Skip To Content
Breaking News

Harvard to Host Steve Bannon, Former Breitbart Chief, Incoming Trump Adviser

Harvard will host Steve Bannon, an alumnus of its business school, at a conference this week for its Kennedy School of Government, according to a reportin the Harvard Crimson.

Bannon, Donald Trump’s incoming chief White House strategist, might participate in a panel discussion or sit for an interview at the event, scheduled for Thursday and Friday and including conversations with Kellyanne Conway, the president-elect’s campaign manager, and Robby Mook, Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager. Leading journalists like CNN’s Jake Tapper will be on hand to question the politicos.

Bannon has proven to be one of Trump’s most controversial appointments, due to his former role as the head of Breitbart News, the news site he said he turned into a platform for the “alt-right.” That term is the label preferred by many contemporary white nationalists and supremacists.

Declan Garvey, president of the Harvard College Republicans, said he anticipated that Bannon’s appearance would lead to protests from the student body. “It’s a little different this year given who the Trump campaign brought on,” he told the Forward, in relation to Bannon and Conway.

Garvey, whose club refused to endorse the president-elect in the fall campaign, said that it was important to hear from the Trump camp, in spite of complaints about the ‘alt-right’ that he characterized as legitimate.

“It’s a question that I’ve been grappling with, about the normalization of Trump and his people, but whether we like it or not, Bannon will have the ear of Donald Trump, he will be senior adviser to the most powerful man in the world,” he said.

“No one at Harvard expected that Hillary would lose, and so it’s important for us to understand these people who are for Trump,” he added.

The Institute of Politics could not immediately be reached for comment.

Contact Daniel J. Solomon at [email protected] or on Twitter @DanielJSolomon(


Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.