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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.


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.


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.


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.


‘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.


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.


Kornacki and His Khakis Hit the IOP Forum

Stephan J. “Steve” Kornacki, an NBC News and MSNBC national political correspondent, discussed his career trajectory, his approach to presenting electoral data, and ongoing threats to American democracy at Thursday event.


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