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

Tuesday February 21 - 6:00pm

Jon Finer ‘98
Institute of Politics Resident Fellow, Spring 2017
Chief of Staff and Director of Policy Planning at the U.S. Department of State (2016- 2017)
Foreign and National correspondent, Washington Post (2003 -2009)
Sarah Hurwitz `99
Institute of Politics Resident Fellow, Spring 2017
Chief Speechwriter for First Lady Michelle Obama (2010-2017)
Harvard Law School JD '04
Douglas Elmendorf (moderator)
Dean and Don K. Price Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

Wednesday February 22 - 6:00pm

A panel discussion with
Oren Cass
Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute
Domestic Policy Director, Mitt Romney Presidential Campaign 2012
James Pethokoukis
Columnist and Blogger, American Enterprise Institute
April Ponnuru
Senior Advisor, Conservative Reform Network
Kristen Soltis Anderson (moderator)
Co-Founder, Echelon Insights
Author, The Selfie Vote: Where Millennials Are Leading America
Institute of Politics Resident Fellow, 2014

 

Tuesday February 28 - 6:00pm

A panel discussion with
Debra Cleaver
Founder & CEO, Vote.org
Leah Greenberg
Co-Founder, Indivisible
Amanda Litman
Founder, “Run for Something “
Meighan Stone (moderator)
Entrepreneurship Fellow, Spring 2017, The Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, HKS
President, Malala Fund

 

Tuesday February 28 - 8:30pm

Watch President Donald J. Trump's Address to the Joint Session of Congress on the Forum big screen!

Light refreshments will be served.

Doors open at 8:30 PM.

Wednesday March 1 - 6:00pm

The Honorable Lael Brainard
Member, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
Douglas Elmendorf
Dean, John F. Kennedy School of Government and Don K. Price Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

 

 

Thursday March 2 - 6:00pm

Keynote Address
Jorge Ramos
Journalist and Author
Television Anchor for Univision and Fusion  

Sponsored by
Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy

***THIS EVENT IS TICKETED***
Enter the lottery HERE before Sunday, February 26, 2017 at midnight. Winners will be notified via email on Monday, February 27th.  Winners must pick up their tickets at the Institute of Politics on Monday, February 27th between Noon-5:00PM and Tuesday, February 28th between 9:00-5:00PM.  NO EXCEPTIONS.