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Attendees leave the JFK Jr. Forum in 2016.
Attendees leave the JFK Jr. Forum in 2016. By Timothy R. O'Meara
By Lucas Ward, Crimson Staff Writer

Corey R. Lewandowski, President Donald Trump’s embattled former campaign advisor, will join the Institute of Politics as a visiting fellow this semester, the IOP announced Tuesday.

Lewandowski and the other visiting fellows, including the former president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the former governor of Kentucky, will each host several events for students on campus throughout the fall semester. The five new visiting fellows join “Morning Joe” co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, who were named IOP fellows over the summer.

Cornell William Brooks, who served as president and CEO of the NAACP until 2017, will direct the IOP”s Campaigns and Advocacy Program in addition to his role as a visiting fellow.

Rounding out the slate of visiting fellows are former Kentucky Governor Steven L. Beshear, conservative writers Mary Katharine Ham and Guy Benson, and media consultant Joe Slade White, who previously worked for former Vice President Joe Biden.

“This diverse group of policymakers, journalists, political advisors and activists provides a robust platform for dynamic interaction with our students and the larger Harvard community,” IOP Acting Director Bill Delahunt said of the fellows in a press release.

Lewandowski rose to prominence during the 2016 presidential election as an early and divisive aide to then-presidential candidate Trump. Under pressure from top donors and Republican officials, and after Lewandowski was charged with misdemeanor battery for his alleged handling of a reporter, Trump fired Lewandowski in June 2016. He now works as a political commentator and consultant.

The visiting fellows join six residential IOP fellows—including former Republican Congressman Jason Chaffetz and chief correspondent at The Washington Post Dan Balz—announced last month. The IOP will host an event on “protests, partisanship, and fixing politics” featuring the residential fellows Thursday.

—Staff writer Lucas Ward can be reached at Follow him on Twitter at @LucaspfWard.

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