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Founders of Nonprofit Dedicated to BGLTQ, Black Rights Advocate Defunding the Police at HKS Event

Founders of the Black Visions Collective — a nonprofit based in Minnesota that advocates for Black empowerment — spoke about their local organizing work and the defund the police movement at a Harvard Kennedy School event Wednesday.


Responding to Student Concerns Over Lack of Right-of-Center Programming, IOP Forms Conservative Coalition

The Harvard Institute of Politics announced the formation of the “Conservative Coalition” — a hub for students at the College to develop their political identities and “advocate for IOP-wide conservative representation” — in an email to affiliates March 4.


Harvard Researchers and Home Improvement Experts Talk Housing in the Aftermath of Covid-19 in Panel Discussion

Harvard researchers and home improvement industry representatives discussed the recent remodeling boom and widening housing inequities — both linked to the Covid-19 pandemic — in an event hosted by the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies and the Kennedy School’s Taubman Center for State and Local Government on Thursday.


HKS Hosts Anti-Asian Violence Webinar with Southern Poverty Law Center President

Southern Poverty Center President and CEO Margaret Huang and gun control activist Shannon Watts discussed the recent rise in anti-Asian violence and the mass shooting in Atlanta last week at a Wednesday Harvard Kennedy School webinar.


Danielle Allen Calls for Expansion of U.S. ‘Civic Infrastructure’ At Kennedy School Panel

University Professor Danielle S. Allen and Rockefeller Brothers Fund President and CEO Stephen B. Heintz presented strategies to strengthen civic engagement at a virtual panel co-hosted by the Harvard Kennedy School Wednesday.


Kennedy School Plans to Reopen in Late Summer

Harvard Kennedy School anticipates reopening its campus in late summer, Dean Doug W. Elmendorf ’85 announced in an email to students, staff, and faculty Thursday.


U.S. Reps Assess Biden’s Progress on Immigration at HKS Event

Lawmakers and immigration reform activists discussed the Biden administration's progress toward enacting its immigration agenda in a Thursday webinar organized by the Harvard Kennedy School’s Center For Public Leadership.


Massachusetts State Senator Discusses Police Reform Bill at HKS Event

Mass. Sen. William N. Brownsberger ’78 — a key player in the passage of the state’s recent police reform bill — spoke virtually to the Harvard Kennedy School as part of its Reimagining Community Safety Speaker Series on Wednesday.


Madeleine Albright Talks Female Public Leadership at IOP International Women’s Day Celebration

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright discussed the future of female public leadership in a Monday Institute of Politics webinar, drawing the largest crowd in IOP forum history with more than 2,000 spectators in attendance.


College and Kennedy School Alumna Theodora Skeadas ’12 Announces Cambridge City Council Bid

Skeadas — who earned a master’s in public policy from the Kennedy School in 2016 — considered a run in 2017 but opted instead to helm the successful council campaign for current Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui. Now launching her own candidacy, Skeadas said that her passion for organizing and for the city itself compelled her to run for office.


Bloomberg Donates $150 Million for New Center for Cities

The gift is the second major donation Bloomberg Philanthropies — the philanthropic organization run by former New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg — has given to Harvard in the last decade. Bloomberg, a graduate of Harvard Business School, previously funded the creation of the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative, which provides training to mayors across the country.


Kennedy School Professor Who Designed Texas’s Energy Market Defends Skyrocketing Prices Following Winter Storm

Despite widespread power outages and skyrocketing electricity prices after a winter storm in Texas earlier this month, William W. Hogan — a professor at Harvard Kennedy School who is widely considered the architect of the state’s energy market system — said in an interview with The Crimson that the state’s market had “worked as designed” given the conditions.


Student Group Publishes Open Letter Advocating for Equity-Related Changes at Kennedy School

HKS Equity Coalition, a student group advocating for equity and justice at the Harvard Kennedy School, published an open letter in late January calling for several equity-related changes at the Kennedy School.


Harvard History Professor Presents Life and Legacy of John F. Kennedy '40 at IOP Event

Harvard History professor Fredrik Logevall presented his research on the political development of former President John F. Kennedy ’40 while he was a student at Harvard College at a virtual Harvard Kennedy School forum Tuesday.


Oyun-Erdene Luvsannamsrai, Recent Kennedy School Graduate, Appointed Mongolian Prime Minister

Oyun-Erdene Luvsannamsrai, a recent Kennedy School alum, ascended to the post of Prime Minister of Mongolia on Jan. 27 following his predecessor’s resignation in response to protests over the country’s Covid-19 response.


Panelists Unpack Capitol Insurrection, Trump Impeachment, and Biden Inauguration at JFK Jr. Forum

Political reporters and experts convened over Zoom to discuss the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol building, former President Donald Trump’s impeachment, and the inauguration of President Joe Biden at a JFK Jr. Forum panel Thursday.


Harvard Institute of Politics Welcomes Spring 2021 Fellows

Former Montana Gov. Steve Bullock — a Democrat who has also made runs for the White House and Senate — and five other eminent political figures will serve as fellows at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics this spring, per an announcement on Wednesday.


Will Joe Biden Deliver on His Promises to Alleviate Student Loan Debt?

President-elect Joe Biden pledged multiple times on the campaign trail to alleviate debt. Many of Biden’s supporters, however, remain skeptical as to whether the incoming administration will deliver on its promise to alleviate the financial anxiety facing millions of Americans.


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