Public Interested Conference

Public Interested is a collaborative event coordinated by the Phillips Brooks House Center for Public Service & Engaged Scholarship. This day-long conference is designed to allow students to explore varied public interest careers and network with alumni in those fields. Alumni and students have the opportunity to hear from inspiring speakers, interact with other alumni, participate in engaging activities, and meet peers who share a passion for public service.  The 2020 Public Interested Conference will take place on Saturday, February 1, 2020.  Click here for more information about our featured speakers.

Students: click here to register

Alums, faculty, and staff: click here to register


Schedule for the Conference

The entirety of the conference will take place at Longfellow Hall on the Harvard Graduate School of Education campus. The Alumni Reception after the conference will take place in the Phillips Brooks House.

11:00am - Registration Opens

11:30am - Concurrent Alumni and Student Briefing from Julie Reuben and Travis Lovett

12:00pm - Alumni-Student Luncheon

1:00pm - Keynote Address and Big Public Service Ideas

3:00pm - Panel Discussions / Breakout Groups

4:00pm - Networking Reception for Students and Alums

5:15pm - Alumni Reception @ Phillips Brooks House

Anurima Bhargava announced as 2020 Public Interested Conference Keynote Speaker

Anurima Bhargava

Anurima Bhargava is the President of Anthem of Us, a strategic advisory firm promoting dignity and justice in the building of our schools, workplaces and communities.  In that capacity, she leads independent assessments of institutional culture and climate, conducts investigations of harassment and discrimination, and makes policy and practice recommendations. 

From 2010-2016, she led federal civil rights enforcement in schools and institutions of higher education at the U.S. Department of Justice, and previously directed the education practice at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.  

In December 2018, Speaker Nancy Pelosi appointed her U.S. Commissioner on International Religious Freedom.  

Since leaving the Administration in 2016, she served as a fellow at the Open Society Foundations, as well as the Institute of Politics and the Carr Center for Human Rights at Harvard.  In 2017, she was named a Presidential Leadership Scholar.  

Bhargava currently chairs the board of Doc Society and the National Advisory Board for Public Service at Harvard and serves as a senior advisor to several think tanks and foundations. She also regularly advises and produces documentary films. 

Bhargava graduated from Columbia Law School and Harvard College.  She grew up on the south side of Chicago, where she currently resides. 

Public Interested is a campus-wide collaboration between the Harvard Alumni Association, Harvard Global Health Institute, Harvard Varsity Club, Institute of Politics, Office of Career Services, Office for Sustainability, Phillips Brooks House Association, and Undergraduate Council in coordination with the Phillips Brooks House Center for Public Service & Engaged Scholarship.