IOP Announces Winter 2018 Visiting Fellows

December 6, 2017

By Institute of Politics

(Photo - Clockwise from top left: McKay Coppins, Shomik Dutta, Betsy Hoover, Jay Roach, Eboo Patel, and Kirsten Lodal)

The University of Chicago Institute of Politics today announced six Fellows who will come to campus during the upcoming Winter Quarter:

“From a journalist on the front lines of politics to a leading Hollywood director who has portrayed historic moments on film; from leaders in social change to innovators on the forefront of new campaign technologies, these Fellows will bring vast experience and brilliant insights,” IOP director David Axelrod said. “It is going to be an exciting winter at the IOP!”

While on campus next quarter, the six IOP Pritzker Fellows will interact with students and faculty, participate in public forums and, along with guests, lead off-the-record student seminars.

Coppins will come to campus in late January to discuss covering President Trump and the effect that Trump has had on the nation’s political news media, Congress, and Washington, D.C. overall.

Dutta and Hoover will spend time on campus in February looking at the brief history of political technology, current innovations in the field, and future challenges.

Lodal, who will be on campus Feb. 5-7, will discuss founding, building, and scaling a sustainable non-profit and the role of non-profits in civil society and their impact on public policy.

Patel will hold a seminar series from Jan. 8-11 that will explore the intersection of identity, religion, and politics.

Roach, who will come to campus in late January, will look at political films and how they illuminate the complexities of politics, politicians, and power.

Since its formal launch in January 2013, the IOP has hosted 91 Fellows, including former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, former RNC Chairman Michael Steele, former speechwriter for President Obama Jon Favreau, Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report, GOP strategist Liesl Hickey, former Pakistani Ambassador to the U.S. Husain Haqqani, and former New York City Deputy Mayor Howard Wolfson.

The IOP’s Pritzker Fellows program is generously supported by a lead gift from the Pritzker Foundation and a major gift from the MacArthur Foundation.

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The Institute of Politics is a nonpartisan extracurricular program designed to ignite in University of Chicago students a passion for politics and public service. Three programs form the core of the initiative: a resident fellows program where political officials, policymakers, journalists and others involved in politics and policy share their experiences with students and others over an academic quarter; an expanded set of policy and public interest internships and civic engagement projects; and a continuous series of public speakers discussing current events and political life. 

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