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.

Contact & Follow

Students seeking information about the IOP Forum Program should contact the Student Chair Katy Dolan 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

Suggest a Forum here!

Upcoming Forums

Thursday September 21 - 6:00pm

Jason Furman
Professor of the Practice of Economic Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
Chairman, White House Council of Economic Advisors (2013-2017)
Francesca Rossi
AI Ethics Global Leader, IBM Research
Wilson White
Public Policy and Government Relations Senior Counsel, Google
Greg Ip (Moderator)
Chief Economics Commentator, The Wall Street Journal

TFS is launching a global civic debate on the governance of Artificial Intelligence.

JOIN THE DEBATE HERE >> https://assembl-civic.bluenove.com/ai-consultation/home

In the first phase of the debate, we are relying on 4 quick questionnaires, of which one is dedicated to “AI & the Workforce” (the other three are focused on understanding the “AI revolution”, “AI for the common good” and “Possible futures by 2045”). Your responses will be used by the Forum event moderator Greg Ip to drive the conversation so we are really counting on your participation!

Wednesday September 27 - 6:00pm

Harvey Levin
Executive Producer, TMZ.com and TMZ TV
Jason Chaffetz (Moderator)
Fall 2017 Resident Fellow, Institute of Politics, Harvard Kennedy School
U.S. Congressman (R-UT) (2009-2017)
Former Chair, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee
Contributor, Fox News Network

Thursday September 28 - 6:00pm

A keynote address by:
Betsy DeVos
11th United States Secretary of Education

***THIS EVENT IS TICKETED***
Enter the lottery HERE before Monday, September 25 at midnight.
Selected participants will be notified by email Tuesday, September 26 via email.
Ticket Pick up Information:
Institute of Politics at HKS: 9 AM – 5 PM on Tuesday, September 26 & Wednesday, September 27
Science Center: 11 AM – 2 PM on Wednesday, September 27 & Thursday, September 28
A valid ID must be presented to pick up a ticket. No Exceptions.

 

Tuesday October 3 - 6:00pm

2017 Robert S. McNamara Lecture on War and Peace
Kristalina Georgieva
Chief Executive Officer for the World Bank
Doug Elmendorf (Moderator)
Dean, Harvard Kennedy School
Don K. Price Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

Wednesday October 4 - 6:00pm

2017 S.T. Lee Lecture
Graham T. Allison
Douglas Dillon Professor of Government, Harvard Kennedy School
Author, Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides’s Trap?
Kevin Rudd
President, Asia Society Policy Institute
Prime Minister of Australia (2007–2010, 2013)

 

Thursday October 5 - 6:00pm

A public address by
Christine Lagarde
Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund

Followed by a conversation with
Nicholas Burns
Roy and Barbara Goodman Family Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations
Faculty Director, Future of Diplomacy Project; Faculty Chair, Middle East Initiative, Harvard Kennedy School
Lawrence H. Summers
Charles W. Eliot University Professor and President Emeritus, Harvard University
Director, Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, Harvard Kennedy School

TO ATTEND THIS EVENT YOU MUST ENTER THE LOTTERY:
Enter the lottery HERE before Sunday, October 1 at midnight.
Selected participants will be notified by email Monday, October 2
Ticket Pick up Information:
Institute of Politics at HKS: 9 AM – 5 PM on Tuesday, October 3 & Wednesday, October 4
Science Center: 11 AM – 2 PM on Wednesday, October 4 & Thursday, October 5
A valid ID must be presented to pick up a ticket. No Exceptions.