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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Students seeking information about the IOP Forum Program should contact the Student Chair Juan Castano or IOP Forum Coordinator Cathey Park. If you're interested in attending a JFK Jr. Forum or watching online, make sure to sign up for our newsletter.

Recent Forums

Thursday December 1 - 6:15pm

CNN State of the Union  with Jake Tapper

Kellyanne Conway
Campaign Manager, Trump-Pence
Robby Mook
Campaign Manager, Clinton-Kaine

Doors will open at 5:00 PM and will close at 5:45 PM.

CNN will broadcast the Forum event on December 4, 2016.
Tickets are free, but will be distributed by lottery. Enter the lottery HERE. The deadline for entries is Monday, November 28th at 10:00 PM. Winners will be notified via email on Tuesday, November 29th . Winners must pick up their tickets at the Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy school:
Tuesday, November 29th 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday, November 30th 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

We cannot make exceptions to ticket pick-up so please plan accordingly.

Monday November 28 - 6:00pm

The Seymour E. and Ruth B. Harris Lecture by
Vice Admiral Vivek H. Murthy
United States Surgeon General

Amitabh Chandra (Moderator)
Malcolm Wiener Professor of Social Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
Director of Health Policy Research, Harvard Kennedy School

Vice Admiral Vivek H. Murthy, United States Surgeon General and Harvard Alumnus joined Amitabh Chandra, the Malcolm Wiener Professor of Social Policy and Director of Health Policy Research at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government at the JFK Jr. Forum for a conversation about America's healthcare challenges. Murthy offered inspiring insight on America's healthcare issues relating to gun violence, opioid addiction, and changes to healthcare laws under the new administration. He stated that healthcare coverage must be protected and expanded, as 2.8 million Americans suffer from substance abuse, which is double the amount of people suffering from cancer, yet only 1/10 people are receiving treatment, which would never be permitted for cancer patients. However, Murthy is optimistic about future progress, stating that healthcare is a bipartisan issue, and that the next goal is to rebuild America's connections. He concluded the Forum with an eloquent and inspiring call for young students to pursue careers in government to create real change.