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 October 18 - 6:00pm

R. Derek Black
Graduate Student in History and Medieval History
Former White Nationalist Activist

Khalil Muhammad
Professor of History, Race, and Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
Suzanne Young Murray Professor, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies
Elle Reeve
Correspondent, VICE News Tonight
Former Senior Editor, The New Republic


Thursday October 19 - 6:30pm

A Conversation with
LCDR Brynn Tannehill
Veteran, USN
CPT Jennifer Peace
US Army
Cpt Moshe Avi
USMC Reserves
SGT Laila Ireland
US Army (ret)
Archon Fung (Moderator)
Academic Dean and Ford Foundation Professor of Democracy and Citizenship, Harvard Kennedy School

Monday October 23 - 6:00pm

E.J. Dionne Jr.
Opinion Writer, The Washington Post
William H. Bloomberg Visiting Professor, Harvard Divinity School and Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University
Sally Quinn
American Author and Journalist
Author, Finding Magic: A Spiritual Memoir
Jonathan L. Walton
Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church, Harvard University
Professor of Religion and Society, Harvard Divinity School
Nicco Mele (Moderator)
Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
Director, Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy, HKS

Friday October 27 - 4:00pm

Marshall Ganz
Senior Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
Wael Ghonim
Entrepreneurship Fellow, Shorenstein Center, Harvard Kennedy School
Computer engineer, internet activists, and social entrepreneur
Author, Revolution 2.0: The Power of the People is Greater than the People in Power
Zeynep Tufekci
Associate Professor, School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina
Author, Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protests
David Eaves (moderator)
Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School