Men’s Basketball Co-Sponsors Harvard IOP Discussion with Arne Duncan ’87, David Gergen

Photo by Gil Talbot
Photo by Gil Talbot

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – For the third-consecutive year, the Harvard men's basketball program is partnering with the Harvard Institute of Politics (IOP) to bring a highly-distinguished speaker and moderator to the IOP Forum. This year, men's basketball alumnus and former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan '87 will be joined by David Gergen for an event titled "Education & the State of Affairs in Washington."

Harvard men's basketball remains committed to providing its student-athletes with multifaceted experiences in the program, as this is the third year the team has participated with the IOP. Past speakers include Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Dr. Harry Edwards in forums moderated by professor Skip Gates and James Brown '73.

Duncan is a managing partner at the Emerson Collective, and was the U.S. Secretary of Education during Barack Obama's presidency. He was previously the CEO of Chicago Public Schools. Duncan co-captained the 1986-87 Harvard basketball team, and he is one of 34 players in the program's history to reach 1,000 career points. He capped his senior year with a first team honor to the CoSIDA Academic All-America team, and he was inducted into the CoSIDA Academic All-America Hall of Fame in 2012.

Gergen will moderate the forum, as he is currently the Public Service Professor of Public Leadership and the director of the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School. He was a senior advisor to four U.S. Presidents: Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan. He is also serves as a senior political analyst with CNN.

The IOP Forum with Duncan and Gergen will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 6 p.m. at the Harvard Kennedy School.