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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 November 14 - 6:00pm

General John Hyten
USAF. Commander, United States Strategic Command

John Noonan
IOP Fall 2018 Resident Fellow
Senior Counselor for Military & Defense Affairs, National Security Advisor, Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR)
National Security Advisor, Presidential Campaigns of Governor Jeb Bush and Governor Mitt Romney

 

Thursday November 15 - 6:00pm

Alexander Burns ‘08
National Political Correspondent, The New York Times
Michael Glassner
Executive Director, Donald Trump for President Campaign Committee
Maria Teresa Kumar
Founding President, Voto Latino
Beth Myers
Former Campaign Manager, Mitt Romney 2012
Fall 2013 Institute of Politics Resident Fellow
Stephanie Schriock
President, EMILY'S List
Rick Klein (moderator)
Political Director, ABC News

 

Tuesday November 27 - 6:00pm

John Kerry
United States Secretary of State (2013-2017)
United States Senator from Massachusetts (1985-2013)

And the Fall 2018 IOP Resident Fellows
Amy Dacey, Joe Heck, Brittany Packnett, and Margaret Talev

Mark D. Gearan (Moderator)
Director, Institute of Politics, HKS

***THIS FORUM WILL BE TICKETED***
Enter the lottery HERE before Saturday, November 24 at midnight. Winners will be notified via email on Sunday, November 25.  Winners must pick up their tickets at the Institute of Politics on: November 26 and 27 between 9:30 AM-5:00 PM or at the Science Center on November 27 between 11AM -2PM.

 

Tuesday December 4 - 6:00pm

Edwin L. Godkin Lecture by:
Bryan Stevenson
Founder and Executive Director, Equal Justice Initiative
MPP/JD 1985 LLD 2015

Sarah E. Wald (Moderator)
Senior Policy Advisor and Chief of Staff to the Dean, Harvard Kennedy School
Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy, HKS

***THIS FORUM WILL BE TICKETED***
Enter the lottery HERE before Wednesday, November 28 at midnight. Winners will be notified via email on Thursday, November 29.  Winners must pick up their tickets at the Institute of Politics on: November 30 and December 3 between 9:30 AM-5:00 PM or at the Science Center on December 4 between 11AM -1PM.