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Bill Richardson to Serve as Harvard Institute of Politics Spring 2011 Visiting Fellow

Cambridge, MA – Harvard’s Institute of Politics (IOP), located at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, today announced the Spring Visiting Fellowship of Bill Richardson, Governor of New Mexico (2003-11), U.S. Secretary of Energy, (1998-2001), U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, (1997-98) and U.S. Representative (NM-3, D; 1983-97).

Richardson’s fellowship will occur the week of March 28.  On March 31, Richardson will speak in the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum and deliver the 2011 Corliss Lamont Lecture, a lectureship featuring an individual widely recognized for leadership in diminishing the risk of nuclear war.  Visiting Fellows traditionally meet with student groups; lead discussion groups on topical issues and their experiences in public and political service; and participate in public policy classes with students and Harvard University faculty.   

“We are pleased to host Bill Richardson as a Visiting Fellow," said Trey Grayson, Director of Harvard's Institute of Politics.  "Richardson's significant public service experience gained in Congress and the United Nations as well as running the Department of Energy and the State of New Mexico will certainly generate strong interest among students, faculty and the University community."

Previously announced IOP Spring 2011 Resident Fellows, who are leading weekly discussion groups over the course of the academic semester, include Caroline Croft, senior advisor, U.S. Department of State (1992-present); Bob Inglis, U.S. Representative (SC-4, R; 1993-1999 & 2005-2011); John McConnell, senior speechwriter and White House deputy assistant to the President and assistant to the Vice President (2001-2009); Ellen Qualls, senior advisor for strategic planning, office of U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (2007-2011); Emma Sky, senior political advisor, U.S. Generals Odierno and Petraeus in Iraq (2007-2010); and Bart Stupak, U.S. Representative (MI-1, D; 1993-2011). 

The Fellows program is central to the Institute’s dual commitment to encourage student interest in public life and to increase interaction between the academic and political communities. 


Harvard University’s Institute of Politics (IOP), located at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, was established in 1966 as a memorial to President Kennedy.  The IOP’s mission is to unite and engage students, particularly undergraduates, with academics, politicians, activists, and policymakers on a non-partisan basis to inspire them to consider careers in politics and public service.  The Institute strives to promote greater understanding and cooperation between the academic world and the world of politics and public affairs.  More information is available online at   

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