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 January 29 - 6:00pm

Mark Leibovich
Chief National Correspondent, The New York Times Magazine
Author, “Big Game: The NFL in Dangerous Times"



Tuesday January 29 - 8:30pm

Join us for a discussion & interactive viewing of the 2019 SOTU with President Donald J. Trump on the Forum Big Screen.

Refreshments will be served!

Wednesday January 30 - 6:00pm

Chaplain Khalil Abdur-Rashid
University Muslim Chaplain, Harvard University
Instructor of Muslim Studies, Harvard Divinity School
Father J. Bryan Hehir
Parker Gilbert Montgomery Professor of the Practice of Religion and Public Life, Harvard Kennedy School
Secretary of Health and Social Services on the staff of Cardinal Sean O’Malley, Archdiocese of Boston
Brittany Packnett
Vice President of National Community Alliances, Teach for America
Contributor, Crooked Media
Fall 2018 Institute of Politics Resident Fellow
Co-founder, Campaign Zero
Rabbi Jonah Pesner
Director, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism
Senior Vice President, Union for Reform Judaism
Reverend Cornell William Brooks (Moderator)
Professor of the Practice of Public Leadership and Social Justice, and Director,  William Monroe Trotter Collaborative  for Social Justice, Harvard Kennedy School
18th President & CEO, NAACP

“In this moment of generationally unprecedented activism, millions are engaged in moral resistance.  Whether it be the Women’s Marches, March for Our Lives, Border demonstrations, Climate Marches or Black Lives Matter, religious activists are both sources of support and opposition. This JFK Jr. Forum explores some of the most recent policy, moral and organizational movement challenges of when faith and activism meet in the streets.”