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

Tuesday March 28 - 5:30pm

A Public Address by
Ashton B. Carter
Former U.S. Secretary of Defense

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

Welcome by
Douglas Elmendorf
Dean and Don K. Price Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

Wednesday March 29 - 6:00pm

David Armstrong
Senior Enterprise Reporter, STAT
Peter Shumlin
81st Governor, State of Vermont
Visiting Fellow, Institute of Politics, Spring 2017
Gil Kerlikowske
Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (2014-2017)
Institute of Politics Resident Fellow, Spring 2017
Director, Office of National Drug Control Policy (2009-2014)
Sheila Burke (Moderator)
Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy, HKS
Faculty Research Fellow, Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy, HKS


Tuesday April 4 - 6:00pm

A public address by
Dr. Moncef Marzouki
Former President of Tunisia (2011-2014)

Moderated by
Tarek Masoud
Sultan of Oman Professor of International Relations
Middle East Initiative Faculty Affiliate
Harvard Kennedy School



Thursday April 6 - 6:00pm

A public address by
Her Excellency Ameenah Gurib-Fakim
President of the Republic of Mauritius