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

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Wednesday February 19 - 9:00pm

Join us in the JFK Jr. Forum for a live screening of the final Democratic Debate before the Nevada caucus. Watch the candidates live from the Paris Theater in Las Vegas, NV. Doors will open at 8:30PM.

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Thursday February 20 - 6:00pm

Join Professor Michael Sandel, Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government, and Gwyneth Williams, Shorenstein Center Fellow, for a discussion covering the competition of ideas in today’s polarized environment.

Friday February 21 - 4:00pm

Join us for a conversation addressing the call for reparations with Professor Randall L. Kennedy, Michael R. Klein Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, and Professor Cornell Brooks, Professor of Practice of Public Leadership and Social Justice at Harvard Kennedy School. The discussion will be moderated by David Harris, Managing Director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice, Harvard Law School.

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Monday February 24 - 6:00pm

A conversation with James Comey, former Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, on his career in law and public service moderated by Eric Rosenbach, Co-Director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard Kennedy School.

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Tuesday February 25 - 6:00pm

A discussion of the history and continuing challenges of racism in urban housing policy with Professor Lizabeth Cohen, Howard Mumford Jones Professor of American Studies, Harvard University; Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Princeton University Department of African American Studies; and David Williams, Policy Director, Opportunity Insights. The conversation will be moderated by Professor Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Professor of History, Race, and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School.

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Tuesday February 25 - 8:00pm

Join us in the JFK Jr. Forum for a live screening of the final Democratic Debate before the South Carolina primary. Watch the candidates live from the Gaillard Center in Charleston, SC. 

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Wednesday February 26 - 6:00pm

The 2019 Gleitsman Activist Award recipient Tarana Burke, founder of the ‘me too.’ movement,  will join Ambassador Wendy Sherman, Director of the Center for Public Leadership, in a conversation on the impact of her global fight for survivor justice and her decades-long campaign to heal individuals and communities affected by sexual violence.