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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Tuesday April 25 - 6:00pm

His Excellency Ban Ki-moon
Angelopoulos Global Public Leaders Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School
Eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations
Edward S. Mason Fellow and MPA 1984, Harvard Kennedy School
Joseph S. Nye Jr.
Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor
Former Dean of Harvard Kennedy School
Graham Allison (Moderator)
Douglas Dillon Professor of Government and Director, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

***HARVARD ID REQUIRED***

The Eighth Secretary General of the United Nations, His Excellency Ban Ki-moon addressed the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum on the major international events of the past decade while he served as UN Secretary General. He recounted his efforts to steer the nations of the UN toward ambitious commitments to fight poverty and save the environment. He also warned against nuclear proliferation, emphasizing the importance of economic sanctions as strategy to reduce North Korean aggression. Graham Allison moderated the Forum.

Wednesday April 26 - 6:00pm

Nicholas Eberstadt
Henry Wendt Chair in Political Economy, American Enterprise Institute
Author, Men Without Work: America's Invisible Crisis
Jason Furman
Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics
Chair, Council of Economic Advisers (2013-2017)
Lawrence H. Summers 
Charles W. Eliot University Professor of Harvard University
Co-Director, Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, Harvard Kennedy School

 

Wednesday April 26 - 8:00pm

John Kasich
69th Governor of Ohio
Author, Two Paths: America Divided or United
 
David Gergen (Moderator)
Professor of Public Service and Co-Director, Center for Public Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School

***THIS EVENT IS TICKETED***
To enter the lottery, go HERE before Wednesday, April 19th at midnight.  Winners will be notified by email Thursday, April 20th via email.  Winners must pick up their tickets at the Institute of Politics on Friday, April 21st between 9:00 and 5:00 PM or Monday, April 24th, between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM; a valid ID must be presented to pick up a ticket.  No Exceptions.

 

Tuesday May 2 - 6:00pm

James R. Clapper, Jr.
Director of National Intelligence (2010-2017)
Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
 
Mike Rogers
Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
Chair, House Intelligence Committee (2011-2015)

Graham Allison (Moderator)
Douglas Dillon Professor of Government and Director, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs