Harvard IOP State of the Union Watch Party Filled with Cheers and Laughs
President Joe Biden’s 2023 State of the Union address evoked applause, jeers, and laughter from attendees at a Harvard Institute of Politics watch party on Tuesday night.
Current, Former Secretaries of State Discuss Election Denial at IOP Forum
Following the 2022 midterm elections, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and former West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant discussed election security, former U.S. President Donald J. Trump, and the politicization of their office at an Institute of Politics forum held Tuesday evening.
Mass. Gov. Charlie Baker Calls for a Social Media ‘Timeout’ at IOP Godkin Lecture
Massachusetts Governor Charlie D. Baker ’79 called for a “timeout” on social media during a Harvard Institute of Politics forum Thursday evening.
U.S. Special Envoy to Iran Confronted by Protestors at Student Group Event
Harvard affiliates called on the U.S. government to further reprimand the Iranian regime at a Thursday discussion with U.S. Special Envoy for Iran Robert Malley.
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie D. Baker ’79 Discusses State’s Pandemic Response at HSPH
Massachusetts Governor Charlie D. Baker ’79 reflected on the state government’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic and other health policy issues in a panel at the Harvard School of Public Health on Thursday.
Harvard Law School Students Stage Walk-Out During Panel on Abortion Rights
A Thursday panel event at the Law School halted to sounds of shuffling and zipping backpacks as approximately 75 students staged a walk-out in protest of its anti-abortion stance.
Harvard College Democrats Call for Expanded Abortion Access Under Student Health Fee
The Harvard College Democrats published an open letter to Harvard University Health Services on Sunday asking for increased abortion access for students. HUHS does cover obstetrics and gynecology services for students who opt into the Student Health Insurance Plan, which costs over $4,000 per year. But many students choose to waive SHIP and only pay the $1,300 Student Health Fee, which does not cover gynecological services.
U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Discusses the Legacy of Reparations at HKS
U.S. Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Tex.) discussed the future of reparations and the importance of learning from the legacy of Black women in leadership at a Monday talk hosted by the Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership.
U.S. Representative Ro Khanna Discusses Big Tech at Harvard IOP Forum
United States Representative Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) spoke about the role of technology in the future of the American economy while discussing his new book at a Harvard Institute of Politics forum on Monday evening.
At IOP Forum, Sen. Tim Scott Says He Will Announce Decision Soon on SCOTUS Nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson ’92
United States Senator Tim Scott said he would announce by mid-week whether he will vote to confirm Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson ’92 at a Harvard Institute of Politics forum on Friday evening, saying he was not yet ready to do so.
Philanthropic Leaders Discuss Racial Justice at Harvard IOP Forum
A panel of philanthropic leaders discussed efforts to promote racial justice in philanthropy at a virtual event hosted Wednesday by the Harvard Institute of Politics.
Former Ambassador William Taylor Discusses Ukraine Crisis at IOP Forum
Former Ambassador to Ukraine William B. Taylor unmasked the Ukraine-Russia crisis at the first in-person JFK Jr. Forum of the semester Wednesday, moderated by Belfer Center senior fellow Ambassador Paula J. Dobriansky.
IOP Spring 2022 Resident Fellows Discuss Challenges Facing Democracy at Forum
The Institute of Politics’ spring 2022 resident fellows discussed major challenges facing democracy, as well as potential solutions, at their introductory JFK Jr. Forum Wednesday.
Kennedy School Directs Budget Surplus Toward Diversity and Equity Initiatives
HKS Dean Douglas W. Elmendorf said in an interview Tuesday that because of the surplus, HKS broke even over the past two years — an outcome he said was “much better” than the school had feared.
Panel Discusses Young Americans’ Outlook on the Future at IOP Forum
Members of the Harvard Public Opinion Project — an Institute of Politics program that conducts a semesterly poll of young Americans — discussed how young people fear for their future at an IOP forum on Thursday.
Civic Leaders and Organizers Discuss Mobilizing the Latinx Vote at Virtual HKS Panel
Civic leaders and organizers from across the country discussed mobilizing the Latinx vote for progressive causes in the upcoming 2022 elections at a panel hosted by the Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership on Tuesday.
Majority of Young Americans See U.S. Democracy as ‘In Trouble’ or ‘Failed,' IOP Youth Poll Finds
Fifty-two percent of young Americans view the United States as a “democracy in trouble” or a “failed democracy,” according to a Harvard Institute of Politics youth poll released Wednesday.
‘A Silver Lining’: Harvard Student Voter Turnout Increases During Covid-19
Nearly 71 percent of Harvard University students eligible to vote cast ballots in the 2020 election, jumping roughly 9 percentage points from the previous presidential election cycle, according to data released last week by the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement.
Nobel Laureate Maria Ressa Talks Disinformation, Democracy at IOP Salant Lecture
Nobel Peace Prize winner Maria A. Ressa discussed her time as an award-winning political journalist in the Philippines at the Institute of Politics’ annual Salant Lecture on the Freedom of the Press Tuesday.
Harvard’s Mayor: The ‘Foundational’ College Experience That Shaped Michelle Wu ’07
A daughter of Taiwanese immigrants born on Chicago’s South Side, Wu had never truly been away from her family before coming to Cambridge in August 2003. Her entire family — including her parents, and her three siblings — made the nearly 1,000 mile drive from Chicago to Harvard Yard in a minivan together.
Undergrads Revive Conservative Publication to ‘Encourage Diversity of Opinion’
To redress a “marked dearth” of conservative and political thought on campus, earlier this month undergraduates revived the Salient, a publication originally founded at Harvard in 1981 that aims to elevate contrarian viewpoints and promote open debate.
IOP Hosts Second-Ever 'Day of Civic Action'
The Institute of Politics hosted its second ever “Day of Civic Action” on Tuesday in an effort to bolster civic participation among students at the College.
Political Journalists Address the Connections Between Local and National Politics at IOP Forum
Washington Post journalist Seung Min Kim and Cook Political Report Editor-in-Chief Amy E. Walter discussed the intersection between national and local politics in a forum hosted by the Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics on Tuesday evening.
Former Cybersecurity Chief Krebs Talks Election Integrity at IOP Event
Krebs was fired by former U.S. president Donald Trump in November 2020, after he led an effort to quell misinformation campaigns surrounding the 2020 presidential election. As head of CISA, Krebs was the administration’s most senior cybersecurity expert.
Scholars, Journalists Discuss U.S.-China Relations, Afghanistan Withdrawal on Virtual Panel
The panelists primarily spoke about the consequences of U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East following the withdrawal of U.S. troops in August 2021 and how the rise of China has undermined the long-time dominance of the United States in the region.