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.

Upcoming Forums

Wednesday September 7 - 6:30pm

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Meet the fall 2016 IOP Fellows!

Monday September 12 - 6:00pm

Oliver Stone
Director, Snowden
Academy Award winning Film Director, Screenwriter, Producer
Ron Suskind (moderator)
Pulitzer Prize-winning Journalist and Author

To enter the lottery at HERE before Wednesday September 7th at 6 PM. Winners will be notified via email on Thursday, September 8. Winners must pick up their tickets at the Institute of Politics on:  Thursday, September 8th and Friday, September 9th between 9:00-5:00PM.


Thursday September 15 - 6:00pm

Annual Robert Glauber Lecture by
Thomas J. Curry
Comptroller of the Currency, U.S. Department of the Treasury
Robert Glauber (Moderator)
Adjunct Lecturer Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of NASD (2001-2006)


Tuesday September 20 - 6:00pm

Bob Schieffer
Walter Shorenstein Media and Democracy Fellow, Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy
Former Anchor and Moderator, CBS’ “Face the Nation”
Ann Compton
Fall 2016 Resident Fellow, Institute of Politics
ABC News, White House Correspondent (1973-2014)
Nicco Mele (moderator)
Director, Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy


Monday September 26 - 8:30pm

Join us for the first Presidential Debate on the Forum Big Screen!                                                                                                          
Hillary Clinton
Donald Trump

LIght snacks and beverages will be served!

Monday, September 26, 2016
Doors Open at 8:30PM
***Harvard ID Only***