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Nathaniel J. Hiatt

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Election 2016: The First Debate

Students Pack IOP, Houses to Watch Presidential Debate

​The Institute of Politics’ John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum was filled to capacity with students eager to watch Hillary R. Clinton and Donald J. Trump duke it out during Monday’s presidential debate.


In First, Undergrads Register to Vote During Check-In

Nearly 1,400 undergraduates registered to vote or requested absentee ballots as part of the College's mandatory check-in.


IOP Executive Director Resigns to Work on Election

Her departure comes just after the Clinton campaign announced that IOP Director Margaret A. “Maggie” Williams would help lead the Democratic nominee’s White House transition team

Maggie Williams

Several Alumni Call for IOP Director Resignation

A group of University alumni have called for the resignation of Margaret A. “Maggie” Williams, calling her appointment to Hillary Clinton's transition team a "conflict of interest."

Bloomberg Against Censorship
Harvard Kennedy School

Bloomberg Gives $32 Million for Mayoral Leadership Program

As many as 300 mayors and 400 aides are expected to participate over the course of the four-year program.


IOP 2016 Fall Fellows to Focus on Presidential Election

Former Secretary of Defense Charles T. “Chuck” Hagel is one of the Institute of Politics’ visiting fellows for the fall semester, joining a roster of six resident and two visiting fellows selected broadly to focus on the current presidential election,

Maggie Williams

IOP Director Williams Joins Clinton Transition Team

​Institute of Politics director Margaret A. “Maggie” Williams will take an unpaid leave of absence in order to join a team of advisers to Hillary R. Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee, tasked with planning for her potential transition to the White House.

OCS Vs Wall Street Illustration
College Finance

OCS vs. Wall Street

This year banks circumvented OCS and began recruiting students earlier, before official On-Campus Interviews for finance internships started in January. The tug-of-war and resulting breakdown caused OCS to move up its interview schedule by several months next year to avoid contending with the banks.

Gulf War Harvard Square Protest
Student Life

In the Shadow of Vietnam, Students Brought the Gulf War to Campus

For almost all the members of the Class of 1991, the Gulf War was the first major U.S. military operation in their memory. To some students, the Gulf War was like a flash in the pan, seemingly over before it started. To others, the intervention was an important event that signaled what role the U.S. would play in world affairs in the coming years.


A Trip Down Memory Lane: LSD at Harvard

Timothy F. Leary and Richard Alpert continued to influence Harvard for years to come, sparking debates on the role of psychedelics on campus and helping to bring 1960s drug culture to the forefront of national consciousness.

Harvard Kennedy School

Former LA Times Deputy Publisher to Head Shorenstein Center

​Nicco Mele, former deputy publisher for the Los Angeles Times, will take over as director of the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy in July, Harvard Kennedy School Dean Douglas W. Elmendorf announced on Monday.

IOP Survey Spring 2016 Graphic
Student Groups

Millennials Prefer Democrats Keep the White House, IOP Poll Finds

Millennials prefer a Democrat win this year's presidential election by an almost 30 percent margin, according to the Institute of Politics' Public Opinion Project spring poll.


UN Human Rights Chief Calls for Peacekeeper Accountability

At the Institute of Politics, Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein, the United Nations’ high commissioner for human rights, called for more accountability for UN peacekeepers, a number of whom face accusations of sexual exploitation and assault

Flint Mayor Karen W. Weaver

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.


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.