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Politics of Film
Film

'Rocky' Director Parses the Politics of Filmmaking

American film producer and director Irwin Winkler spoke Friday in front of aspiring filmmakers, fans, and curious students about rising above political and social adversity in filmmaking.

Student Groups

Energy Secretary Praises Science's Role in Iran Deal

The U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest J. Moniz advocated for the role of science in securing the nuclear deal with Iran during a lecture at the Institute of Politics on Thursday.

Michelle A. Rhee at the IOP
On Campus

Michelle A. Rhee at the IOP

Former chancellor of Washington, D.C. public schools Michelle A. Rhee spoke with moderator Paul Reville about an education agenda for the next U.S. president during a JFK Jr. Forum event Monday evening.

Michelle A. Rhee at the IOP
College

Former D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Defends Policies

Michelle Rhee, former Chancellor of the Washington D.C. Public Schools and founder of the StudentsFirst advocacy organization​, reflected on the challenges she faced and the criticisms she received for her education policies while in office.

Flint Mayor Karen W. Weaver
On Campus

Flint Mayor Karen W. Weaver

Karen W. Weaver, mayor of Flint, Michigan visited the Kennedy School on Friday to discuss the city’s water crisis.

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.

Harvard Law School

Campaign Finance Reform Ignored in Election, Panelists Say

Panelists at a discussion on campaign finance reform at Harvard Law School asserted that candidates in this presidential election cycle have not emphasized reform initiatives, despite public support for amending campaign finance laws.

Castro at the Institute
On Campus

Castro at the Institute

Texas Congressman Joaquín Castro speaks with Institute of Politics moderator David Gergen on Thursday evening, touching on a range of subjects including the national election and the current push for Latino civic participation.

Harvard Kennedy School

Madeleine Albright to Headline HKS Graduation

​Former Secretary of State Madeleine J.K. Albright will be the speaker at this year’s Kennedy School of Government graduation, Dean Douglas W. Elmendorf announced on Thursday.

IOP

A Little Yellow House: The IOP Turns 50

​A little house, painted yellow, is where the Institute of Politics was born. The small stature of the building did not reflect the power nor the importance of the guests that came and continue to come to the Institute to engage with undergraduates.

Castro at the Institute
IOP

Castro Calls For Immigration Reform, Criticizes Trump

​United States Congressman Joaquín Castro discussed immigration, the current presidential election, and the status of Latinos in the U.S. in a talk moderated by CNN political analyst and Kennedy School professor David Gergen.

Harvard Kennedy School

Panelists Celebrate Women’s Leadership in Environmental Movement

Four female leaders in the environmental movement shared their respective stories in combatting climate change on Tuesday at the Kennedy School.

Politics

Author Reflects on Occupy Movement’s Influence on Harvard

​Author Michael A. Gould-Wartofsky ’07 discussed on Tuesday evening the Occupy movements of 2011, and the lessons on social movements that can be drawn from it.

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.

US Secretary of Homeland Security at the IOP
IOP

Homeland Security Secretary Discusses 'Building Bridges' at IOP

​Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh C. Johnson discussed both immigration and counterterrorism at the Institute of Politics’ John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum on Monday.