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 February 28 - 6:00pm

A panel discussion with
Debra Cleaver
Founder & CEO,
Leah Greenberg
Co-Founder, Indivisible
Andrea Hailey
Founder, Civic Engagement Fund
Amanda Litman
Founder, Run for Something
Jess Morales Rocketto
Digital Community Organizer, OccupyAirports
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 (moderator)
Dean 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

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.



Wednesday March 8 - 6:00pm

A conversation with
Dr. Steven H. Walker
Acting Director, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency