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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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Students seeking information about the IOP Forum Program should contact the Student Chair Blake Barclay or IOP Forum Coordinator Cathey Park. If you're interested in attending a JFK Jr. Forum or watching online, make sure to sign up for our newsletter

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Upcoming Forums

Thursday October 1 - 7:00pm

The quest for equity and inclusion in the LGBTQ community has historically faced many obstacles and in these challenging times the urgency to protect marginalized and vulnerable communities is even more pressing.  With election 2020 front of mind, what will the LGBTQ community look like as we gaze down the two paths in front of us: a Biden Presidency or a second Trump term.  We bring together a prominent advocate and civil right leader with an academic thought leader to discuss the past, present and future of LGBTQ rights.

RSVP to join the virtual JFK Jr. Forum conversation.