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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

Tuesday September 18 - 6:00pm

Cornell Brooks
Professor of the Practice of Public Leadership and Social Justice, Harvard Kennedy School
Alex Keyssar
Matthew W. Stirling, Jr. Professor of History and Social Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
Kathryn Sikkink
Ryan Family Professor of Human Rights Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
Carol K. Pforzheimer Professor, Radcliff, Harvard University
Archon Fung (Moderator)
Winthrop Laflin McCormack Professor of Citizenship and Self-Government, Harvard Kennedy School

 

Thursday September 20 - 6:00pm

A Conversation with:
Joaquin Castro
Member of Congress (D-TX, 20)
Nicholas Burns (Moderator)
Roy and Barbara Goodman Family Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations, Harvard Kennedy School

 

Monday September 24 - 6:00pm

A Conversation with
Jessica Browning
National Co-Chair, College Republican National Committee
David Hogg
Co-Founder, March for Our Lives
Johnathan Rangel
Youth Activist with 99Rootz
Bria Smith
Representative, Milwaukee Youth Council
Senior at Franklin High School, Milwaukee WI

 

 

Wednesday September 26 - 6:00pm

Lu Mai
Secretary General, China Development Research Foundation
Rohini Pande
Rafik Hariri Professor of International Political Economy, Harvard Kennedy School
Anthony Saich
Daewoo Professor of International Affairs and
Director, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Harvard Kennedy School
Graham Allison (Moderator)
Douglas Dillon Professor of Government, Harvard Kennedy School

 

Thursday September 27 - 6:00pm

A Public Address by His Excellency
Juan Carlos Varela
President of Panama

***THIS FORUM WILL BE TICKETED***
Enter the lottery HERE before Sunday, September 23rd at midnight. Winners will be notified via email on Monday, September 24th.  Winners must pick up their tickets at the Institute of Politics on: September 25th or 26th between 9AM - 5PM or the Science Center on September 26th and 27th between 10AM-2PM. NO EXCEPTIONS.

 

 

Friday September 28 - 4:00pm

A Public Address by His Excellency
Lenín Moreno
President of Ecuador

***THIS FORUM WILL BE TICKETED***
Enter the lottery HERE before Monday, September 24th at midnight. Winners will be notified via email on Tuesday, September 25th.  Winners must pick up their tickets at the Institute of Politics on: September 26th or 27th between 9AM-5PM or the Science Center on September 27th and 28th between 10AM -1PM. NO EXCEPTIONS.