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 November 12 - 6:00pm

Join Anand Giridharadas author of Winners Take All, in conversation with Belfer Center Executive Director Aditi Kumar on the perils of philanthropy and policy in the hands of the global elite.


Thursday November 14 - 6:00pm

Journalist and Author of Inconspicuous Consumption: The Environmental Impact You Don’t Know You Have, Tatiana Schlossberg discusses the consumers’ need for convenience and the impact on climate change with IOP Resident Fellow Bob Cohn.


Monday November 18 - 6:00pm

A public address by the former President of Poland Lech Wałęsa on the history and transformation of European politics. Moderated by Professor and Director of the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University Grzegorz Ekiert.

Tuesday November 19 - 6:00pm

A live simulation of a White House National Security Council meeting during a major national security crisis with former senior administration officials and thought leaders Nicholas Burns, Ash Carter, Jennifer Fowler, Gary Gensler, Aditi Kumar, Neha Narula, Meghan L. O’Sullivan , Eric Rosenbach, Lawrence H. Summers, and Richard Verma.