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The State of Black America IOP Forum

HKS Professors Discuss Academic Freedom, Issues Facing Black Americans at IOP

Three Harvard Kennedy School professors discussed issues affecting Black Americans and  attacks on academic freedom at an Institute of Politics forum on Thursday.

Rematch for the White House IOP Forum

Brief 2024 Republican Hopeful Will Hurd Discusses Trump’s Reelection Chances at IOP

Former U.S. Representative William Hurd, who briefly ran for the 2024 Republican nomination last year, discussed former President Donald Trump’s chances of reelection in the 2024 presidential race at a Harvard Institute of Politics forum on Tuesday.

Jared Kushner at HKS

Former Presidential Advisor Jared Kushner Discusses Israel-Hamas War at Harvard Kennedy School

Jared C. Kushner ’03, an advisor to former president Donald Trump, said acknowledging a Palestinian state would involve “supporting an act of terror perpetrated in Israel” during an event at the Harvard Kennedy School on Thursday.

HKS John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum
Student Groups

IOP Posts Record Applicant Numbers Ahead of 2024 Elections

The Institute of Politics saw a spring term record 905 applications as attention begins to shift to the upcoming 2024 U.S. presidential elections.

Marshall Ganz
Harvard Kennedy School

HKS Lecturer Alleges Dean Elmendorf Mishandled Investigation Into Charges of Antisemitism

After Harvard Kennedy School professor Marshall L. Ganz ’64 faced allegations of antisemitism from three Israeli students, HKS Dean Douglas W. Elmendorf opened an investigation — a process that Elmendorf mishandled, Ganz alleged in an interview on Friday.

Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-Wis.) at IOP Forum

Rep. Gallagher Calls for U.S. to ‘Wage Cold War’ Against China at Harvard IOP Forum

Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-Wis.) called for the United States to “wage cold war” against China “with the creativity and alacrity with which we waged it against the Soviet Union,” during an Institute of Politics forum on Monday.

Harvard Kennedy School
Harvard Kennedy School

Harvard Kennedy School Students Split Over Bidding-Based Course Registration Process

Harvard Kennedy School students were split over the school’s bidding-based course selection process following class registration for the spring semester.

Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center

National Security Expert Fiona Hill Says Russia ‘Will Always Matter’ at HKS Event

National security expert Fiona Hill said Russia still has significant geopolitical impact despite reputational damages amid the war in Ukraine during an event at the Harvard Kennedy School on Tuesday.

Harvard Kennedy School Sign

Harvard Kennedy School Distances Itself From Event Featuring Controversial Palestinian Professor

Amid fierce backlash to a Harvard Kennedy School event featuring controversial Palestinian professor Dalal Saeb Iriqat, the school and its dean distanced themselves from the event in a statement on Sunday.

Joseph Nye IOP Forum

Former HKS Dean Compares Unrest at Harvard to Vietnam Era Protests at IOP Forum

Former Harvard Kennedy School Dean Joseph S. Nye Jr. compared unreset at Harvard today to protests in the 1960s at an Institute of Politics Forum on Thursday.

Harvard Kennedy School
Harvard Kennedy School

Harvard Kennedy School Students Call for a Woman or Person of Color to Serve as Next Dean

As the Harvard Kennedy School searches for a successor to outgoing Dean Douglas W. Elmendorf, some students called on the University to appoint the first woman or person of color to lead the school in its 88-year history.

Institute of Politics

After Student Resignations, IOP Passes New Policy Outlining Guidelines for Issuing Statements

The Harvard Institute of Politics’ Student Advisory Committee voted on Monday to approve a new policy outlining how the group can issue statements, a move that comes after the body faced internal divisions over whether to issue a statement after Hamas’ Oct. 7 attack on Israel.

Harvard Kennedy School Sign

HKS Professors Discuss Role of Dissent In Democracy, Academic Freedom at IOP

Five Harvard Kennedy School professors discussed the role of dissent and discussion in democracy and on university campuses at an Institute of Politics forum on Thursday.

Deval L. Patrick '78

Deval Patrick to Step Down From Harvard Kennedy School Center for Public Leadership

Former Massachusetts Governor Deval L. Patrick ’78 will step down as co-director of the Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership at the end of the academic year, the school announced on Tuesday.

Harvard Alumni Association Office

Harvard Alumni Split Over Claudine Gay’s Resignation Amid Controversy

Harvard alumni were split over former Harvard President Claudine Gay’s resignation, with some expressing concerns about the influence of conservative activists and politicians while others embraced her decision to step down after a brief, controversy-ridden tenure.