers in politics and public service, offers 15 programs Harvard undergraduates can join to learn about politics, policy, and public service. Please feel free to contact us with any questions about the IOP, politics and public service on campus, or Harvard in general. Be sure to give us your email below so we can be in touch with more information!
Our VISITAS Calendar:
Saturday the 25th
Politics of Race and Ethnicity Discussion
12-1 pm Emerson Hall 104
Hear a discussion among former IOP fellows, alumni, and speakers about the future of race in American politics.
IOP Information Session
1-2pm Emerson Hall 104
Learn about the IOP’s 15 programs, 100+ weekly events, and how to get involved. Meet student leadership p
IOP Tours and Fellows Info Session
2-3 Institute of Politics (walk over from Emerson Hall 104)
Meet some of the IOP’s resident fellows, see the JFK Jr Forum, and ask questions of current students involved at the IOP.
IOP Trivia with Dems and Republican
7-8pm Boylston Hall
Meet other prefrosh interested in politics and chat with current students involved in the IOP, Dems, and Republicans. Win trivia prizes!
Sunday the 26th:
Dems v. Republicans Debate
2-3pm Harvard Hall
Hear representatives from the Harvard Dems and Republicans debate
Check out our former students describing those programs in short videos below.
Check out the what a week at the IOP looks like:
Monday, March 30th
Campaigns and Advocacy Program Mike Vlacich, Jeanne Shaheen's 2014 campaign manager, will lead a session on fundraising with a representative from Emily's List.
A Conversation with Lawrence Summers & Jason Furman
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) and Jason Furman Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, White House. Harvard College ‘92 at 6PM in the Forum.
Pizza and Politics: Climate Change
Join us for a discussion of environmental policy and legislation with some of Massachusetts' leading environmental activists! 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
7PM in the Leverett Library Theater
Tuesday, March 31st
"Breaking Ground: Running as the "First" of Your Community": Christine Quinn's Study Group
Does the press give barrier breaking candidates a harder time?
Special Guest: Howard Wolfson, Communications Director for Hillary Clinton's 2008 Presidential Campaign
American Whistleblower Tour: Essential Voices for Accountability
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.
4 PM in Fong Auditorium, Boylston Hall
Wednesday, April 1st
IOP Internships and Career Services Office Hours
Come ask questions about careers in public service or get help with the application process! No need to RSVP
2 PM - 4 PM, IOP L278
"Modernizing Our Democracy: The Political and Policy Implications of the Digital Age": Matt Lira's Study Group
Citizenville -- Government as a Platform with Special Guest: Jascha Franklin-Hodge, CIO of the City of Boston
4PM in the FDR
"Money in Politics: How the New Norms Affect Campaigns, Legislation, and Political Life": Kay Hagan's Study Group
Lobbyists and Their Impact on Public Policy with Special Guest: Heather Podesta, founder of Heather Podesta + Partners
4PM in L166
IOP Community Dinner!
No need to RSVP. Just show up!
6PM Kirkland Dining Hall
Pizza and Politics: Venezuela's Economy: What the Future Holds
A discussion with Ricardo Hausmann, Professor of the Practice of Economic Development and Director of Center for International Development, Harvard Kennedy School
7PM Allison Dining Room, 5th Floor, Taubman Building.
Capitalism Good: A Harvard Political Union Debate
Come watch and participate as Harvard students debate the merits of capitalism!
7PM in Sever 113
Politics of Race and Ethnicity Members will meet with W. E. B. Du Bois Professor of the Social Sciences Lawrence Bobo.
Thursday, April 2nd
"Critical Mass: What Happens When Women Rule The World": Jay Newton-Small's Study Group
Lehman Sisters: Would the global financial crisis have happened if Wall Street was run by women?
Special Guest: Terrell McSweeny, Commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission
4PM in the FDR
"How Change is Effected: Courts, Legislation, Grass Roots": Martha Coakley's Study Group
Human Trafficking with Special Guest: Rob McKenna, former Washington AG who made fighting trafficking his national initiative, Lisa Goldblatt-Grace and Audrey Morrissey from My Life, My Choice
4PM in L166
Justice in the Era of Mass Imprisonment
A Public Address by Bryan Stevenson, Founder and Executive Director, The Equal Justice Initiative, MPP Harvard Kennedy School (1985)
6PM in the Forum
Friday, April 3rd
How Change is Effected: Courts, legislation, grass roots with Congresswoman Katherine Clark and Martha Coakley
Congresswoman Katherine Clark will discuss her district issues of education, equity for women, and her latest bill to understand better the plague of addictions.
Pizza will be served.
12 PM in the FDR
Career Roundtable: Campaigns, Communications, Candidates and Consulting
Special Guests: Kay Hagan and Caitlin Legacki
12 PM in L166, RSVP HERE.
A Public Address by his Excellency Issoufou Mahamdou
President, Republic of Niger.