Government

Politics

Jeb Bush to Join Kennedy School as Visiting Fellow this Fall

​Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush will join the Kennedy School as a visiting fellow in the Program on Education Policy and Governance this fall.

Harvard University President Drew G. Faust
Central Administration

Faust Defends Tax-Exempt Endowment In D.C.

​University President Drew G. Faust traveled to Washington D.C. this week to advocate for maintaining the tax-exempt status of Harvard’s $37.6 billion endowment and increasing federal research funding.

Ralph Nader
Politics

In Crowded Overseers Race, Ralph Nader Stands Out

A five-time U.S. presidential candidate and longtime public figure, Nader—a Harvard Law School graduate who built his career on consumer protection activism and environmentalism—seemed an odd fit for a University governing board, much less as a member of Unz’s “Free Harvard, Fair Harvard” ticket.

Michael Chertoff
Politics

Q&A with Michael Chertoff

Michael Chertoff '75, who served as the second Secretary of Homeland Security from 2005 to 2009 under President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama, talks immigration, Ebola, and cyber security.

IOP

Former US Secretary of Commerce Reflects on Successes

​Gary F. Locke, former U.S. Secretary of Commerce and former U.S. ambassador to China, reflected on his political experiences and the future of U.S.-China relations at the Institute of Politics on Tuesday.

Flint Mayor Karen W. Weaver
College

Flint Mayor Criticizes State For Role in Water Crisis

Flint, Mich. mayor Karen W. Weaver reflected on the city’s unfolding water crisis and emphasized the importance of utilizing existing channels of government to respond to local issues at the Institute of Politics’ John F. Kennedy Jr. forum Friday.

Facebook at Puzzle Day
SEAS

Harvard Hits Roadblock in CS50 Trademark Applications

​Harvard’s attempt to trademark the name of CS50, the College’s introductory computer science course, hit a snag in early March when the United States Patent and Trademark Office refused portions of the University’s application.

US Secretary of Homeland Security at the IOP
On Campus

US Secretary of Homeland Security at the IOP

United States Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh C. Johnson spoke to the public at John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum on Monday night. In a wide-ranging talk, Johnson lectured on a variety of topics, including his ongoing initiatives to address the issues of homegrown terrorism, border, and aviation security.

William James Hall
Race

Dominance of Western Perspectives Troubles the Social Sciences

American and Western European foci and schools of thought continue to dominate social science fields at Harvard, frustrating some students and faculty even as other perspectives and methods grow.

Scalia in 1992
Politics

Law School Affiliates Remember Alum Scalia for Fiery Personality, Contributions to Law

Harvard Law School affiliates remembered alumnus and Supreme Court Justice Antonin G. Scalia, who died Saturday at age 79, for his vibrant, fiery personality and his substantial contributions to United States law.

Painting Myanmar
College

Painting Myanmar

People eat hors d’oeuvres and view the work on display at the opening of “Altered State: Painting Myanmar in a Time of Transition.” The gallery, featuring paintings by Burmese artists, went up in CGIS South Concourse Thursday evening.

Meeting at the White House
FAS

Economist Stein Brings Crisis Experience to the Classroom

Though he occasionally steals away to shape the nation's economic policy, Jeremy Stein always returns to his office at the Littauer Center for Economics, equipped with a whole new palette of experiences to recolor his curriculum.

IOP

Foreign Legal Issues Can Inform U.S. Courts, Breyer Says

U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice​ Stephen G. Breyer gave his remarks at a John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum event at the Institute of Politics Friday afternoon.

2015 Nyhan Prize at the IOP
Politics

Lepore Challenges Premise of Polling in American Politics

While response rates to public opinion polls have plummeted from more than 90 percent in the 1930s to the low single digits today, professor Jill Lepore argued that polls are paradoxically affecting American elections more than ever.

Politics

Fifteen Minutes with Ambassador Wendy Sherman

​I spend the week leading up to my interview with Ambassador Wendy Sherman, America’s chief negotiator on the Iran deal, negotiating the terms of our meeting. The ambassador’s office and I come to the following deal: I will have exactly 15 minutes for a Q & A, including the time it takes to photograph the ambassador. I must send over the topics I will cover in advance. I must also accept the fact that there will be another person in the room, who looks and acts exactly like Tom Hagen, Don Corleone’s consigliere.