The John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum at the Institute of Politics is Harvard's premier arena for political speech, discussion and debate.

The forum regularly hosts heads of state, leaders in politics, government, business, labor and the media. A living memorial to President John F. Kennedy, the Institute's mission is to unite and engage students, particularly undergraduates, with academics, politicians, activists, and policy makers on a non-partisan basis to inspire them to consider careers in politics.

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Upcoming Forums

Wednesday September 28 - 6:00pm

A Public Address by His Excellency Dr. Hage Geingob
President of the Republic of Namibia

To enter the lottery at HERE before Wednesday September 21st at midnight. Winners will be notified via email on Thursday, September 22.  Winners must pick up their tickets at the Institute of Politics on:  Friday, September 23 and Monday, September 26th between 9:00-5:00PM.


Thursday September 29 - 6:00pm

The Edwin L. Godkin Lecture by
The Honorable Jeb Bush
Founder and Chairman, Foundation for Excellence in Education
Governor of Florida (1999 - 2007)

Roland Fryer (Co-Moderator)
Henry Lee Professor of Economics, Harvard University
Faculty Director, Education Innovation Laboratory, Harvard University

Paul Peterson (Co-Moderator)
Henry Lee Shattuck Professor of Government, Harvard University
Director, Program on Education Policy and Governance, Harvard University

***Harvard ID Only***


Tuesday October 4 - 8:00pm

Join us for the Vice Presidential Debate on the Forum Big Screen!                                                                                                          
Tim Kaine
Mike Pence

Light snacks and beverages will be served!

Tuesday, October 4 2016
Doors Open at 8:00PM

***Harvard ID Only***

Wednesday October 5 - 6:00pm

Michael S. Rogers
Commander, U.S. Cyber Command
Director, National Security Agency/Chief, Central Security Service

Graham Allison (moderator)
Director, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
Douglas Dillon Professor of Government, Harvard Kennedy School