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Study Group with Speaker Sara Gideon: One year off a race for Maine’s U.S. Senate seat

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By Institute of Politics

Wednesday, September 15, 2021 4:30pm

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Wednesday, September 15, 2021 4:30pm

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Join us on Wednesday, September 15 at 4:30pm ET for a Study Group with IOP Resident Fellow Speaker Sara Gideon. Two term Speaker of the Maine House of Representatives and Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate from Maine, Sara Gideon today remains dedicated to improving access to education, healthcare and economic opportunity by continuing her work to lift families out of poverty. Gideon spent her years in public service working with both Democratic and Republican Governors and during times of divided government.

We built a government founded on multiple principles including but not limited to:  democracy, constitutional government, the rule of law, common good and liberty.  Now the cracks and fissures we see today - caused by systemic racism, income inequality, and more are apparent not only in what the electorate is feeling and experiencing, but also in how we govern and how we interact with government at the local, state and federal levels.  

Over the course of eight weeks, we will look at the interplay of tribal, local, state and federal government.  We will look at governing and policy making versus campaigning and politics.  We will look at the actors and players outside of the legislative and executive branch of government who come together in advocacy and find ways to make policy through organizing, ballot measures and more.  

And we will explore and ask ourselves the question:  In a place and time where there is a seeming inability to come together to make the deep progress and change needed to overcome the catalysts of those cracks and fissures, where do we go from here and what are the ways each of us can and will take part?  

One year off a race for Maine’s U.S. Senate seat, a deeply divisive and partisan race watched by the whole nation and billed as a race that would determine control of the Senate, I look back on what led me to that race.  

*The Institute of Politics is strictly observing all HKS COVID health and safety protocols. HKS buildings are closed to the public and attendance will be limited to the room capacity. You will be asked to show a Harvard ID prior to entry and doors to the space will open 10 minutes before the start time. Unvaccinated persons should make every effort to practice social distancing. Everyone must wear a mask indoors. No eating or drinking is permitted at indoor events.

*RSVP by 12:00pm ET by Tuesday, 9/14. You must register through this form and a limited number of seats will be allocated for in-person participation. We will notify you the evening before the study group via your Harvard email whether you will be joining in-person or via Zoom. 

*AUDIENCE: These conversations are open to members of the Harvard community. Please RSVP with a valid Harvard email address.

*OFF-THE-RECORD: In keeping with our long tradition at the IOP to ensure honest and candid discussions of politics, all IOP study groups are off-the-record.

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