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

Monday October 23 - 6:00pm

E.J. Dionne Jr.
Opinion Writer, The Washington Post
William H. Bloomberg Visiting Professor, Harvard Divinity School and Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University
Sally Quinn
American Author and Journalist
Author, Finding Magic: A Spiritual Memoir
Jonathan L. Walton
Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church, Harvard University
Professor of Religion and Society, Harvard Divinity School
Nicco Mele (Moderator)
Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
Director, Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy, HKS

Wednesday October 25 - 6:00pm

Penny Pritzker
Founder and Chairman of PSP Capita
United States Secretary of Commerce (2013 – 2017)
Nicholas Burns
Roy and Barbara Goodman Family Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations, HKS
Faculty Director, Future of Diplomacy Project; Faculty Chair, Middle East Initiative, Harvard Kennedy School

Thursday October 26 - 6:00pm

A conversation with
Ash Carter
Director, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, and Belfer Professor of Technology and Global Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School
United States Secretary of Defense (2015-2017)
David Gergen (Moderator)
Public Service Professor of Public Leadership &
Director, Center for Public Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School


Friday October 27 - 4:00pm

Marshall Ganz
Senior Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
Wael Ghonim
Entrepreneurship Fellow, Shorenstein Center, Harvard Kennedy School
Computer engineer, internet activists, and social entrepreneur
Author, Revolution 2.0: The Power of the People is Greater than the People in Power
Zeynep Tufekci
Associate Professor, School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina
Author, Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protests
David Eaves (Moderator)
Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School          


Monday October 30 - 6:00pm

Tony Fabrizio
Partner, Fabrizio, Lee & Associates
Chief Pollster, Donald J. Trump Presidential Campaign
Margie Omero
Democratic Pollster
Co-host of The Pollsters Podcast
Mark Penn
President and Managing Partner, The Stagwell Group
Visiting Lecturer, Harvard College
Chairman, Harris Poll
John Della Volpe (Moderator)
Director of Polling, Institute of Politics, Harvard Kennedy School
Founder and CEO, SocialSphere, Inc